What he discovered was pretty simple: he looked for numbers that never repeated, increasing the likelihood that they'd appear underneath the scratch off. He was right, and his trick netted him winnings nearly 90-percent of the time. Since Srivastava wasn't interested in making money or ripping off the lottery, he duly reported his findings to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which promptly pulled the flawed game.
In order for the lottery to be a true game of chance, gaming commissions all over North America wouldn't be able to control the frequency of the payout. Srivastava's discovery only confirms that there is nothing haphazard about the lottery; the game is designed to lure and entice consumers, preying on the hope that each ticket will be the "lucky" one. Unfortunately, the system is a little better crafted than that, and stats prove it.