This week will see a record £60 million National Lottery jackpot, and there will be plenty of people who want to win.
But if you believe in magic then perhaps the best person to ask is Derren Brown .
Back in 2009 the illusionist claimed he was able to successfully predict the lottery numbers and revealed them in a live TV special.
It certainly attracted a lot of interest, as 2.7 million viewers tuned in to Channel 4 to see Brown perform his latest trick.
And more than six years later, like all good magicians, he’s never revealed how he REALLY did it.
Broadcasting from a secret studio location, Brown told viewers he had written his predictions on a line of balls, which he then revealed after watching the draw live on BBC
He said “That’s a year of my life right there. I can’t believe it”, as he turned over the balls to reveal they were an exact match for the winning numbers: 2, 11, 23, 28, 35, 39.
Afterwards, by way of an explanation, Brown said he used: “A powerful beautiful secret that can only be achieved when we all put our heads together.”
He gathered a panel of 24 people who wrote down their predictions after studying the last year’s worth of numbers.
Then they added up all the guesses for each ball and divided it by 24 to get the average guess.
On the first go they only got one number right, on the second attempt they managed three and on the third they guessed four.
By the time of the draw they had honed their technique to get six correct guesses.
Brown claimed the predictions were correct because of the “wisdom of the crowd” theory, which suggests a large group of people making average guesses will come up with the correct figure as an average of all their attempts.
Winner: Although he wasn’t allowed to buy a ticket by Channel 4, he still got the numbers right
But Brown still left his audience guessing after stressing that he did not, and would never, fix the lottery machine before giving precise details of how – using weighted balls – he could have achieved that.
At the time he said: “That concludes the tale of how we reached Wednesday night.
All of my 24 people who were there know what happened and the success they had.”
“But it’s quite possible that many of you simply won’t believe it,” he continued. “So you may choose not to believe any of what I’ve told you.
“Maybe you’ll still believe that it was some sort of ‘super technology’, What you choose to believe is up to you.”
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