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British Columbia Lottery wants to upgrade computerized drawing system

May 6, 2016, 10:59 am

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By Todd Northrop

Canada's British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in order to expand and improve its ability to conduct computerized lottery drawings.

While the lottery may view a new computerized drawing system as a step-up for the organization, lottery players may feel differently.  In the United States, computerized drawings are the basis for the biggest scandal to ever rock the lottery industry.

According to the RFI, the British Columbia Lottery currently utilizes six independent computerized drawing machines, each a different model of machine.  This arrangement hinders scalability as well as automation.

A new computerized drawing system will address all the needs of the organization, including lottery, casino, and e-gaming.

The RFI was issued Tuesday, and responses must be received by the lottery by May 24.

Among the five Canadian lotteries, the British Columbia and Western Canada lotteries conduct all drawings with computers, while the Atlantic Canada, Ontario, and Québec lotteries conduct most drawings using traditional lottery ball machines.  The nation-wide Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max drawings are both conducted with traditional lottery ball machines.

On the Lottery Post forums — the largest and most popular discussion forums for lottery players worldwide — lottery players overwhelmingly prefer traditional lottery ball machine drawings because the actual drawing process can be witnessed easily by any layman, minimizing the potential for fraud.

On the other hand, computerized drawings are by their very nature impossible to witness, since the entire drawing process takes place inside a computer.

In 2010, Eddie Tipton, the former security chief for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), rigged a computerized drawing system using code that would delete itself after it fixed the numbers, making detection nearly impossible.  It was only due to his poor abilities as a thief that Tipton's ruse was discovered.

The investigation into Tipton's fraud continues to this day, with investigators unearthing several other rigged drawings, as well as arrests of two alleged accomplices.

This was precisely the scenario that Todd Northrop, Founder of Lottery Post, envisioned and wrote about in 2004 in his Petition for True Lottery Drawings.

In the petition, Northrop wrote, "Hackers can produce code that goes undetected for long periods of time, and causes unseen problems. Why do the state lotteries think that they are immune from hacking, when some of the most secure computers in the world have been hacked into? Worse, a state employee "on the take" could insert malicious computer code into the drawing process that could specify the exact numbers that are drawn. A crafty programmer could keep this secret for a long time."

Lottery Post's State Lottery Report Card ranks all government lotteries in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany by the percent of lottery games drawn using traditional lottery ball machines, and itemizes each game according to its drawing method.

Full Text of the British Columbia Lottery's Lottery Draw Machine Replacement RFI

1 INTRODUCTION

British Columbia Lottery Corporation ("BCLC") is the Crown Corporation which conducts and manages commercial gaming in British Columbia in accordance with the Gaming Control Act (BC) and the Criminal Code. B.C. Lottotech International Inc. ("BCLII") is a wholly owned subsidiary of BCLC. If this Request for Information (the "RFI") is issued by BCLII, references to BCLC throughout are deemed to be references to BCLII.

The purpose of this RFI is to receive information from industry leading companies that can assist in supporting BCLC's Lottery Draw Machine Replacement (LDMR) project. The information received through the RFI may be utilized to create requirements for a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP).

For clarity, there is no intention to qualify proponents or create any commitment on behalf of BCLC to any contract, or future business opportunity or process through this RFI.

1.1 BUSINESS OBJECTIVES

In order to support BCLC's ability to deliver current and future gaming products to the market, in a cost efficient and timely manner, and to assist BCLC in making decisions on future requirements for the Lottery Draw Machine Replacement project, BCLC plans to gather market intelligence through an RFI solicitation.

The objective of the RFI is to gain market intelligence and identify potential suppliers whose competencies align with BCLC's vision of conducting draws with integrity, reliability, and security.

BCLC currently conducts lottery draws using legacy systems and hardware that includes six (6) different models of Lottery Draw Machines, which are all separate systems, hindering scalability.

