FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: Will Lotto Sorcerer guarantee to give me a winning lottery number?
A: No, no one can legitimately guarantee that. If they do, they are either relying on the fact that 99% of people will not bother to cash in on the guarantee, or make the claim terms so confusing that no one can understand the terms, or have enough loopholes in the terms that no one can cash in a claim.
The function of Lotto Sorcerer is to find non-random and weighted patterns to the lottery drawings, and help maximize the odds in your favor. In other words, to give you a slight "edge".
Q: You can't possibly predict the outcome of random events!
A: Yes, it is true, you cannot predict the outcome of truly random events. Lotto Sorcerer works on the premise that, because of their mechanical nature, lottery drawings are not truly random. They are close to random, but not truly random. Lotto Sorcerer seeks to find non-random and weighted influences, and advises accordingly. Please see our whitepaper for more information.
Q: What types of lotteries can Lotto Sorcerer track?
Q: What is the minimum amount of past drawings Lotto Sorcerer needs?
A: Lotto Sorcerer can track standard lottos, lottos with one or two bonus balls, one to four extra (supplemental) numbers, keno type lotteries and Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6, Pick 7 and Pick 8 lotteries.
Q: How many lotteries can I setup in Lotto Sorcerer?
A: You can setup up to 64 built-in lotteries in Lotto Sorcerer. There is no limit to the number of custom lotteries.
Q: What is the difference between at "built-in" lottery and a "custom" lottery?
A: A "built-in" is already setup within Lotto Sorcerer. All you have to do is select it in the Lottery Setup Wizard. A built-in lottery will also have prior drawings included with Lotto Sorcerer, and almost all of the built-in lotteries can be updated with our optional Lottery Data Subscription Service. A custom lottery can also be setup with the Lottery Setup Wizard, but you must enter the parameters of the lottery (how many balls are drawn, the pool size, days drawn, etc.) A custom lottery cannot be updated with the Lottery Data Subscription Service; you must update it by either typing in the past drawings or import past lottery data. As for generating suggestions, Lotto Sorcerer treats both custom and built-in lotteries as the same.
Q: The lottery I play has drawings twice a day. Should I track
these together, or treat them as separate lotteries?
A: It is up to you. If you want to track them together, you need to use the Virtual Lottery Setup Wizard to join the separate lotteries together. Use Lotto Sorcerer's menu item "Lottery Structure > Virtual Lotteries > Virtual Lottery Setup Wizard".
Q: My state has a keno program that runs once every five minutes. Can I use Lotto Sorcerer for this type of lottery?
A: You can try, but you would have to setup each drawing time separately and join them together using the Virtual Lottery Setup Wizard. Besides, it would be practically impossible for you to keep up with entering the prior drawings every five minutes, what to speak of generating suggestions, filling out a playslip and purchasing the ticket.
Q: Is there any way to import a list of past numbers instead of typing it in?
A: Yes, Lotto Sorcerer can import from a wide range of delimited text files and fixed-width text files. Many lotteries offer free downloads of past lottery drawings which you can import into Lotto Sorcerer (although some may require a little "massaging" of the data to make it importable into our program). Also, US Datamines offers lottery datasets that are "Lotto Sorcerer ready". You can also update many (600+) lotteries automatically using our optional Lottery Subscription Service (use menu item "Lottery Data > Lottery Data Subscription > Subscription Setup Wizard").
Q: My lottery changed its parameters: it used to have a pool of 48 numbers, and now it has changed to 49. What should I do?
A: First, you need to edit the lottery's settings by using Lotto Sorcerer's menu item "Lottery Structure > Edit Lottery Settings" to reflect the new parameters. Next, because the lottery has changed, you may want to delete the older drawings (that were drawn using the older parameters) by using the Prune Database function (menu item "Lottery Data > Prune Lottery") or by changing the date in the Scope control. This will ensure the statistical integrity of your database.
A: This figure varies by the lottery's parameters (lottery type, numbers drawn, numbers played) and by the starting neural depth setting. Lotto Sorcerer will advise you if you do not have enough drawings entered. If this happens, you can either enter more drawings, or decrease the neural depth.
Q: How many previous drawings should I put into the database?
A: You should put as many as possible. The more drawings in the database, the more likelihood that Lotto Sorcerer can find a pattern.
Q: Lotto Sorcerer v8 has a lot more settings to set than in previous versions. What are the best choices to make?
