|Mary Sullivan from East Vancouver won|
Judy's red raffle quilt, and immediately put it to good use.
So how did we avoid any bias (or even appearance of bias) in drawing the winning ticket? Good question. Answer: high technology and scrupulous monitoring. We used the statistical program Stata to generate random numbers, and sorted the ticket numbers (1 through 40) into the corresponding random order.
The program output is in the box on the right. If you are masochistically curious about how close you came to winning, check the middle column for your ticket number; the nearer the top, the closer you were
To monitor the drawing, we brought in two people of the very highest integrity, who (fortunately) had not bought any raffle tickets themselves. They are pictured on the left, just after the single computer run that created the list. "No hanky panky here," they attest.
-- Ed Park, for the Friends of the Point Roberts Library