|Posted: October 10, 2007, 7:37 pm - IP Logged|
I know in the 1970's and 80's they didn't have computers. how did they find out about winners, drawings, etc etc? I couldnt' imagine doing everything without a computer.
It wasn't exactly like the Stone Age. LOL!
The Ohio Pick-3 started in 1979 but most race tracks has gone to computerize tot machines and the lottery terminals were similar to them. The lottery had a toll free number (and still does) that you could call and get the results if you missed the live drawing. Newspapers published the results, money wagered, and money paid out the next day. Some papers gave 6 weeks or more worth of results in their Sunday editions too.
As the number of lottery agents grew, some of them sold publications giving most of the same information the computer programs we now use. And some them offered pencil and paper systems. I bought a Tandy Color computer in the middle 80s that used Desk Mate which was a very early version of Windows. It didn't have very much memory, using one 5 1/2 floppy disk drive so I had to copy the spread sheet on another disk just to run it.
Z-Ways Publications had a Pick-3 program that was similar to the program they use for the Bible Codes. By the time PCs became less expensive and had much more memory, the lotteries started Pick-6 Lotto's and Pick-5 games. Lottery Expert for Windows was on a 3 1/2 floppy, very inexpensive and was easy to copy. The difference between then and now is that you had to enter the results because they had no website to update your data base.
Gail Howard, Robert Serotic, and others published books with wheeling methods. Gail had a clear plastic device where you could use a pencil to put in your numbers and erase them for the next draw; Serotic sold a similar device.
I wonder how many people bought computers just to play lottery games?