Math CentralQuandaries & Queries


To whom it may concern:

I have been asked by a customer in Missisauga to track down some odds of winning a contest. In this contest, the last 4 digits of the winner's driver's license number have to match the last 4 digits of a Harley VIN number. There are 200 people maximum allowed into the drawing, 10,000 total possible VIN combos. Would the odds be 1:50 or something other than that?



Hi Kevin,

If the last four digits of license numbers and the last four digits of a Harley VIN number can be any four digits then there is a one in fifty probability of winning.


About Math Central


Math Central is supported by the University of Regina and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.
Quandaries & Queries page Home page University of Regina PIMS