Kindness != Jackpot

The person even allowed a fellow customer to get in front of the line at the store to make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase, according to a commission statement. “A simple act of kindness led to an amazing outcome.”

by David K. Li

That’s not how this works. If the person didn’t get in front of them, it isn’t like the person behind them would have received their number. pseudorandom number generators don’t work like that. In fact, even if all of this took place, but the attendant hit the button to generate a new ticket a second later it probably wouldn’t come up with the same number.

The article is associating kindness with winning a lottery. That isn’t how kindness works, and it certainly isn’t how lotteries work.