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A look behind the scenes at Hoosier Lottery drawings

Feb 15, 2018, 12:57 pm

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By Todd Northrop

Hoosier Lottery televised drawings take less than a minute to complete but as a local media report shows, it takes hours of preparation every day to make it all happen.

Indiana's Hoosier Lottery utilizes both computerized and traditional ball drawings for its games. The media report focuses mainly on the traditional ball drawings, which are used for the lottery's Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings.

The other in-state games — Cash Five, Hoosier Lotto, and Quick Draw — are conducted with a computerized random number generator.

The daily ball drawings are overseen by Steve Banks, the Hoosier Lottery's Senior Draw Manager. Banks is a retired First Sergeant with the state police.

Banks demonstrates how the balls are the most carefully guarded aspect of the drawings, likening the handling of the balls to police evidence.

"We figured that we ought to handle these balls and the machines — but particularly the balls — like you would handle evidence in a criminal trial," Banks explained.

The balls are carefully weighed and measured to ensure they are within strict tolerances, and they are never handled directly with human hands.

"We are very meticulous about handling them... storing them... weighing them, and making sure they're within the guidelines."

The drawing room itself is constantly monitored with surveillance cameras to track anytime someone is present.

When it comes to lottery drawing security, the Hoosier Lottery says their staff doesn't rely on chance.

VIDEO: Watch the report

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Most Lotteries follow similar procedures.

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    Hoosier Lottery and Power Ball.  A match made in Fate. A wonderful record.

     I recall past winners claiming anonymously in Indiana. 

    Cheers

     "We are all in this together!" 

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      Most Lotteries follow similar procedures.

      All this security and they still have to do pre-tests.  Why?  In cased somebody tampered with the equipment. smh.

      "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

      The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

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        Hoosier Lottery and Power Ball.  A match made in Fate. A wonderful record.

         I recall past winners claiming anonymously in Indiana. 

        Cheers

        If you call a blind trust anonymous---which I do, then yes, big winners in Indiana have done this through an Attorney.  I think one of them did what I'm going to do when I win---claim it through a LLC.

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          Mean while I have not seen a single video from the New Lotto America.

          I try to contact my state lottery and they want my name and address all kinds of info to explain to why there are no videos (0.50 sec) about any of the Lotto America draws. So my take on it is they still using Computers to pick the number like Hot Lotto. If they don’t have 1 minute to post a draw on YouTube for as to see am not buying.

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            If you call a blind trust anonymous---which I do, then yes, big winners in Indiana have done this through an Attorney.  I think one of them did what I'm going to do when I win---claim it through a LLC.

            My plans are to hire the correct legal help to place a barrier around my winnings. It that is an LLC then OK.

             Each State is different.

             Are you ready to become a Veteran at winning big jackpots? You could be asked to comment on future winners and their predicaments and good luck.

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              In the video, the security director said that they check to make sure the balls all weigh the same.

              If the balls all have different numbers on them and need more ink to make those numbers, wouldn't those balls weigh more than the others? ie: ball #1 compared to ball #8, or in the games with higher than 9 numbers ball #38.

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                Friday @ 1 p.m. on FB the Kentucky Lottery will have a live question and answer period of how drawings are conducted.  Years ago they said if I were to win a game and wanted to witness the mid-day I could.

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                  In the video, the security director said that they check to make sure the balls all weigh the same.

                  If the balls all have different numbers on them and need more ink to make those numbers, wouldn't those balls weigh more than the others? ie: ball #1 compared to ball #8, or in the games with higher than 9 numbers ball #38.

                  You have a point there TMM.

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                    I have always loved watching the Hoosier Lottery drawings. Most people there will say
                    they saw the drawing no rigging.  Many people there are glad they take these games
                    cautions . With that much surveillance it lower the odd of a sandal like IA. Tipton. I
                    actually enjoy talking to the balls as they're being draw. Part of the fun of the games.
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                      chr$ never seen a drawing but we used to watch the TV show they had where folks could win some serious money.  Name slips me, long gone show.

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                        I have always loved watching the Hoosier Lottery drawings. Most people there will say
                        they saw the drawing no rigging.  Many people there are glad they take these games
                        cautions . With that much surveillance it lower the odd of a sandal like IA. Tipton. I
                        actually enjoy talking to the balls as they're being draw. Part of the fun of the games.

                        Admire your candor on " talking to the balls" cbr$- however like spoilt kids, they don't seem to be listening to any of us. Folks using birthdays, anniversaries, wedding days, graduations dates or numbers,all for nought. These balls, much Like Kids prefer  doing their own thing. Now if only that lottery almanac from " back to the future 2 " was real..

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

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                          Admire your candor on " talking to the balls" cbr$- however like spoilt kids, they don't seem to be listening to any of us. Folks using birthdays, anniversaries, wedding days, graduations dates or numbers,all for nought. These balls, much Like Kids prefer  doing their own thing. Now if only that lottery almanac from " back to the future 2 " was real..

                          noise-gate that made me laugh.  Going to send you a private message in a bit.

                          Just as bad as me talking to the slot machines; won't say what I say because you guys would have me locked up in the loony bin.  Also like to rub the big blue IGT lottery machine, to no avail of course.

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                            In the video, the security director said that they check to make sure the balls all weigh the same.

                            If the balls all have different numbers on them and need more ink to make those numbers, wouldn't those balls weigh more than the others? ie: ball #1 compared to ball #8, or in the games with higher than 9 numbers ball #38.

                            What they're talking about here is the pick 3 & pick 4 ball from 0- 9. That why 
                            they are handled with glove. You don't want a person who used lotion to handle
                            the balls without gloves. It a cause & effect thing. Every ball that come in contact
                            with main ball with lotion is getting some of it on them, making them heavier 
                            and less likely to come out the shoot. Most lotions are oil base. All the balls 
                             need to be checked for cracks , dents ...etc. If a ball, machine anything to be
                            corrected should been done in the pre- draws. Better safe then sorry.