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How To Rig The Lottery

Rigging The Lottery

Now where were we?

Oh yes, I was so rudely interrupted by the night.

Well, what I mean by rigging the lottery is actually altering the system of draw in such a way as the randomness is lost, resulting in the numbers that are drawn are not what is meant to be the winning numbers. Consequently, this would also imply that causing some numbers NOT TO WIN will be termed as rigging the lottery.

Lottery draws are made using either mechanical or electronic devices. Computerized draws are commonly used for convenience what with less hands-on operations required. Once the computer is started, the winning numbers are displayed on the screen, and then printed. How can this system then be rigged?

Computers access memory banks, called registers, at lightning speeds and displays the number selected when the accessing is stopped. It must access the registers to select each number one after the next, otherwise it may display similar numbers at the same time. It may not access the numbers randomly, rather it goes through all the numbers serially, one by one, until the command tells it to stop, and the number it points to is the one displayed. This number depends upon the time that the accessing is stopped. Therefore the term random generation is a misnomer because the computer reads its registers one by one consecutively. The random generation happens when it is randomly stopped.

But the rigging does not occur at the time that the computer is accessing its banks. The rigging happens after it has stopped to read a number and is ready to display the number.. A side program kicks in, either inherent to the software or to the computer, which is executed with nobody noticing. This side program may ignore the number that is selected when comes any pre-programmed event, such as a date, or day of the month, or machine numbers, or passwords, or a combination of any event that changes.  The computer afterwards displays a number that it was pre-programmed to display.

The rigged computer will, of course, not display a set of numbers on any event that it comes up with, more than once, or it will be noticeable.

Rigging of computerized lotteries may also happen the other way around to prevent instead some numbers from coming up for a prolonged number of draws, giving bettors an advantage particularly if they are wheeling their numbers.

Also, more ingeniously, the computer may “borrow” and select a number from another lottery system which was drawn earlier.

Now if this is not interesting enough for you, wait till we come to the mechanically-drawn lotteries.