OKLAHOMA CASH 5 AND PICK 3 MOVE TO COMPUTERIZED
DRAWINGS SEPT. 20, 2009
Oklahoma City (Sept. 15, 2009) – The Oklahoma Lottery announces its decision to move to computerized drawings for its Oklahoma Cash 5 and Pick 3 games effective Sept. 20, 2009. The Oklahoma Lottery will also eliminate the nightly televised drawings with this change.
The Pick 3 drawing has aired live since November 2005 while the Oklahoma Cash 5 drawing has been airing since September 2006, both currently air on Oklahoma City.
“We are always looking for ways to be more resourceful and discontinuing the live broadcast of Cash 5 and Pick 3 and moving to computerized drawings in these tough economic times is one way for us to be even more fiscally responsible,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “If we did not move to computerized drawings, our drawing machines would have to be replaced soon, which could potentially cost in excess of $150,000. We are confident this change will not detract from our players’ enjoyment of the games.”
Computerized draws are now used by more than 50 percent of U.S. Lotteries.
Nightly numbers will still be available on the Oklahoma Lottery website, at local lottery retailers and through the winning numbers hotline. Lottery drawings will continue to be audited and certified by the independent accounting firm of Wright McAfee & Associates.
The new drawing system has been tested and certified by Gaming Laboratories International, BMM Compliance and Eclipse Compliance Testing, which are the same companies that test all gaming machines in Oklahoma’s Indian casinos.
The Oklahoma Lottery also engaged Dr. Larry Lucas, a statistics professor from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his class, to conduct additional tests. He was provided with approximately three million sample drawings for each game to conduct additional randomization testing.
“We have always used a random number generator for our Hot Lotto drawings, so we’ve seen its success firsthand,” said Scroggins. “In addition, Hot Lotto drawings have never been televised and that has not impacted our players’ experiences in a negative way. We expect the same to occur with Pick 3 and Cash 5.”
Players are encouraged to visit www.lottery.ok.gov, call 1-888-PLAY-OLC or visit an Oklahoma Lottery retailer for a listing of all winning numbers including Oklahoma Cash 5 and Pick 3. Players who have requested to receive the winning numbers through an email and/or text message will continue to receive this service.
Powerball numbers are drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. at Universal Studios in Orlando and will continue to be aired live across the state. The Hot Lotto drawings are conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 9 p.m.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $288 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to the higher education capital bond issue and funds directed to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.