@thekyle, there is no wheel. While your observations of the animation's behavior are accurate, once the wheel begins spinning, the award has already been given. The wheel is just an animation.

Something well established and easily provable. Anything else is fantasy.

Yes. I agree the award is decided the moment you hit Spin. Stopping the wheel only speeds up your ability to spin again faster. And the wheel animation itself is just fun polish for a game. This is true.

But to maybe clarify my point.

At a brand new / full wheel the odds are 1:9 for getting the gold prize.

I *believe* that 1:9 doesn't actually change for the RNG ever. Even when a spot on the wheel is emptied. However you cannot win an empty slot so the easy programming is to tell the wheel to simply push onward to the next spot.

Meaning that if the reward immediately ahead of the gold prize is entirely gone. Your *real odds* change from 1:9 to 2:9

As the odds of the empty slot are effectively absorbed by the following position.

This can allow you to manipulate your odds of winning by choosing your spins carefully.

If there are 2-3 empty spaces in a row on your wheel you can know that your odds of getting the next one in that line are much better. So if the gold prize is behind of that gap your odds go up, and if its ahead of the gap your odds go down.