6 Easy Lottery Strategies to Increase Your Odds of Winning Today

Many successful lottery winners have had a plan to help them improve their odds of winning.  We’ve compiled a list of easy steps to follow whether you’re playing for the Mega Millions, Powerball, or FreeLotto’s Daily $11 Million Jackpot!

Step One: Decide what lottery you’re going to play.  Your odds of winning will increase when you chose a game with a lower number of balls.  If you’re picking 6 numbers out of 50 options your odds will be greater than if you pick 7 balls out of 50 options.

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Step Two: Decide which strategy or tactic you would like to use.  One of the easiest and most common strategies is the Hot and Cold strategy.  Try to avoid “quick picks” and changing your numbers too often.  Many lottery winners report that sticking to the same numbers led them to win!

Step Three: Play Smart!  Decide how much money you want to spend for each lottery draw.  The more you play of one game the better your chances of winning.  It’s always best to stick to one game for this reason.

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Step Four: Avoid using basic lottery patterns such as 25, 26, 27 or 2,3,4,5, because this combination rarely wins.  Using numbers that are consistently winners will increase your odds a little.

Step Five: Use an online lottery system to help you pick your numbers while sticking to your strategy.

Step Six: Always, always, always check your results.  There are many cases of prizes that go unclaimed.  Never forget to check the winning numbers to see if you matched!

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Now that you have 6 easy tips to follow, be sure to implement them right now.  Remember, success doesn’t usually happen overnight.  Try different strategies over the course of a few months to see results.  Good luck and happy playing!

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What are the most likely numbers to win Powerball? An experiment


I’m going to conduct an experiment in playing the Powerball lottery using hot numbers and statistically significant mathematical patterns. If you don’t see this post updated after a drawing, it means that I won and you should forward all correspondence henceforth to Tahiti.


Powerball results for September 7, 2016

For the Wednesday Powerball drawing, I purchased a ticket with these winning numbers: 32-61-26-32-45-19 (see below for winning logic).

Except I didn’t win. The numbers drawn were 22-23-29-33-55-21. In fact, I didn’t match a single number.

Hmm. Maybe it’s time to tweak the strategy. For Saturday, I’m going to play just the hot numbers. Over the last 1000 draws, the hottest numbers have been (in order): 32-23-12-20-52-13. We’ll give this a shot and see how much money I win. Now, I’m really feeling lucky.


Powerball results for August 27, 2016

I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. However, no one did, so I don’t feel so bad. The winning numbers were 4,32,48,49,63,20

I matched only one number, 48. The hottest number, 32, was chosen again, so I should have stuck with what was hot. Of course, the coldest number, 63, was also chosen.

For my next ticket, I’ll pick the hottest number 32 and the coldest number, which is now 61 (chosen only 6 times in the last 1000 jackpot drawings). I’ll again choose a range of even and odd numbers.

My ticket will be: 32-61-26-32-45-19

I’m feeling lucky!


Let’s try an experiment to see how well we can predict which numbers are most likely to win the Powerball by looking at hot and cold numbers as well as statistically significant mathematical patterns.

The most recent Powerball winning combination was 9-11-25-64-65 and the powerball was 5.

According to our Hit Frequency and Rank Chart, the hottest numbers – i.e., the ones that have been chosen most frequently – during the past 1000 draws are 32 and 12. The coldest numbers are 63 and 61.

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is up to $142 million.

If I were playing, I would include 32 and 21 in my picks and avoid 63 and 61. Let’s see how we do.

Further, I would avoid the combination 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 because these combinations have never won a lottery ever, and worse, thousands of people play these combinations so your actual share of the jackpot would be relatively small.

Finally, according to smart math people, http://lifetickler.com/lottery-can-be-predicted-according-to-math/, the 3 Even & 3 Odd number pattern has the best chance of getting drawn.

So, if I use the awesome number picker on this site and following the aforementioned rules, I’m going to purchase a Powerball lottery ticket with these numbers:

01-23-45-48-55-21

I’ll return to this page and talk about the results.

The Powerball jackpot, of course, is won by matching all five white balls (each one is numbered 1 through 69) in any order, plus the one red Powerball number (numbered 1 through 26) for a total of six matching balls. The Powerball jackpot often reaches hundreds of millions of dollars, and just recently the jackpot reached over $1 billion.

How to use this site to find the Powerball Hot Numbers

On our homepage, you’ll find links to the lottery results for every U.S. state plus lottery results for the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries. Click on your favorite state. When you view the lottery results for that state, you’ll see a table labeled “Lottery Results.” The first row lists the most recent results for Powerball. Next to the drawing dates is column called “Features” with four icons.

Click on the icon that looks like a gear for Powerball.

Hot Powerball Numbers

Next, you’ll see a chart that displays the hot, cold and overdue numbers for Powerball. These numbers are based on the last 50 draws.

The “Hot Numbers” are the numbers that have been chosen most frequently during the past 50 Powerball drawings. The “Cold Numbers” are of course the numbers that have been chosen the most infrequently during the past 50 Powerball drawings.

Now here’s where it gets interesting: Notice that the hot Powerball numbers are typically spread across the entire number field from 1 to 69. If you divide the number field in half, you have a bottom half and a top half. In a 69-number game like Powerball, numbers 1 to 34 would be in the bottom half, and numbers 35 to 69 would be in the top half. All bottom half or all top half numbers are rarely drawn, occurring in only 4% of most recent Powerball results. The best mix based on the winning numbers seems to have a 3:2 or 2:3 mix. In other words, three numbers in the bottom half and two numbers in the top half. Or visa versa. For the current Powerball results, one of these 2 patterns has occurred in about 64% of drawings, so it’s a very strong pattern to follow for future Powerball drawings.

The Power of Overdue Numbers

Typically numbers that have been out for six games or less account for about half of future winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for 9 games or less account for about 2/3 of all the winning numbers. And losing numbers that have been out for 12 games or less account for about 3/4 of all the winning numbers. Therefore ,based on cold numbers, you can generate a list of overdue numbers.

To realize your best chance of winning Powerball, you need to choose mostly hot numbers, but make sure to include an overdue number as well.

This combination of winning and overdue Powerball numbers produces the second table called Combinations.

powerball-hot-numbers-combination

The Combinations chart suggests numbers based on the reasoning above and avoids patterns and the “lucky” number syndrome.

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How to play hot numbers for upcoming Mega Millions jackpot drawings


Based on the current Mega Millions results, 2 specific patterns have occurred in about 71% of drawings. Learn the patters and hot numbers for future Mega Millions jackpot drawings.


The Mega Millions jackpot has reached as high as $500 million! Today’s drawing is for $45 million. A huge amount, even if you have to share the winnings.

Should you play? Absolutely.

