Web Scraper to gather Historical Powerball Lottery Data
January 5, 2019
In the previous blog post, we explored the mathematical underpinnings behind the Powerball lottery. We learned that using enumerative combinatorics, we can calculate the number of possible combinations that exist within any given Powerball drawing.
Within this article, we will learn how to build a web scraper using Python that gathers historical winning Powerball Number combinations.
A Mathematical Understanding of the Powerball Lottery
December 27, 2018
The popular Powerball lottery offered in the United States has in the past years, evolved to accommodate larger payouts due to several iterative adjustments in the game’s structure. The most recent adjustment was set in place for the drawing which occurred on October 7th, 2015. This probabilistic alteration opened the opportunity for players to potentially win payouts in excess of $1 billion.
This post is the first in a series and seeks to understand how to calculate and comprehend the underlying probabilities associated with the Powerball lottery game.