A fallacy is a mistake in reasoning. The following examples each contain some reasoning about probabilities, some of which is correct and some of which is mistaken. See if you can spot any mistake, and then click "correct" if you think the reasoning is o.k. and "fallacy" if you think it is wrong.

- Fred is playing roulette in a Macau casino. The roulette wheel has 36 numbers (ignoring the zero), of which half are red and half are black. Fred reasons as follows: In the last ten spins, all the winning numbers have been red. But on average, only half the winning numbers are red. So to even things out, there must be more black numbers than red numbers coming up. So I stand a better chance of winning if I bet on black. Correct or fallacy?
- The chance of the Mark Six numbers being exactly the same two days in a row is extremely small. So to maximize my chances of winning today, I should not choose yesterday's winning numbers. Correct or fallacy?
- Suppose I am at the Pokfield Road bus terminus, waiting for the number 23 bus to leave for North Point. The number 23 leaves from here every 8 minutes. So the longer I wait for the bus, the higher the probability that it will leave in the next minute. Correct or fallacy?
- A city has a crackdown on speeding drivers, and the number of traffic fatalities falls by 12%. The local government claims that the increased enforcement has saved lives. But the crackdown was started because of a sudden increase in traffic fatalities the prior year. After an unusually high value, the number of deaths is likely to fall the following year anyway. So there is no reason to think that the crackdown caused the decrease in fatalities. Correct or fallacy?
- "BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland woman this week gave birth to
triplets for the second time in less than two years, defying
odds of about one in 50 million, hospital officials said."
The reasoning here is that since only about one birth in seven
thousand is of triplets, the odds of having two sets of
triplets in a row is about one in 7000
^{2}, which is one in 50 million. Correct or fallacy?