5 Strategies to win MA Lottery Instant Games


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


The Massachusetts Lottery, established in 1971, offers 6 state-only games (like Keno, Jackpot Poker and Mass Cash), 3 multi-state games (the majors: Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky for Life), and dozens of scratch tickets with price points ranging from $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and up to $30.

Just this past April, the MA Lottery introduced a new $30 lottery scratch ticket featuring the best odds of winning in a state lottery game.

Supreme Millions gives players the chance to win more than $732 million in cash prizes, including 80 top prizes ranging from $1 million to $15 million. The overall chance of winning a prize in Supreme Millions is 1 in 2.79, the best odds offered in Massachusetts Lottery history.

Supreme Millions is the state’s second game with a $30 price point. The other game is the wildly-successful World Class Millions ticket that was introduced last year.

However, all the MA Lottery draw games – despite what you might read online – are games of pure chance.

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

The Massachusetts Lottery instant scratch-off games, also known as scratchers, are different.

Let me repeat. Massachusetts Lottery drawings are games 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.

In short, there is a formula to MA Lottery 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 MA scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash games.


Massachusetts Lottery Instant Games 5 Best Strategies


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

1. Buy all your Massachusetts Lottery 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 one visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others in Massachusetts 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 MA Lottery 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.

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:

First go to the Massachusetts Lottery website to find the numbers for the game.

You can find the numbers for MA Lottery here:
Page for MA Lottery Instant Game odds and remaining prizes

In column A, fill in the available prizes.

In column B, fill in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.”

In column C, fill in total available prizes.

Column D automatically calculates the estimated number of tickets sold. The formula is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning.

In column F, fill in the claimed prizes as published on the MA Lottery 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. You may have to adjust this number depending upon what numbers are available in the earlier columns.

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.

What does all this mean for the Massachusetts Lottery Instant Games?

If the odds haven’t changed much, 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 MA Lottery 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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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.

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MA Lottery has first $15M winner in Supreme Millions Instant Game

Newlyweds from Cape Cod are the first $15 million winner of Massachusetts State Lottery’s Supreme Millions Instant Game, which was introduced on April 28, 2015.

How’d they win:

On Saturday, Stacy Foster and her husband walked into a convenience store on Route 6 in Eastham, MA, and requested a $30 ticket. But the store clerk told Stacy the dispenser wasn’t operating and that she would need to purchase a ticket from a different dispenser.

The broken dispenser was worth $15 million, or $9,750,000 less taxes since the couple took the one-time cash payment.

The newlyweds plan to purchase a house, pay off student loans and buy a truck with their winnings.

According to MA lottery officials, three $15M prizes and 61 $1M prizes remain to be won.

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State lottery sales plummet 30% in early 2015

Are you suffering from jackpot fatigue?

If you are, you’re not alone.

Ticket sales for Mega Millions and Powerball games were down 30% for the first quarter, 2015.

Imagine what that’s doing to state budgets!?!

States are responding to falling lottery ticket sales by pumping up the jackpot amounts in hopes of luring back the casual player who buys lotto tickets only when the prize becomes enormous.

An interesting catch is that when fewer people play, it becomes hard to reach the ginormous prizes, for example going from $100 million to $300 million

People once impressed with a $100 million payout shrug until it reaches $300 million. Then fewer people play, so it takes longer to get to staggering prizes.

What are people playing? FreeLotto. More and more gamers are flocking to FreeLotto – the world’s largest online lottery style sweepstakes – because they realize it’s free, easy to play, and the odds are similar to state lotteries.

Check it out for yourself. Play right now.


Man Doubles His Luck to Win Same Lottery Twice

Man Doubles His Luck to Win Same Lottery Twice

It’s truly hard to believe: a man accidentally won the same lottery twice for a payout of $546,000.

Kenneth J. Stokes, of Norwood, Mass., is a lottery season ticket holder, which automatically enters him into every drawing of a certain lottery with specific, pre-set numbers of his choosing.

Forgetting that his family had gifted him a season pass to the Massachusetts State Lottery Lucky for Life drawing with their lucky numbers, Stokes bought a second ticket with the exact same numbers on Monday.

Then, he got a fateful call from the lotto officials.

“The representative called the individual who was the owner of the season ticket and informed him of that and then he was obviously elated to find out that he had won on that ticket,” Massachusetts State Lottery director of communications Christian Teja told ABC News. “They hung up and he realized that he had purchased the same ticket on his own for that same drawing. During the phone call when they had spoken, the representative had mentioned there was another winner form Norwood. He called back and it all came together when he was like, ‘I’m that guy in Norwood.’”

Stokes brought in his winning tickets on Thursday morning to collect his prize. He had won $25,000 a year for up to 20 years, which equals a $500,000 maximum. Stokes opted for a one-time cash option payment, which brought the prize down to $390,000 pre-tax, or $273,000 after tax. For Stokes, however, his winnings were doubled to $546,000.

The odds of Stokes winning twice in one drawing are one in 985,517. He plans to use the winnings to pay for his son’s college tuition and his daughter’s remaining car payments, as well as take his family on a vacation.

“I saw him yesterday. He was certainly in a good mood with a big smile on his face, as you can imagine,” Teja said. “He’s still somewhat in disbelief but very appreciative of his good fortune.”


MA Lottery winner has “Double the Fun”

DoubleTheFunYou are more likely to have identical quadruplets than you are to win the same lottery twice, but not if you’re Kenneth J. Stokes. He is Massachusetts latest “Lucky For Life” winner and he won big money!

As a gift, Stokes’s family gave him a season pass to the Massachusetts’s State Lottery game “Lucky For Life”, which will automatically play the customer’s numbers. The “Lucky For Life” game pays the winner $25,000 every year for a maximum of 20 years.

He received a phone call Tuesday after the drawing to inform him his season pass numbers won and the Lottery Official mentioned that there was another winner in the Norwood, Massachusetts area. It wasn’t until after he got off the phone that he realized he was the other winner with his individually purchased ticket too! It turns out, in addition to his season pass ticket, Kenneth Stokes purchased a regular ticket using his same favorite numbers, and with luck on his side, his numbers matched the winning set!

Mr. Stokes took his winning tickets to claim his “Lucky For Life” prize, which after taxes ended up being $273,000 per ticket. He plans on taking his family on vacation, paying for his son’s college and paying off his daughter’s cars with his half million dollar winnings.