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Posted: November 17, 2005, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

It's true Jag, I saw it in the National Inquirer, and in a fortune cookie.

None of that counts - unless you stay at a Holiday Inn

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    Posted: November 17, 2005, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

    It's funny you mention that Chewie.

    Last year I gave an hour speech on rocket science at Harvard.

    After the speech someone asked me if I was a rocket scientist, and I said no, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

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      Posted: November 17, 2005, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

      They know if there was a jackpot winner within a minute or two.  That's easy.  However, it takes a few hours because of all the auditing that takes place following the drawing.  Lotteries normally do pre-drawings and post-drawings, and that's just to audit the draw machines themselves.  They also have to audit all the sales and financials from all the states, and it's just a matter of taking time.

      These things all take place so that the government has the appropriate checks and balances in place to give you a fair lottery.  What's the big deal with waiting a few hours anyway? 

       

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        They know if there was a jackpot winner within a minute or two.  That's easy.  However, it takes a few hours because of all the auditing that takes place following the drawing.  Lotteries normally do pre-drawings and post-drawings, and that's just to audit the draw machines themselves.  They also have to audit all the sales and financials from all the states, and it's just a matter of taking time.

        These things all take place so that the government has the appropriate checks and balances in place to give you a fair lottery.  What's the big deal with waiting a few hours anyway? 

        Thanks for the explanation. I assume that PB and MM have the same checks and balances yet MM takes hours more than PB to post if there is a winner. As far as the big deal I was just asking a question. I have no idea how these things work and thought since this is a site about the lottery someone (like you) might know the answer. It was in no way meant as a criticism.

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        "Lotteries normally do pre-drawings and post-drawings"

         

        Quando Porca Volare!

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          Posted: November 17, 2005, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

          It may have something to do with the fact that MUSL is a central organization that runs Powerball, and perhaps is easier to reconcile that Mega Millions, which has no central organization running it.  (The states jointly operate Mega Millions.)

          Pre- and Post-Drawings are real drawings that take place before and after the "official" drawing, to ensure that the machines are properly drawing the numbers randomly.  Some states report the numbers drawn during these tests on their web site, but most don't.  The only ones who see those test drawings would be the auditors (an accounting firm such as KPMG) and lottery personnel.  There's nothing underhanded about this activity; it's done to ensure that the machines are operating fairly.

           

          Check the State Lottery Report Card
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          Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
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            Posted: November 17, 2005, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

            It may have something to do with the fact that MUSL is a central organization that runs Powerball, and perhaps is easier to reconcile that Mega Millions, which has no central organization running it.  (The states jointly operate Mega Millions.)

            Pre- and Post-Drawings are real drawings that take place before and after the "official" drawing, to ensure that the machines are properly drawing the numbers randomly.  Some states report the numbers drawn during these tests on their web site, but most don't.  The only ones who see those test drawings would be the auditors (an accounting firm such as KPMG) and lottery personnel.  There's nothing underhanded about this activity; it's done to ensure that the machines are operating fairly.

            Kinda like an auditor making sure that the scales that weigh fruit and vegetables at the market are accurate.

            Once again thanks for helping a newbie understand the underpinnings of how the lotteries work.

            Quando Porca Volare!

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              Posted: November 17, 2005, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

              It's funny you mention that Chewie.

              Last year I gave an hour speech on rocket science at Harvard.

              After the speech someone asked me if I was a rocket scientist, and I said no, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

              An hours speech?  How long does it say to strike a match, light the string thingie, and watch the long thingie make fire magic?  You musta gave a demo.

              Cheers

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                Posted: November 17, 2005, 7:30 pm - IP Logged

                It's funny you mention that Chewie.

                Last year I gave an hour speech on rocket science at Harvard.

                After the speech someone asked me if I was a rocket scientist, and I said no, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

                An hours speech?  How long does it say to strike a match, light the string thingie, and watch the long thingie make fire magic?  You musta gave a demo.

                 ROFL                  LOL..You know....no matter how witty I get, you are always one step ahead. I guess it comes with having ALOT of experience.

                Good show chap.........