Lotto Tracker II


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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Mac-specific questions:

  1. Which version should I download, 68K or PPC?
  2. I downloaded the program and have a file named "lt2ppc.hqx" (or "lt268k.hqx" for the 68K version) on my computer. How do I complete the installation?
  3. Where should I put the LTII folder once its been decoded?
  4. What about the original file I downloaded and the file named "lt2ppc.hqx.1" ("lt268k.hqx.1" for the 68K version) that appeared when I decoded it?
  5. I'm using Mac OS 9 and have an Epson printer. Each time I try to print I get the message "Sending this print job cancels the current print job. Proceed?". When I answer yes, I keep getting the same message over and over again.
  6. I'm using Mac OS 9 and am experiencing various problems with LTII. Is there a version which is compatible with OS 9?

Windows-specific questions:

  1. I downloaded the standard download (named "lt2win.zip"). What do I do next?
  2. What about the original .ZIP file I downloaded and the LTINSTAL folder?
  3. Why can't I close LTII windows by clicking in the X in the upper right-hand corner of the window?

All versions:

  1. My favorite lotto game includes a "bonus" number, but I don't seem to be able to include this number when setting-up a new game. Also, the powerball is missing from your Powerball results, the big money ball is missing from your Big Game and the thunderball is missing from UK's Thunderball game. What's going on?
  2. I'd like to add pick 3 and pick 4 games to LTII. How can I do this?
  3. Where can I find my LTII serial number?
  4. Is there a manual included with the program?
  5. How do I enter more than one result without having to close the Results window and re-open it?
  6. I imported results from a text file but the dates are incorrect. What did I do wrong?
  7. Can I get updated results anywhere on the net?
  8. I'm upgrading from an older version of LTII, but I want to keep my current game information. What should I do?
  9. I'm upgrading from an older version of LTII and I don't mind losing my current game information. What should I do?
  10. My favorite game has draw results history going back many years. How far back should I set the starting draw value?
  11. I really like LTII... how do I register?

Mac-specific answers:

  1. Which version should I download, 68K or PPC?

    If your Mac OS computer has a PowerPC processor, you should download the PPC version (named "lt2ppc.hqx"). If it has a pre-PowerPC processor (Motorola 68000, 68020, 68030 or 68040) you should download the 68K version. All current shipping Macs (iMacs & G4s) have PPC processors.

  2. I downloaded the program and have a file named "lt2ppc.hqx" (or "lt268k.hqx" for the 68K version) on my computer. How do I complete the installation?

    The file is in a special format which needs decoding. To do so you need a program which can decode binhex files, such as the free Stuffit Expander. Drag it to the Stuffit Expander icon to decode it. The final decoded file should result in a folder named "Lotto Tracker II (PPC)" (or "Lotto Tracker II (68K)" for the 68K version). The Lotto Tracker II application and its support files are contained in this folder.

  3. Where should I put the LTII folder once its been decoded?

    Anywhere, theoretically, although I'd recommend that you put it in your Applications folder, just to keep things organized. You can move it to a new location at any time, however you should always move the main folder and not just one of more of its contents. If you wish to have easy access to LTII, make as many aliases of the application as necessary and place these where you find convenient. Do not remove the application or any of its support files from the LTII folder.

  4. What about the original file I downloaded and the file named "lt2ppc.hqx.1" ("lt268k.hqx.1" for the 68K version) that appeared when I decoded it?

    Once you ensure that LTII launches without any problems, you can delete these files. You may however wish to keep one of them in the event that you decide to reinstall the program.

  5. I'm using Mac OS 9 and have an Epson printer. Each time I try to print I get the message "Sending this print job cancels the current print job. Proceed?". When I answer yes, I keep getting the same message over and over again.

