On Saturday night, the Lottery will broadcast its final drawings from Braintree. After the winning numbers are pulled and the Lottery host signs off, the studio and equipment for the Numbers Game, Mass Cash and Megabucks Doubler will be retired. And on Sunday, a new studio at the Lottery’s Dorchester headquarters will debut with all-new drawing equipment and a plan for new-look online broadcasts.
It’s all part of a modernization plan that’s been afoot for the last four or five years at the Lottery under Sweeney and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. The agency retired its old, clunky blue retail machines and replaced them with more modern terminals, and recently went through a major IT overhaul. For its drawings, the Lottery is now embarking on a multi-phased plan that will eventually include a new schedule for all Lottery drawings and plans for remote drawings on-location at big events around the state.