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Lottery Security
Honesty and integrity is critical to our success. To ensure the public’s trust and confidence, CT Lottery Security Department personnel dedicate themselves to ensure that all who choose to play CT Lottery games have an equal and fair chance of winning. Lottery Security oversees all aspects of security for the corporation including:

  • Routine monitoring of Lottery drawings for compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Consultations and investigations on reported or suspected incidents involving retailers, consumers, fraudulent activity, public health and safety.

  • Integrity of lottery drawings and scratch game production.

  • Building safety and emergency management.

  • Provides an independent assessment to lottery management and the Board of Directors.
Drawing Methods
Since 1972, thousands of lottery drawings have been held using reliable and secure methods consistent with industry integrity standards. People are most familiar with our televised drawings that feature traditional air-flow machines filled with ping pong balls to randomly select winning numbers.  A second method uses Random Number Generator (RNG) technology for special promotions and drawings. No matter which is used, the highest level of physical and procedural accuracy is assured.  In the unlikely event of a problem, emergency procedures are always in place.
Lottery drawings are held 365 days a year. Most drawings are broadcast "live" on WCCT-TV to allow the public to see the actual drawing as it occurs.  Drawings are open to the public, but Lottery Security clearance is required 24 hours prior in order to attend.
Lottery Drawing Staff and Lottery Drawing Officers from the Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division attend all drawings.  The Lottery Drawing Officer inspects the equipment selected for the drawing to ensure its integrity. They also observe and record the entire drawing process and certify the drawing to make it "official."

All personnel involved in the production of Lottery drawings must undergo and pass a rigorous background check conducted by the Department of Consumer Protection.  If at anytime there is a question as to the character, integrity or suitability of the person involved with the drawing, they are immediately removed from the drawing process.
The studio where televised drawings are conducted has a state-of-the-art physical security system to protect the equipment and related materials involved in the drawing. Studio access is limited to authorized personnel only, on an as-needed basis.
Drawings are conducted according to approved procedures. Drawings are monitored and regulated at all times during the drawing process to certify and make the results "official." Steps included in every drawing are:
  • Inspection of equipment that will be used in the drawing

  • Pre-drawing randomization tests

  • Rehearsal drawings

  • Actual official drawing

  • Post-drawing randomization tests

  • Post-drawing verification of equipment

  • Entry of winning information into the Computer Gaming System

  • Official drawing certification by the Department of Consumer Protection

  • Report of the drawing results to the public
Message from CT Lottery Security

Security plays a critical role in ensuring the integrity of the lottery operations and staff.  The public must have complete faith, trust and confidence in our games to ensure that everyone that plays has an equal and fair chance of winning.
To that end, our goal is to establish a true partnership with the corporation’s employees, customers and regulatory agency to ensure the highest level of integrity with our products and vendors.
You can rest assured that the CT Lottery takes security very seriously.  We have been recognized by our industry peers as a leader in lottery security. 

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