The regulated lotteries, especially the multi-state ones like Powerball & Mega Millions within the US, are completely random & try to be fair as much as possible. In the Powerball drawing, there are 4 sets of balls for each color (red & white) that are randomly selected & periodically inspected...
Best answer: The regulated lotteries, especially the multi-state ones like Powerball & Mega Millions within the US, are completely random & try to be fair as much as possible. In the Powerball drawing, there are 4 sets of balls for each color (red & white) that are randomly selected & periodically inspected (weighed & x-rayed). Balls are replaced if they show enough wear & tear to warrant them.
The drawings are done at a specific time on their designated dates (Powerball at 10:59 pm Eastern Time / 7:59 pm Pacific on Wednesday & Saturday, Mega Millions at 11:00 pm Eastern / 8:00 pm Pacific). The "cutoff time" for purchases is generally one hour before the drawing (although some states may impose earlier lockout times); any tickets purchased after that time will be for the next drawing & all the equipment that's utilized (the drawing machines & the balls) are locked in a vault when not in use. The results of the drawings are typically aired within 30 minutes of the drawing within the eastern & central time zones (usually somewhere during the evening news).
While it may take some work to do so, you may be able to attend your state's lottery drawings live. These requests typically need to be made at least 24 hours in advance to be honored. For multi-state lottery drawings, you may need to put your request in well in advance of the desired drawing as it may require more effort to coordinate (as the location of the drawing may be in a different state, per the multi-state commission's wishes). Check your state's lottery commission for more information.
With that said, the lottery games can be modified over time. As with Powerball & Mega Millions, both games have increased the number of standard (or "white") balls while decreasing the Power / Mega (or "red") balls. This was done to increase the odds of smaller wins (of like $10 or less) while decreasing the odds of the major / jackpot wins, making it more likely for the jackpots to reach the massive figures (of $500 Million or more) before anybody wins it. This could be considered "rigging" the system, but it's in a more passive manner as they're only manipulating the overall odds for all drawings.
Hope this sheds some light on the subject.
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