Math of QZ8501 (Sum of 3 numbers that add up to 8888)

Source: http://mathtuition88.blogspot.sg/2014/12/math-of-qz8501-sum-of-3-numbers-that.html

We sincerely hope that Captain Iriyanto, the pilot of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, and all other passengers survive and return safely. Hopefully the plane will be found soon.

Something mysterious about the recent missing airplanes is that their numbers add up to 8888, a mystical number in Chinese culture. MH17, MH370, QZ8501, 17+370+8501=8888.

We have calculated that it is not a common event at all, it is rarer than winning the top prize in 4D, a lottery in Singapore.

Probability of 3 random numbers (from 1 to 9999) adding to 8888: 0.0039497% , or around 1 in 25,000.

Probability of winning the First Prize in 4D: 0.01%, or 1 in 10,000.

8888

 

Read more at: http://mathtuition88.blogspot.sg/2014/12/math-of-qz8501-sum-of-3-numbers-that.html


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