Playing Mega Millions is fun way to fantasize about what you would do if you became instantly rich and it’s a great way to socialize with friends by sharing dreams, playing together if you purchase tickets as a group, and just talking about it around the water cooler. In short, the $2 price for a ticket is a relatively small one to pay for the enjoyment of thinking through how we might organize our lives differently if we had all those millions. It’s called fun.

Now, if you’re going to play Mega Millions, here’s some advice that may help you improve your chances of winning.

First, do not buy multiple quick picks. They always have repeating digits. If you have 3 tickets all containing the same number, and that number is not drawn, (1 in 69 it won’t be) then you automatically have 3 losers.

Second, don’t pick favorite numbers based on mathematical patterns, birthdays, anniversaries, or jersey numbers. If you win with these numbers, you’ll share your prize with multiple winners, reducing the amount of money you will receive. You might win a $30 million jackpot, but if 5,000 people chose the same number, you’ll be getting only $6,000.

Third, play a combination of hot numbers and at least one long-shot number to give yourself the best chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot.

The Mega Millions jackpot, of course, is won by matching all five white balls (each one is numbered 1 through 75) in any order, plus the final ball called the Mega ball (numbered 1 through 15) for a total of six matching balls. This last number can be the same as any of the first five. You win based on how many of your numbers are matched with the numbers drawn. Mega Millions drawings are held at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

How to use this site to find the Mega Millions Hot Numbers

On our homepage, you’ll find links to the lottery results for every U.S. state plus lottery results for the Mega Millions and Mega Millions lotteries. Click on your favorite state. When you view the lottery results for that state, you’ll see a table labeled “Lottery Results.” The first row lists the most recent results for Mega Millions. Next to the drawing dates is column called “Features” with four icons.

Click on the icon that looks like a gear for Mega Millions.

Mega Millions Numbers

 

Next, you’ll see a chart that displays the hot, cold and overdue numbers for Mega Millions. These numbers are based on the last 50 draws.

The “Hot Numbers” are the numbers that have been chosen most frequently during the past 50 Mega Millions drawings. The “Cold Numbers” are of course the numbers that have been chosen the most infrequently during the past 50 Mega Millions drawings.

Now here’s where it gets interesting: Notice that the hot Mega Millions numbers are typically spread across the entire number field from 1 to 75. If you divide the number field in half, you have a bottom half and a top half. In a 75-number game like Mega Millions, numbers 1 to 38 would be in the bottom half, and numbers 38 to 75 would be in the top half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 3% of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three high and two low, or two high and three low. In other words, three numbers in the bottom half and two numbers in the top half. Or visa versa. For the current Mega Millions results, one of these 2 patterns has occurred in about 71% of drawings, so it’s a very strong pattern to follow for future Mega Millions drawings.

The Power of Overdue Numbers

Typically numbers that have been out for six games or less account for about half of future winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for 9 games or less account for about 2/3 of all the winning numbers. And losing numbers that have been out for 12 games or less account for about 3/4 of all the winning numbers. Therefore ,based on cold numbers, you can generate a list of overdue numbers.

To realize your best chance of winning Mega Millions, you need to choose mostly hot numbers, but make sure to include an overdue number as well.

This combination of winning and overdue Mega Millions numbers produces the second table called Combinations.

Mega Millions Best Numbers to Play

The Combinations chart suggests numbers based on the reasoning above and avoids patterns and the “lucky” number syndrome.

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How to find hot numbers for recent Powerball drawings


Based on the current Powerball results, 2 specific patterns have occurred in about 64% of drawings. Learn the patters for future Powerball drawings.


The Powerball jackpot is about to reach $500 million! Have you purchased your ticket yet?

You should. Playing Powerball is fun way to fantasize about what you would do if you became instantly rich and it’s a great way to socialize with friends by sharing dreams, playing together if you purchase tickets as a group, and just talking about it around the water cooler. In short, the $2 price for a ticket is a relatively small one to pay for the enjoyment of thinking through how we might organize our lives differently if we had all those millions. It’s called fun.

Now, if you’re going to play Powerball, here’s some advice that may help you improve your chances of winning.

First, do not buy multiple quick picks. They always have repeating digits. If you have 3 tickets all containing the same number, and that number is not drawn, (1 in 69 it won’t be) then you automatically have 3 losers.

Second, don’t pick favorite numbers based on mathematical patterns, birthdays, anniversaries, or jersey numbers. If you win with these numbers, you’ll share your prize with multiple winners, reducing the amount of money you will receive. You might win a $30 million jackpot, but if 5,000 people chose the same number, you’ll be getting only $6,000.

Third, play a combination of hot numbers and at least one long-shot number to give yourself the best chance of winning the Powerball jackpot.

The Powerball jackpot, of course, is won by matching all five white balls (each one is numbered 1 through 69) in any order, plus the one red Powerball number (numbered 1 through 26) for a total of six matching balls. The Powerball jackpot often reaches hundreds of millions of dollars, and just recently the jackpot reached over $1 billion.

How to use this site to find the Powerball Hot Numbers

On our homepage, you’ll find links to the lottery results for every U.S. state plus lottery results for the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries. Click on your favorite state. When you view the lottery results for that state, you’ll see a table labeled “Lottery Results.” The first row lists the most recent results for Powerball. Next to the drawing dates is column called “Features” with four icons.

Click on the icon that looks like a gear for Powerball.

Hot Powerball Numbers

Next, you’ll see a chart that displays the hot, cold and overdue numbers for Powerball. These numbers are based on the last 50 draws.

The “Hot Numbers” are the numbers that have been chosen most frequently during the past 50 Powerball drawings. The “Cold Numbers” are of course the numbers that have been chosen the most infrequently during the past 50 Powerball drawings.

Now here’s where it gets interesting: Notice that the hot Powerball numbers are typically spread across the entire number field from 1 to 69. If you divide the number field in half, you have a bottom half and a top half. In a 69-number game like Powerball, numbers 1 to 34 would be in the bottom half, and numbers 35 to 69 would be in the top half. All bottom half or all top half numbers are rarely drawn, occurring in only 4% of most recent Powerball results. The best mix based on the winning numbers seems to have a 3:2 or 2:3 mix. In other words, three numbers in the bottom half and two numbers in the top half. Or visa versa. For the current Powerball results, one of these 2 patterns has occurred in about 64% of drawings, so it’s a very strong pattern to follow for future Powerball drawings.

The Power of Overdue Numbers

Typically numbers that have been out for six games or less account for about half of future winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for 9 games or less account for about 2/3 of all the winning numbers. And losing numbers that have been out for 12 games or less account for about 3/4 of all the winning numbers. Therefore ,based on cold numbers, you can generate a list of overdue numbers.

To realize your best chance of winning Powerball, you need to choose mostly hot numbers, but make sure to include an overdue number as well.

This combination of winning and overdue Powerball numbers produces the second table called Combinations.

powerball-hot-numbers-combination

The Combinations chart suggests numbers based on the reasoning above and avoids patterns and the “lucky” number syndrome.

