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September 17, 2009

Cash 5, Pick 3 move to computerized drawings

OKLAHOMA CITY – 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 KOKH-FOX and KOCB-CW in 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.

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