# How the Lottery Number is Picked

Whether you are playing the lottery or not, it’s a good idea to learn about how the lottery number is selected. This information can help you select numbers that have a higher probability of being drawn. There are two ways to pick lottery numbers: random and mathematical.

A lottery number is a series of 32 digits that are compared left to right in an ascending order. Each number is weighted according to its class level. It is also graded based on the first character of its hexadecimal string. The numbers starting with 0 are in the first 1/16th of the total, while those starting with c-f are in the last quartile.

Having a lottery number gives students who have good numbers a better chance of getting into the school of their choice. However, the same is not true of those who have bad lottery numbers. This is because they are assigned to schools that offer lower odds for their top choices.

In fact, there is even some literature that shows that having a single lottery number for all schools actually does not penalize students. This is because it increases the chances of a student matching to their top choice.

The Department of Education declined to disclose how it chooses lottery numbers. They said it is a complex process that consists of long strings of numbers and letters. In addition, the agency claimed that the lottery numbers are not “automated decision systems.”

If you are interested in learning more about the selection process, you can visit the New York City Department of Education website. You can also look up frequency charts for past lottery draws.