BCLC is looking to modernize its Automated Draw Systems (ADSs) to be an enterprise solution for all of BCLC's lines of business (Lottery, Casino, and E-Gaming). This new solution will have multitude of goals, including the ability to:

  • Add or remove games
  • Remove the need for manual process and interactions
  • Increase the level of business continuity / availability
  • Improve real-time monitoring and alerting

BCLC will also accept responses for stand-alone Random Number Generator (RNG) solutions or appliances.

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Into Darkness..

 * Voice of Reason *   

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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    Certainly leave those computerized drawing systems of the U.S especially NY.. computers are bullsh*t and meant to be rigged no way buddy will you ruin our games

    Simplify..

    " What's more likely to happen will happen.. "

    Million dollar Ops.

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      The Canadian people will not allow the computer number generator to replace the number balls!!! And the U.S. should band together to stop the use of it also! I'm waiting to see a scandal in Washington State because of the greed it has for money. Alot of people want the ball's brought back and not the C.N.G....LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND VOICE OUR CONCERN! US Flag

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        Simpsonville
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        The Canadian people will not allow the computer number generator to replace the number balls!!! And the U.S. should band together to stop the use of it also! I'm waiting to see a scandal in Washington State because of the greed it has for money. Alot of people want the ball's brought back and not the C.N.G....LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND VOICE OUR CONCERN! US Flag

        Upgrade for whom?  Certainly not the lottery players.  I would expect better things of out of Canada, not this type of nonsense.

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          Lotteries were first tied directly to the United States in 1612, when King James I (1566-1625) of England created a lottery to provide funds to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent British settlement in North America. Lotteries were used by public and private organizations after that time to raise money for towns, wars, colleges, and public works projects.

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            The Canadian people will not allow the computer number generator to replace the number balls!!! And the U.S. should band together to stop the use of it also! I'm waiting to see a scandal in Washington State because of the greed it has for money. Alot of people want the ball's brought back and not the C.N.G....LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND VOICE OUR CONCERN! US Flag

            Mr./Ms. RCA1952,

            I agree. I want to see real, physical lotto balls, EACH PRECISELY MEASURED for weight, if not already done.

            No reason a "33" ball should be less balanced and weigh more than a "1" ball.

            But, I'm almost sure those details have been addressed.

            I don't want to see CGNs anywhere in my Lotto.

            Mr. Groppo

            • Don't chase the numbers you play.
            • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
            • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                       (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
            • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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              "  This arrangement hinders scalability as well as automation."

              Shouldn't that read "This arrangement hinders security breaches as well as rigging." ?

              Anyway plenty of people will still be stupid enough to play castrated games.

              CGN = Castrated Generator of Numbers

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                Nobody gives a crap what we think,what we want,how we feel,stop playing does more harm.

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                  Nobody gives a crap what we think,what we want,how we feel,stop playing does more harm.

                  Sir/Ma'am,

                  You have a good point there.  If we stop playing, that would shock the system, and make the
                  administrators look up, and take notice.

                  But, we can't stop playing. This forum is full of people who are desperate
                  for money, which is why we have to play every lotto game.

                  Like 'yours truly'.

                  "So, even though they don't care,

                  We'll always be there."



                  Mr. Groppo

                  • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                  • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                  • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                             (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                  • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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                    • Increase the level of business continuity / availability
                    • Improve real-time monitoring and alerting

                     

                    • TRANSLATION

                     *Provide non random numbers based on precise settings established by management to reach financial yearly goals 

                    • Send alerts when too many players bet on certain numbers and adjust non random  number selection in REAL TIME and improve spying on numbers played accordingly in REAL ZERO DELAY TIME. 
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                      I thought that people were supposed to learn from their mistakes.

                      With everything that has gone on in the past with C.N.G.'s, why would they want another computerized system?

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                        This should be a great time for an upgrade. They can get a really good deal on some lightly used equipment from the Iowa lottery.

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                          This should be a great time for an upgrade. They can get a really good deal on some lightly used equipment from the Iowa lottery.

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                            Nailed it!!!...That's what's happening in Arizona....