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The South Carolina Education Lottery says a programming error in its computer system vendor is to blame for a profusion of winning tickets on Christmas. Two of the state's lottery tickets are pictured here in 2005. Nell Redmond/Associated Press hide caption

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A woman wins the lottery not once, not twice, but four times. What are the odds? According to mathematician Joseph Mazur, it depends on how you ask the question. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Magic, or Math? The Appeal of Coincidences, and The Reality

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A machine prints Powerball lottery tickets at a convenience store in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Saturday's jackpot has risen to $900 million. Saul Loeb./AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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$900 Million Prize, 1 In 292 Million Odds — And A Few More Lottery Numbers

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is seen on Capitol Hill shortly after being elected House majority leader in 2014. He's now the leading candidate to replace House Speaker John Boehner when he retires next month. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Lucky Guy? Kevin McCarthy Once Won The Lottery. Now He Might Be Speaker

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Women in Barcelona check their numbers for Spain's Christmas lottery, named "El Gordo" (Fat One), in 2012. Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Good Samaritan Could Get Unclaimed Lotto Jackpot In Spain

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