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Twenty-fourth Leonard C. Sulski Memorial Lecture and Dinner


Co-sponsored by the Northeastern Section of the MAA

Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin

Title: How to use math to get rich in the lottery*

*will not actually help you get rich in the lottery

Abstract: For seven years, a group of students from the MIT exploited
a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Cash WinFall game to win
drawing after drawing, eventually pocketing more than $3 million.  How did
they do it?  How did the lottery finally catch up with them?  And what does
this all have to do with probability, geometry, and combinatorics?

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (at Holy Cross)


4:00 pm Refreshments in Smith Labs Atrium

4:30 pm Lecture - Smith Labs, Room 154

6:00 pm Appetizers and cash bar, Hogan Campus Center Suite B

6:30 pm Dinner, Hogan Campus Center Suite B

The lecture is free and open to the public.  If you also wish to attend the

dinner, please contact Professor Tom Cecil at

Choice of entrees: Poached Salmon, Chicken Marsala or Vegetarian
  (Please indicate your choice when you send your check)

Price: $15.00

Make checks payable to: College of the Holy Cross

Send registration to:

Professor Tom Cecil
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01610-2395

phone: (508) 793-2719

Deadline for registration: April 10, 2017


Information about the speaker:

Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Barry Mazur in 1998. He taught at Princeton University from 1998-2005, and has been at the University of Wisconsin since then.  His research interests are arithmetic algebraic geometry and number theory.

Aside from numerous research articles in prestigious journals, Professor Ellenberg is the author of a general interest book about the mathematics of everyday life entitled, "How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking" (Penguin Press 2014).  Professor Ellenberg was awarded the 2016 Euler Book Prize by the Mathematical Association of America for this book, which was on the New York Times best seller list for the period June-August, 2014.
His Sulski Lecture will be aimed at a general mathematical audience.