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Draklan Kreno
Minmatar
CREO Technologies
Posted - 2010.09.15 18:17:00 - [31]
 

i just need to say that these last draws are a bit weird for my likes

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.15 18:22:00 - [32]
 

The string of 8's? It's just the vagaries of random number generation from what I can tell. I actually did look into it to make sure that it wasn't somehow freaking out, but everything looks legit.

Basically the perfect storm of "guy that only buys #8" and "string of winning #8s". Sorry!

Donde Esta
Posted - 2010.09.15 18:52:00 - [33]
 

How about another promo? :)

Donde Esta
Posted - 2010.09.15 19:01:00 - [34]
 

When on the "Sorry, looks like someone may have already started a new blink" page, clicking "active blinks" does nothing.

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.15 19:07:00 - [35]
 

Originally by: Donde Esta
How about another promo? :)


You got it :P

Fixing the bug too.

Blizted Doom
Posted - 2010.09.15 19:27:00 - [36]
 

Please triple check your formula, no one is that lucky with the number 8 :D

Like the idea though keep it up :)

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.15 19:35:00 - [37]
 

Originally by: Blizted Doom
Please triple check your formula, no one is that lucky with the number 8 :D

Like the idea though keep it up :)

Believe me, when I saw the numbers rolling through I was quadruple checking :P

I'm happy to stick it here, it's not complex:

//RNG was seeded at init()
function roll_winner($blinkID, $num_tickets) {
if(is_null($num_tickets)) die("Error rolling dice");
$winner = mt_rand(1, $num_tickets);
$query = "UPDATE lottery_blinks SET finish_time = NOW(), winning_number = $winner
WHERE winning_number IS NULL AND id = $blinkID";
$r = mysql_query($query);
}


The relevant line there is just $winner = mt_rand(1, $num_tickets); which uses the PHP Mersenne Twister to pull a random number. Mersenne has been proven to work well at providing true randomness so it's just a lucky streak, sorry!

(Plus that guy has played over 30 blinks at this point I think :P)

Vendetta Minx
Posted - 2010.09.15 19:36:00 - [38]
 

Wow. I have got to stop! This is addictive!

Yeah I got super lucky after dropping half a bil on the number 8.

Great Fun! Thanks!

Spinalonga
Caldari
Red Tiger Technology
Posted - 2010.09.15 19:58:00 - [39]
 

I just asked for plexes to be added.

Fast response from somerset: On it!

Merlot Stonegate
Gallente
Stonegate Ventures
Posted - 2010.09.15 20:32:00 - [40]
 

Edited by: Merlot Stonegate on 15/09/2010 20:32:01
Awesome implementation!

Is there a max duration for an open lottery?

Like if there is only 1 or 2 blinks (from the guy that picked it) and no one else, will that stay open until filled?

Thanks!

Raid'En
Posted - 2010.09.15 20:53:00 - [41]
 

Originally by: Somerset Mahm

I'm happy to stick it here, it's not complex:

//RNG was seeded at init()
function roll_winner($blinkID, $num_tickets) {
if(is_null($num_tickets)) die("Error rolling dice");
$winner = mt_rand(1, $num_tickets);
$query = "UPDATE lottery_blinks SET finish_time = NOW(), winning_number = $winner
WHERE winning_number IS NULL AND id = $blinkID";
$r = mysql_query($query);
}


you have hidden the part when it say i can't win, i'm sure of it :P
this new site is a pretty good idea, but would be better if i could win a bit xD

well anyway, just a little advice ;
* do something about the text of the prize, i find it irritating to see this when my mouse passed by. and maybe i'm not alone
* little prize seems to have over-high cost ; for example most of the tech2 frig seems to have a total ticket cost which is more than twice the real cost, seems a bit too much for me.
* don't forget what i said yerterday, about being able to see the tab to add a blink, i finnally saw it some hours ago, but the time to read it it was too late :P
i think most people don't know at all how it looks, and what they can choose ;)

well wanyway, you did a good job, as i lost more money in blinks that on all lotteries i tried here in a month xD

Riley Martin
Posted - 2010.09.15 20:59:00 - [42]
 

This is really great.
You have spent some time developing the idea and the interface, I am really impressed.

