“People often assume that I must be some extremely moral person because I didn’t take advantage of the lottery,” he says. “I can assure you that that’s not the case. I’d simply done the math and concluded that beating the game wasn’t worth my time.”

Wired's story Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code is almost a textbook example of how big business treats people who can think. And I love the fact that, having cracked the code, Srivastava went on to calculate that it wasn’t worth his while making use of the breakthrough.

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