210k Lottery Giveaway Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by alexschrod, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. In order to keep the lottery thread clean, I made this thread to allow for discussion. Please post here if you'd like to discuss the lottery. Thanks. :)
  2. I would just like to say Booo :( You shouldn't leave, Alex!
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  3. He's Leaving. Gasp. Bu bu but Why
  4. Oh, sorry, I should have specified... I'm not really... leaving, I'm just taking an (indeterminately) long break from playing the game, though I plan to continue to frequent the forum in my gaming absence. :)
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  5. Sad to see another leave but I am growing bored of minecraft too sadly :(
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  6. I dont play as much as i used to but i still get on most days.
  7. Well, as long as we will still get to partake in your witty repartee, I guess that's fine.
  8. So, just to give people an idea of how this will work, I'll post an example output from the program I've written to pick winners. I will be releasing the source code after the drawing has been accomplished, so if anyone's interested in the mechanics, you may have a look see.

    When the actual drawing is taking place, I will be posting these outputs as well, in the other thread.

    The program picks 3 numbers at random, then checks if anyone has an exact match (which usually isn't the case, obviously) and if so, announces the winner at that point. If there is no exact match, distance is calculated for all players, and the program then prints the 10 shortest distances. (Because why not?) It then prints that the winner is whoever has the shortest distance. If there are two (or more) players with the exact same shortest distance, the program instead gives an error message saying no winner could be chosen.

    In this example run, there were 28 participants, and the winner was Bugmo1207. Sadly for Bugmo1207, winning the example round doesn't count for anything. :p

    Participants
    margaritte 7 42 99
    ignoramoose 7 28 64
    sqiggleyjeff 23 57 92
    Bugmo1207 4 67 44
    Zoebearfun105 1 2 3
    JackBiggin 10 20 30
    catwarrior7 7 23 42
    Gabrielrocks69 24 8 11
    Tehwafflez 17 43 78
    jrlizard 22 56 73
    HylianNinja 13 10 66
    penfoldex 84 55 3
    jkjkjk182 27 21 87
    SpaceShuttleFan 19 89 29
    YoyomanThaBoss 33 44 58
    PenguinDJ 23 67 83
    Pab10S 21 84 92
    Mr_Beast47 19 7 29
    Gap542 54 69 16
    Faithcaster 18 77 88
    Terr 4 42 59
    Inuyasha1204 35 12 55
    Kman122000 13 41 86
    Crazy1800 8 18 80
    Mrsmiley99 69 96 12
    SparerToaster 8 27 32
    watk4219 42 51 63
    bushyspecialk 62 78 13

    Winning numbers
    (1, 62, 47)

    Top 10 shortest distances for this draw
    Bugmo1207 11
    Terr 35
    catwarrior7 50
    jrlizard 53
    ignoramoose 57
    SparerToaster 57
    YoyomanThaBoss 61
    SpaceShuttleFan 63
    PenguinDJ 63
    Tehwafflez 66

    The Winner by Closest Distance is: Bugmo1207 (distance 11)
  9. Awww poo >.< I didnt get picked in the example...:p
  10. Very fancy!
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  11. I'm surprised Number 1 was chosen.
    Also if you start to get bored with minecraft then make youtube videos! Spread your knowledge!
  12. Well, just to make sure the random number generator is fair, I ran tests on it (picking several millions of numbers between 0 and 100), and it picked the numbers 0 and 100 just as often as it picked the all of others. In other words, the number 1 is just as likely to be picked as the others are.
  13. Looks cool really good way of running a giveaway!
  14. WAIT?! It ended already?!
  15. No. That was an example drawing, and the real drawings (of which there will be 10) will be taking place on Saturday. And they will be taking place in the non-discussion thread. :p
  16. 210k?? it makes my 12k look really small... :oops:
  17. Great set-up :)
  18. So if we pick 3 numbers and it comes up with 3 random numbers, then how do you win? Do you add up all the numbers and see who is the closest, or do you see who is the closest to each number?
  19. Oh goodness I saw Bugmo's name and I was all like "OMG! She won!"

    Thanks again for the nice giveaway Alex, hate to see you go. :(
  20. you know not to be a downer or anything but
    ALEX YOU NEVER NEW ME BUT I NEW YOU (not a stalker) AND I BOUGHT THINGS FROM YOU (even though they were over priced) YOU WERE MY FRIENDS RES NEIGHBOR AND YOU ALWAYS HAD A COOL DRAGON, BUT WE WILL ALL MISS YOU EVEN IF YOU ARE STILL GOING TO POST ON THE FORUM D: "goodbyes are hard" - Iball6119bye D:

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    :eek:I was astonished:oops:I was sad:(I was more sad:mad:I was angry:cool:I'm playing it cool:eek::(I'M SAD AGAIN

    ;)GOOD LUCK THOUGH