You can find many articles on the Internet on how to win a lottery. Most of them are filled with useless “tips and tricks” that will only waste your time.
The lottery is totally random. There are no rare numbers or combinations with a higher chance of winning. Of course, you can look at the statistics of previous draws and see what kind of combinations work better on average, but the next draw is still going to be completely random. But to be less pessimistic. There are ways to make sure that you really do increase the chances of winning a lottery. Let’s take a look at them
Figure out what lottery games are worth it
There are countless of different lottery games that you can choose from. All have different prize pools, different chances of winnings, different rules, and some even offer a second chance.
To increase your chances of winning, you may want to choose the lottery that has a lower prize pool, because they usually have a higher chance of winning. But you should always look at the odds of winning in each lottery. The lower prize pool, unfortunately, does not always guarantee a higher chance of winning.
Even the most famous state lotteries like Powerball have fixed winning chances, which means that people with the same number combinations split the prize.
So you should always take a look at the odds just to make sure that the prize pool is worth it or not. Another thing you can do is that you can choose a lottery with more acceptable rules. Some lotteries even offer a second chance, which usually still offers pretty high rewards.
To significantly increase your chances of winning a lottery, you can join a lottery pool. It is a great way to participate in many lotteries at once without having to spend too much money.
Lottery pool is any group that agrees to split all winnings depending on the relative deposit of its members. You can either join a lottery pool online or buy many lottery tickets with your friends and relatives. This way you have a larger chance of winning a lottery, but of course a lower potential winning.
Check your numbers correctly!
It happens all the time, people buy a winning ticket, check it incorrectly and lose their winnings. You should always take a look at least twice.
Do not forget to check the rules of the games correctly as well. You may think that your lottery ticket is worthless, but in fact, it may hold some value, maybe some smaller prize. To make your life easier, you can use an application, that will check the lottery for you. That way you can be 100 % sure if you have a winning or losing lottery ticket.
Also, be careful not to lose it. It happens to all of us. We have all lost some important documents in our countless pieces of files and folders. A lottery ticket is also just a piece of paper that can be lost like any other. So when you realize that your ticket is a winning one, you should be very careful where do you store it.
As stated previously, a second chance is an awesome way to, first of all, have more fun with your lottery tickets, and also an opportunity to win even after the first unsuccessful try. How does it work? If your chosen lottery game offers a second chance for losing tickets, you can fill in a document and send your ticket to the lottery game office. Then random winners are selected out of all second chance participants. The second chance winnings are worth a try since large lotteries offer hundreds of thousands of dollars for second chance lottery games. So if you have a lottery ticket and lost, you should not hesitate and go for your second chance!
Secure your winnings
The worst thing that can happen to you is to win a lottery and then lose the ticket or get it stolen. How can you secure your winnings? First of all, it is always a good idea to sign your tickets. The signature is the only way, other than the receipt, to distinguish, who is the owner. If someone stole the ticket from you, won, and you knew the numbers, you could easily sue the person for stealing your ticket. After that, you would probably get what is yours back.
Even if your ticket does not get lost or stolen, you should be careful when checking the winnings of your tickets. If you come to a lottery ticket shop and hand your ticket to the cashier to check it, he can easily lie to you about the winnings and steal your winnings. It is probably unlikely. But if it were a lottery game with a huge prize pool, you should probably not trust some random guy at the cash desk. To be secure your winnings, you should ask for the winning numbers and check it yourself or do it online.
Bet on unpopular numbers
We already talked about the options you have to increase your chances of winning. But what about increasing the potential winnings? There is one obvious way that will increase the winning prize.
A lot of people bet with similar strategies, which leads to many numbers having more betters. If that number gets drawn, they will split the winning with each other. On the other hand, people who pick unpopular combinations will most likely be the only ones who have that combination and thus no other people to cut off their winnings.
What are the unpopular groups of combinations then? They are many, let’s look at the most often picked groups so that you can avoid them.
People like to pick consecutive numbers. In Powerball, the most repeated bets are on the numbers 1 to 5.
People like to bet on their birthdays or any dates. So try to avoid numbers that look like dates. You can avoid it by always using some high numbers.
Do not bet on combinations, that won in the past. There are a lot of people who think that those numbers are lucky, don’t join them.
Also avoid popular numbers from Tv shows, Addresses, and so on.