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Best winning lottery tips and strategies


Have you ever noticed how many groups win lotteries? One of the best ways to pool your tickets and multiply your chances of winning is to create an office pool.


When players think about winning the lottery, we all fantasize about winning the mega-millions jackpot. But what’s often lost in the quest for millions is the fact there are many other prizes you can win even if you don’t hit it big.

Powerball, for example, offers 9 ways to win money in addition to the jackpot.

The Powerball jackpot, of course, is won by matching all five white balls (each one is numbered 1 through 69) in any order, plus the one red Powerball number (numbered 1 through 26) for a total of six matching balls. The Powerball jackpot often reaches hundreds of millions of dollars, and just recently the jackpot reached over $1 billion.

But if you don’t win, and obviously the odds are against it, there are still 8 other ways to win by matching fewer numbers to the numbers drawn. In fact there are 9 prize levels when you play Powerball. If you match 5 numbers, you win $1 million. If you match the powerball number alone, you win $4.

In short, if you play you can win, even if you don’t win the jackpot.

So what’s the best strategy to increase your odds of winning?

Strategy #1 is to buy tickets to play as many of the numbers as possible. Since Powerball has 69 numbers and 6 are drawn each time, then you need to buy 12 tickets to play all 69 numbers.

Strategy #2 do not buy multiple quick picks. They always have repeating digits. If you have 3 tickets all containing the same number, and that number is not drawn, (1 in 69 it won’t be) then you automatically have 3 losers.

Strategy #3, which is really a different option, is to to pick your own subset of numbers, say 7 or 8 out of the 69, and play EVERY combination possible. This requires playing hundreds of tickets. But if the 6 numbers drawn fall in your subset of 7 or 8 then you win. You win the 6 digit ticket, plus multiple subsets of 3, 4, and 5 digit tickets.

For these strategies, you may have noticed one important common denominator: you need to play often. And this can get expensive quickly, so you have to find a way to pool your resources to get as many tickets as possible.

One of the best ways to pool your tickets and multiply your chances of winning is to create an office pool. Have you ever noticed how many groups win lotteries? In most cases, it is a group of coworkers but sometimes families win, as well. By pooling your resources, you are able to purchase more tickets and boost your chances of winning.

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Proven strategies for winning the lottery from a multiple-NY Lottery winner

On June 1, 2006, Louis Sgambellone of Albany, New York, became a millionaire when we won $5 million playing the NY Lottery Set For Life scratch-off game. Louis will receive $5,000 a week for the rest of his life.

To celebrate his good fortune, he gave his truck to the clerk who sold him the lucky scratch-off ticket.

“I wanted to share my fortune, so I gave her my ’05 Dakota,” said Sgambellone at a press conference held by the State Lottery to present his winnings.

Apparently, this gesture was good karma.

Four years later, Louis won $10,000 in the Cashword Instant game and that win was followed by another $2,500 jackpot playing Win For Life game.

“He’s the luckiest guy I know. I told him we should go directly to Las Vegas,” said Mark Gray, a childhood friend who described Sgambellone as his “very good buddy.”

While luck certainly plays a big part in his success, Louis also follows a familiar strategy for winning the lottery.

He plays a lot.

“I got some lottery tickets in my pocket right now,” he said at his press conference announcing his Cashword Instant game win.

After his latest win, Louis said he doesn’t plan any major lifestyle changes with his winnings. He suggested he might move to a bigger apartment and visit his family in California. He will also keep playing the Lottery.

And this is the secret to any successful strategy for winning the lottery. First and foremost, you have to play consistently and often. But to increase your chances of winning, you can also follow certain strategies with a proven track record of success.

The best strategies for winning are based on the simple fact that, unlike draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions, all scratch-off games are not random. The states and companies that control them determine how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts are printed as well as where the winning tickets are sold. These decisions, of course, are thought through to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

Based on this information, you can follow a few proven strategies for winning the lottery:
  1. Buy all your lottery scratch-off tickets from the same roll at the same time. You can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.
  2. Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.
  3. The odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during one visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

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Best Lottery Strategies Winner

The best lottery strategies from a multiple prize winner


How to win playing instant games and improve your odds at Powerball by 100 times for free.


Jackie McDermott won her first lottery prize 5 years ago playing a $20 scratch-off game called Texas $50 Million Club. She won $1,000. Since then, she has won numerous smaller prizes and 8 times claimed jackpots of more than $500, including a $2,000 prize playing the instant game Millions & Million.

Jackie always uses the same strategy for winning the lottery.

To understand Jackie’s strategy, you first need to understand how instant games work. These games of chance may appear to be random – like the lottery draw games – but they are not. Winning tickets in a roll are not doled out in a random order. The state lottery doesn’t want to take that kind of risk. It wants to create excitement for the game and prevent, for example, a long run of losers or all the big prizes being purchased early in the game. It also can’t afford for too many winning tickets to be printed either of course; otherwise, it would lose money.

Instead, state lotteries want to project an image of randomness when in fact the results are carefully controlled and winning tickets are dispersed strategically.

Further, only a portion of the scratch-off tickets gets distributed to lottery retailers at the start of the game. Most tickets are held back, not only because demand is tough to predict, but because shipping them all at once would create a huge financial risk. Every top prize could get hit the first week, forcing the game to close and costing the state millions.

A computerized system tracks the rolls of tickets being activated and prizes being cashed. When a store’s stock gets low, tickets get shipped automatically. Retailers can also place orders.

Each shipment of new rolls is tightly controlled and strategically sent. Some claim that after the first round of shipments, more winning tickets tend to show up at the store with the highest sales.

“Most lotteries want prizes to be evenly spread throughout the game and not back-to-back, and our job is to securely and as randomly as possible accomplish this for the lotteries,” said Joe Bennett, vice president of game development for Scientific Games, which prints scratch-offs for every state lottery but Michigan’s.

Jackie was very aware of the pattern to how the tickets were printed and distributed and crafted a strategy accordingly. Many of her lottery strategy tips are covered on this site.

Her most important strategy, she confirms, is to always check the lottery’s website before purchasing a scratch-off game. Most state lottery games publish on their websites the prizes that have already been won for each game. Sometimes 2 out of 3 of the top prizes have been won for a game, thereby reducing the odds of winning. The reverse can also be true.

Jackie has seen the odds of winning the top prize go from 1 in 1.2 million to 1 in 800,000, and the odds for smaller prizes improve similarly.

Jackie’s lottery strategy is to check websites for games that have been out for awhile but still had a number of high prizes unclaimed, then buy those games when the odds are in her favor.

But this wasn’t all she did. There are many ways to improve the odds. More of Jackie’s lottery strategies are revealed here.

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4 Quick Tips to Help You Win Big with Scratch-Offs

1) Purchase a scratch-off from a store with few players: 

Every new roll of scratch-off lottery tickets has a guaranteed number of winners for each game.  The more common prizes start at $1 and the bigger and less common prizes can be anywhere from $500 to $3,000.

