Everyone wants to win the lottery. Frequently, the amount of money you could win by doing so would have you set for life. The chances are so slim though; the odds are a million-to-one, or more. So how do you better your chances of winning big? Believe it or not, there are ways to improve your chances other than just buying more tickets. In this article, you’ll learn about just a few of the ways you can help yourself win the lottery.
Play State Lotteries and Scratch-Offs
Not all lottery games are created equally or present the best chance of winning. For instance, the popular Powerball and Megamillions lottery games in the United States are national lotteries, so you are playing against everyone in the country. State lotteries, on the other hand, offer a better chance of winning because you are playing against fewer people. The odds are still very small that you’ll win, but they’re still less small than with the national lotteries. Also, scratch-offs may offer very small prizes, but there’s a better chance of winning those small prizes. Plus, they’re fun!
Use a Lottery Pool
This might seem like it falls in the category of “just buying more tickets”, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Lottery pools are a way of buying more tickets without paying for more tickets. In a lottery pool, a group of people will throw in a certain amount of money and then the pool manager will go out and buy as many tickets as they can with that money. If one of the tickets in the pool is a winning ticket, then the entire pool splits the money. So, you might not get the $50 million to yourself, but $5 million dollars is better than no dollars. If one of the lottery tickets only wins a small prize that isn’t worth splitting among the pool members, then they can vote on whether to divide up the tiny prize or they can choose to reinvest the prize money into more tickets.
Check Your Numbers!
One of the best ways to win the lottery is to make sure that if you win, you remember to check your ticket and realize that you’ve won! You might be thinking this goes without saying, yet there have been millions of dollars’ worth of lottery prizes that have gone unclaimed in the past.
Use Rare Numbers
This method won’t increase your chance of winning. It will actually cause it to decrease. However, by using rare numbers, you increase the chance that your lottery ticket, if it is a winning ticket, will be the only one to win, thus increasing the total prize money you would receive. If you’re interested in trying this method out, you can check out lottery apps and the Powerball website for a list of rare number combinations to use, or you can just choose rare numbers yourself, like consecutive numbers.
None of these methods is guaranteed to get you millions of dollars, however by playing smart, you increase your chances of winning big. After all, what do you have to lose?