Playing the lottery is a game of chance and there is no sure way to guarantee that you win the jackpot. While the lottery player’s role is to choose Powerball lottery numbers and then wait for the results, there is a whole lot more to a lottery draw than meets the eye.
The lottery draws themselves are all about suspense, glitz and glamour, but what we see on-screen is preceded by a lot of methodical preparation.
What happens behind the scenes, from the draw machines to the balls and the tight security procedures in place, ensures that each and every lottery draw is fair and random:
- Four lottery officials unlock a secure vault where draw machines and ball sets are stored.
- Two machines and two ball sets are chosen at random.
- 21:30 EST – draw equipment is transported into the lottery studio.
- Ball sets are loaded into the machines under tight security. Ball handlers wear gloves.
- Testing begins and monitored by Lottery officials and Multi-State Lottery HQ.
- 22:30 EST – testing completed, ready for the draw.
- Cameras start rolling and the US Powerball Lottery draw begins at 23:00 EST.
- The draw is supervised and verified by independent public accountants.
With the entire Powerball lottery preparation taking just over two hours, you can see just how secure the game is.
There are two machines per draw. The one machine holds the main numbers and the other holds the numbers for the Power Ball.
Various lotteries use different types of lotto machines. The Powerball lottery only uses gravity-pick machines, even though they resemble air-mix machines in appearance.
The balls begin their journey in a series of clear tubes above the drum. When the game begins, the tubes release the balls into the chamber. The machines have spinning paddles at the bottom of the drum, which spin the balls randomly around the chamber. Random balls will then shoot up through a tube that is in the middle of the drum. These balls will travel outside and around the drum through a transparent tube, landing up in a clearly visible display area.
Each ball is made of solid rubber and weighs 80g. The cost per ball is $60 and each ball will last for approximately 2-3 years. The balls used are weighed regularly to ensure that there is no negligible weight difference.
In just a matter of minutes, the lucky numbers are drawn, with viewers unaware of all the careful preparation that has just occurred.
As you can see the lotto balls drawn are totally random making it the ultimate game of chance. This is really good as anyone can win millions of dollars and live the lotto lifestyle in a blink of an eye.