Axis of Weasels
"Automated draws are an industry trend. Thirteen other lotteries
including California, Lotto-Quebec, Kansas, Delaware, Oregon, Minnesota,
Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Nebraska and
Indiana have already converted from traditional drawing machines to
computers and random number generation for all or part of their on-line
Powerball, which is currently being drawn on traditional draw machines
from Des Moines, Iowa, is considering a conversion in the upcoming
months. By utilizing computers, random number generation and animation,
lotteries have reduced costs including personnel and production, while
updating the look of the draws and preserving the integrity of the
Lottery. No lottery has reported a decrease in sales as a result of
the change. *
Have a wonderful day!
Customer Care Unit
* Naturally no lottery will report lower sales as due to their mistakes,
the loss in revenues are "inexplicable". ;-) Lotto-Logix
With more state lottery games switching to faking draws in a computer
Lotto-Logix can not recommend playing such lottery games except for
fun. You simply can not predict winning numbers drawn in a computer
random number generator setup to insure total randomness in drawings.
All serious lottery players should let their lottery know they do not
approve of computerized drawings and request real draws by real people
working with real ballsets and machines.
LotteryPost now maintains a list of computerized games. (click here)
As we are quickly learning from the computer voting screens, computers
are anything but dependable and secure no matter how tightly the room
they are in is watched.
Slot players have seen how quickly computerized slots have taken over
the mechanical slot machines that offered players more oppertunities
to find winning machines.
The next step in computerized draws will be the lottery deciding when
they've taken in enough cash to have a winner.
Do yourself and all lottery players a favor and visit your state
lottery web site and let them know you want real drawings not draws
faked by computer trickery.
State Lottery Web Site Directory
Lotto-Logix is pleased to present a second opinion . . .
Residents of Big Mo should watch for an upcoming announcement stating
that live drawings will no longer be broadcast due to lack of player
interest. That's how it happened in Indiana, except that Indiana
actually downloaded their RNG from a public site on the internet.
Security for these machines is considerably less bulletproof than for
the ball machines. In my home state, one of our official draw machines
is actually housed at one of the Hoosier Lottery's vendors, Scientific
Games, Inc. Oddly, they don't see this as a conflict of interest.
Again, I'm going to point out that if something is computerized, it
uses a PROM or an EPROM, which means that it can be programmed. In
addition, a simple if/ then statement added to the end of the call
command would enable an insider to predetermine the number, and even
an audit won't reveal any wrongdoing if the perpetrator deletes the
errant code. He can just put it back again next week, and who would
be the wiser?
Indiana also claimed that they made the switch to an RNG to save
money. In fact, they estimate their annual savings to be somewhere
in the neighborhood of $600k per year. However, their annual report
shows that they lost $100 million in revenues in the year 2000, their
first year using the RNG. Their earnings have never recovered to
pre-2000 levels, so how much money have they actually saved?
The ONLY viable reason that any state would switch from the standard,
universally-accepted ping-pong ball method to a computerized
electronic random number generator is that the RNG makes it very simple
to manipulate their online games. They can minimize payouts on their
daily Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 games, thus increasing revenues. Also,
they can increase their lotto jackpot amounts by rolling the jackpot
over and over, thereby increasing ticket sales.
I would suggest Missouri players check into this further and find out
what prompted the change. If your state is deeply in debt, as Indiana
is, you might want to find a border state in which to spend your
lottery dollars. You might want to run to a border state, and take
your money with you, while it's still your money.
This is a very bad situation but, unfortunately, you'll find your
lawmakers and public powers, for the most part, unsympathetic to
sound arguments againt the infernal machine. Your Attorney General
will tell you that if any wrongdoing is discovered, he'll be defending
the criminals against your charges. Your State Representatives will
want to cover up the criminal activity so that the people who cheated
the population of an entire state won't go to jail or even lose their
jobs. The FBI won't get involved because they don't want to offend
state government agencies, on whom they depend for cooperation in
The best you can do is to find an honest newspaper reporter, such
as Kevin Leininger of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, who is willing
to work with you for as long as it takes to get enough evidence to
make a story. Hopefully, the good people of Missouri will be more
interested in the situation than the ignorant population of my home
Residents of Indiana, apparently, don't care that they're being
cheated, or perhaps they just can't read; the story appeared on
the front page.
I fully expected the newspaper to be flooded with letters to the
editor following the publication of the Hoosier Lottery frauds. The
actual number of indignant replies: 0. That's right; not one letter.
Kevin did an excellent job writing the article, and Losing Jeff
certainly did his part, so I can only fault my fellow Hoosiers for
stupidly failing to respond.
To all my friends in Missouri, you have my deepest and most
heartfelt sympathies, as I know what you're up against. Organize.
Gather in force. Visit havoc upon your public officials and express
your outrage. Contact your local newspapers. Write a letter to the
editor and ask your neighbor to write one as well. If that doesn't
get the results you seek, write another and, this time, ask two or
three of your neighbors to write, too.
If it's just one or two of you trying to change things, you probably
won't have much luck, but I don't think you'll have that problem in
Missouri. After all, your residents know how to read a newspaper, and
I'm sure they can also write.
I don't suppose a few of you would consider moving to Indiana? We
could really use the help, and it would also boost Indiana's
collective IQ to somewhere close to that of plant life.
Good luck, Missouri!
I started out with nothing. Thanks to thrift and hard work, I still
have most of it left...
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