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how are they going to draw the new mega

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Posted: April 28, 2005, 12:01 pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by ryanm on April 27, 2005



  Remember that Powerball was thinking of going computerized.  If they do, you can bet that Mega Millions will follow.

  People will still play even if they go computerized.  As long as people lust for millions of dollars, they will not care how the numbers are drawn.  I would still play even if they went computerized.





I disagree.    States with computerized drawings show definite signs of slower revenue growth than states without computerized drawings.  People will always play, but making blanket statements that people will not care is untrue.  This Webmaster will not play is they go computerized, and there are lots of other people who feel like I do. 

Also, I don't "lust" for millions of dollars, I look at playing the lottery as entertainment, and I would term it "dreaming" of millions.  Both the dream and the entertainment value will be gone for me if they all go computerized.

 

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    Posted: April 28, 2005, 12:22 pm - IP Logged

      It wouldn't for me.  I play quick picks all the time anyway.

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      If all you play is QPs, then I can see how it doesn't really matter to you.

       

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        I think if they went with computerized drawings they would loose out on the big marketing potential of having live drawings for record jackpots. They could have celebrities draw balls live on tv at some famous location to draw more attention to the game for record jackpots. If it's a computer drawing then no big potential marketing push. The whole point of these games should be to generate money for the states that participate.

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          The official drawing and exactly how it's conducted is of the utmost importance. As long as the games - that I currently play - continue to use numbered balls and mechanical draw equipment, I'll remain an active participant.

          If they draw with the method that some state games now do; with a notebook computer in a locked room ...I'll rarely, if ever, play.

          That's simply the choice I've made. I prefer mechanical draws.

          ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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            Posted: April 29, 2005, 10:18 am - IP Logged

            Underground lotteries use things like the total rake for the day at a racetrack. I'd be interested in seeing a state lottery use this method for some game. Daily Derby seems like a logical choice.

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              I think if they went with computerized drawings they would loose out on the big marketing potential of having live drawings for record jackpots. They could have celebrities draw balls live on tv at some famous location to draw more attention to the game for record jackpots. If it's a computer drawing then no big potential marketing push. The whole point of these games should be to generate money for the states that participate.



              Excellent point!

               

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                Posted: April 29, 2005, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

                I'm sorry if they have the computer pick out the numbers it can and will track every play so that the jackpots will alway get high. No way. I would not play because then you know that state (ie lottery people) can predict their earning revenue so they can create a steady income/inflow of cash money. The state wins no the people who by the way are paying an another for of tax. Its target is the poor and just like all the bad stories we hear about lottery players spending all of their money. It just goes back into the state in some way or another.

                It would be a joke. The only reason they have the lottery is to pay for some else mess. in NY the talk about how it goes to school... have you seen a Ny school... prisons are nicer. We'll that my two cent and I'm so against computers pulling out numbers!!!!

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                  Quote: Originally posted by willl3 on April 29, 2005

                  I'm sorry if they have the computer pick out the numbers it can and will track every play so that the jackpots will alway get high.






                  This nails it!
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                    Posted: April 29, 2005, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

                      That won't happen if the computer that draws the numbers is isolated from the other computers.

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                      Posted: April 29, 2005, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

                      How do you prove isolation between computers?

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                        Posted: April 29, 2005, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

                          I believe the auditors can figure that out.  If that wasn't auditable, computer drawings would be illegal.  Computer drawings have to pass certain tests (except in the case of Indiana, where they admit the pick 3 and pick 4 drawings are fixed).

                          A letter from the MUSL in this thread - http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/98302 - explained how computerized drawings do not have to compromise integrity.  Have faith in the states.