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January 22nd, 2014, 11:47 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2014 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  What are the odds?
If the possibility of an event occurring is 1/888 what are the odds of the event occurring three times in a row hopefully I phrased this in a way that can be answered Whoever can tell me...would you do so in simple terms like 1 in thank you because this happened 
January 23rd, 2014, 02:19 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jun 2013 From: London, England Posts: 1,312 Thanks: 115  Re: What are the odds?
There are two different situations here: a) You have an event that is 1/888 and you're going to see whether it will happen 3 times in a row. The odds are (1/88(1/88(1/88. That's approximately 1 billion to 1. b) The event has already happened once and you want to know the odds of it happening twice more. The odds here are (1/88(1/88. That's approx 1 million to 1. 
January 23rd, 2014, 06:32 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2013 From: New York, USA Posts: 561 Thanks: 79  Re: What are the odds?
To provide exact numbers, the probability of it happening three times in a row is 1 in 700,227,072, and the probability of it happening two more times in a row after it just happened is 1 in 788,544.

January 23rd, 2014, 08:48 PM  #4 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2014 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Re: What are the odds?
Thank you both for your answers, much appreciated


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