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Isn't that a "Schrödinger's cat" kind of situation? As long as you don't look into the box (or in this case, into the TCP packets) the fact that the outcome is predetermined or not doesn't make any difference. Anyway, disregarding that, these games are always futile statistically-wise.

Exactly, it doesn't make a difference to your chances whether the game picks your numbers before you scratch them or after. If they did it the way the author would like it would just mean server requests for every revealed square and session tracking etc in case of lost connections.

What's kind of interesting is games like Pachinko, which in real life rely on the random fall of steel balls over metal pins. A game like at http://games.ladbrokes.com/en/games/arcade/pachinko actually sends you the number of wins and losses when you place your bet, then you get to watch all the balls fall into their predetermined slots at the bottom of the board. You even get to pick the power of the shot for each ball so it's very deceptive.

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