A LOTTERY expert revealed surprising tricks you can use to increase your chances of hitting a jackpot, as well as strategies to avoid.
When it comes to winning the lottery big, it’s important to consider all the factors that come with playing and come up with a plan.
Many people play with their favorite numbers while others use random number generators.
Some lottery players look at previous draws to decide which numbers to choose.
One of the first things to know before picking numbers is to know your odds when choosing a game.
“It’s important to note that you should tailor your strategy to the lottery game you’re playing,” says Liam Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of the Lottery ‘n Gocalled.
“For example, one approach might be great for Powerball, but a different strategy might be better for Euromillions or MegaMillions.”
Each game has its own odds of winning.
In Powerball, the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338, but when you play MegaMillions your odds are one in 302,575,350.
Using statistics could also be beneficial for you as many people believe that analyzing previous lottery draws can help them make better decisions for next time.
According to Wilson, these are the numbers to look for when looking at previous drawings.
Hot numbers are “the ones that come up most often in the analyzed draws,” Wilson said.
“When it comes to hot numbers, what matters most is the current trend. If a number has been drawn five times in the past few months, you could call it ‘hot’.”
There are also cold numbers, where you play against the stats and focus on numbers that are rarely drawn.
Overdue numbers are those that haven’t been drawn for a while.
“The rule applies: the further back you go in time, the more ‘overdue’ a number is.”
Wilson suggests mixing overdue numbers with cold and hot numbers to find the perfect balance.
Discussing avoidance strategies, Wilson said that you should never limit your number choices when playing.
Many players consider a number like 13 unlucky and never choose it. However, it has just as many chances of being selected as anyone else.
Other players always pick a date, such as an anniversary.
Wilson reminds the savvy player that this limits the range of numbers you can select to very low numbers.
For example, if one of the winning combinations has a number that is higher than the number of months or days in a month, then you have already lost.
After all, winning a jackpot is rare for a reason, and there are only a limited number of strategies you can use to increase your chances.
For the average lottery player, the Quick Pick feature is perfectly fine and will likely give you as much success as the next player.
It’s always important to note that if someone gets the winning combination, a group of people can pool money to buy a large amount of Quick Pick tickets and split the jackpot.
“Although analysis is the foundation of any lottery strategy, try not to undermine intuition,” Wilson said.
“If you feel good about playing a certain number, play it.”