Yes I've looked at Markov Chains... but only at the very basic theory behind it!
Not the complex math and such, not that would be a problem for me, but simple because like daleks is saying sometimes a simple algorithm is all it takes! My tests with the Markov chains theory has only this in mind, I wanted to test the basic theory and I wanted to learn how to handle some programming concept, and when I usually face this task I resort to the lottery or some other thing were I have a good enough knowledge to prepare the tests and interpret the results!
Did I get somewhere? Yes!
Is it a worth looking at lotto tool? Perhaps!
Does it give good results? NO! But it promisses too!
Daleks, I don't remember if you ever posted links to those materials you're talking about (East European stuff), but could you point it to me!
As a final point, I did come across a program that used Markov Chains to make some prediction things it was mainly for finance... but it had been tested in lottory, someone even told me that he had worked out a way to predict the numbers at position 1 and 6 (of the sorted results) effectively. Unfortunately at that time I didn't had the time to look at it, when I tried to get my hands on that program the company had gone down and I can't find nowhere! Don't even remember the exact name, because I can't even find it on my backups of downloaded stuff!