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Illinois Lottery Machines... WHAT were they thinking?

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Posted: September 17, 2006, 8:05 am - IP Logged

OK...

 It's been a while since I've been here (busy with everything), but I finally managed to sit down at my puter and watch some TV. Yes, my puter. I stumbled along the Chicago Tribune's site and just happened to see a link on Illinois lottery draw videos. Since I haven't watched one of those in a while, I decided to watch one.

 WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CRITERIONS?????????

They got rid of them and have replaced them with what look like the Texas Machines. Garron Lottery Products? Come on, Illinois. You know better than that. You still use the standard daily machines for Pick 3 & 4, why couldn't you go with Smartplay again?

I'm sorry, but these machines DO NOT mix numbers well. If you watch carefully, you will be able to see 1 or 2 balls hovering around the drop hole, if not in it already, sitting there patiently waiting for the hole to open up. Then, once that ball leaves, another one sits in the hole and drops when the chute opens. Also, it looks like the balls in the background are stagnant when the chute opens up, and not flying all over the place. These machines, IMO, are worthless. The paddles bring up the whole lot of balls once when the draw starts, and it seems like they barely touch them after.

Wake up and smell the rubber, Illinois. You had Smartplay machines for years. What gives?

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    Posted: September 17, 2006, 8:26 pm - IP Logged


    I remember watching a drawinf on WGN when they first got these machines.

    I've seen Pick 3 and Pick 4 jam (a ball never came up) and WGN put on the Illinois Lotery Technical Difficulties sign, but this was for Liile Lotto or Lotto and the door or whatever device that lets the balls fall was jammed shut, it never opened.  

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      Posted: September 18, 2006, 12:59 am - IP Logged

      Just be glad it's a ball drawing and you can watch the recorded draw. Who knows how numbers are drawn in WA state. I have played a lot less since they have switched to RNG drawings though.

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        Posted: September 18, 2006, 11:33 am - IP Logged

        NoCompLotto whether you like Garron products or not they are widely used. The equipment has evolved through the years. From a square Plexiglas box with fans underneath blowing the balls around to state of the art thermoformed fixtures with paddles and backup systems. i agree that the balls do get sucked to the outlet hole pretty fast. But in no way do i see that as being a fault of the equipment. Once the balls are dropped into the fixture they are tossed and turned and whichever ball makes it to the chute first is the winner. If you think you may have a better idea for mixing the balls why not contact them and see if you can get some royalties from your ideas. I however think there products are the best the industry has at this time.

        http://www.garronlottery.com/

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          Posted: September 18, 2006, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

          NoCompLotto whether you like Garron products or not they are widely used. The equipment has evolved through the years. From a square Plexiglas box with fans underneath blowing the balls around to state of the art thermoformed fixtures with paddles and backup systems. i agree that the balls do get sucked to the outlet hole pretty fast. But in no way do i see that as being a fault of the equipment. Once the balls are dropped into the fixture they are tossed and turned and whichever ball makes it to the chute first is the winner. If you think you may have a better idea for mixing the balls why not contact them and see if you can get some royalties from your ideas. I however think there products are the best the industry has at this time.

          http://www.garronlottery.com/

          The simple fact with Garron Products (The shamrock in particular) is that it has too quick of a draw cycle. It even states on their website that the shamrock has one of the quickest draw cycles of any machine on the market. I just don't like this "quick draw" feature - it gives the impression that the lottery just wants the draw done and over with.

          I like to see balls bouncing all over the place, and I just don't think Garron gets the job done with the Shamrock. The Titan, Ovoid and Titan Gemini are another story, however. I DO like those machines.

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            Posted: September 18, 2006, 5:29 pm - IP Logged

            well when your live on the air every second counts. Time is money so they say.

            i see your point though. with all the money these lotteries make a few bucks one way or another shouldn't matter.