A: All lotteries are different in the manner in which the winning numbers are selected. Not only do they have different drawing machines and mechanisms, but they also swap out the machines at different intervals (in an attempt to make the drawings closer to true random). Lotto Sorcerer come with an array of choices with which you can fine tune the program to work with your lottery. We recommend that you experiment to see what works best for you. Here are some specific suggestions:
1) First, while experimenting, turn off all filters. The filters work to throw out unwanted suggestions. Use the filters later, once you have determined the best strategy to use.
2) Next, play around with the different settings, and generate at least 100 suggestions for each different setting combination. Use discrete suggestions, not wheels. Of course, you do not actually have to play (bet) these numbers... that would be expensive; just print out or save the suggestions. Make a note as to which strategy you chose for that particular set of suggestions.
3) When the drawing occurs, check to see which set of suggestions did the best. This is the strategy to use.
4) Once the strategy is chosen, experiment with the filter settings to see which ones work best at throwing out the non-winning suggestions. Please note that all of the filters are optional. You do not need to use any of the filters to generate suggestions. The filters are there to fine-tune the numbers suggestion process.
We recognize that "experimenting with the settings" can be very time-consuming, since there are literally hundreds of different ways to set up the Analysis Engine settings alone. You may want to consider using Lotto Sorcerer's built-in Scripting Laboratory (found in the "Utilities" menu), wherein you can write a script to run all possible combinations and compare the generated suggestions with actual winning numbers, and showing the best strategy to use (viz., showing which setting combination resulted in the most number of wins).
Finally, do not forget that Lotto Sorcerer comes with four powerful tools to help you, all found in the "Tools" menu:
Q: Why is there a choice of Scope, when I should always be using the maximum number of past drawings?
- Lottery Number Oracle™ which can analyze and predict numbers using Gaussian distribution.
- Lotto Augur™ which shows trends for numbers, pairs and triplets.
- Lotto Seer™ which can show lottery statistics, both in tabular and graphic form.
- Pick Lottery Frequency Distribution can show you which specific combinations are overdue. For true pick 3, pick 4 and pick 5 lotteries only.
A: There are a few reasons why you may to adjust the scope. 1) If your lottery changed parameters at some point, you should use that date (when the parameters changed). For example, if your lottery changed from 1 to 56 number to 1 to 53 numbers on August 2, 1999, then you should use that date as the scope. 2) If you are aware that the lottery organization moved to different machines, you may want to use the date of the change-over. 3) Your experimentation may show that choosing a certain scope, you are experiencing better accuracy.
It is important to note that by shortening the scope, the maximum neural depth can be affected.
Q: I don't understand the purpose of the Sectors and why this selection is important.
A: If possible, the sectors should be set at the highest value that is a multiple of the numbers drawn. This is especially critical for games that draw from a small pool, like Pick-type lotteries. So for Pick-type lotteries, which draw from a pool of ten numbers (0 to 9), the Sectors should be 5. Why? Because for a pool of 10 numbers, only 2 and 5 are multiples. And 5 is the higher value. What happens when you choose another Sector (like 3 or 4)? Then one of the pools will be larger than the others, skewing the suggestions to those pools.
Q: My lottery has a bonus number, and it uses different size pools (1 to 56 for the non-bonus part, and 1 to 46 for the bonus part). So what sector size should I use? For the bonus or non-bonus part?
A: You should select the Sector value for the non-bonus part.
Q: My lottery chooses from 1 to 59. None of the sectors are multiples of this. What should I choose?
A: In the absence of a multiple, choose the largest sector (7).
Q: Why is Deep Analysis even an option? Shouldn't Deep Analysis always be used?
A: Ideally, yes. But because it can take so long to generate suggestions using Deep Analysis (especially on slower computers), it was made an option. Also, your own experimentations may show a difference in the results from using (or not using) Deep Analysis.
Q: There are two Forecast settings, large segment and short segment. What is the difference, and which should I choose?
A: These are two separate methods that the Forecast function "looks" at the past drawing data. It is up to you to choose which one to use, based on your experimentation.
Q: Both Forecast settings give me the same result. Is this normal?
A: For lotteries that are close to true randomness, it is normal and expected that the two Forecasts will give the same results.
Q: What is the purpose of the "Neural/Analysis Depth" slider on the Suggestion tab?
A: This allows you to set the starting neural/analysis depth, that is, the longer patterns that can be detected. Generally speaking, the higher the starting depth, the better Lotto Sorcerer will be at detecting long-term patterns.
