How Are Predetermined Picking Bonuses Random?

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Brian picking on the Thunder Drums predetermined bonus

After that eighth Mini, you might find yourself questioning how random a game really is, like this player:

How are players supposed to believe that the games are all random, when something like a Pick 3 bonus is obviously programmed to give you the lowest jackpot 9/10 times? Time after time I’ll have 2 of each jackpot picked, which is a 75% chance to NOT get the Mini….and whaddya know??? :)

Daniel L.

It’s a fair question, but that’s because you need to search elsewhere to find the randomness. The randomness is not in what prize you’ll get, but the actual act of getting the bonus in the first place.

The bonus itself is a weighted bonus, in that the vast majority of the outcomes will be the Mini, and less often but not uncommon the Minor. The Major and, of course, the Grand are much less likely to come out. It’s sort of like how the wheel in Wheel of Fortune is a weighted wheel – the top prize isn’t equal chances as the smallest prize to win.

But even with that weighted scenario, randomness still applies. Which spins will you have the ability to get to that picking screen, for instance? The random number generator, which governs the outcome selection in slots based on when you hit the spin button, in this case is determining when a bonus will happen, so that element of randomness still exists.

And even with a weighted and predetermined bonus, it can still be random. Imagine a hundred marbles in a bag. 80 are green, 18 are blue, one is purple and one is red. Even though you have a very high chance of picking a green marble (let’s call it the Mini marble), it’s still a random chance going on here. It’s just not very likely you’re going to get the red or purple marbles (the Grand or Major, in the case of that example).

Where things differ is your picking is not where the randomness is determined. By the time you’re touching coins, the game already knows what it’s going to give you – the picking is just for show. Instead, the random event happened earlier in the process, when you pressed the spin button, and now you’re just playing out what has been decided.

When you’ve picked two of everything, there’s not a 75% chance not to get the mini, because you’re not actually picking anything. And this is confirmed by the lack of reveal of what is under the other remaining coins.

So hopefully that helps explain why randomness is still involved, even if not in the picking of the coins itself.

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