Every time a winning ticket is purchased from a roll, your chances to win become slimmer.  Experts therefore recommend purchasing a scratch off where there will be less winners.  With less people competing for prizes, you will be more likely to win.

 

 2) Check lottery results online: 

Every scratch-off has a certain amount of top prizes, but stores will continue to sell tickets even if top prizes have been claimed.  If you check the results for a certain scratch-off and notice that there have been top winners, play a different game.  You will be more likely to receive a top prize from a game that doesn’t have big winners yet.

 

3) Purchase your scratch-off tickets in bulk: 

7-time lottery winner, Richard Lustig says that buying several tickets from the same roll increases your chances of winning.  As we mentioned before, there is a set amount of guaranteed prizes in a roll and for each “losing” ticket you play, the likelihood of playing a winning ticket increases.

The initial odds of winning from a ticket are 1 in 3.  As you continue to play within the same roll, your odds of winning become greater.  However, if you purchase a ticket from a different roll, your odds of winning will be 1 in 3 again.

 

4) Purchase a Scratch-off with better odds: 

Although this may seem like the most obvious of rules it’s also the most important to improve your chances of winning.  Each scratch-off has the odds of winning listed on the back.  You can also ask the store clerk or do a little research to find which scratch off has the best odds of winning.

In general, the more expensive tickets have greater odds of winning and greater payoffs.  Cheaper tickets tend to have slimmer chances of winnings and smaller payoffs.

Remember although lottery odds are usually slim, there is always a chance of winning especially when you improve your strategy.  Good luck!


CA Lottery Best Numbers To Play


Use past California Lottery winning numbers to help you win California-only games.


While the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots get all the attention because of the incredibly large payouts, lost in all the media hysteria are the state lottery games.

In California, for example, you can win millions playing California-only games like SuperLotto Plus, Fantasy 5, Daily 4, Daily 3, Daily Derby, and Hotspot.

Each game offers you the chance to win a range of cash prizes, and you can win decent amounts by matching just a few numbers.

If you play SuperLotto Plus, for example, there are 9 ways to win cash with a jackpot starting at $7 million, which can easily reach $30 million or more. To play, choose five lucky numbers from 1 to 47 and one MEGA number from 1 to 27. You win a prize if you match just the MEGA number or win big by matching all 5 numbers plus the MEGA number. Drawings are held every week.

Fantasy 5 is another California-only jackpot game with a jackpot of $175,000. Similar to the other games, to win you have to match all 5 numbers with each number being between 1-39. However, you can also win cash prizes for matching only three numbers. The Fantasy 5 draw occurs every day right after draw entry closes at 6:30 p.m.

The key to winning cash for any lottery is of course picking the winning numbers. Many people use special dates, like birthdays and anniversaries, while others select the uniform numbers of their favorite sports figures. And many other lottery players go with their “gut” or numbers that just feel right.

What if you knew which numbers were most commonly drawn for your favorite games? Would that alter the numbers you’d pick?
If you play Powerball, would you change your picks if you knew that 32 and 41 have appeared 193 times, or just over 10% of the time, which makes them the most commonly drawn numbers in Powerball history? Or what about the fact that in order to win the big Powerball jackpot, you must also guess the “powerball” in addition to all five regular numbers, and the most commonly drawn powerball number is 20, which has appeared 63 times (or 3%).

Would knowing that kind of percentages change how you play the California Lottery games? If so, here are the numbers you need:


SuperLotto Plus


In the last 1000 draws, 15 is the luckiest number. It’s been drawn 137 times (13.7% of the time). The numbers 25 (13.0%) and 33 (12.9%) are the next two lucky numbers. Cold or unlucky numbers are 3 and 28. Both have been part of the winning combinations less than 8.5% of the time.


California Fantasy 5


If you play the Fantasy 5, you select 5 numbers between 1-39. You can win something even if you only match 3 numbers ($3) – but, hey, that’s still better than losing. In the last 1000 draws, the winningest numbers rank as follows:

34 drawn 14.9%
14 drawn 14.5%
10 drawn 14.4%
27 drawn 14.1%
39 drawn 14.1%
38 drawn 14.0%

The most unlucky numbers are:

31 drawn 11.5%
21 drawn 10.8%
25 drawn 9.8%

To conduct your own lucky and unlucky number analysis, visit or California Lottery page with all kinds of helpful tools to help you break down California Lottery results and determine how to win the California Lottery.


Play FreeLotto


If you like to play the California Lottery, you’ll also love playing FreeLotto.

FreeLotto is the largest free lottery-style sweepstakes in the world and offers 6 games you can play for free every day from any computer, which means you can play from home starting right now.

It’s just like playing state lottery games, and the odds for winning are similar.

Play today and you could win:

  • The $1 Million Daily Jackpot
  • A New Car
  • Pay Off Your Mortgage
  • Fast Cash ($10,000)
  • $100,000 GiveAway

And once you have played these games you will be eligible to play FreeLotto SuperBucks ($10,000,000.00 Prize).

Registration for these games only requires two things from you: Your name and address (so we know who to pay and where to send your check if you win), and your e-mail address so that we can contact you to confirm your entries.


Ohio Lottery Best Numbers To Play


Use past Ohio Lottery winning numbers to help you win Ohio-only games.


While the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots get all the attention because of the incredibly large payouts, lost in all the media hysteria are the state lottery games.

In Ohio, for example, you can win millions playing Ohio-only games like Rolling Cash 5, Classic Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5.

Each game offers you the chance to win a range of cash prizes, and you can win decent amounts by matching just a few numbers.

If you play Ohio Classic Lotto, you can win a jackpot that reaches more than $5 million. And if you add the KICKER™ feature to your Classic Lotto ticket for an extra $1, you have the chance to win up to an additional $100,000!

Rolling Cash 5 is another Ohio-only jackpot game where players select five numbers from 1 to 39. Jackpots start at $100,000 and roll until a winner is drawn. If there is no 5 of 5 winner, the jackpot increases for the next drawing based on sales or a minimum of $10,000, whichever is greater. Drawings are held every day at 8:00 PM.

The key to winning cash for any lottery is of course picking the winning numbers. Many people use special dates, like birthdays and anniversaries, while others select the uniform numbers of their favorite sports figures. And many other lottery players go with their “gut” or numbers that just feel right.

What if you knew which numbers were most commonly drawn for your favorite games? Would that alter the numbers you’d pick?
If you play Powerball, would you change your picks if you knew that 32 and 41 have appeared 193 times, or just over 10% of the time, which makes them the most commonly drawn numbers in Powerball history? Or what about the fact that in order to win the big Powerball jackpot, you must also guess the “powerball” in addition to all five regular numbers, and the most commonly drawn powerball number is 20, which has appeared 63 times (or 3%).

