|Posted: June 18, 2005, 7:26 am - IP Logged|
ERNIE - fastest random number generator in the West
The avuncular-sounding ERNIE, an acronym for Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, selects the winning numbers each month.
But just how random is ERNIE? Totally random, say the nice people at National Savings. Apparently, every single £1 unit has the same chance of winning.
No numbers are fed into ERNIE beforehand. The machine generates the list of numbers first, and only then are they matched up against the list of eligible bonds to see which have won.