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In a recent Lotto draw, Jeremiah won $1138, Philemon $634, and Ridgeley $205.

How much did Waltraud and Xhuliana win in that draw?

Edit: Jeremiah won $790, Philemon $1650, and Ridgeley $464

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On June 14 2019, Author modified the winnings to facilitate a solution

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$0 each - the lottery only has three winners?

It's almost certainly a math question, and maybe to do with the names, but it doesn't hurt to try a first guess.

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On 6/11/2019 at 1:21 AM, comet said:

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waltraud - 304

Xhuliana - 133

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Wrong. How did you arrive at that?

 

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Answer will only appear after a few people have had a go at and possibly have solved it!

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I've changed the amounts won by the winners to make it a bit easier (in a way). The original one proved to be too tough!

Humble apologies to those who have spent their valuable time by working on the previous OP.

The revised OP now reads as follows:

 

In a recent Lotto draw, Jeremiah won $790, Philemon $1650, and Ridgeley $464.

How much did Waltraud and Xhuliana win in the same draw?

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On 6/20/2019 at 4:32 AM, rocdocmac said:
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Hint ... use the names in conjunction with 7 arithmetic operators - one between each letter.

 

First thing that comes to mind is nothing....haha but seriously they won nothing. ...

 

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Prime factors, FWIW

 790 = 79 x 5 x 2
1650 =  7 x 5 x 5 x 5 x 2
 464 = 29 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2

 

 

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@bonanova ...

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1650 = 2 * 3 * 5 * 5 * 11 (not 7 * 5 * 5 * 5 * 2), by the way!

You can choose one or more from the four operators +, -, *, and/or (7 in total for each name and in the same order).

 

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Yes.

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I just tried to start with the * operator, seeing that two of the numbers ended in 0,
and looking at prime factors..... seems like a slew of possibilities.
Thought of writing a program.

 

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  EXPLANATION:

  Use A=1, B=2, C=3, ..., Z=26 for the letters and apply the following operators in strict order from left to right between the letters:

  /,  +,  *,  -,  *,  -,  +

  e.g. JEREMIAH (790) ...

  J/E 10/5     2
  +R 2 +18   20
  *E 20 *5 100
  -M 100 -13     87
  *I 87 *9 783
  -A 783 -1 782
  +H 782 +8 790

  WALTRAUD → 665

  XHULIANA → 266

 

 

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