Drawing Procedures

The Massachusetts State Lottery offers six games that require manual drawings: The Daily Numbers Game, Megabucks, Lucky for Life, Mass Cash, Mega Millions and Powerball . With the exception of the multi-state games Mega Millions, Powerball and Lucky for Life which are drawn out-of-state, all Massachusetts’ drawings are conducted in a secure studio at Lottery headquarters in Braintree, Massachusetts.

The Mega Millions drawing is conducted by the Georgia Lottery at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10:00 p.m. Central Time, 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time)

The Powerball drawing is conducted by the Florida Lottery at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time (9:59 Central; 8:59 p.m. Mountain; 7:59 p.m. Pacific.)

The Lucky for Life drawing is conducted by the Connecticut Lottery at FOX/CT Channel 61 in Hartford, Connecticut on Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m.

Daily Numbers Drawing Procedure

Numbers Game Drawing Machine
The Numbers Game
is drawn twice a day, seven days a week. The Mid-Day Numbers Game drawing occurs Sunday through Saturday at approximately 12:57 p.m. The Evening Numbers Game drawing occurs Monday through Saturday at approximately 7:57 p.m., and Sundays at approximately 6:57 p.m. Bets can be placed for the Evening drawing up until the pools close at 7:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 6:45 p.m. on Sunday. Bets can be placed for the Mid-Day drawing up until the pools close at 12:45 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.

There are 15 Daily Numbers Drawing Wheels used for the Mid-Day and Evening drawings. Every night, a Lottery computer randomly selects four wheels to be used for the Mid-Day drawing and four wheels to be used for the Evening drawing. A fifth, alternate wheel is also selected for each drawing. In the event one of the four wheels selected is broken or malfunctioning, the fifth wheel will be used. Solely Lottery employees operate all drawing equipment. A witness to each drawing (a non-Lottery employee) signs the drawing certificate to validate the winning number.

The wheels are attached to the number selection device. The wheels are turned by blasts of air pressure fed into the wheels by air compressors. Prior to the official drawing, a minimum of four test drawings are performed to insure the wheels are in proper working order. All tests are completed before the pools close

During the Lottery drawing, the winning numbers will be announced after the wheels roll to a stop. Human hands never touch the wheels during the live drawing.

Mass Cash & Megabucks Drawing Procedure

Lotto Games Drawing Machine
Mass Cash is drawn every day at approximately 10:45 p.m. Megabucks Doubler is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at approximately 10:55 p.m. A Lotto machine is used to draw the numbers in both games. There is a spare Lotto machine at Lottery backup location to be used in the event the Drawing Supervisor or Technician deems the first machine inoperable.

There are three sets of Lotto balls regularly used for Mass Cash and Megabucks Doubler. Each night, the Lottery computer makes a random selection of one set of balls to use for the drawing. In addition to the ball set selection, the computer will also select a random loading position. The balls are weighed, verified, and cross-referenced each night. The balls are positioned sequentially with the #1 ball loaded in either the upper right, lower right, lower left, or upper left position.

Three test drawings are done prior to drawing. All tests must be completed before the drawing. The results of the Lotto drawings can be viewed here on the Massachusetts Lottery website.

Lucky for Life Drawing Procedure

Lucky for Life drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 pm in Connecticut and aired live on FOX CT/Channel 61 in Hartford with game results and video footage of each drawing is posted for Massachusetts players on the Lottery’s website -- masslottery.com.

Go to the Connecticut Lottery for Official Drawing Procedures.

Mega Millions Drawing Procedure

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 p.m. Central Time, 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Powerball Drawing Procedure

The Powerball drawing is held at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time (9:59 Central; 8:59 p.m. Mountain; 7:59 p.m. Pacific.) The numbers are drawn in the presence of multi-state lottery draw officials, an independent auditor and a security official. The draw equipment is kept in a double-locked alarmed vault. The balls sets are also sealed by the auditors and all events are audio and video recorded when the vault is opened. The equipment is tested regularly (measurements, X-ray and statistical tests for non-random behavior). The live drawings are also open to the public. The whole process takes about two hours.

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KENO Drawing Procedure

KENO drawings take place seven days a week, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Monday through Saturday, 5:04 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The drawings take place approximately 4 minutes apart.

A computer-driven, random number generator will select the winning numbers for each drawing. The random number generator will only select winning numbers after receiving confirmation from the Lottery's computer system that betting for that drawing has been closed.

The Lottery will select twenty (20) numbers out of a field of eighty (80) numbers ranging from number one (1) to number eighty (80).

More specifically:
There are two computer systems involved in a KENO drawing. The primary computer takes all bets. Attached to this main computer is a random number generator that is constantly shuffling 80 numbers around. Once the betting is closed, the primary computer asks the random number generator for 20 numbers. At that moment, the primary computer knows the 20 winning numbers and graphically displays them on the KENO monitors at agent locations.

The random number generator is independent of the primary computer and has no way of determining which bets the primary computer accepts. The sole purpose of this generator is to continuously shuffle numbers and provide the primary computer with a set of winning numbers when asked.

Jackpot Poker Drawing Procedure

Jackpot Poker will run approximately once every 4 minutes, Sunday, 12:02 p.m. to 12:58 a.m. and Monday through Saturday, 5:02 a.m. to 12:58 a.m.

The Lottery will randomly select display locations for fifty-two (52) numbers ranging from number one (1) to number fifty-two (52).

A computer-driven, random number generator will select the display locations for each drawing. The random number generator will only select winning numbers after receiving confirmation from the Lottery's computer system that betting for that drawing has been closed.

More specifically:
There are two computer systems involved in a Jackpot Poker drawing. The primary computer takes all bets. Attached to this main computer is a random number generator. Once the betting is closed, the primary computer asks the random number generator to shuffle the numbers for a random order of the numbers 1- 52. When the shuffle is complete the primary computer knows where to display each card in a deck of 52 cards and proceeds to graphically display them on the Jackpot Poker monitors at agent locations.

The random number generator is independent of the primary computer and has no way of determining which bets the primary computer accepts. The sole purpose of this generator is to continuously shuffle numbers and provide the primary computer with a set of 52 randomized numbers when asked.

 

Important to Note

Your ticket is a bearer instrument. Unless signed by owner, prize may be claimed by anyone in possession of winning ticket. SIGN YOUR TICKET IMMEDIATELY. Bettors agree to abide by Lottery Commission rules and regulations. Applicable rules are available for inspection by bettors by contacting the Lottery Commission at 60 Columbian Street, Braintree, MA 02184.

Present winning ticket to any Lottery sales agent for payment up to $600. Claims for more than $600 will be paid by the Lottery Commission after claim form is filed.