Kentucky Lottery now using computerized drawings

Apr 13, 2020, 9:11 am (36 comments)

Kentucky Lottery

Coronavirus claims another victim: Real lottery drawings

By Todd Northrop

Starting today, you will no longer be able to watch how the Kentucky Lottery draws its daily numbers games because the drawings now take place inside a computer program.

The daily Pick 3, Pick 4, and CashBall 225 games are all transitioned to computerized drawings starting Monday, and will no longer be drawn using balls and machines. Instead, a dedicated computer system known as a random number generator will randomly generate winning numbers.

This is not a new system to the Kentucky Lottery; winning numbers for the daily 5 Card Cash game have been drawn using a random number generator for almost eight years. Currently 31 state lotteries in the U.S. use some form of a random number generator for their lottery drawings.

"By using this system, our drawings will be done in a much quicker manner with the same levels of security and integrity," said the Kentucky Lottery's Sr. vice president of communications, PR and social responsibility Chip Polston. "Given the current COVID-19 situation, we want to improve safety for our draw staff as much as possible. Instead of taking an hour for the midday drawing and almost two hours for the evening drawing using the old method of balls and machines, we will now be able to complete this vital function in a matter of minutes."

The random number generators are not connected to any external system and contain no ability to connect to the internet. The device is locked into a full-sized chassis, and tampering is prevented with a bar-coded security bolt that has to be destroyed to be removed. Detailed written procedures require two people to be present at all times in order to access the system, containing a number of checks which must be verified by both individuals before a drawing can be conducted.

The random number generators are housed in the dedicated draw studio with extensive electronic and video surveillance located at the Kentucky Lottery headquarters building in Louisville. Midday lottery drawings take place at approximately 1:20 PM EST, and the evening drawing occurs at approximately 10:58 PM EST.

As always, winning numbers will be available minutes after the drawing on Lottery Post's Kentucky Lottery Results page.

Let's hope for the best

State lotteries have been emphatically stating for years that computerized drawings both save money for the state as well as provide an entirely secure, reliable way to draw lottery numbers, but the worst cases of fraud and drawing failures have always come from computerized drawings.

Lottery Post has documented  case after case  of computerized drawing failures of every type, including outright rigging.

In 2017, the Arizona Lottery had to take computerized drawing machines completely out of service due to repeat numbers being drawn. (See  Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers,  Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2017.)

Just four years prior to that, the very same state lottery — the Arizona Lottery — suffered a monumental computerized drawing failure that went undiscovered for two months, rendering almost 8% of all Pick 3 tickets sold during that span incapable of winning.


Other computerized drawing states have had the exact type of failure as Arizona, drawing the same numbers multiple times in a row. (See  Computerized lottery drawing glitch picks same numbers for 3 days,  Lottery Post, Dec. 23, 2005.)

In Delaware, such a glitch prompted players to cash in on the situation — regular lottery players detected the malfunction sooner than the lottery awoke to the realization that its drawings were flawed.  (See  Keno players cash in on lottery glitch in Delaware,  Lottery Post, Dec. 24, 2015.)

Does this mean Kentucky Lottery players will experience these same problems? Perhaps, or perhaps not. But either way, it's one more thing to worry about during a time when people would rather not be burdened with additional worries.

Lottery Post Staff


jackpotismine's avatarjackpotismine

All I can say is there is nothing you can do about it. If there is a 'flaw' pattern you need to take advantage. It sucks that many States want to use computers to pick the numbers. 

music*'s avatarmusic*

I think that Lotteries here in America have 1 - 800 #'s to report problems.  Do the right thing.


  It appears that Lotteries have created more security since the Iowa debacle and crime.

duckman's avatarduckman

Not good. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised if more states go to computerized drawings due to virus concerns for staff members (and then never return to real drawings after the virus threat has passed).

It would be a strange twist of fate if a computer virus then infected and influenced the computerized drawings...


Just received confirmation of this from KLC on private FB messenger.    Said they're sorry to see me go.   I wrote back I understand, just don't like RNG games.


States like computerized drawing because it cuts down on equipment costs and make it easier to rig the results.


Well, you won't ever see the lottery ever won in KY again. Come to think of it...I've never seen the jackpot won in KY. It's always the same states it seems. Thankfully I live in one where it happens. lol


Do you really need computerized drawings? I mean it's a person in a room with some balls spinning around in another ball. LOL. If people can come into a news studio everyday and do the news I think someone can come in for a few minutes and stand in front of a spinning ball. LOL

Lottery Playa

R.I.P. Kentucky Lottery



don't know how, but they had a bunch of winners for Pick 3/4 mid-day.   Personally don't play those, but will see what happens with my favorite Cashball 225.

Think's avatarThink

Anyone have any good Tips on what numbers to pick in KY?

Unlucky-Kenny's avatarUnlucky-Kenny

Quote: Originally posted by music* on Apr 13, 2020

I think that Lotteries here in America have 1 - 800 #'s to report problems.  Do the right thing.


  It appears that Lotteries have created more security since the Iowa debacle and crime.

That's the problem -

If its a physical drawing I think "is this going to be rigged like Iowa?"

If its a RNG I think "Is that PC rigged to take into account all numbers previously bought?" - I know a few people that believe this 100% no doubt - I am not one of them, but the thought crosses the mind once in a full moon.


I've never won millions of dollars - I guess its easy to be paranoid Smiley


lottery lady's avatarlottery lady

I live in Illinois and we are computerized. 

We hate it. The numbers  coming in

are the worst combinations. I know

people are going to Indiana playing. 

Unlucky-Kenny's avatarUnlucky-Kenny

Quote: Originally posted by lottery lady on Apr 13, 2020

I live in Illinois and we are computerized. 

We hate it. The numbers  coming in

are the worst combinations. I know

people are going to Indiana playing. 

At least when it was physical drawings you saw it happen -

Hard not to be paranoid about something you cant see or know what goes on.


Not surprised people would go to another state to play - too bad some have to go to that level of effort just to play comfortably.

I hope you get some good luck your way.

aux8b's avataraux8b


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