9 workers decide to draw straws to see who will be the one to stay late and clean up. If there are 9 straws, 8 long and 1 short, what is the probability that Jim, who goes first, will draw the short straw?



There is only one short straw, so Jim has only one chance of picking a short straw out of the total of 9 straws. The numerator of the probability is 1, the denominator is 9.

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