4 1. You Can’t Beat the Odds
cards to assemble a stack of 13,983,816 cards. Since 270,000 inches
is 22,500 feet, which is about 4.25 miles, a stack of 13,983,816 cards
would be over four miles high. Suppose now that just one of those
cards has a check mark on it. The odds of selecting that card at ran-
dom on a single try from the four-mile-high stack of cards are about
the same as the odds of choosing the correct six lottery numbers.
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