There is a lot of confusion, misinformation and many half-truths online about how to increase your chances to win the lottery. Some even doubt whether it is possible to increase your chances at all.
That doesn’t mean that there’s no way of increasing your odds of winning, though. Here are some common-sense tips that really will help you win the lottery.
1. Improve your odds of winning the lottery by playing the right lotteries
People talk about winning the lottery as if it were just one game. But every state has a selection of lottery games with different odds of winning. Read the odds before you spend your money to ensure you’re maximizing your chances of winning.
Remember that lottery games like Powerball and MegaMillions are national lotteries, so they have a much broader entry pool. State lotteries, where you have to be physically present to purchase a ticket, usually have better odds.
2. Buy scratch-offs and other lottery games with smaller payouts
A typical scratch-offs has odds between 1:5 and 1:2.5.
Example: Taking a look at local numbers requested from the South Carolina Education Lottery, you have a better chance of winning with scratch-offs. Since 2009, there have been 170 jackpot winners in seven counties. Of those winners, 127 of those were scratch-off winners.
Ask the clerk which ones have been bought the most and returned the most winners. Pick a game that has seen mostly losses – that way, a win should be coming up. If the odds are 1:5, purchasing 5 cards should allot you 1 winner.
3. Purchase more than one ticket for a single lottery game
The more tickets purchased will increase your odds of winning. Consider that an average state lottery has jackpot odds of about 100,000,000 to 1, the “Powerball” lottery has jackpot odds of about 175,000,000 to 1. Holding fifty tickets would improve your odds to 100,000,000 to 50.
Can’t afford 50 tickets yourself? Check out tip number 4
4. Get more entries without spending more money by joining lottery pools
The easiest way to boost your odds of winning lotteries is simply to buy more tickets. But of course, that costs money, and even if you invest a lot of money in tickets, your odds of winning are still poor.
But lottery pools give you the opportunity to improve your odds without spending more money. Join your office lottery pool or start one of your own to get better chances of winning.
5. Increase your chances of winning the lottery with second-chance games
Find and play lottery games that include second-chance drawings, meaning even if you don’t win big, you still have a chance to win something.
6. Pick numbers over 31 and avoid common lucky numbers or patterns
Whenever you choose your lottery numbers you should always pick numbers over 31. The reasoning behind this is simple. People tend to pick numbers based on “lucky dates” like birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
You share big lottery prizes with all of the other winners which can cut your share down in a hurry if you choose popular numbers. If 10 people all guess the correct numbers for a $10,000,000 jackpot everyone is walking away with $1,000,000.
Nothing to sneeze at, but if 1 person gets the winning numbers by themselves than that one person takes the whole $10 million. And since all numbers have an equal chance of being drawn, as long as you can put your superstitions behind you then you have just as good of a chance to win with unpopular numbers as you do with good old lucky 7! The most common lucky numbers which you should avoid are 1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 11. Also avoid common patterns, particularly straight lines across a lottery ticket as there are a surprising number of lazy players who go for 1,2,3,4, and 5.
If you want to get really technical you can try a random number generator. There are lots of these available over the web and while they won’t increase your chances of winning as some websites bizarrely claim, they will give you the best chance of not choosing the same numbers as other players.
7. Play FreeLotto
Here’s a game with odds similar to state lotteries and you can play for free! No catch. No costs. Just fun! And a chance to win millions!
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