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Last Edited: February 16, 2009, 6:08 pm

Well I sent another question to the NCEL and boy when I tell you the responses get better everytime. My question at hand was the 506 on consecutive evening draws... All I can say is WTF!!!!!

Again, The security and integrity of all of our games are of utmost importance. Many steps are taken to ensure the integrity.   

An external auditor is present at every drawing, (Pick 3, Cash 5 & Powerball) and the ball set and draw machine are randomly selected before each drawing in the presence of the auditor. Tests are conducted before and after the live drawing, and the draw team reviews the numbers selected to sure that there are no patterns or sequences of numbers. If repeat numbers are noted, the ball set will be replaced and three additional tests will be conducted. If at anytime during the draw process the external auditor notes anything at all that concerns them, they can call the drawing foul and a new drawing will be conducted with a new ball set and new draw machine.  The ball sets are weighed and checked periodically and there are back-up sets that can replace any ball set that the draw team or auditor has concerns about. Again, the integrity of our games is very important to the NC Education Lottery.


·          Odds of same Pick3 numbers occurring in successive draws:  1 in 1,000.  (I have seen too press articles from other states refer to this as 1 in 1 million, but that is incorrect.  This is a conditional probability, and given that 506 was drawn on Friday night, the odds of drawing 506 on Saturday night was 1 in 1,000.)

·          All three ball sets were different between the nights.

·          The air pumps used to open the doors in the draw machines were different between the nights.

·          The Pick3 machine used was the same.  We have 3 machines in active rotation at the Draw Studio, so odds of the same machine being used on successive nights is 1 out of 3.

·    For both draws, all pre and post-tests passed NCEL criteria without incident

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