How to Make Custom Lottery Wheels
Here is how you can make your own Custom lotto wheels using Lottery Director.
Your guidebook describes this, with illustrations of your screens and menus.
You also have a "Quick Start" book that guides you step-by-step through making your first Custom lottery wheel.
There are three steps to completing your lottery wheel. All of them are on simple menus:
- You select your wheel generation options.
- You start by choosing the kind of wheel you want to make.
- You choose how many lottery numbers you want to place into the wheel.
- You can include or exclude Key numbers in your wheel. Or, you can make a wheel with
Zones of numbers, in which each Zone matches the game's winning numbers in a different way.
- You can "offset" the numbers -- which later lets you combine, or "merge",
several wheels into one wheeling system.
- You choose how many final combinations you want to have in your wheel.
- If your wheel will exceed 500,000 combinations, you can select "filters"
to reduce its size to that amount or lower -- e.g., Sums, Even/Odd, Decades, Final Digits,
Consecutives, and others.
- You can preview the results before generating the wheel. Then, your program goes ahead
and makes the wheel.
You check the wheel's performance.
- You start Professional Wheeling's "Check Hits and Holes" program.
This program verifies your new wheel (or any wheel), by showing how many prizes the wheel
produces -- at the Jackpot level, and lower prize levels.
- You can choose to test the entire wheel, or any selected portion of it.
- The program shows the percentages of each prize's possible matches contained
in the wheel. For example, if the wheel matches just 50% of the possible 5-number sets,
you see that fact.
- It also shows you each exact matching quantity of the first 10,000 matches.
For example, you see which numbers give you the most multiple wins. Typically, these are
your highest priority numbers when you are wheeling.
- The program identifies any "Holes" found in the wheel. A "Hole" is
a combination that is missing from the wheel -- if that combination is drawn by your game,
you will not produce the desired prize.
- You can repair the wheel. You have a menu of options for repairing Holes. For example, Lottery Director
can repair each Hole as it is found. Or, Lottery Director can wait
until it has accumulated a Holes List, and then repair
the wheel by combining Holes and correcting them. All of this is done automatically.
You import the wheel into your Lotto program.
- You select Professional Wheeling's "Import a Lotto Wheel" program. It's a standard, built-in part of Lottery Director.
- This program imports wheels in a standard 'Text' format -- including your new custom wheel.
- Your wheel is now in your program's Wheels Directory -- ready to play in your game.
What a Lottery Wheel Contains
When you make a lottery wheel, you are making sets of 'pointers' to numbers
that you want to play.
For example, this combination might appear in your wheel: 1-2-3-4-5-6.
This does not mean that you must play the lottery numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6
in your game (although you could, if you wish). It means that, when you place your
own numbers into the wheel, you will have a combination with your first six
numbers in it. The wheel will be 'pointing' to your 1st number, 2nd number,
3rd number, and so on.
You may play the wheel many times in the future, and even perhaps in different lottery
games. You may be playing different numbers each time. In this
example, your wheel ensures that your first six numbers are always combined for you.
How "Offsets" Work
You can choose to apply an "offset" as you make your wheel.
An "offset" is simply a shifting of the wheel's pointers to
a higher value.
For example, if you are creating a 10-number wheel with no offset
you are making 'pointers of 1 to 10' -- it's a wheel that will combine your
first 10 numbers. If you use an offset of 5,
your wheel's pointers will now be shifted higher by that amount -- and will range
from '6 to 15'. The wheel will combine your '6th through 15th' numbers.
Why use offsets? If you merge two or more wheels -- with different
offsets -- into a common wheel, you are really creating a new wheel with customized,
internal "Zones" of numbers.
The Zones can be adjacent to each other, or they can overlap -- the choices are
yours, when you make the wheels.
For example: You could create a 30-number wheel that contains two Zones
of numbers. The first Zone (say, with 10 numbers) can produce a "5 for 5"
win guarantee; the second Zone (with 20 numbers) can produce a "5 for 4"
guarantee; and, the overall wheel can produce a "6 for 3" guarantee.
You could, in this example, include a third Zone that overlaps or
"bridges" the other two, producing additional matching possibilities.
Lottery Director has a "Join Wheels" function which will merge multiple
wheels into one final wheel. It will automatically eliminate any duplicate
combinations which coincidentally were in the separate wheels. You gain
the advantage of one wheeling system -- having to wheel your numbers only once,
filtering them once, and not having to worry about any redundant combinations.
When you test the wheel with Lottery Director Professional Wheeling, you can
test the entire wheel, or any selected Zone (or Zones). In this way you can prove
the wheel's overall matching and win ratios, as well as those of the individual Zones.
When you are testing wheels -- verifying their win ratios, and repairing "holes"
-- many checks have to be made, often running into the millions. Even the fastest
PC processors can take a lot of time.
Lottery Director provides five unique ways of handling this.
- First, your program gives you a continuous, running estimate of the remaining time
that will be required to complete your wheel. Other programs show you the
"elapsed" time since you started the wheel -- that is not very useful information
(you already knew it anyway). You need to know how long your PC will be occupied in
finishing the task; and that is what it shows you.
- Your program gives you a light 'beep' tone every five minutes while still active.
You can be occupied in another part of your home or office, and be assured that
your PC task is running.
- At any time, you can interrupt the wheel testing -- in case you need your PC
for another job. Lottery Director will store the current wheel status.
You can simply resume at another time, from where you left off.
- If you have edited (modified) some portion of the wheel, you do not have to test the
entire wheel again. You can simply select the modified portion, and check it.
This can save you much time when refining a large and complex wheel.
- Best of All -- Wheel testing and Repair can be treated as a single,
unattended task. Lottery Director has the ability to automatically repair
any "holes" found in your wheels. Literally, you can set some automatic
repair options and 'walk away'. When you return, the wheel will be fully
tested, with every required combination installed for producing the prize you want.
Ownership of Wheels
In case you are wondering: When you make Custom wheels with Lottery Director
Professional Wheeling, they are yours. There are no
royalties or other fees that you will ever owe to us on the wheeling systems you make.
You can play them, publish them -- and offer them to other players.