I couldn't make this things up if I tried, could you imagine the one time you hit 5,000 people pick the same number. NY lottery drawing is 9-1-1 on 9/11 Officials say they expect high number of winners ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 12 â€” On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a date often repeated as 9/11, the numbers that popped up for the New York Lottery were 9-1-1. â€œThe numbers were picked in the standard random fashion using all the same protocols,â€ said Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman. â€œItâ€™s just the way the numbers came up.â€ LOTTERY OFFICIALS said Thursday that 5,631 people selected the winning sequence. It wasnâ€™t immediately clear how much they won. The 9-1-1 combination was picked so often, it reached the lotteryâ€™s set limit for combinations and sold out, Hapeman said. On any given day, seven to 10 sets of numbers are â€œclosed out,â€ she said. Christopher M. Rump, an assistant professor of industrial engineering who studies probability at the University of Buffalo, said there was a one in 1,000 chance of the numbers â€9-1-1â€ coming up on in the lottery. â€œIâ€™m a bit surprised, but I wouldnâ€™t characterize it as bizarre.â€ Rump says. â€œItâ€™s randomness. Every number has the same chance of coming up. People tend to read into these things. Iâ€™m sure that whatever numbers come up tonight will have some special meaning to someone, somewhere.â€ A similar coincidence occurred Nov. 12 when the numbers 5-8-7 came up in the New Jersey Lottery the day American Airlines Flight 587 crashed on the New York coast. Hapeman said Wednesday was the first time in more than a year that the 9-1-1 combination had come up in the New York Lottery. For the evening drawing, the lottery uses numbered balls circulating in a machine. When three levers are pressed, three balls pop up into tubes randomly. Â© 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.