Would knowing that kind of percentages change how you play the Ohio Lottery games? If so, here are the numbers you need:


How to win the Ohio Classic Lotto


In the last 1000 draws, 14 is the luckiest number. It’s been drawn 148 times (14.8% of the time). The numbers 26 (14%) and 4 (13.6%) are the next two lucky numbers. Cold or unlucky numbers are 3 and 39. Both have been part of the winning combinations less than 11% of the time.


How to win the Rolling Cash 5 Lottery


In the last 1000 draws, 11 is the luckiest number, being part of the winning number 15% of the time. 20, 28 and 29 are the next lucky numbers. Each has been drawn at least 14%. The coldest or most unlucky numbers are 14 and 22. It’s chosen less than 10% of the time.


How to win the Ohio Pick 5 Midday and Pick 5 Evening


If you play the Pick 5 Midday (Ohio), you choose between 0 and 9, in any combination, and can win cash prizes a number of different ways, like a straight or a five-way box (occurs when 4 of one numbers and a different number – like 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 – are drawn). In the last 1000 draws, the numbers rank as follows:

5 drawn 5.41%
8 drawn 5.21%
9 drawn 5.21%
4 drawn 5.14%
3 drawn 4.97%
1 drawn 4.96%
6 drawn 4.92%
0 drawn 4.90%
7 drawn 4.83%
2 drawn 4.45%

Pick 5 Evening numbers are:

9 drawn 5.36%
3 drawn 5.26%
4 drawn 5.26%
0 drawn 5.21%
2 drawn 4.99%
7 drawn 4.94%
6 drawn 4.87%
5 drawn 4.85%
8 drawn 4.73%
1 drawn 4.53%

To conduct your own lucky and unlucky number analysis, visit or Ohio Lottery page with all kinds of helpful tools to help you break down Ohio Lottery results and determine how to win the Ohio Lottery.


Play FreeLotto


If you like to play the Ohio Lottery, you’ll also love playing FreeLotto.

FreeLotto is the largest free lottery-style sweepstakes in the world and offers 6 games you can play for free every day from any computer, which means you can play from home starting right now.

It’s just like playing state lottery games, and the odds for winning are similar.

Play today and you could win:

  • The $1 Million Daily Jackpot
  • A New Car
  • Pay Off Your Mortgage
  • Fast Cash ($10,000)
  • $100,000 GiveAway

And once you have played these games you will be eligible to play FreeLotto SuperBucks ($10,000,000.00 Prize).

Registration for these games only requires two things from you: Your name and address (so we know who to pay and where to send your check if you win), and your e-mail address so that we can contact you to confirm your entries.


How to win NJ Lottery

NJ Lottery Best Numbers To Play


Use past New Jersey Lottery winning numbers to help you win New Jersey-only games.


While the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots get all the attention because of the incredibly large payouts, lost in all the media hysteria are the state lottery games.

In New Jersey, for example, you can win millions playing New Jersey-only games like Pick-6 Lotto, Jersey Cash 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4.

Each game offers you the chance to win a range of cash prizes, and you can win decent amounts by matching just a few numbers.

If you play Jersey Cash 5, you can win a progressive jackpot with an estimated jackpot that starts at $75,000 and grows with each drawing until there’s a winner. You can also add Instant Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Drawings are held daily, and the current jackpot is almost $500,000!

Pick-6 Lotto is another New Jersey-only jackpot game, but unlike Jersey Cash 5, the Pick-6 Lotto jackpot can reach higher than $5 million. To win, you have to match all 6 numbers with each number being between 1-49. However, you can also win cash prizes for matching only three numbers. Pick-6 drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at approximately 7:58pm

The key to winning cash for any lottery is of course picking the winning numbers. Many people use special dates, like birthdays and anniversaries, while others select the uniform numbers of their favorite sports figures. And many other lottery players go with their “gut” or numbers that just feel right.

What if you knew which numbers were most commonly drawn for your favorite games? Would that alter the numbers you’d pick?
If you play Powerball, would you change your picks if you knew that 32 and 41 have appeared 193 times, or just over 10% of the time, which makes them the most commonly drawn numbers in Powerball history? Or what about the fact that in order to win the big Powerball jackpot, you must also guess the “powerball” in addition to all five regular numbers, and the most commonly drawn powerball number is 20, which has appeared 63 times (or 3%).

Would knowing that kind of percentages change how you play the New Jersey Lottery games? If so, here are the numbers you need:


Jersey Cash 5


In the last 1000 draws, 36 is the luckiest number. It’s been drawn 137 times (13.7% of the time). The numbers 3 (13.3%) and 20 (13.3%) are the next two lucky numbers. Cold or unlucky numbers are 43 and 41. Both have been part of the winning combinations less than 8% of the time.


New Jersey Pick-6 Lotto


If you play the NJ Pick-6 Lotto, you select 6 numbers between 1-49. You can win something even if you only match 3 numbers ($3) – but, hey, that’s still better than losing. In the last 1000 draws, the winningest numbers rank as follows:

2 drawn 15.7%
3 drawn 14.8%
38 drawn 13.6%
12 drawn 13.5%
28 drawn 13.4%
11 drawn 13.4%
39 drawn 13.3%

The most unlucky numbers are:

22 drawn 9.5%
42 drawn 9.8%
34 drawn 10.1%

To conduct your own lucky and unlucky number analysis, visit or New Jersey Lottery page with all kinds of helpful tools to help you break down New Jersey Lottery results and determine how to win the New Jersey Lottery.


Play FreeLotto


If you like to play the New Jersey Lottery, you’ll also love playing FreeLotto.

FreeLotto is the largest free lottery-style sweepstakes in the world and offers 6 games you can play for free every day from any computer, which means you can play from home starting right now.

It’s just like playing state lottery games, and the odds for winning are similar.

Play today and you could win:

  • The $1 Million Daily Jackpot
  • A New Car
  • Pay Off Your Mortgage
  • Fast Cash ($10,000)
  • $100,000 GiveAway

And once you have played these games you will be eligible to play FreeLotto SuperBucks ($10,000,000.00 Prize).

Registration for these games only requires two things from you: Your name and address (so we know who to pay and where to send your check if you win), and your e-mail address so that we can contact you to confirm your entries.


Best Strategies for Winning Virginia Lottery Instant Games


5 Tips and a helpful spreadsheet guaranteed to improve your odds of winning VA scratch-off games.


The Virginia Lottery has been around since 1987. The Lottery offers three daily games — “Pick 3”, “Pick 4,” and “Cash 5” with drawings held for each game at 2PM and 11PM, 7 days a week.

You can also play the Bank A Million game (which replaces the $1,000,000 Money Ball game) where you can win $1 million on a $2 bet. Drawings start September 1 and will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Virginia Lottery also participates in the multi-state games — Cash4Life, Mega Millions and Powerball.

All these lottery games – despite what you might read online — are games of pure chance.

