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It’s Thursday! It’s February! It’s Monopoly time!

Or rather not. In an article the other week my mathematical skills were called into question. I made the claim that the number 7 was the most likely number to come up on the combination of dice. People have claimed to me that this is faulty logic because if the dice are random then there is no way they could conspire to give you a more likely number. But they do and they can. Here’s a handy table which proves it all for you:

Dice 1 Dice 2 Total Possible Totals Occurrence
1 1 2 2 1
1 2 3 3 2
1 3 4 4 3
1 4 5 5 4
1 5 6 6 5
1 6 7 7 6
2 1 3 8 5
2 2 4 9 4
2 3 5 10 3
2 4 6 11 2
2 5 7 12 1
2 6 8
3 1 4
3 2 5
3 3 6
3 4 7
3 5 8
3 6 9
4 1 5
4 2 6
4 3 7
4 4 8
4 5 9
4 6 10
5 1 6
5 2 7
5 3 8
5 4 9
5 5 10
5 6 11
6 1 7
6 2 8
6 3 9
6 4 10
6 5 11
6 6 12

See! Maths is fun!

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