E812 -- Reflexions sur un espece singuliere de loterie, nommee Loterie Genoise

(Reflections on a singular kind of lottery named the Genoise Lottery)


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

It was read before the Academy of Berlin on March 10, 1763, but not published until 1862, in the Opera Postuma.

According to C. G. J. Jacobi, it was read to the Berlin Academy on March 10, 1763.

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