You can’t do much to increase your odds of winning the lottery jackpot, except buy more tickets.

The Virginia Lottery Instant lottery scratch-off games, also known as scratchers, are different.

Scratch-off tickets are not random.

To be perfectly clear: Lottery drawings are a game of chance because the numbers are drawn randomly – without human intervention. Scratch-off tickets are not random because a real person must determine how many total tickets to print, how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts, and how the winning tickets are dispersed geographically. All of these decisions are carefully crafted to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

Even the number of winning tickets in a roll is often pre-determined to avoid long losing streaks.

The scratch-off tickets themselves are anything but random.

A conscious effort is made to produce “almost win” tickets where, for example, a card will have three out of four of the matching symbols needed, which will encourage players to purchase another card or come back sooner to play again.

In short, there is a formula to scratch-off games. The challenge is to figure it out.

January-coverA famous article in Wired Magazine details how Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, figured out one of the formulas.

“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” Mr. Srivastava is quoted in Wired. “Of course, it would be really nice if the computer could just spit out random digits. But that’s not possible, since the lottery corporation needs to control the number of winning tickets [otherwise it could go bust]. The game can’t be truly random. Instead, it has to generate the illusion of randomness while actually being carefully determined.”

The article goes on to describe his approach. Although his particular method will no longer work on most (probably all) scratch-off tickets, the principle of “illusion of randomness” does still apply.

We can’t tell you the exact formula for your favorite scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash games.


Virginia Lottery Instant Games 5 Best Strategies


If you really want to win more when playing the Virginia Lottery instant lottery scratch-off games, start doing the following:

1. Buy all your scratch-off tickets from the same roll at the same time.
lottery-tickets-rollYou can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.

Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.

2. Don’t play everyday. Rather buy in bulk.
Building on tip #1, the odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during on visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others buy the losing tickets.
If you’re able to and have the time, hang around and watch others play. If you see a prolonged losing streak from a specific roll, your chances of getting a winning ticket increase because scratch-off tickets are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each pack.

You could also make friends with the cashier who could keep track for you.

4. Have the retailer’s computer check your losing tickets.
This isn’t about improving your odds necessarily, except that after scratching off 10, 15, or 20 tickets, it’s easy to miss matching symbols or numbers.

Now the really big one:

5. Strategically plan your play using math and a spreadsheet

Most scratch-off games publish on their websites the odds for each instant cash game. Many will often post prizes that have already been won for each game.

If you do nothing else, at least be sure to check the appropriate website to see which games still have top prizes available.

freelotto-spreadsheetNow to really improve your odds, let’s do a little math (there’s a spreadsheet at the end to make it easy).

We start with a simple concept: When tickets are sold and prizes won, the odds of winning change.

For example, if a game has sold many tickets, all or nearly all the top prizes could have already been won, so the odds of you winning that $1 million went from very small to virtually zero to perhaps zero if all the top prizes have been claimed.

However, sometimes the odds swing in your favor.

Again, simplifying the math for the example, let’s say 50% of the tickets have been sold but only 25% of the prizes have been claimed. Naturally, your odds of winning have gone up, or swung in your favor, by 50%. This would be a game you should play.

In reality, the odds never swing this much. In fact, most of the time, the odds vary only slightly. But a slight move in your direction can help and a few times, you’ll find significant swings that can make a worthwhile difference.

We’ve created a spreadsheet you can use to do the math for you. All you need to do is check the game’s website and fill in the numbers.


Here’s how the spreadsheet works for a single game:

To follow along, you may first want to view the spreadsheet at the end of this article.

We used the Virginia Lottery Money, Money, Money game as an example.

You can find the numbers for the game here: https://www.valottery.com/scratchers/game_detail_vertical.aspx?gameid=1558

In column A, we filled in the available prizes.

In column B, we filled in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.” In our Virginia Lottery example, the odds of winning are only given for the top prize, which is 1 in 1,305,600.

In column C, we filled in total available prizes.

Since we know the odds for the top prize and we know the number of available prizes, we can calculate the estimated number of tickets sold and add it to column D. The formula is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

VA Lottery example: 1,305,600 (odds) X 3 (available prizes) = 3,916,800 (printed tickets)

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning. Your chances of winning $4 million is .00008%. Your chances of winning $20 is 12%.

In column G, we filled in the claimed prizes as published on the website.

Column F automatically calculates the number of remaining prizes.

Column H is an important column. It estimates how many tickets have been sold. This is a number not provided by the website, but it’s critical in determining how the odds have changed.

To generate a reasonable estimate, the spreadsheet uses the estimated tickets sold of the lowest prize amount because this gives us the largest sample size and will be more accurate than the numbers with fewer prizes.

Column I automatically takes the estimated tickets sold and subtracts from total tickets printed to get the estimated remaining tickets.

Column J automatically adjusts the odds based on the new numbers.

Column K automatically adjusts your chances of winning based on the new numbers.

Column L automatically determines how much your chances of winning have changed. Sometimes in your favor, represented by a green bold number, and sometimes against you, represented by a red number.

In our example, you can see that the odds for most of the prize amounts have either remained the same or moved slightly not in our favor. However, what you can see from the numbers is that the odds have mostly remained about the same.

What does all this mean?

For Virginia Lottery’s Money, Money, Money game, it means that the winning tickets have been evenly distributed throughout the packs, which is not unusual, but it means you can be assured of the following:

Watch for losing streaks from this pack. If you see someone else play a number of times in a row and lose, you should play next. A winner will likely follow because of the even distribution strategy.

Bottom line, don’t just walk into a store and purchase a few random tickets, unless you really don’t care and just want to have fun. But if you want to improve your odds, these strategies do help.

Download instant lottery scratch-off games spreadsheet


freelotto-spreadsheet-top

To download the spreadsheet to your computer, click the menu File, then Download As.

Note, this is a Google Doc so you won’t risk getting viruses or other crap you get if you download strange files or those ending in .exe.

Enjoy the same excitement and chance to win as instant games.

If you like to play scratch-off games, you’ll love FreeLotto It’s free and it’s fun. And you can win up to $11 million today. It’s a better way to play #betterwaytoplay.


5 Tips to dramatically improve your odds of winning Florida Lottery Scratch-Offs


5 important strategies and 1 helpful spreadsheet to increase your odds of winning


Florida Lottery instant games offer some of the best payouts among all lottery games in the United States. Payouts range from 58% to almost 77% of sales, and the average game pays out 70%. Top prizes reach $10 million.

You can choose among more than 70 scratch-off games, with ticket prices starting at $1 and rising to $30.

While the Florida Lottery draw games are based entirely on luck and chance – with virtually nothing you can do to improve your odds of winning other than buying more tickets – FLA Lottery scratch-off games are different.

Scratch-off tickets of any kind are not random.

