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Drawing History Tab

Overview

This is the leftmost tab in the Main window, and is used for entering, updating, editing or deleting the numbers that have been drawn in the lottery.

How to Invoke

Click the "Drawing History" tab in the Main Window.

Basic Procedure (Manual Data Entry or Editing)

You can also use this window for editing numbers that you have entered in error. To do this, just find the line in the grid at the top of the window that contains the data you want to correct, and click anywhere on its row; the data will appear in the bottom part of the window. Correct the data, then click the "Enter" button, or you can delete the data by clicking the "Delete" button.

Basic Procedure (Online Updating)

Online Updating is only available for users who are subscribers to our optional Lottery Data Subscription Service, and for lotteries that were setup from the list of built-in lotteries in the Lottery Setup Wizard.

Window Controls

Lottery grid

Located at the top of the window, this spreadsheet-style grid shows all of the numbers that you have entered for this lottery. Drawings are shown with the newest drawings at the top of the grid.

You can also click on a row in this grid for editing or deleting data. When you do so, Lottery Drawing Entry fields will be populated; from there you can edit the data and click the "Enter" button, or delete the entire row by clicking the "Delete" button.

"Date of Drawing" field

Use this field for entering the date of the drawing. Note that you cannot type in this field directly; to enter a date, click on the date on the Calendar, which is right below this field. For Windows, this field uses the 'Long' date setting on your computer (Control Panel > Region and Language > Format). For Mac OS X, this field uses the 'Medium' date setting (System Preferences > Language & Text > Formats).

Calendar

Use the calendar to pick the day of the drawing. The vertical arrows to the right of the year let you increment and decrement the year; the horizontal arrows at the top left and top right of the calendar let you increment and decrement the month. Click on the specific day number to choose the day.

The calendar will show dates where the lottery is regularly scheduled to hold drawings in a red typeface. For example, if your lottery holds drawings only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, only those two days will be in red print. Other days (that is, days where there is no scheduled drawing) are in plain text. However, if your lottery holds special drawings on non-scheduled days, you can still select that special day.

"Lottery Drawing Entry" boxes

These are the numbered text boxes near the lower right part of the window. This is where you enter (or edit) past drawing numbers. Tip: for numbers less than ten, precede each number with a zero (for example, enter '7' as '07'), so that the text cursor automatically moves to the next field.

"Clear" button

Click this button to clear the buttons in the "Lottery Drawing Entry" text boxes.

"Update" button

If you are a subscriber to our optional Lottery Data Subscription Service, clicking this button will update your lottery. Please note that only certain built-in lotteries (that you selected with the "Lottery Setup Wizard" ) can be updated in this fashion. If this button is not visible, then the lottery you are currently working with is not eligible for online updating.

Once updating is complete, this button becomes ghosted.

Important! When updating, Lotto Sorcerer will update lottery drawings starting from the latest drawing in your database. If you do not have the earlier drawings in your database, you should clear your lottery (menu item "Lottery Data > Clear Lottery" ) before you update. When you update, all data will be downloaded. You only have to do this once.

"Delete" button

Click this button to delete a record that already exists in the database. If it is ghosted, that is because you have not selected a record from the Lottery grid yet. Find the record in the grid, at the top of the window, and click on the row. The "Delete" button will then become enabled.

"Enter" button

Click this to enter the data that you have typed into the database. You should then see it appear in the grid at the top of the window. If this button is disabled, that means that you have not filled out the date or all of the numbers drawn for that drawing.

Tip: If you are entering a large number of previous draws into the database, you should start with the earliest date first. After you enter the first drawing, the date field is automatically populated with the next drawing date, allowing for fast number crunching.

"Scrape" button

This button lets you 'scrape' a web page with drawing data to paste into the Numbers Drawn boxes. Here is the specific procedure:
  1. In the web page with the data you want to enter, click and drag through the data you want to enter.
  2. With the data highlighted, copy the text data to your system clipboard. You can usually find this in your web browser's "Edit" menu.
  3. In Lotto Sorcerer, click the "Scrape" button.

This will parse the data you selected and copied, and enter it into your Numbers Drawn boxes.

"Drawing Statistics" area

When you select a specific drawing in the lottery grid, statistics about that drawing will appear in this window.