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# Understand the problem

Each lottery ticket has a 9-digit number, which uses only the digits 1, 2, 3. Each ticket is coloured red, blue or green. If two tickets have numbers which differ in all nine places, then the tickets have different colours. Ticket 122222222 is red, and ticket 222222222 is green. What colour is ticket 123123123?
Combinatorics
Medium
##### Suggested Book
An Excursion in Mathematics
##### Challenge
Show that the colour depends only on the first digit.

Do you really need a hint? Try it first!

Note that 311311311 is blue.
Note that, 211311311 is either green or blue. Comparing with 333133133 and previous data, show that it cannot be blue.
Hint 2 implies that 211311311 is green. Comparing 123123123 with tickets obtained, we conclude that it has to be red.

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