|Posted: December 31, 2009, 5:29 pm - IP Logged|
I had a thought the other day about true drawings and computerized drawings.
I am not sure how the lottery computers come up with their numbers, but from what I learned in statistics class calculators generate "random" numbers off a number line, which is merely a long string of numbers. For example, if the night's picks are 703 / 8694 / 1-4-23-37-40, a possible number line is ...70386940104233740...). If this is true, the numbers in computer-generated drawings might be predetermined. I do not know where this number line comes from. But if this is how the numbers are generated.
So, with a computer, the order that the numbers appear in is essentially predetermined. It does not matter how many drawings there are in a day, the numbers will come out in the same order - supposing a separate number line is used for each game - but with mechanical drawings, this is not the case. So Arkansas would have had 427 as its first winning Pick-3 number whether or not day drawings existed at the start of the game, and 118 would have been the second, but if Arkansas had drawn 427 from a ping-pong ball machine for its first drawing at 12:59 PM and 118 for the second number at 6:59 PM, Arkansas would have had 118 as its first number if they did not do day drawings.
This is a rough draft and might not be very clear. If you think you see something that needs clarification, let me know and I will try to fix it.
Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.
In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!