My picks on Pick 3 where in at 11:55 Central time, which is 4 minutes before the deadline. It shows my picks not counted due to making picks late.
I don't think it matters much because it looks like I am just outside the level where points are awarded but my math may be off. Can you fix and then check?
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.