New lottery draw machines have been commissioned to conduct all Saturday Lotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Oz Lotto and Powerball draws from 16 April 2018.
The new draw equipment replaces lottery machines that have been in use for more than 20 years.
In order to be commissioned, tens of thousands of test draws were conducted to confirm the machines select lottery balls randomly and the integrity of lottery draws is maintained.
Accompanying the new machines are new vividly-coloured lottery balls – a unique set each for Lotto, Oz Lotto and Powerball.
The balls are equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID), allowing the machines to automatically and instantly “read” each ball number as soon as it is drawn.
As part of the robust testing process, the lottery balls themselves have also been scrutinised, with experts from the National Measurement Institute deployed to weigh each lottery ball. This independent testing verified that the balls were of equal weight and adhered to the strict required weight standards.
When they’re not being used for lottery draws, the machines and lottery balls are kept securely under lock and key, with only selected licensed lottery officials able to access them.
Regulators from each Australian lottery jurisdiction have given their approval for the new equipment to start drawing the winning numbers for Saturday Lotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Oz Lotto and Powerball draws.
Government regulators will continue to supervise each lottery draw to ensure they are conducted according to strict guidelines.