Can Software Help You Win The Next Powerball Lottery?

Mark McCracken, developer of The Lottery Picker, says his tech can increase your chances. But what are the odds he's right?

Mark McCracken, of Marion, NC, is the author of a program called The Lottery Picker, which he says will help boost your chances of winning at Powerball or Mega Millions. The software also helps streamline the labor of buying, filling out, and checking multiple tickets. As McCracken tells us, one of his clients has purchased as many as 1,000 slips at a time. McCracken himself has thousands of users for his software, which he sells for $140.

FAST COMPANY: How does your software work?

It works based on algorithms using past numbers. It keeps a database of all the numbers ever drawn, and looks for winning combinations.

Isn’t the lotto random?

Well, it’s just a well known fact that some numbers are drawn way more frequently than others, while some aren’t drawn at all. In Powerball, a lot of numbers have never been drawn together with the Powerball. It goes through statistical information like that.

Do you think your software really makes people more likely to win the jackpot?

I do, and I use it myself, but I haven’t won the jackpot. One of my customers printed out some numbers he generated with my software, but he didn’t play them, and they would have won the jackpot. He wrote me and told me about that. I started writing this software for myself as a utility. If you play 300 numbers, going through and checking all those is time-consuming and tedious. I wrote this first to scan those numbers for me and tell me if I had a winner. I have people who use this program, and they’ll play 1,000 slips, with five numbers on each slip.

You know a guy who plays 5,000 numbers at a time?

Oh yeah, he’s one of my best customers, that one specific guy. I’ve improved my software quite a bit based on his needs alone, and the fact that he played so many numbers.

You’ve played up to 300 numbers at once?

I have.

Do you think you’re in the black or in the red on all the lotto you’ve played?

I’d say I’m in the black. I’ve not kept a running total. But I feel pretty good about it.

I understand buying one ticket, because then at least your odds aren’t zero. But 300?

You buy one ticket, you have one chance. You buy two, you have two chances. You buy 300, you have 300 chances.

What would you do if you won?

I’d probably go out to Hawaii and rent me a whole floor for me and everybody I’d take with me. I’d stay out there for two months and think about what I’d do next.

What extremes have you encountered in the world of lotto?

I talk to people on the down side. One man wrote me begging me if I knew any secrets to my program I could give him. I don’t know what kind of trouble he was in, but it was like the world was coming to an end if he didn’t get that upcoming lottery. He thought I knew secrets about my program that I don’t tell people, and he was begging me for secrets or tips I could give him to guarantee a win. I said I can’t do that. There are no secrets. I just provide the tools.

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  • Dean Spencer

    Lottery numbers are completely random, no matter what they tell you. Software will not increase your odds whatsoever.

  • John Holms

    No this guy is for real. I've seen him on the news a couple of times talking about The Lottery Picker and his winners. He says he doesn't really like to talk about his customers personal wins or losses unless he has permission and they usually like to keep a lid on it when they win. I bought it an I haven't hit the big one but I'm def in the black!

  • Dan Meyers

    What a joke! He's in the black because he doesn't play the lottery but only collects $$ from the dou*cebags stupid enough to give him $140. There is ZERO benefit to looking at past winning numbers, relationships between numbers, or any other statistical analysis or advantage. Read the Powerball information regarding this- right on their website and $140 less than this ''Tard is charging! It explains the team of people with the sole job of making 100% sure there are no statistical or physical advantage between numbers pulled. It is staffed by very well-paid computer engineers, doctors of statistics, and security folks to keep all even.

  • JuneBug

    funny though because I have purchased the program and while it does produce
    numbers in various ways, who knows if it has ever, or ever will produce a
    jackpot(s).  That being said, The Lottery Picker 8 lottery software does
    have some very useful tools like printing my Powerball play slips to hand to
    the clerk.  It also checks all of the number files against downloaded
    numbers and highlights my matching numbers in red while totaling up any
    winnings.  That's a pretty neat feature.  It does have a few more
    pretty good features so I say that's a pretty good lottery utility from that I'm glad I invested in.  If I do hit the big one you
    guys will be eating crow lol.  5 Stars *****

  • Chuck Glenn

    Come on. Really? This should be a one-word article:

    Can Software Help You Win the Next Powerball Lottery?


  • Davidturok

     "I’ve not kept a running total. But I feel pretty good about it."
    A statistical anaylsis guy doesnt keep track of his wins/losses?   Riiiiight.

  • Sebastien

    He does not have to keep track of his wins/losses.... lol 
    The problem is that their is no statistical relationship between the successive lottery drawing because every drawing events are independent. So the statistical analysis is plain simple, the past winning lottery numbers do not give any pertinent information to predict the future winning lottery number. This software is just scam.

  • Matt Hubbard

    If the program worked, he wouldn't be selling it. He would out winning powerball after powerball.  This is the same guy who sells herbal relief for cancer.

  • $27180517

    This is hilarious...I've developed algorithims myself based off past lottery numbers just to see if there was anything useful to take away...conclusion: nothing...this guys a scam and I doubt he's in the black

  • Sebastien

    haha, come on, past lottery numbers can't help predict future winning lottery number! These are inpendent events!

  • Tiantongqin

    I thought the article was going to be a supercomputer physics simulation of the balls, the shape of the hand grabbing the balls, the mannerisms and personality of the person grabbing the balls, etc.

  • Jimmy the fix

    Lotto was invented for government revenue and money laundering.  Pure and simple.  The GP is just along for the provision of legit dollars in the Pokie.
    Guido just wants a place to bring in the briefcase and leave with a cheque.
    That's all it is.  Governments then cloud the places where the money was intended to go when they made a commitment and came up with the idea.