To repeat. Florida Lottery drawings are a game of chance because the numbers are drawn randomly – without any human intervention. Scratch-off tickets are not random because a real person must determine how many total tickets to print, how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts, and how the winning tickets are dispersed geographically. All of these decisions are carefully crafted to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

Even the number of winning tickets in a roll is often pre-determined to avoid long losing streaks.

The scratch-off tickets themselves are anything but random.

A conscious effort is made to produce “almost win” tickets where, for example, a card will have three out of four of the matching symbols needed, which will encourage players to purchase another card or come back sooner to play again.

In short, there is a formula to scratch-off games. The challenge is to figure it out.

January-coverA story in Wired Magazine explains how a geological statistician living in Toronto, Mohan Srivastava, discovered a pattern to how the tickets were printed.

“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” Mr. Srivastava is quoted in Wired. “Of course, it would be really nice if the computer could just spit out random digits. But that’s not possible, since the lottery corporation needs to control the number of winning tickets [otherwise it could go bust]. The game can’t be truly random. Instead, it has to generate the illusion of randomness while actually being carefully determined.”

The article goes on to describe his approach. Although his particular method will no longer work on most (probably all) scratch-off tickets, the principle of “illusion of randomness” does still apply.


Instant lottery scratch-off games best strategies


We can’t tell you the exact formula for your favorite scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash games.

If you really want to win more when playing instant lottery scratch-off games, start doing the following:

1. Buy all your instant game tickets from the same roll at the same time.
lottery-tickets-rollYou can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.

Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.

2. Don’t play everyday. Rather buy in bulk.
Building on tip #1, the odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during on visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others buy the losing tickets.
If you’re able to and have the time, hang around and watch others play. If you see a prolonged losing streak from a specific roll, your chances of getting a winning ticket increase because scratch-off tickets are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each pack.

You could also make friends with the cashier who could keep track for you.

4. Have the retailer’s computer check your losing tickets.
This isn’t about improving your odds necessarily, except that after scratching off 10, 15, or 20 tickets, it’s easy to miss matching symbols or numbers.

5. Strategically plan your play using math and a spreadsheet

Most scratch-off games publish on their websites the odds for each instant cash game. Many will often post prizes that have already been won for each game.

If you do nothing else, at least be sure to check the appropriate website to see which games still have top prizes available.

freelotto-spreadsheetNow to really improve your odds, let’s do a little math (there’s a spreadsheet at the end to make it easy).

We start with a simple concept: When tickets are sold and prizes won, the odds of winning change.

For example, if a game has sold many tickets, all or nearly all the top prizes could have already been won, so the odds of you winning that $1 million went from very small to virtually zero to perhaps zero if all the top prizes have been claimed.

However, sometimes the odds swing in your favor.

Again, simplifying the math for the example, let’s say 50% of the tickets have been sold but only 25% of the prizes have been claimed. Naturally, your odds of winning have gone up, or swung in your favor, by 50%. This would be a game you should play.

In reality, the odds never swing this much. In fact, most of the time, the odds vary only slightly. But a slight move in your direction can help and a few times, you’ll find significant swings that can make a worthwhile difference.

We’ve created a spreadsheet you can use to do the math for you. All you need to do is check the game’s website and fill in the numbers.


Here’s how the spreadsheet works for a single game:

We used the $10,000,000 Florida Cash game (#1265) as an example.

You can find the numbers for the game here: http://www.flalottery.com/scratch-offsGameDetails?gameNumber=1265

In column A, we filled in the available prizes.

In column B, we filled in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.” In our Florida Lottery example, the odds of winning $500 are 1 in 333.33. Put 333.33 in column B.

In column C, we filled in total available prizes. The $10,000,000 Florida Cash game is giving away 4 $10 million prizes and 46 $1 million prizes.

Column D automatically calculates the estimated number of tickets sold based on the odds and available prizes. The formula is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

Florida Lottery example for $1 million: 704,347.83 (odds) X 46 (available prizes) = 32,400,00 (printed tickets)

You can run the same example for the $10 million prizes and get the same result of 32,400,000 tickets printed.

Since the number of printed tickets match, that number fills in for the rest of the column.

In fact, we can use this number to determine how many other prizes are available.

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning. Your chances of winning $1 million is .00014%. Your chances of winning $25 is 15%.

FYI: This game offers much better odds than similar scratch-off games in other states.

In column F, we filled in the claimed prizes as published on the website.

Column G automatically calculates the number of remaining prizes.

Column H is an important column. It estimates how many tickets have been sold. This is a number not provided by the website, but it’s critical in determining how the odds have changed.

Unfortunately, the Florida Lottery only publishes remaining prizes for the highest amounts. So we can’t do too much more with the other prizes. And it renders a good portion of the spreadsheet unhelpful.

If you could find out the remaining prizes for the other amounts, here’s how the rest of the spreadsheet would work:

To generate a reasonable estimate, the spreadsheet uses the estimated tickets sold of the lowest prize amount because this gives us the largest sample size and will be more accurate than the numbers with fewer prizes.

Column I automatically takes the estimated tickets sold and subtracts from total tickets printed to get the estimated remaining tickets.

Column J automatically adjusts the odds based on the new numbers.

Column K automatically adjusts your chances of winning based on the new numbers.

Column L automatically determines how much your chances of winning have changed. Sometimes in your favor, represented by a green bold number, and sometimes against you, represented by a red number.

You can use the spreadsheet to play other scratch-off games in other states that are more generous with their numbers.

For the Florida Lottery $10,000,000 Florida Cash Game, we know that the top prize of $10 million has seen a disproportionately high number of winners. 50% of the top prizes are gone. But only 32% of the $1 million prizes have been won.

Bottom line, don’t just walk into a store and purchase a few random tickets, unless you really don’t care and just want to have fun. But if you want to improve your odds, these strategies do help.


Download instant lottery scratch-off games spreadsheet


freelotto-spreadsheet-top

To download the spreadsheet to your computer, click the menu File, then Download As.

Note, this is a Google Doc so you won’t risk getting viruses or other crap you get if you download strange files or those ending in .exe.

Let me know what you think below.


How to Win Instant Lottery Scratch-Off Games


5 strategies and 1 spreadsheet to dramatically improve your odds of winning.


Despite what your great aunt tells you about using “special” strategies to pick lucky numbers, the lottery is a game of pure chance.

Sure, there are small things you can do to slightly improve your odds of winning the lottery jackpot. But in general, the only real way to improve your chances is to purchase more tickets. The more lottery tickets you possess, the better your chances of becoming rich.

Instant lottery scratch-off games, also known as scratchers, are different.

Scratch-off tickets are not random.

Let me repeat. Lottery drawings are a game of chance because the numbers are drawn randomly – without human intervention. Scratch-off tickets are not random because a real person must determine how many total tickets to print, how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts, and how the winning tickets are dispersed geographically. All of these decisions are carefully crafted to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

Even the number of winning tickets in a roll is often pre-determined to avoid long losing streaks.

