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MySQL random integers

This is not a new feature by any means but it is a question I have happen to see pop up every now and then. So a quick example is following.

To generate a random integer within MySQL you can use the Floor and Rand functions. The MySQL manual documents this here:

"To obtain a random integer R in the range i <= R < j, use the expression FLOOR(i + RAND() * (j – i))"

So to give an example:

> SET @I = 3; # lower range
> SET @J = 43 - @I; # max range minus lower range

> SELECT FLOOR( @I + (RAND() * @J )) as lottery_numbers\G

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