[Noisebridge-discuss] Exploitable statistical vulnerability in scratchoff lottery tickets

Wladyslaw Zbikowski embeddedlinuxguy at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 17:53:32 UTC 2011

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM, Sai <sai at saizai.com> wrote:
> http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_lottery/all/1

“There is nothing random about the lottery,” he says. “In reality,
everything about the game has been carefully designed to control
payouts and entice the consumer.”

Casinos have done just fine with hardware random number generators
such as dice and roulette wheels for centuries. This bid to manipulate
consumers with an unfair game strikes me as a case of extreme hubris.
Perhaps the real solution is to end the state monopoly on gambling.

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