    This problem surfaced with the introduction of Mac OS 9 for users with Epson printers. Because LTII is created with Microsoft FoxPro, until Microsoft themselves fix the bug, I unfortunately can't do anything about the problem. Nevertheless there is a work-around. The shareware program eDoc allows you to print to a file instead of your printer (the LTII users guide is created by printing an AppleWorks document to an eDoc file). With eDoc installed you choose it as your printer (from the Chooser) and print the LTII report to a file. You can then open the file, select your Epson printer in the Chooser and print to your printer. I know that its a bit of a round-about way to print, but at least it works. You can download eDoc from most shareware sites, including the following ones:

    <http://www.pure-mac.com/>

    <http://www.versiontracker.com/>

    <http://www.macdownload.com/>

  6. I'm using Mac OS 9 and am experiencing various problems with LTII. Is there a version which is compatible with OS 9?

    LTII appears to experience varying problems with different Mac configurations running Mac OS 9 (see FAQ # 5 above). I have found that if you change both the Preferred Size and the Minimum Size in the LTII application Get Info window to 20000K or greater, all these problems disappear. LTII was developed with Microsoft FoxPro (version 2.6) so it still has to rely on FoxPro's inherent design over which I have no control. Mac OS 9 has introduced some bugs with FoxPro. I've checked with Microsoft and they have stated in their web notes that they no longer will continue to support FoxPro for the Mac. I will continue to work on LTII as long as there are enough users whose systems can run it. It works fine right up to Mac OS 8.6 and with minimal bugs on many Mac OS 9 systems.

Windows-specific answers:

  1. I downloaded the standard download (named "lt2win.zip"). What do I do next?

    The file is in a compressed format which needs decompressing. To do so you need a program which can decompress .ZIP files, such as the WinZip or NetZIP. Drag it to the WinZip or NetZIP icon to open it in WinZip/NetZip. Click on the Extract (WinZip) or Unzip (NetZip) button and select a destination for the decompressed files. This will create a folder named "LTINSTAL". Locate and open this folder and you will see that it contains four folders named DISK1, DISK2, DISK3 and DISK4, a file named README.TXT and a file named UPDATING.TXT. Open and read the contents of README.TXT for the final installation instructions.

  2. What about the original .ZIP file I downloaded and the LTINSTAL folder?

    Once you ensure that LTII launches without any problems, you can delete both of these. You may however wish to keep one in the event that you decide to reinstall the program.

  3. Why can't I close LTII windows by clicking in the X in the upper right-hand corner of the window?

    LTII was written with Microsoft FoxPro (version 2.6) which does not permit closing windows in this way. To close a window, click on the button labelled "Close" or on the fox head in the upper left-hand side of the window (scrolling list windows only).

All versions:

  1. My favorite lotto game includes a "bonus" number, but I don't seem to be able to include this number when setting-up a new game. Also, the powerball is missing from your Powerball results, the big money ball is missing from your Big Game and the thunderball is missing from UK's Thunderball game. What's going on?

    The current version of LTII does not support bonus numbers (including the powerball, big money ball, thunderball, etc.). You can however still play these games with it - LTII will suggest the main numbers but you will have to pick the final (bonus) number yourself.

  2. I'd like to add pick 3 and pick 4 games to LTII. How can I do this?

    LTII can be used for almost any lotto game where the numbers range from 5/20 (5 from 20) to 10/99 (10 from 99) and everything in-between, but it does not support pick 3 and 4 games.

  3. Where can I find my LTII serial number?

    Its displayed on the LTII "splash" screen ("About Lotto Tracker II"). You see this window when you first launch LTII. You can also see it at any time while in the program by clicking on the LTII logo wherever its displayed. The serial number is located directly above the OK button.

  4. Is there a manual included with the program?

    A comprehensive, fully-illustrated Users Guide is included with the download. The Mac version is in eDoc format, the Windows version in Acrobat format (requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader - <http://www.adobe.com/>). The Users Guide is located in the main LTII folder.

  5. How do I enter more than one result without having to close the Results window and re-open it?

    Choose "New Result" from the Activities menu in the LTII menu bar. The Activities menu is dynamic in that its contents always change to match the options available in the frontmost window.

  6. I imported results from a text file but the dates are incorrect. What did I do wrong?

    If you imported the results from a file downloaded from the LTII results databases web page <http://www.ggonsalves.com/lotto_databases.html>, you should leave the default file type of "LTII Web Page Text File". This will always import correctly. If you wish to import from another text file, the most common mistake made is selecting the fields to import in the wrong sequence. Make sure that you select the fields in the same sequence they appear in the text file. See the LTII Users Guide for detailed import instructions.

