Computerized lotto draws … and FRAUD!
I think this story will knock your socks off!
As you may know, plenty of lotteries abandoned real lotto ball machines, and switched to a cheaper format where a RNG (or Random Number Generator = a computer program) draws the winning numbers.
The WEAKEST link in the whole process is of course the operator/programmer of that Random Number Generator.
With no witnesses around and plenty of dollars at stake, what IF the operator manages to install a tiny little program in the background, that destroys itself AFTER it picked the winning numbers that the operator already played?
Think it’s impossible?
Here are a couple of links to an amazing but REAL story:
- Investigators uncover another tainted Hot Lotto jackpot
- Another $1.2M Hot Lotto jackpot rigged by Tipton, officials say
I don’t think it’s a wide-spread problem, but just to be safe, here’s my good advice:
If you have the choice, then pick a lottery game that draws the numbers with a traditional lotto ball machine.
It’s ALWAYS safer as traditional machines are not so easy to manipulate.
To your success!