It seems strange to me when people talk about things being ‘random’. Especially when they’re not. Unusual, but not random.
I was sitting on the bus on the way home tonight and I had this random thought arrive and I figured out (randomly) that there’s really random, like totally infinite random, and then there’s like big numbers, with a number selected at random from within a fixed range.
It occurred to me that lotto is a fixed range. A big fixed range, granted. I couldn’t do the maths in my head on the bus, the random bumps on the road kept shaking the numbers out of my head. I used Excel instead. I think the chances of getting the first division, six balls plus a seventh, is 1 in 93,963,542,400. Which is quite a big number. But not an infinite number of choices.
I pushed the bell to get off at my stop, but the bus driver was counting his lucky stars and went on past. I had to get off at the next stop, and walk home in the rain.
How random is that?