Q: So if the higher the neural/analysis depth is always better, then why is there a way to change it? Shouldn't it always be on the highest setting?
A: Yes, but we give the user the ability to change this for three reasons: 1) The higher the depth, the longer Lotto Sorcerer takes to run its analysis. On older computers, high settings may take an unacceptably long time to run. 2) The higher the neural depth, more past lottery drawings are required. If a lottery is new (that is, it doesn't have enough past drawings available), it may not be possible to run it at the higher neural depths. 3) Your experimentation on your lottery may show better results with a lower neural depth setting.
Q: Why do some of the filters become unavailable, based on the Neural/Analysis Engine I chose?
If you chose the Pool Temperature engine, then the "Skewed Hot", "Skewed Medium" and "Skewed Cold" filters become unavailable, because that engine might just recommend all cold numbers or all hot number or all medium numbers. Similarly, if you chose the Parity engine, then the "Skewed Odd" and "Skewed Even" filters become unavailable, because that engine might recommend that you play all odd numbers.
Q: When I choose a Pick-type lottery, the filters are unavailable.
A: This is normal; filters are not available for Pick-type lotteries.
Q: Lotto Sorcerer freezes towards the end when it is generating suggestions.
A: If clicking the "Stop" button in the Projections Results tabs stops the generating process, then the program is not actually frozen; it is still working. A large dataset, run with Deep Analysis, can take several hours, or even days, to complete, depending on the size of the dataset and the speed of your computer. And Pick type lotteries (Pick 3, Pick 4 and so on) take even longer.
Here are some tips to decrease processing time:
*These changes may have an adverse effect on Lotto Sorcerer's accuracy.
- In the Preferences > Analysis panel, move the "Thread Priority" to "High".
- In the Preferences > Analysis panel, move the "Interface Updating" to "Slow".
- In the Preferences > Analysis panel, turn off "Verbose Logging".
- Pool Temperature neural engine is far, far more processor intensive than the other engines; so consider using another engine or decreasing the sampling size*.
- Decrease the load by changing the Scope setting (i.e., decreasing the number of past drawings to analyze)*.
- Last resort: turn off Deep Analysis*.
Q: How long are the suggestions from Lotto Sorcerer good for?
Until the next drawing. After that, the statistics change. Lotto Sorcerer should only be run with the latest drawing in its database. So it is imperative you keep its database (of prior drawings) up-to-date.
Q: If I repeatedly press the Start button in the Suggest Numbers
window, completely different number suggestions are generated.
If Lotto Sorcerer is recommending the best numbers, shouldn't
the same set of numbers be generated each time?
A: Lotto Sorcerer does not exactly recommend the best numbers, it recommends the best pool ratio to play, based on the best strategy that worked in the past. For example, if Lotto Sorcerer detects a pattern that the next drawings will have three hot numbers, one medium number and one cold number, it will select three numbers from the hot pool, one number from the medium pool and one number from the cold pool. It is unlikely that the same number recommendations would appear twice in a row.
Consider the consequences of what would happen if Lotto Sorcerer recommended specific numbers instead of pools: everyone using Lotto Sorcerer would be generating the same, exact set of suggestions! So if you were to finally win the jackpot you have been dreaming of, you would not be happy to learn that you will have to share that huge jackpot with the thousands of other Lotto Sorcerer users who played that same game; you would not be happy to find that the millions that you thought you won is now only worth thousands (due to the jackpot being divided up amongst all of the winners who also used Lotto Sorcerer).
Although the numbers generated will be different with each click of the Start button, the recommended pool ratio will always be the same. The recommended pool ratio is displayed on the Analysis tab.
Q: When I use wheels, I always get a message that "Not all of your requested suggestions were generated. This is because the filters you chose removed some of the suggestion."
This is normal. If you chose a wheel that has, for example, 120 members, Lotto Sorcerer generates 120 suggestions. Then those suggestions are passed through the filters.
Q: I don't have a credit card or checking account. How can I order Lotto Sorcerer?
A: We accept U.S. Postal Money Orders as well as International Money Orders. We also routinely accept payment from Western Union and MoneyGram International. Many customers send us cash (in U.S. Dollars or Euros). You can find these deals on the Purchase page.
Q: I see you use PayPal. I don't want to deal with a hassle of setting up an account with PayPal just to buy Lotto Sorcerer.
