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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Justin Mason tagged probability

'The tic-tac-toe lottery was seriously flawed. It took a few hours of studying his tickets and some statistical sleuthing, but he discovered a defect in the game: The visible numbers turned out to reveal essential information about the digits hidden under the latex coating. Nothing needed to be scratched off—the ticket could be cracked if you knew the secret code.'

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it's not sufficiently evenly-distributed, apparently. Also: got linked from Hack The Planet!

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'Statistics can fool you. In fact it is fooling your government right now. It can even bankrupt the system (let's face it: use of probabilistic methods for the estimation of risks did just blow up the banking system).' (via Gary Stock)

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