The Lottery Picker™ 2019 - Program Settings: Lottery database loading preferences and Lottery ball matrix settings
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The Lottery Picker™ 2019 - Program Settings: Lottery database loading preferences and Lottery ball matrix settings

Database Loading Preferences:

The Lottery PickerĀ© database for both Powerball & Mega Millions always holds "ALL" of the past draws since the inception of both lotteries (11/1/1997 Powerball & 9/6/1996 Mega Millions).  The setting marked in RED below gives you the option of leaving out any drawing that Do Not fall within the lottery's Matrix Range.

Checking this box will cause the program to load EVERY drawing since the inception date of the lottery and thus all calculations will be based upon those.

UnChecking this box will cause the program NOT to load any drawings that are not within the loaded lottery's Matrix Range and thus any calculation the program makes will not include those drawings.

NOTE: UnChecking this box and not loading out-of-matrix-drawing will NOT delete them from the database, they are simply skipped when the lottery database is loaded.  Setting this will cause the program to load the same way each time it is loaded.

You can tell when the program is loading out-of-matrix-drawing by the RED message in the TOP RIGHT corner of the Main Window which is seen as soon as you Start TLP.  An Example of the message is seen just below telling you that All database drawings were loaded despite the fact that 34 of them had at least one number that fell outside of the currently loaded lottery game's Matrix Range.

In contrast, the image below shows that the user has UnChecked the setting indicated in RED above so that the program will Skip any drawings that have at least one number that falls outside of the currently loaded lottery game's Matrix Range.

The settings that control the Starting Date Range when the program is first started are located at the top of this window in RED text which says "Database Loading Preferences" shown at left.

The default setting is shown at left which is to "Always load the complete lottery database."  However this can be changed to a custom date by selecting the other option "Always load database starting from last ball matrix change, or my custom date.

 If you wanted to have the program startup using only past drawings since the ball matrix change for the Powerball or Mega Millions, just click the bottom option as shown below.

When you make this selection, an Edit button appears along with a Date box.  This is all you need to do in order to have the program startup with this date.  In fact Once you made this selection the database on the Main window was reloaded using this date and you may now start using it.

However, you may also change the startup date by clicking the Edit button as was done in the photo to the left.

Once clicked, a Cancel button appears, the Edit button becomes the Save button, and the Date box becomes active enabling you to edit it.

Simply enter a new date and click Save.  Once you change the date from the default Ball Matrix change date, a Default button becomes visible.  You can always click the Default button to revert back to the correct date of the Ball Matrix change for either Powerball or Mega Millions.

To have the program startup using the FULL database again, just click on the top selection "Always load the complete lottery database."  The change is instant and the new database is loaded right away so you may begin using it immediately.








You can learn more about The Lottery Picker Main Window features and settings here

Ball Matrix Settings:
On the bottom part of this window is where you set the MAXIMUM number of balls that the Lottery Corporation uses for the first five lottery numbers and the Powerball (or) Mega Ball number.  In a multi-state lottery game it is not unusual for them to change the number of MAXIMUM number of balls they use if they add or subtract States to/from the Game.

By default, these are not editable (as shown in the left photo).  That's so they can't be changed accidentally. Should you need to change these numbers, clicking the edit button will allow you to change them (as shown in the left bottom photo).  Once the edit button is clicked, it is hidden and the cancel button appears.  The Save button does not appear until you actually make a change to one of the boxes.  If you make a mistake and can't remember what goes back in these boxes, clicking the Cancel button will restore them to their default settings.

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