114-billion-to-one roulette longshot hits in Vegas

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Professional oddsmaker RJ Bell emailed me a picture from Monday night at the Rio in Las Vegas, where the number 19 hit SEVEN straight times at a roulette table.

Hitting a roulette number even once is 37 to 1 against. The odds of the same number hitting seven straight times is 114.4 billion to 1 against (more precisely: 114,415,582,591 to 1)

Winning the Powerball Lottery is 586 times MORE likely than a roulette number hitting seven straight times.

If you played roulette every day, 24 hours a day, your favorite number would hit seven straight times once every 217,000 years!

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