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Old 01-05-2006, 01:12 AM   #1
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Lets say I have 375 users that enter a giveaway and I need to pick a winner at random that everyone can verify is true.

Here is my theory on how to do this and I need to know if there are any flaws in it:

Texas Cash Five gets pulled everyday so the day after the giveaway ends the lotto will be drawn.

I can put everyone into a X amout of groups with X amount of users. I will put users in the groups randomly and post them prior to the lotto.

The numbers today were 27 37 9 34 15.

So lets say we have 15 user groups then the first pull between 1 and 15 picks the user group. Now we have which user group we are going to use. In this case group 9 wins.

Now lets say in each user group we have 25 users. Excluding the ball we used to select the user group the next ball between 1-26 selects the user. The 9th user is now the 10th user because 9 can't be drawn again. So we move everyone past 8 up; 16 is now 17, 17 is now 18, so forth.

The next ball between 1-26 is 15 so the winner is Group 9 Member 15.
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:43 AM   #2
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Jesus dude.



I don't know.
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Old 01-05-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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You won't know how many groups to put them in until after the lottery. Unless you want to take your chances of low enough numbers being drawn. If you divide everyone up into groups and users first, there might be a chance that the numbers drawn do not coencide with your lists. If you do it after the lottery, then there exists the possibility that it wouldn't be "at random".

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Old 01-05-2006, 02:16 PM   #4
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You just gave me a headache. It's 5am here and I'm awake with a sore foot and leg (on going pain thing form a work injury).

I think I'll give this shot during normal waking hours....

BTW what are the number ranges for the texas cash draw?
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Old 01-05-2006, 02:33 PM   #5
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Can't you just run a random number generator and pick a random number between 1 and 375?
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Old 01-05-2006, 04:32 PM   #6
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Assuming the Cash Five is picking five numbers between 1 & 99, you can just split the people into five groups using sign-up order (1,6,11 ... in group One, etc.) Then the prize goes to whomever matches the drawn number in each group. If no one in the group matches (say the number was 96 and there are only 78 people in the group), use the next day's group number.
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Old 01-05-2006, 04:50 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TxBrew
Lets say I have 375 users that enter a giveaway and I need to pick a winner at random that everyone can verify is true.

Here is my theory on how to do this and I need to know if there are any flaws in it:

Texas Cash Five gets pulled everyday so the day after the giveaway ends the lotto will be drawn.

I can put everyone into a X amout of groups with X amount of users. I will put users in the groups randomly and post them prior to the lotto.

The numbers today were 27 37 9 34 15.

So lets say we have 15 user groups then the first pull between 1 and 15 picks the user group. Now we have which user group we are going to use. In this case group 9 wins.

Now lets say in each user group we have 25 users. Excluding the ball we used to select the user group the next ball between 1-26 selects the user. The 9th user is now the 10th user because 9 can't be drawn again. So we move everyone past 8 up; 16 is now 17, 17 is now 18, so forth.

The next ball between 1-26 is 15 so the winner is Group 9 Member 15.
I think the problem here is the possibility that no one would be selected if you made groups before knowing the day's numbers and if you made the groups after the numbers were selected, then it wouldn't be random.


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Assuming the Cash Five is picking five numbers between 1 & 99, you can just split the people into five groups using sign-up order (1,6,11 ... in group One, etc.) Then the prize goes to whomever matches the drawn number in each group. If no one in the group matches (say the number was 96 and there are only 78 people in the group), use the next day's group number.
I don't think this is random because it is based on the order in which people sign up.

I don't have an idea on how to do this yet, but I'll post again if I think of anything.

 
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:30 PM   #8
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Ok, I've got an idea now.

Take twelve ten sided dice, with the numbers 0 thru 9 on the sides. Roll each die and record the number. You should now have a 12 digit number.

Assign each person a number.

12 digit Number % 375 = winner

% = modulus or remainder.

 
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:31 PM   #9
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The only thing I see wrong is that in your scenario the winner should have been Group 9 Member 14, due to numbers past 9 needing to be shifted after the 9 ball was drawn (if I'm understanding your system correctly).
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:53 PM   #10
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I just checked back to see if you got your answer...
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