Lotto ‘Balls Up’ Or A Trick Of The Eye?

Lottery players with a shot of winning millions don’t miss much when comes watching the live lotto draws to see if their lucky lotto numbers plop, shoot or fly out the various lotto machines. Which is why there were so many questions asked recently, when an eagle-eyed lotto player spotted not one but two different numbers on one lotto ball. Intrigued? Then carry on reading and we’ll tell you all about it.

There was a social media lotto frenzy recently when someone uploaded an image of lottery balls with two different numbers – and naturally they immediately thought that the draw was fixed.

The image appears to show the number 38 ball also has a number 33 on it, which left people baffled by the mix up and questioned what was happening.

Lotto ball refraction

Those on social media seeing the post, also thought that it looked as though the red 38 also seemed to have a 33 number marked on it. But actually, if you look closer, you will see that there’s absolutely nothing wrong, as the illusion that there are two numbers is in actual fact merely created by refraction of light going horizontally across the balls.

Looking at a close up of the image, you can clearly see the refraction on the lottery balls on either side of lotto ball number 38 in question.

lottery ball number 38

The post received such attention, that a National Lottery spokesperson confirmed that the illusion of two numbers was created by refraction of light, and reminded players that all draws are audited by an independent global auditing firm.

'The National Lottery would like to assure its players of the integrity of Saturday night's Lotto Plus 1 draw. Nobody was lucky enough to win the jackpot, but there were 22 people who each walked away with around £700 each.

"This was not the case. The weight and size of all Lotto balls, and the numbers, are strictly checked in advance of each draw.

"This process, as well as the draw itself, is independently observed by our auditors KPMG. “

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