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I have a question regarding bank card pin numbers. what is the probability and odds of two friends (known him for 17 years) have the same pin number for a debit card. these pin numbers were assigned by two different banks and neither pin number was changed by either myself or my friend.

interested to know what the odds are.

regards

malc

There are 10,000 possible four-digit PINs (0000 through 9999). I am assuming that your PIN is four digits, that is the most common. Your relationship as friends etc. is not relevant, and we can assume the banks assign PIN randomly, so the probability is 1 in 10,000 that your PIN numbers match.

Now, in reality, the probability is

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