(CBS) — The end of an era: For the final time, a living breathing person pulled the numbers for the Illinois Lottery.
Bye bye human hands. Hello automation. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports on computers taking the place of those cute little ping pong balls.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Building Heat
We’re not sure if you’ll see Linda Colmeyer again…no bins…no balls.
On its website under the headline “something exciting,” the Illinois Lottery explains the digital draw system will use a random number generator.READ MORE: Bronzeville Woman Pays Plumber To Fix Sewage Backup, Only To Find Out It Was On City Property
The lottery says it’s “highly secure” and it will “fully leverage available technology.”
Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, a clinical psychologist, said drawings done by a computer raises the specter it could be hacked.
“I think you open yourself up to conspiracy theories,” Dr. Blessman said. “I think they’re opening themselves up to a lot of distrust.”MORE NEWS: With Rash Of Carjackings In West Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, Apple AirTag Presented As Item That Could Help
The bottom line, the lottery did mention its increased operating costs, and of course it’s being sued by recent big winners for refusal to pay amid the state budget stalemate.