Current Mood:Esctatic emoticon Esctatic & Surprised emoticon Surprised

My work puts on a Christmas party every year, and there are usually some nice randomly won

Last night the theme was The Price Is Right, so there were 10 rounds of contests similar to the show. 61 employees, 4 called up each round, and I wasn’t called up for any of them. “No big deal,” I told myself, as we all got a nice Christmas bonus and a tasty free meal, and in previous years I’ve won things like an iPod and an iPad so I can’t complain.

The big prizes of the night were:
- 4 tickets to a Canucks game
- A night at the Pan Pacific Hotel
- 2 paid vacation days + one year of reserved parking at work
- An Apple Watch

Everyone got to spin a wheel to get 3-8 tickets to put into the 4 different prize bags in any combination they wanted. I spun a 3 and put 1 each into the hotel, vacation+parking, and Apple Watch bags.

The average amount of tickets per person were probably 5, multiplied by 60 employees is 300. Divided by 4 prizes and that was about 1 chance in 75 for me to win, or 1.3%.

Improbably, they drew my name for the vacation+parking so I was happy. I have to keep parking on the gravel to the side of the parking lot so a reserved spot is pretty sweet.

Then they drew for the Apple Watch. There was a bit of confusion and then they called my name again! I had to give up the vacation days and parking spot but now I’m the proud owner of an Apple Watch!

Two 1.3% chances and I hit both! Prior to the draw that would be…let’s see…
1.3% x 1.3% = 0.017%, or 17 chances in 100,000! Did I calculate that right?

So far it’s been downloading a required OS update pretty much all day. Hopefully I get to use it before I go to bed…


Write a comment