In the SuperLottery, three balls are drawn (at random) from ten white balls numbered from 1 to 10, and one SuperBall is drawn (at random) from ten red balls numbered from 11 to 20. When you buy a ticket, you choose three numbers from 1 to 10 and one number from 11 to 20.

If the numbers on your ticket match at least two of the white balls or match the red SuperBall, then you win a super prize. What is the probability that you win a super prize?

Hint: Consider complementary counting.

ArcticPenguin Aug 15, 2020

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Since you have first to match 3 white balls, the chances picking the first matching ball =3/10 * your chances of picking the 2nd ball, 2/9 * your chances of picking the 3rd ball, 1 / 8=3/10 * 2/9 * 1/8 =6 / 720 - This is the probability of matching 3 white balls.

To match the red ball, you have 1/10 chance: So, the overall probability of winning the Super Prize would be:

6 /720 * 1/10= 6 / 7200 **=1 / 1200**

Guest Aug 15, 2020