It is fun!


ps. its a cash cow too :)

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.15 21:05:00 - [43]
 

Originally by: Merlot Stonegate
Edited by: Merlot Stonegate on 15/09/2010 20:32:01
Awesome implementation!

Is there a max duration for an open lottery?

Like if there is only 1 or 2 blinks (from the guy that picked it) and no one else, will that stay open until filled?

Thanks!

I don't have it visible yet because I haven't needed it, but I do have support for blink expiration, along with logic for it. So we'll see!

PLEX are coming as a blinkable item in a little bit!

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.15 22:17:00 - [44]
 

PLEX can now be blinked!

Mister Bleak
Posted - 2010.09.15 22:30:00 - [45]
 

Blink the last 2 spots for the snowball launcher already! *shakes fist* :P

Trayjan
Federal Navy Academy
Posted - 2010.09.15 22:34:00 - [46]
 

too much fun. i approve!

Aylla
Gallente
Posted - 2010.09.15 22:53:00 - [47]
 

Finally won something.....though at huge cost Sad

Can u add the missing Command Ships maybe to the list? Sleipnir, Absolution etc?

Smoulders
Smoulders Holding
Posted - 2010.09.15 23:05:00 - [48]
 

I won a Snowball Launcher Shocked

CrackerJack718
Posted - 2010.09.15 23:13:00 - [49]
 

Cool. Finally won a jaguar, lol, only took buying about 10 tickets for other lotteries lol. But still an awesome service and really fun for the gambling types

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.15 23:27:00 - [50]
 

Originally by: Aylla
Finally won something.....though at huge cost Sad

Can u add the missing Command Ships maybe to the list? Sleipnir, Absolution etc?

Done!

Apachekills
Gallente
Lost-Souls.
Posted - 2010.09.16 00:14:00 - [51]
 

fun stuff, won a dramiel, protus and a vexor navy issue. All gamblers welcome!!!!

Apachekills
Gallente
Lost-Souls.
Posted - 2010.09.16 01:46:00 - [52]
 

I got an idea for you somer. Currently you have it set at 2 large and 3 small prizes at a time. I would suggest that you change it to 1 giant, 2 large, and 3 small. With giant meaning freighter, carriers, rorqual and such. It looks like the giant prizes will sit for a while, and it would be nice to have a plex and a large ship on at the same time. Just an idea, great game, im very addicted.

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.16 01:54:00 - [53]
 

Yeah that's looking like a good idea. That Rorqual is going to sit for awhile if I'm not careful.

The Ambusher
Eych Four Eks Zero Ahr
Posted - 2010.09.16 01:54:00 - [54]
 

Originally by: Apachekills
Just an idea, great game, im very addicted.


I can tell :P

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.16 02:05:00 - [55]
 

Most Blinks Played
Apachekills (39)

Shocked

Okay, I'm re-evaluating the blink tiers based on feedback. I expired the Rorqual and refunded ticket money on it so it can slot into the new megablink tier.

Arya A
Posted - 2010.09.16 02:37:00 - [56]
 

What about jump freighters?

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.16 02:43:00 - [57]
 

Too expensive for me to consider blinking right now. They'd be half a bil a blink.

If blink continues to gain in popularity we'll revisit.

AtheistOfFail
AoF Lottery Services
Posted - 2010.09.16 02:53:00 - [58]
 

Originally by: Somerset Mahm
Too expensive for me to consider blinking right now. They'd be half a bil a blink.

If blink continues to gain in popularity we'll revisit.


*wants 1337 Veldspar as a blink*

Virlomi Silver
Minmatar
The Collective
B O R G
Posted - 2010.09.16 03:07:00 - [59]
 

great way to play cant wait to see all the things out up! Very Happy

Somerset Mahm
Somer's Omnibus Exploration and Reclamation
Cognitive Distortion
Posted - 2010.09.16 03:24:00 - [60]
 

Edited by: Somerset Mahm on 16/09/2010 03:28:29
We've split blinks into three categories, mostly thanks to Apachekills!

Normal Blinks: Maximum of 3
Big Blinks: Maximum of 2 (Orcas, Pirate BSes, etc.)
Mega Blinks: Maximum of 1 (Rorquals, Carriers)
Total Open Blinks: Maximum of 5 Normal and Big Blinks combined.

Hope this makes everyone's blink experience even better!


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