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LottaFacts: A critical analysis of the state lottery through mathematics

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Presentation at the Creating Balance for an Unjust World Conference. Los Angeles, CA. Presentation with participating high school students and teachers. (January 2014).

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LottaFacts: A critical analysis of the state lottery through mathematics

  1. 1.  Please open your computers/tablets if you have them and connect to the wifi:  The wifi server does not show up automatically. Go to “Join Other Network” and enter: 8886. WEP Password: 48532d383838362d3131383030  Some people say the lottery is a tax on the mathematically illiterate. What do you think?Jot down your thoughts silently.
  2. 2. Alex Cristando Lauren Shookhoff Mat Sullivan Phiola McFarlane Soledad Fernandez Vivian Lim Learning Mathematics of the City in the City (LMCITY^2) Centering the Teaching of Mathematics on Urban Youth (CTMUY) This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0742614 and 1222430. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Cheyanne Smith Melissa Cabral Nicole Delvalle Tamara Rowe
  3. 3.  NSF-funded project  Curriculum and tools created by math educators from the City University of New York and MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab, with input from the Center of Urban Pedagogy  Teachers are Math for America early career or master teachers
  4. 4. TEACHERS  Alex Cristando, Mat Sullivan, Lauren Shookhoff ◦ Bushwick School for Social Justice, Bushwick, Brooklyn  Soledad Fernandez ◦ New Heights Academy Charter School, Washington Heights, Manhattan  Phiola McFarlane ◦ East New York Family Academy East New York, Brooklyn STUDENTS – From Bushwick School for Social Justice  Melissa Cabral  Nicole Delvalle  Cheyanne Smith  Tamara Rowe
  5. 5.  Team Facilitator (Furthest)  Resource Manager  Tool Facilitator  Reporter (Closest)
  6. 6.  To Play: Choose 3 of the following 5 colors.  To Win: Match all 3 winning colors, in any order.
  7. 7. From the New York State Lottery website: “Sweet Million is your best chance from the New York Lottery to win a million for just a buck.” The probability is 1 in about 4 million. But how big is 4 million?????? Game Cost to Play Next Jackpot Probability of Winning Sweet Millions $1 per game $1 million (always) 1 in 3,838,380 Powerball $2 per game $113 million (varies daily) 1 in 175,223,510 Mega Millions $1 per game $41 million (varies daily) 1 in 258,890,850 Lotto $1 for 2 games $6.5 million (varies daily) 1 in 22,528,737
  8. 8. What is 4 million? 4 million pennies stacked up would be how tall?
  9. 9. What is 4 million? 4 million pennies stacked up would be how tall? 3.9 miles… or 20,592 feet…
  10. 10. What is 4 million? 4 million pennies stacked up would be how tall? 3.9 miles… or about 20,300 feet… or the equivalent of the height of 16 Empire State buildings!
  11. 11. What is 4 million? If you walked 4 million steps west of Brooklyn, where would you land? New Jersey? Pennsylvania? Ohio?
  12. 12. What is 4 million? If you walked 4 million steps west of Brooklyn, where would you land? New Jersey? Pennsylvania? Ohio? Topeka, Kansas
  13. 13. What is 4 million? If you read a list of 4 million names out loud without stopping (yes, that means no sleeping either!), how long would it take?
  14. 14. What is 4 million? If you read a list of 4 million names out loud without stopping (yes, that means no sleeping either!), how long would it take? 70 days
  15. 15. Chances of Winning Sweet Million: About 1 / 4,000,000 This is like… You put the name of every male person in New York City in a hat (about 4,000,000 names). You pull out exactly one name, and it’s…
  16. 16. Chances of Winning Sweet Million: About 1 / 4,000,000 This is like… You put the name of every male person in New York City in a hat (about 4,000,000 names). You pull out exactly one name, and it’s… Jay-Z
  17. 17. What factors do you think might impact lottery spending across the city? In other words, why might more lottery tickets be purchased in one neighborhood over another?
  18. 18.  Go to our website: www.citydigits.org  Click on “Technology” tab  Choose the Map tool
  19. 19.  Student & Teacher reflections on the project  Check out more student opinions and reflections in Tours tab
  20. 20.  Some people say the lottery is a tax on the mathematically illiterate. What do you think?
  21. 21. There has been little discussion so far about how race might be central in an analysis of the lottery. Thoughts on that issue?
  22. 22. citydigits.org Tools Curriculum Resources Coming soon: The Math of Pawn Shops

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