  7. Can I get updated results anywhere on the net?

    Yes... the best place to start is at the LTII results databases web page at:

    <http://www.ggonsalves.com/lotto_databases.html>

    If you don't see the results you need (or if the results are several months old), you can either e-mail me at gg@ggonsalves.com requesting them, or you can search for them yourself. A good place to start is:

    <http://www.alllotto.com/>

    For US games, you should go to the state's official web site first. Its usually best to import from text files (rather than Excel or other file types).

  8. I'm upgrading from an older version of LTII, but I want to keep my current game information. What should I do?

    All your game information is contained in a series of files located in a folder names "Data", situated inside the main LTII folder. I recommend that you first make a copy of this "Data" folder in a new location on your computer. Once this is done, install the new version of LTII and delete the "Data" folder from the new version's main folder. Now move the copy of your original "Data" folder to the new version's main folder. When you launch the new version, you will see all your old game information.

  9. I'm upgrading from an older version of LTII and I don't mind losing my current game information. What should I do?

    Before installing the new version, delete the current version by trashing the main LTII folder. You can now install the new version... only the new version's game information will appear.

    NOTE: This requires that you apply for a new registration key. Send an e-mail to gg@ggonsalves.com with your name, e-mail address and new LTII serial number. Once confirmed as a registered LTII user, I'll e-mail the new registration key to you.

  10. My favorite game has draw results history going back many years. How far back should I set the starting draw value?

    As the LTII graph shows, when dealing with years of results the win statistics start to level out. For this reason I generally recommend that you don't go back more than about one or two years. The Users Guide also has the following tip:

    Not sure what to set the From Draw # to? Try this: make sure you set the sort order to Ascending and click the "Last Draw" heading above the statistics list. This will sort the statistics by each number's last draw number, with the earliest draw at the top. Note the draw number of the top row and enter this number as the From Draw # value. Press the "Redisplay" button. The statistics will now reflect the most recent range of draws for which each number has appeared at least once as a winner. (Have a look at the graph with this setting - the lowest number of wins will be 1).

  11. I really like LTII... how do I register?

    You can register in one of the following three ways:

    Method 1: Through Qwerks

    1. Registration is a simple process. You can register on line at http://www.qwerks.com/ (see the direct links below) using any of the major credit cards or you can call 1-888-282-5887.

      Direct registration links at Qwerks - Just click on a link to register:

      68K Mac - <https://www.qwerks.com/order/buynow.asp?ProductID=649>

      PPC Mac - <https://www.qwerks.com/order/buynow.asp?ProductID=646>

      Windows - <https://www.qwerks.com/order/buynow.asp?ProductID=650>

      Be sure to enter the program's serial number into the form at Qwerks - it is required for the correct registration key.

    Method 2: Directly to me using your VISA or Mastercard

    1. Simply send me an e-mail with the following information:

      Credit Card Number (VISA or MasterCard only)

      Expiry Date

      Lotto Tracker II Serial Number

      Lotto Tracker II Version Number (eg: 1.0B)

      Computer: [ ] 68K Mac [ ] PPC Mac [ ] Win 3.x [ ] Win 95

      Your Name

      E-mail address

      Mailing Address

      Contact Phone Number

      Where you heard about Lotto Tracker II (optional)

      The site you downloaded it from (optional)

      Please indicate in your e-mail that you authorize me to charge US$25 to your credit card.

    Method 3: By cheque or INTERNATIONAL money order.

    1. You can register by mailing the above information (without the credit card info) along with a cheque or INTERNATIONAL money order in the amount of US$25 made out to Gordon Gonsalves. Mail it to:

      Gordon Gonsalves

      110 Saddle Road,

      Maraval,

      Trinidad & Tobago

      If you send a money order, be sure that it is an INTERNATIONAL money order. Once you mail your payment, please e-mail me to advise.

    Once your payment is received, I'll provide a key which unlocks the 20-use limit. Whichever way you pay, be sure to include an e-mail address which I can use to send your registration key.

    You should have your registration key via e-mail within 24 hours (sometimes within minutes).


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