English Title

Reflections on a singular kind of lottery called the Genoese lottery


Leonhard Euler

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This work was read to the Berlin Academy in 1763, but only appeared in print in 1862 as part of the Opera postuma.

Content Summary

The Genoese lottery was the first number lottery, and as such drew much attention from 18th century mathematicians. Its chief expositors were Nicolas Bernoulli and Euler, and Euler himself devoted five papers to the subject: E338, E412, E600, and E813, along with this one. Here, Euler determines the probability that a particular number is drawn.

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Opera Postuma, Volume 1, pp. 319-335.

Opera Omnia Citation

Series 1, Volume 7, pp.466-494.

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