A: If you are using a credit card, you can still use PayPal without setting up an account with them. We also offer alternatives, like BMT Micro for credit cards. We also accept Western Union and MoneyGram.
Q: I lost my registration codes! What do I do?
A: We perpetually keep all registration information secured in a database. Just email us at least your name. If you are emailing from a different email account from which you originally registered, it will help if you also supply your address or other identifying information.
Q: Where is my software I ordered? I got an email from you, with my registration code, but I never received any CD!
A: As mentioned in the email, manual, and on this website, we do not ship software... this is why you were not charged for shipping, and this is what keeps our costs (and your prices) down. Just enter your name and registration codes in the registration screen of the program, and your evaluation version is transformed into the full registered version. This practice is very common in the shareware industry.
Q: If you do not ship out a CD, why did I need to enter a physical address at the time of order?
Q: Where is my registration codes? I never received them!
A: You (or your Internet Service Provider [ISP]) probably have a spam filter, blocking our email. We think the word "Lotto" in our email that we sent to you may be falsely flagging our email as "spam", or junk email. To prevent this, add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your white list (list of approved senders).
Also, if you ordered through PayPal, we send your codes to the email address you have set in your PayPal account. If you have multiple email accounts, make sure you check your PayPal email account.
If you do not receive your registration codes within 24 hours of purchase, please email us (at email@example.com) or call us at (219) 262-7906. Please provide an alternate method of contact (other than your email address), such as phone or fax. We will attempt to email your codes again, plus we will print out the codes and mail it to you via U.S. Mail. If you provide a telephone number, we will call you to rectify the situation. In the meantime, please check your Junk Mail folder, in the event that your spam filter thought that our email was spam.
Q: I subscribed to the Lottery Data Subscription Service. Where are my registration codes?
A: As mentioned in the sign-up page of the Lottery Data Subscription Service, the subscription service is an optional and separate part of Lotto Sorcerer. Registration is separate.
Q: My registration codes don't work!
A: Please use our Registration Troubleshooter.
Q: What are the Evaluation Version limitations?
A: Here are the four limitations to the Evaluation Version:
The Registered Version does not have these limitations.
Q: I want to upgrade, but I'm afraid that I will lose all of the lottery data that I have entered.
- The Evaluation Version is limited to 12 uses.
- The Evaluation Versions has a limit to a Neural/Analysis Depth of eight.
- All export utilities are limited to 50 records in the Evaluation Version.
- The Evaluation Version prints "DEMO" on the playslip printouts.
A: Starting with version 5, the lottery data is stored in a separate area. This data is in your Documents folder. Even uninstalling Lotto Sorcerer will not delete this data.
Q: I purchased Lotto Sorcerer in the past. Am I eligible for upgrade pricing?
A: Yes. Go to http://www.satoripublishing.com/LS/upgradels.html. You will need your serial number from your previous installation.
Q: What is your upgrade policy?
A: Upgrades from minor to minor versions are always free to registered users of the major version. For example, Upgrading from v7.3 to v7.8 will always be free to registered users of version 7, because these are minor upgrades. Upgrading from major versions are not free: for example, upgrading from version 7 to 8 is not free, but you may be eligible for a price break.
Q: I have Lotto Sorcerer v6.9. Your website says that the final version of Lotto Sorcerer version 6 is 6.34. Isn't this a mistake? Isn't 6.9 newer than 6.34?
A: Releases are not based on the decimal system, but the major.minor.issue numerical system. "Version 6.34" means that it is the 34th release of fixes and improvements to version 6. "Version 6.9" is the ninth release of version 6. So v6.34 is far higher and newer than v6.9. This is a common misunderstanding, and for this reason, starting with version 7, the maximum minor version will never be more than "9".
Q: What version of Microsoft Excel do I need?
A: If you want to be able to import the .xls spreadsheets created by Lotto Sorcerer into Microsoft Excel, then Excel 2003 and later is required.
Q: I should not have to buy Microsoft Excel in order to use Lotto Sorcerer!
A: First, you do not "need" Microsoft Excel to use Lotto Sorcerer version 8. The ability to export directly into Microsoft Excel is a convenience, requested my many users. Second, there are other programs, even free programs, that can read the Excel files that Lotto Sorcerer generates. One populare program is the OpenOffice suite. Third, anywhere in Lotto Sorcerer where you can export to Microsoft Excel, you will find a similar function that will allow you to save the same data as a text-delimited file.
Q: All of my wheels have disappeared when I upgraded!
