|Posted: December 12, 2007, 3:21 pm - IP Logged|
I'm in the process of establishing history data bases for the Texas Daily (Pick) 4 games.
Seems I can have 3 data streams - 1 for day draw, 1 for the night draw, or 1 combined day/night draw.
I've searched the LP files and others for advice. Seems other folks have the same question.
Keeping 3 sets of information seems redundant, not to mention the time involved.
To resolve the issue, I've monitored the pick 4 drawings, as shown at the Texas Lottery
Commission website, and have concluded that keeping one set of data is sufficient.
In Texas, 2 machines are used for the Daily 4 game. There are 12 sets of balls. The machines
and balls sets are interchangeable.
The machine and ball sets to be used for a drawing is determined randomly. An alternate
combination is chosen. The primary machine and ball sets are tested 4 times (pretests) prior
to each drawing.
The machine is run a 5th time to obtain the winning numbers.
The equipment is returned to storage where it is used again for the next drawing.
The same procedure is used for the Pick 3 drawings, although different machines and ball
sets are used.
One thing is clear, the amount of time between the drawings is not a factor. The same equipment
is used day after day. It's possible that the same machine and ball sets could be used for both
the day and night drawings.
It would seem then that tracking a combined data stream would be a good choice, as opposed to
Problem is, just about every website having drawing results, including LP, seem to favor
separate streams. I've got a couple commercial number generating systems and they require
separate history files.
Be interesting to know what other LP members are doing.
Working with one combined stream is my choice.