Some people choose lottery numbers randomly, or they play numbers that are meaningful to them, like loved ones' birthdays. Other people are more methodical and calculating (no pun intended), and for those people, there are programs like PowerLotto5. This software allows users to perform a variety of different analyses on previous winning lottery numbers, ostensibly helping to predict the numbers that are most likely to win in the future.
PowerLotto5 is definitely geared toward people who have at least some familiarity with statistics and who like to geek out on numbers. There is a Help file with a glossary, but it's fairly cursory, and it's not going to educate anyone who's not already familiar with concepts like probability. The base analysis shows each drawing's winning numbers and their sum, ratio of odd to even numbers, ratio of big to small numbers, frequency of prime numbers, and so on. Other screens show similar information in a variety of different types of graphs. PowerLotto5 comes preloaded with 46 lotteries from around the world, but users can add lotteries that aren't listed. The full version of the software updates with the latest lotto results automatically. Overall, there was nothing about PowerLotto5 that really blew us away, but it's not a bad choice for lottery players who like to look at possible trends lurking in winning numbers over time.
PowerLotto5 has a 30-use trial limitation, and the trial version disables some features. The program comes as a ZIP file and installs politely, but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.