We are committed to fairness and security.
The Draw Management Section of Lottery's Security/Law Enforcement Division conducts all draws with a representative present from a firm of independent certified public accountants (referred to as an "independent representative"). Draw procedures governing draws are documented in written form and approved by the Lottery Director. The independent representative must attest that each drawing is conducted according to written procedures. The independent representative has the authority to stop a draw at any time prior to or during a draw if they feel the integrity of the draw has been compromised. In this event, the independent representative must submit a written report to the Lottery Director noting the draw deviation observed and any actions taken to complete the draw. During any draw, two video cameras are used to tape the entire draw process.
The Draw Room
All onsite draws are conducted in a secured draw room at the Lottery's Headquarters draw site in Sacramento. An independent representative must be present with Draw Management staff in order to unlock the door to the draw room. The draw room door is sealed with a numbered, metal seal. In order to enter the draw room, this seal must be cut and removed. The seal number is recorded in a logbook kept inside the draw room and is verified by the independent representative and Draw Management staff. The draw room is also alarmed and monitored 24 hours a day via video camera by the Lottery's command center.
SuperLotto Plus Draws
The draw machines and ball sets for SuperLotto Plus are stored in the secured draw room. For each SuperLotto Plus draw, a pool of three draw machines and six ball sets is used. Using a random number generator program, Draw Management Staff selects two machines and two ball sets to be used at each draw. The first machine selected is designated as the SuperLotto Plus draw machine, with the second machine designated as the Mega number draw machine. Six solid rubber balls sets are available for use for each SuperLotto Plus draw, three sets each for the SuperLotto Plus balls (white), and three sets each for the Mega balls (purple). Each ball set is stored in a locked box with a numbered, metal seal attached. The ball set seal number is recorded in a logbook. In the event a ball set or machine failed during pre-testing, an alternate ball set or machine would be used for the draw.
The machines and ball sets used at each draw are pre-tested before the official draw. These numbers are recorded and documented by Draw Management staff and the independent representative to ensure that the machines are working properly and the balls are being selected in a random manner. Once the machines and ball sets have passed the pre-test process, they are ready for the official draw. The official draw occurs after the draw entry has closed at 7:45p.m. PT, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and wagering has ceased for that drawing. All pre-test and official draw results are submitted to an independent statistician who analyzes this information to ensure statistical randomness.
The solid rubber balls are weighed and measured once a month to check for wear and weight consistency in comparison to the other balls and to ensure that each ball does not vary in weight or measurement from its original specifications.
California joined the POWERBALL game in April 2013. To date, 45 lottery jurisdictions participate in the bi-weekly POWERBALL drawings. POWERBALL draws are conducted in Tallahassee, Florida at 7:59p.m. PT, after draw entry closes at 7:00p.m. PT on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This draw is conducted in the same way as California’s SuperLotto Plus draw with similar safeguards in place to ensure that the equipment and draws are securely maintained and audited. POWERBALL draws are also monitored and documented by California’s Draw Management staff and independent auditor.
MEGA Millions Draws
California joined the MEGA Millions game in June 2005. To date, 45 lotteries participate in the bi-weekly MEGA Millions drawings. MEGA Millions draws are conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, after draw entry closes at 7:45p.m. PT on Tuesdays and Fridays. This draw is conducted in the same way as California’s SuperLotto Plus draw with similar safeguards in place to ensure that the equipment and draws are securely maintained and audited. MEGA Millions draws are also monitored and documented by California’s Draw Management staff and independent auditor.
Fantasy 5, Daily 4, Daily 3 and Daily Derby Draws
The California Lottery began conducting automated draws for Fantasy 5 and Daily 3 on July 1, 1998; Daily Derby on August 10, 1998; and Daily 4 on May 19, 2008. The decision to switch to automated draws was made because of the increase of daily games offered to players and the need for a faster, more efficient and maintenance-free method of drawing winning numbers. The official draws occur everyday after the draw entry has closed at 6:30p.m. PT (also at 1:00p.m. PT for Daily 3's midday draw).
The automated draw machines are state-of-the-art, stand-alone computers. Two automated draw machines and three randomization methods are used for the daily draws. Before each draw, Draw Management Staff uses a random number program to determine which draw device and which randomization method will be used. The winning numbers selected by either method are unpredictable. The computer's hard drive cannot be opened without breaking a numbered security seal and the programs inside the computer that generate the random numbers are permanently implanted and cannot be altered.
Hot Spot draws are conducted by a computer program that randomly selects the winning numbers. Because Hot Spot draws occur every four minutes, Hot Spot draws are completely automated. These computerized draws are as secure as the mechanical draws. The computer used in these draws is housed in the same secured draw room at Lottery Headquarters. The draws occur every four minutes from 6:00a.m. to 2:00a.m. PT the next day.
Draw Game Results
After the official draws are performed the winning numbers are noted on various documents that are verified by Draw Management staff and the independent representative. Official draw results are then distributed to Lottery retailers and media throughout the state.
The Hot Spot draws can be viewed on any Lottery retailer's terminal that offers the Hot Spot game to players. Detailed Draw Results for all draw games can be viewed on each game page. Draw results can also be found in many major newspapers, broadcasted on most major television stations and by calling toll-free 1-800-LOTTERY.
All draws are open to the public.
To attend a drawing at our headquarters in Sacramento, call toll- free 1-800-LOTTERY (1-800-568-8379) ahead of time to ensure that staff is available to give you a tour and answer any questions.