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Donation Information for the Lottery Results Gadget

Support the Lottery Results Gadget by donating today

Lottery Post decided to release the Lottery Results Gadget as a "donationware" product.

What is "donationware"?

Wikipedia describes it nicely:

"A reasonably satisfied user is suggested to compensate the programmer if real value or use is achieved from the program.  The compensation amount is left up to the discretion of the user.  This amount is based on a value the user estimates they derived from the program."
(Full Wikipedia entry here)

Basically, if you like the software, and you're getting good use out of it, help support the developer (Lottery Post), so that future versions can be even better.

Why donationware?

The concept of Windows gadgets is centered on an ultra-simple, instant installation, and immediate functionality.

It's not like typical software that you evaluate, compare, purchase, and then finally use.  With a gadget, you install it, use it, and if you don't like it, you delete it — and all of that typically happens within a couple minutes.

With that in mind, traditional software packaging and sales do not apply.

What about shareware?

Shareware is software that you use on a trial basis for some number of days, or maybe even a month, and then you either pay for it, or it stops functioning.

Another variation is called "crippleware", which gives you a working version for as long as you like, except key features (i.e., the features you really want) are missing until you pay for it.

We didn't like either of those approaches, because all shareware products use registration keys and thus some kind of registration with the developer/company.

We believe a Sidebar gadget should be free from complication, and people should be able to use the gadget without any kind of registration — you just turn it on and it runs forever.

How to make a donation

We use PayPal to process all donations, but you don't need to have a PayPal account in order to make a donation.  For example, PayPal lets you make a payment via credit card without registering a PayPal account.

Of course, if you do have a PayPal account, by all means you can use it.

Start by going to the donation page, and follow the easy prompts.

You can enter — or leave blank — your name, e-mail address, blog or web site, and a comment for us.  If you enter your e-mail address on the donation form, we will only use it if we need to reach you regarding your donation.

We are considering posting a list of our contributors as a way to say "thank you" — is that a good idea?  Please let us know what you think in the comments section.  Either way, we would never reveal anything you did not want us to.

How much should I donate?

One of the nice things about donationware is that you decide how much the software costs.  If you use it only occasionally, donate a little.  If you use it all the time, donate more.

The bottom line is that your donation should reflect how much value you get out of it — how much is it worth to you?

If you don't have any idea what to donate, just go to the donation page and read down the list of pre-filled amounts.  Sometimes seeing different amounts together in a list can help jog your thoughts.

Where does my donation go?

Simply put, donations go directly to the developer of the software.  In fact, development of the gadget is 100% supported by donations, so every donation funds development of the next release of the gadget.

Make a donation