Is the “Quick Pick” Method Really Random?
Almost every lottery offers a “Quick Pick” option where the ticket kiosk selects your numbers for you. Unlike the lottery which is physically randomized, the Quick Pick is actually a computer program coded by humans. This raises the potential that the Quick Pick has a pattern or non-random behaviors. These computer programs are technically “pseudo-random” because they are programmed to choose numbers systematically method in a sequence that appears random. Just like any computer program, the output is simply a matter of the inputs. For a pseudo-random number generator, the computer might use the computer’s clock time (with precision to a millisecond) at the moment the ticket was purchased as input to the program. This number, often referred to as the program’s “seed” starts. The “seed” can be generated using alternative phenomena such as the small variations in the electrical power to the computer. Th