|Posted: October 26, 2004, 11:46 pm - IP Logged|
I wrote to the MUSL about this, and this is what I got back:
We are indeed looking at it. It is hardly "well know" that computerized lottery
drawings compromise integrity. There are different security issues involved,
but they certainly can be made secure.
Although, we are looking at systems built by others, we built one ourselves, to
get some experience in what is involved (it is now being used by a state
lottery). We built a system (we call Quantum Vision) that is a TRUE random
number generator based on radioactive decay. Though even most computer RNGs are
pseudo-random, they still pass statistical tests, but we wanted to see what it
took to go all the way. There are some unique features to our system too, but
we are not likely to build our own.
Any drawing can be made corrupt - having a ball machine is certainly no
guarantee of integrity - as history shows. In the end, keeping a drawing secure
depends on having the right procedures in place and having qualified independent
parties testing the system (we used GLI for the system we built) and then having
it secured and operated by independent audit firms - who put their reputation
and financial (though certainly insured) business on the line.
Well, I guess it's only a matter of time before Powerball becomes computerized. After that happens, Mega Millions is sure to follow.