History of Lotto Sorcerer, 1989 to Present
Lotto Sorcerer v1
Directly inspired by the advanced statistical theories of Dr. W. Edwards Deming and J. M. Juran, Lotto Sorcerer version 1.0 was released as freeware on October 14, 1989 for the 8-bit Commodore 128 computer, when Satori Publishing was then known as "Dynabyte Software". This version was a "text-only", or command-line interface program, written in Microsoft Basic 7.0, and compiled using BASIC 128 from Data Becker/Abacus Software of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This version handled only standard lotto-type lotteries for Michigan (and, starting in 1990, Indiana).
Lotto Sorcerer v2
Lotto Sorcerer version 2.0, also freeware, was released on March 31, 1993 for the Amiga (AmigaOS 2.04). It was a 16-bit compiled version, written in François Lionet's AMOS Professional, giving the software a graphical interface. This version handled only standard lotto-type lotteries.
Lotto Sorcerer v3
Lotto Sorcerer version 3.0 was commercially released on January 1, 2003 for Macintosh (MacOS 8 and 9 and Mac OS X) and Windows. This 32-bit application is the first version that added, for the first time, neural network (artificial intelligence) technology to its statistical algorithms (prior releases used advanced statistical analysis only). This version handled both standard lotto-type lotteries as well as lottos with one bonus ball.
Customers requested support for Pick 3 and Pick 4 type lotteries. A tangent version of Lotto Sorcerer, entitled Lotto Sorcerer Pick 3/4, debuted on August 10, 2003 to fulfill this need.
Lotto Sorcerer was one of the few lottery software producers who agreed to participate in the Lottery Challenge. You can read about it here.
Lotto Sorcerer v4
Lotto Sorcerer v4 combined the power of both Lotto Sorcerer 3.x and Lotto Sorcerer Pick 3/4, and added many more features. It was released on November 25, 2004, for Macintosh, Linux and Windows.
Lotto Sorcerer LE was a "limited edition" version of Lotto Sorcerer, and was released on February 19, 2005. It was also available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux.
Lotto Sorcerer v5
Lotto Sorcerer v5, released on October 31, 2005, combined most of the features users had been asking for. It had a mature embedded SQL database engine. It was available for Mac OS X and Windows 98 and higher. It handled standard lotto games, lotto games with one or two bonus numbers, lotto games with one to three supplementary numbers, pick 3 and pick 4 lotteries as well as keno type games.
Lotto Sorcerer v5 was the first version of Lotto Sorcerer that supported online updating of lottery drawings via the optional Lottery Data Subscription Service.
Lotto Sorcerer SE was a "special edition", freeware version of Lotto Sorcerer. Online intensive, it was released on June 9, 2006.
Lotto Sorcerer v6
Lotto Sorcerer v6, released on November 25, 2006, had a powerful new algorithm which not only searched for patterns in prior lottery draws (as in previous versions), but also searched for long-term changes in the patterns themselves. In other words, it searched for patterns in the patterns. This was to compensate for a tactic many lotteries use: swapping the lottery pick machines in order to make the game appear more random. Version 6 also had the ability to print on most playslips.
Lotto Sorcerer v7
Lotto Sorcerer v7, released on January 25, 2012, boasted over 180 improvements over version v6. It had two additional neural engines with multiple sector support, as well as a "deep analysis" and scope options; neural depth of up to 128; over 20 new filters; support for "virtual lotteries" enhanced playslip printing (including the ability to print "special marks" on playslips) as well as additional styles of marks; 7,000 wheels; a "web scraping" feature to help in manual input of lottery drawings; and more.
Lotto Sorcerer v8
Lotto Sorcerer v8, released on July 7, 2015, added two new analysis engines and doubles the potential neural depth (up to 256). Other features include Microsoft Excel integration, additional filters, more and improved wheels, and much more.
Lotto Sorcerer v9
Lotto Sorcerer v9 Ultimate Edition was released on March 22, 2018. Its focus is improvements to its core functions (lottery prediction and experimentation). It also features enhanced scripting capabilities.
Detailed release history of Lotto Sorcerer can be found on this page.