About Missouri Lottery Drawings
The Lottery’s computerized drawing system, which was implemented on July 19, 2004, uses technology to select the numbers for the Draw Games.
The computerized system software, named ODDS (Online Daily Draw System), is housed in a secure draw room in Jefferson City. These draw computers are not connected to the Internet or any other network source. The room has no other phone or data lines from which to send or receive information.
The system is operated by a Lottery employee draw manager in the presence of an independent auditor. The draw manager conducts pre-tests for all games to ensure the system is working properly. Only then will the drawings take place. The system is designed to permit only one drawing per game per draw date.
Only designated Missouri Lottery drawing personnel and an independent auditor are allowed in the room during a drawing. Every drawing is monitored by special motion-activated video cameras which videotape every action on the draw computers and in the drawing room.
Access to this room is further limited by secure keypad access that allows only designated draw personnel to enter the room. Furthermore, the PC used to draw the numbers is randomly selected from a field of three before the draw. These PCs also use fingerprint recognition to begin the draw. Consequently, only designated draw personnel will be able to use the drawing PCs. In addition to the motion-activated video cameras in the draw room, there is a server that records all of the key strokes made for each drawing. This room includes large windows on two sides where the public and other Lottery personnel can view the drawings.
There is also a security procedure the draw managers use (a seal-like software), which shows that no draws have been conducted since the last draw.
In addition, the Lottery’s draw system has undergone numerous independent tests and certifications to guarantee randomness. A statistics professor from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an independent testing lab for gaming regulators certified the Lottery’s ODDS software, random-number generator, draw procedures and security of the draw room itself. In addition to the daily random-number pre-tests conducted by the draw manager and independent auditor, the Lottery’s security division also conducts routine checks on the system to ensure randomness.
|Pick 3||After the game closes at 12:45 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. daily|
|Pick 4||After the game closes at 12:45 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. daily|
|Show Me Cash||After the game closes at 8:59 p.m. daily|
|Missouri Lotto||After the game closes at 8:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday|
|The following multi-state games have drawings conducted by the Multi-State Lottery Association.|
|Powerball||9:59 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday|
|Mega Millions||10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday|
|Lucky for Life||9:38 p.m. Monday and Thursday|