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I just got my 8 letters in a game of Lexulous (Scrabble). The first 4, in order, were F-U-C-K. What are the chances of this happenning?

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I just got my 8 letters in a game of Lexulous (Scrabble). The first 4, in order, were F-U-C-K. What are the chances of this happenning?
asked Oct 11, 2016 in Games and Recreation by smyadmin (55,140 points)

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1 in 4,883,252.

There are 89 tiles in the bag. There are 2 F tiles, so the odds of picking that first are 2 in 89. There are 3 U tiles, so the odds of picking that next are 3 in 88 (remember, you took one tile out.) There are 2 C tiles, so the odds of picking that next are 2 in 87. And there is 1 K tile, so the odds of picking that next are 1 in 86. Multiply those together and simplify, and you have the answer.

(The answer is different in Scrabble due to different tile distributions. And if you're playing a UK version it might be different from the American version I based my numbers on.)
answered Oct 11, 2016 by moscl (33,300 points)
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