The scratch-off tickets themselves are anything but random.

A conscious effort is made to produce “almost win” tickets where, for example, a card will have three out of four of the matching symbols needed, which will encourage players to purchase another card or come back sooner to play again.

In short, there is a formula to scratch-off games. The challenge is to figure out the formula.

January-coverA famous article in Wired Magazine details how Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, figured out one of the formulas.

“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” Mr. Srivastava is quoted in Wired. “Of course, it would be really nice if the computer could just spit out random digits. But that’s not possible, since the lottery corporation needs to control the number of winning tickets [otherwise it could go bust]. The game can’t be truly random. Instead, it has to generate the illusion of randomness while actually being carefully determined.”

The article goes on to describe his approach. Although his particular method will no longer work on most (probably all) scratch-off tickets, the “illusion of randomness” principle does still apply.

We can’t tell you the exact formula for your favorite scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash tickets.


Instant lottery scratch-off games best strategies


If you really want to win more when playing instant lottery scratch-off games, start with the following:

1. Buy all your scratch-off tickets from the same roll at the same time.
lottery-tickets-rollYou can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.

Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.

2. Don’t play everyday. Rather buy in bulk.
Building on tip #1, the odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during on visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others buy the losing tickets.
If you’re able to and have the time, hang around and watch others play. If you see a prolonged losing streak from a specific roll, your chances of getting a winning ticket increase because scratch-off tickets are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each pack.

You could also make friends with the cashier who could keep track for you.

4. Have the retailer’s computer check your losing tickets.
This isn’t about improving your odds necessarily, except that after scratching off 10, 15, or 20 tickets, it’s easy to miss matching symbols or numbers.

Now the really big one:

5. Strategically plan your play using math and a spreadsheet

Most scratch-off games publish on their websites the odds for each instant cash game. Many will often post prizes that have already been won for each game.

If you do nothing else, at least be sure to check the appropriate website to see which games still have top prizes available.

freelotto-spreadsheetNow to really improve your odds, let’s do a little math (there’s a spreadsheet at the end to make it easy).

We start with a simple concept: When tickets are sold and prizes won, the odds of winning change.

For example, if a game has sold many tickets, all or nearly all the top prizes could have already been won, so the odds of you winning that $1 million went from very small to virtually zero to perhaps zero if all the top prizes have been claimed.

However, sometimes the odds swing in your favor.

Again, simplifying the math for the example, let’s say 50% of the tickets have been sold but only 25% of the prizes have been claimed. Naturally, your odds of winning have gone up, or swung in your favor, by 50%. This would be a game you should play.

In reality, the odds never swing this much. In fact, most of the time, the odds vary only slightly. But a slight move in your direction can help and a few times, you’ll find significant swings that can make a worthwhile difference.

We’ve created a spreadsheet you can use to do the math for you. All you need to do is check the game’s website and fill in the numbers.


Here’s how the spreadsheet works for a single game:

To follow along, you may first want to view the spreadsheet at the end of this article.

We used the California Lottery Deluxe 7s Playbook game as an example.

You can find the numbers for the game here:
http://www.calottery.com/play/scratchers-games/$20-scratchers/deluxe-7s-playbook-1175

freelotto-spreadsheet-column-a-bIn column A, we filled in the available prizes (see image on right).

In column B, we filled in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.” In our California example, the odds of winning $500 are 1 in 664. Put 664 in column B.

In column C, we filled in total available prizes. The California game has 18,300 prizes for $500.

Column D automatically calculates the estimated number of tickets available. The formula to estimate number of tickets available is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

CA Lottery example: 664 (odds) X 18,300 (available prizes) = 12,151,200 (printed tickets)

The estimates may vary per prize based on rounding and inconsistencies by the state.

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning. Your chances of winning $1 million is .00008%. Your chances of winning $25 is 11%.

In column F, we filled in the claimed prizes as published on the website.

Column G automatically calculates the number of remaining prizes.

Column H is an important column. It estimates how many tickets have been sold. This is a number not provided by the website, but it’s critical in determining how the odds have changed. To generate a reasonable estimate, the spreadsheet uses the estimated tickets sold of the lowest prize amount because this gives us the largest sample size and will be more accurate than the numbers with fewer prizes.

Column I automatically takes the estimated tickets sold and subtracts from total tickets printed to get the estimated remaining tickets.

Column J automatically adjusts the odds based on the new numbers.

Column K automatically adjusts your chances of winning based on the new numbers.

Column L provides your answer. It automatically determines how much your chances of winning have changed. Sometimes in your favor, represented by a green bold number, and sometimes against you, represented by a red number.

In our example, you can see that the odds for most of the higher prize amounts have moved slightly in your favor, especially for the $1,000, $500, and $40 prizes. But the $20 and $25 prizes have swung in the opposite direction. The odds of winning $20 has decreased 0.5%. And your overall chances have gone down 0.1%.

What does all this mean?

If you’re looking to minimize your risk, don’t play this game given the odds for the smaller, more of the sure-win prizes, are not in your favor.

However, if you’re looking to win greater jackpots, then this would be a good game to play because most of these odds are moving in your favor.

But don’t stop with just this game. Use this spreadsheet to compare games. Is the California Lottery Deluxe 7s Playbook game better or worse than the Million $$ Match game? Currently, the Deluxe game is better, but this could change.

Bottom line, don’t just walk into a store and purchase a few random tickets, unless you really don’t care and just want to have fun. But if you want to improve your odds, these strategies do help.


Download instant lottery scratch-off games spreadsheet


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Click to view the spreadsheet: https://goo.gl/scALau

To download the spreadsheet to your computer, click the menu File, then Download As.

Note, this is a Google Doc so you won’t risk getting viruses or other crap you get if you download strange files or those ending in .exe.

Let me know what you think below.


Luckiest numbers to play for the NJ Lottery

A recent article on nj.com features a fun activity. They crunched all the numbers from previous drawings and determined the luckiest numbers to play for the New Jersey Lottery.

You can find the luckiest numbers for the NJ Lottery here.

However, what you won’t find are the best numbers to play or the ones more likely to be drawn in the future.

The hardest single theory for most lottery players to believe is the randomness of numbers theory.

It’s really not a theory, but a fact. Unless the game is rigged.

But the fact is the following number combinations all have equal chances of be drawn next for the first 5 numbers of Powerball:

39-23-28-54-11-19

7-7-7-7-7

1-2-3-4-5

11-11-11-11-11

I’ll say it again. The odds of any of the above number combinations being drawn are the same.

To improve your chances of winning the lottery, it’s not necessarily the numbers you choose, but how and which games you play.

People suggest staying away from lower numbers to avoid sharing your winnings because others will likely play numbers based on birthdays and anniversaries.

The best way to improve your chances of winning is to play more often.

There’s no better way to play 6 games, every day, than to play FreeLotto.