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THE SYSTEM TEST PROBLEM ... N=25 ... A SURPRISE 
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Finishing well in the system test problem didn't mean
a thing ... but it DID prove to have an interesting finish!

During the last few days of the POTM, I was surprised by an
entry which is worthy of special mention.  Tong Nghia sent
a nine ticket solution to the system test problem that did
NOT have the most common sum of 669 ... Tong's sum was 642.
Unlike the other 9 ticket solutions ... the ticket containing
numbers 1-7 was notably absent!!!  I have no idea what this
means other than there is certainly more than one approach
to this complex problem ... and that Tong Nghia is one of
the contest's most "out-of-the-box" thinkers!!!

Here's Tong Nghia's LOTO_WINNER solution to the N=25 problem:

   1   2   3   4  15  16  17
   1   2   3   4  15  16  18  
   1   2   5  11  12  13  14
   1   2   6   7   8   9  10
   3   4   5  11  12  13  14
   3   4   6   7   8   9  10
   5  11  12  13  14  15  16  
   6   7   8   9  10  17  18  
  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  

4 each of 1-4    16 numbers total  40
3 each of 5-16   36 numbers total 378
2 each of 17-18   4 numbers total  70
1 each og 19-25   7 numbers total 154

		Grand total ... 642

So what happened to this entry when I ran it with N=37???
Ironically, the solution did NOT cover the king's draw
of "1 2 3 4 5 6 7" ... ouch!!!

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Here is a sample output from one of the
24 programs that found what once appeared to be 
the optimal solution:  9 tickets with sum of 669.

  1   2   3   4   5   6   7
  1   2   3   4   5   8   9
  1   2   3   6   7   8   9
  1   4   5   6   7   8   9
 10  11  12  13  14  15  16
 10  11  12  13  14  17  18
 10  11  12  15  16  17  18
  1  14  15  16  17  18  13
 19  20  21  22  23  24  25

All (I'm pretty sure) shared the characteristics 
of having  the same number distribution to achieve
the identical sum:

FIVE 1's ;			  (5)
THREE EACH of 2-18		(510)
ONE EACH of 19-25		(154)