A: They didn't disappear, they are hidden by default. Just uncheck the "Hide Wheels" checkbox in the Interface tab of the Preferences window. They are hidden because Lotto Sorcerer has so many built-in wheels that slower computers have trouble displaying the list of wheels available.
Q: What is the difference between "Discrete" and "Wheeled" suggestions?
A: Discrete suggestions pull from the full potential pool of numbers. Wheels pull from a truncated pool.
Q: What exactly is a wheel?
A: Use of wheels, also known as "coverings", utilizes a method of arranging lottery ticket numbers in a way that will improve chances to win multiple-tier lottery prizes. Wheeling is based on mathematical formulae from the branch of mathematics known as "combinatorics".
When using a wheel, the numbers suggested are pulled from a truncated pool. For example, suppose you are playing a lottery which draws six numbers from a pool of 48, and you decide to use a wheel described as: "7 wheeled suggestions (4 numbers match if 5/10 numbers drawn)". This means that instead of generating suggestions from a pool of 48 numbers, Lotto Sorcerer will generate seven suggestions from a pool of 10 numbers; if five of the six numbers drawn by the lottery are from this pool of 10 numbers, at least one of seven suggestions will match four numbers.
Q: Do I need to purchase a lottery data subscription to use Lotto Sorcerer?
A: No, it is entirely optional. But, if your lottery is supported through this service, you may find it a fantastic convenience.
Q: I purchased the registration code to Lotto Sorcerer, but Lotto Sorcerer says that I am not a subscriber to the Lottery Data Subscription Service.
A: The Lottery Data Subscription Service is not included with the purchase of the registration codes.
Q: How do I cancel my Lottery Data Subscription?
A: Our subscriptions are handled entirely through PayPal. Only you can start as subscription, and only you can cancel your subscription. To cancel a subscription:
Step-by-step instructions on how to cancel your subscription can be viewed here.
- Log on to PayPal.
- Click on the History tab.
- Find the transaction where you signed up for the subscription.
- Click the "Cancel" button.
Q: Is there any other way of getting the Lottery Data Subscription Service other than using PayPal?
A: The only other method is purchase an annual subscription by check, money order, Western Union or MoneyGram. The price is US$49.99 (which is over a 20% savings over the monthly rate). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: I'm having trouble getting the playslip printing to work properly.
A: Playslip printing is very complex. Try using the Playslip Troubleshooter.
Q: What is the best type of printer to use for printing playslips?
A: First, we do not recommend using laser printers to print playslips. The laser printer may be able to print on the playslip just fine, but the cheap inks used in making the playslips may melt in the laser printer, and ruin the laser printer's drum. We recommend an inkjet printer that has the following features:
†We have found that top-loading printers seem to handle playslips much better than bottom-loading printers.
- The printer should be able to print to the edge of the playslip.
- The printer should be able to handle the non-standard sizes of most playslips†.
Q: What model printer do you recommend?
A: We use an old Epson R1800 here in our laboratory, and it has worked well for us.
Q: When running scripts as a batch, can variables be passed from one script to another?
A: No, not directly. But an easy workaround is to write the variables (that you want to pass) to a text file (using the WriteFile function) in the first script, then use the ReadFile function (in the second script) to read in the variables.
Q: Will Lotto Sorcerer be ported to tablets (like the iPad) and smartphones (like the iPhone or Android)?
A: We are working on iOS and Android ports of several of Lotto Sorcerer's tools. We hope to have something available in mid 2017. But a full version of Lotto Sorcerer cannot be ported.
Q: Will you be porting Lotto Sorcerer to macOS ("Sierra" and above)?
A: No, we will not, at least not a native macOS app. Our compiler is limited to Mac OS X (10.4 to 10.11) and Windows. We investigated upgrading our compiler from the compiler's vendor, but the new compiler (that is macOS compatible) is buggy and unworkable. The only other option would be to rewrite Lotto Sorcerer's source code, from scratch, in an altogether different computer language. But that would be economically unfeasible and extremely time-consuming, especially considering Mac sales were never more than 10% of our total sales.
Q: Do you plan on making a version of Lotto Sorcerer to Linux?
A: No. We made a Linux version of Lotto Sorcerer v4 back in 2004, and although we have sold thousands and thousands of copies of Lotto Sorcerer for Windows and Macs, we only sold four copies of the Linux version... so it is not worth our time. It should be noted that several users have reported that Lotto Sorcerer works under Wine for Linux.
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