How is a Lottery Number Generated?

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Whether you are a parent, student or just interested in the admission process, you may want to know how a lottery number is generated. The Department of Education (DOE) uses lottery numbers to determine student placement in public schools. They are based on class level information and are generated from the Registrar’s Office. In addition, students with guaranteed housing receive point values based on seniority and other factors.

Some parents have argued that the single lottery number for all schools is unfair. However, literature indicates that a single lottery number does not penalize students.

Rather, the single lottery number for all schools increases the likelihood of being matched to a school of choice. And, while the chances are higher for those who have a good lottery number, it’s possible for a student with a low lottery number to get an offer to a more preferred school.

However, DOE has said that they will not release information on how lottery numbers are generated. Parents have questioned this decision, and the Department has declined to explain how it’s done.

Initially, DOE stated that lottery numbers were long strings of numbers and letters. They would be sent to students when they started the spring term. However, some lottery number requestors said that they received more information than others. Some were even given a detailed explanation.

The lottery number is determined by the point values assigned to individual students or groups. These numbers are then compared left to right in increasing order. If a student’s lottery number matches a number in the first quartile, he or she is assigned to a higher-ranked school. If the lottery number matches a number in the second quartile, he or she is paired with a lower-ranked school.