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              ENTRY    TICKETS   SUM    TIME   LANG  Programmer
      ---------------- -------  -----  ------  ----  -------------------
           LOTO_WINNER      9     642     .10    c   Tong Nghia
                  SWAG      9     669     .07    c   Paul Banta
                 lotto      9     669     .09    c   Jimmy Hu
              LOTO_NHV      9     669     .09    C   Nguyen Viet
             autolotto      9     669     .09   gc   David Van_Brackle
          Lott-Er-Luck      9     669     .09    c   Paul Bunting
        who_needs_luck      9     669     .09   gC   Shawn Fox
    TroubleWithTriples      9     669     .09    C   R.Saint S.Weldon
                 elboe      9     669     .10    c   Andrew Gauld
        The_Lucky_Draw      9     669     .11   gc   S. Arun
               LuckOut      9     669     .12    c   Davor Slamnig
               tripleg      9     669     .12    c   Ivan Velev
              LGVNWINH      9     669     .18  PAS   Tran Hoang
     PackUpYourTriples      9     669     .21    c   John Linderman
              Renegade      9     669     .23    c   John Engels
      Russian_Roulette      9     669     .27    C   Dmitry Potapov
        ShowMeTheMoney      9     669     .28   gc   H.Burch D.Sleator
     Bozo4_TM_So_Close      9     669     .70  CSH   Susan Adams
             RockNRodl      9     669    2.14 PERL   Matthew Mullin
               Rabbits      9     669    5.83    c   Victor Udovenko
    Prairie_Dog_Weiner      9     669    8.34    c   Thad Smith
       Hole_Lotto_Love      9     669    9.02 PERL   John Williams
     only_for_the_rich      9     669  201.99    c   Franz Mauch
       shroud_of_Turan      9     669  548.12 JAVA   Ted Alper
         tax_minimizer      9     669  590.15   gc   George Papoutsis
               mudpack      9     670     .29    c   Doug Jones
              HatTrick      9     670     .61 PERL   D.Ross M.Hiller
            WhatASweat      9     670     .94    c   Giorgio DiFalco
          ticketysplit      9     671     .19    c   Vincent Goffin
              El_Konyo      9     673  320.26   gc   Yoichi Kono
         Lot_O_Tickets      9     795     .23    c   Beth Wilson
          DuckAndCover      9     944     .07    c   Happy Hacker
                blotto     10     569     .11    c   Warren Montgomery
             Karin-T-L     11     641     .20   gC   Peter Conrad
                sevens     11     671     .46    c   Aivars Zogla
              Elbo_Mac     12     975  409.59   gC   Andrew Royappa
            CouldaBeen     13    1143  109.68   gC   Keith Jones
             EasyMoney     17    1458    1.27    c   Joe Vollbrecht
                cclljj     17    1458   23.47    c   Chen Ling-Jyh
               shoe_in     17    1509   25.42   gC   Andy Olsen
             Lotorenzo     17    1527   36.84    c   Lourenco Arnasalon
            lottoloser     18    1619  568.08    c   Nguyen Trieu
             luckyluke     18    1627    1.83   gC   Michael Strauch
           Slaughter-E     18    1643    1.28    c   Brace Stout
                simple     21    1825     .25    c   Alexey Zhelvis
               kentemp     21    1825     .32   gc   Ken Bateman
              zakharov     21    1825     .33    c   Alexei Zakharov
                 loops     21    1825     .40   gc   Bernard Hatt
                in2win     21    1825    2.99   gC   Joseph Eccles
           DumbAndSlow     21    1825    3.92    C   Colin Rafferty
straightforward_average    21    1825   17.66   gc   Curtis Larsen
             Lotta_rye     21    1825   22.38    C   A.S.Kiran Koushik
                  king     21    1825   42.20   gC   Brenda Holloway
              lot-shot     21    1825   73.06    c   George Menhorn
           good2bdking     21    1825   90.47    c   Shawn Wischoeffer
            jabri_mamu     21    1825  238.64   gC   Neelkanth Natu
         pzsoltLottery     22    1935    1.32   gc   Peter Zsolt
              LuckyDip     50    4776     .10    c   Roy Lett
                   tix    119   10514    2.21    c   Eric Weeks
             lottoluck    119   10684     .57    c   Edwin Berlin
       TicketToElbonia    152   13970     .16    c   Sam Wilson
           triceratops    182   16581     .31    c   Earl Chew
          Ticketmaster    194   19436    1.30    c   Guy Oliver
               NiceTry    194   19436    4.03   gc   Seth Rothenberg
         Brute_Remorse    202   20691    1.79   gC   Chad Hurwitz
               Olimpas    213   17319     .12    c   Mantas Puida
                 Bingo    224   17666     .08    c   Rags Viswanathan
               frisbee    439   47203    2.07 PERL   Andrew Schexnaydre
      something_clever   1330   73150     .16   gc   Don Dykes
             J3lottery   1330   73150     .54 PERL   Jason Nichols

(these guys ought to get some kind of special award too ...)

          POTM_Emporer 116280  8953560    8.31   gc   John Guo
                Jester 341701 29209806   35.30    C   Phillip Staite

             Samanyolu 999999       0       c Ertugrul   Tabak 
                MERLOT 999999       0     .08    c   Elizabeth Ross
              LottoMan 999999       0     .09  PAS   Darren Davis
            LuckAssure 999999       0     .09    c   Vikram Sreeram
         LOTO-OPTIMIST 999999       0     .09    c   Le_Kim Quoc_Phong
                Prince 999999       0     .10    c   Brandon Crosby
               noentry 999999       0     .10    N   Luc Kumps
  IMayAlreadyBeAWinner 999999       0     .12    c   Phil Gregory
             Two_Adder 999999       0     .21 PERL   Nick Hildenbrandt
        Indian_lottery 999999       0    1.94 JAVA   Raja Kannan
               copycat 999999       0    2.15    C   Neal Palmer
             hatchance 999999       0   10.31 JAVA   George Adams

  >> values of 999999 indicate incomplete or illegal output <<

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