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Maryland Lottery drawings go digital: Watch winning numbers drawn online

December 18th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports the Maryland Lottery will move away from televised lottery drawings and move to a computer system that will pick the winning numbers.

Lottery players may be used to seeing Maryland Lottery drawings live on WBAL-TV. But come Monday, that will change.

"No more rolling machines out of a secure vault into a TV studio. No more placing ping-pong balls one by one and counting them endlessly. Now, it's a computer," said Patrick Morton, who has managed drawings for 20 years for the Maryland Lottery.

The computer is called Random Number Generator.

"RNG is not a new technology. We've been using it for several years in quick picks, on our draw games, as well as Keno and Racetrax," said John Martin, director of the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. "It is quick, efficient, cost effective and extremely secure."

The Maryland Lottery will use the RNG system for the Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Bonus Match 5 and Multi-Match drawings.