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# State Lottery pick 3/4 computer help!

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Wilmington, DE
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Does anybody have any information on how the lottery computer picks numbers? My guess is that it does it by frequencies of single numbers bought!!!

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The quick pick machine uses a pseudo random routine.

If your state uses an RNG to do actual drawings then those are of a different machine called a true random number generator.

Wilmington, DE
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Whats a RNG?

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RNG stands for Random Number Generator.

Wilmington, DE
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OK DUH on my part. But i have this feeling that DE doesn't use this method, but i could be wrong.

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Delaware (14% true lottery drawings)

True Drawings: Powerball

Computerized Drawings: Hot Lotto, Midday 3, Midday 4, Multi-Win Lotto, Play 3, Play 4

Grade: F

In reality, most random numbers used in computer programs are pseudo-random, which means they are generated in a predictable fashion using a mathematical formula. This is fine for many purposes, but it may not be random in the way you expect if you're used to Lottery Drawings.

For Additional Inormation: Checkout: Random Dot Org

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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