If you are serious about increasing your chances of winning the lottery, these 5 strategies might come in quite handy!
While some believe that your chances of winning the lottery amount to nothing more than pure dumb luck, there are others who staunchly uphold the belief that adopting certain strategies will help you put the odds more in your favor.
In fact, there have been several players who won the lottery not once but multiple times and swear by their own strategies and systems for winning.
Let’s look at some of those strategies.
5 Strategies for Winning the Lottery
How to win lotto? Here are 5 tips that might just help you be the next big lottery jackpot winner:
1) Quick pick
Decide what your strategy will be regarding using Quick Pick or choosing your own numbers to play. Which is best? The jury is still out on this one. More people win using Quick Pick, but more people choose Quick Pick. So, it’s hard to say. But, whatever your choice, it is generally considered best to make it and stick with it.
2) Buy more than one ticket
It just makes sense: the more tickets you have, the higher your chances of winning. Many people form a pool of coworkers or relatives and each chips in a certain amount to buy tickets. This is a very budget friendly way to increase your chances of winning. If you win, of course, you will have to share the winnings with others in the pool, but you would probably rather have 1/10th of $150 million than all of nothing.
3) Play the right lotto games
Some games simply offer better odds of winning than others and are not as much of a long shot. These might be the games you choose to play since your chances are bumped higher simply by choosing to play those games with the best odds of winning.
4) Play lotto games with Second Chance drawings
If your numbers don’t hit the jackpot in the first round and there is no jackpot winner, many lottery games offer second chance drawings in which your tickets get another chance to win for you.
5) Try to go with a good mix of numbers, low to high
One thing to bear in mind is that a lot of players choose numbers from birthdays, anniversaries and other special days. Since there are only 31 days max in any month, the numbers above 31 are not selected as often. If you choose and win on these higher numbers, there is less chance you will have to split your winnings with another player.
If you like the idea of learning how to boost your chances of winning the lottery, you might find this article of interest: Read and Grow Rich on the Lottery.
Lottery Strategies for Professionals
Wheeling is a popular strategy for some of the more seasoned lottery players. If you have ever experienced the frustration of buying several lottery tickets and not winning, only to realize that you actually had all the winning numbers, just not on the same ticket, then this could be something you’d like to try.
Wheeling is a system that works out all possible combinations of your chosen number and you pick all the potential outcomes that can arise from these sets of numbers.
For example, if you have eight numbers that you like to play regularly and you’re playing a game where you have to choose a total of six numbers (e.g. five plus a bonus ball) then wheeling could be a great strategy to use.
Firstly, you assign letters to each of your numbers, such as below:
A – 5
B – 8
C – 13
D – 21
E – 34
F – 30
G – 37
H – 55
Once you have done this, you can create every possible combination that could arise using these numbers:
Always remember that the numbers have to be in numerical order so as to avoid an errors and ensure full coverage.
An example of wheeling with letter:
- A, B, C, D, E, F
A, B, C, D, E, G
3. A, B, C, D, E, H
4. A, B, C, D, F, G
5. A, B, C, D, F, G
With eight numbers in the example above you’ll get a total of 28 different combinations.
The strategy here has a double bonus to players that use the system. If all the winning numbers drawn are in the group that you wheeled, not only will you win the jackpot, but you’ll also win multiple second and third level prizes.
Some players like to use the ‘Abbreviated Wheel’ system where you use only seven combinations. This is a way of wheeling without having to be 100% guaranteed. If just four of the winning numbers are in your group of eight, you’ll be guaranteed to have at least one successful combination that will yield you some winnings.
Odd and Even Numbers Strategy
When playing the lottery, the number selection you choose to put on your ticket is extremely important. Number sequences are often overlooked and underappreciated by the casual lottery player.
One specific approach used by lucky lottery players is by examining odd and even numbers. After all, there are only so many number combinations that can be made using a mix of odd and even numbers. Whether you’re playing a five number lottery game or one requiring six numbers, your numbers should contain a health mix of odd and even numbers.
5 Number Game Even/Odd Combinations
- 3 odd and 2 even
- 2 odd and 3 even
- 4 odd and 1 even
- 1 odd and 4 even
- 5 odd and 0 even
- 0 odd and 5 even
6 Number Game Even/Odd Combinations (of 49)
- 3 odd and 3 even – 4,655,200
- 4 odd and 2 even – 3,491,400
- 2 odd and 4 even – 3,187,800
- 5 odd and 1 even – 1,275,120
- 1 odd and 5 even – 1,062,600
- 6 odd and 0 even – 177,100
- 0 odd and 6 even – 134,596
With this information we can calculate which types of even/odd number combinations would be drawn the most and least amount of times. It’s obvious that using 3 odd and 3 even numbers, as well as 4 odd and 2 even numbers within a 6 number lotto game would give us the greatest odds of picking correctly. Using all odd, or even worse, all even numbers, is almost like throwing your money away.
Other lottery players have even observed that the 3 odd/3 even number combination type is drawn an average of 1 out of every 3 major drawings, while the 0 odd/7 even combination is drawn only once for every 106 drawings.
When it comes to selecting number combinations to play on your lottery tickets, it’s all about narrowing the odds in your favor. By paying careful attention to the odd/even number ratio you use, you’re playing the lottery smarter – not harder.
Brad Duke’s Lottery Strategy
In May 2005, Brad Duke became the lucky Powerball winner of a $220 million jackpot; after all his taxes, he pocketed $85 million of that. Brad Duke is an interesting winner because instead of going on a crazy spending spree as so many winners do, he didn’t buy a new fancy car, he stayed in the same job for another two and half years, made conservative investment decisions, and gave away more than he actually spent on himself.
Another aspect that made Duke a more interesting winner was the fact that he was actually using a strategy, and it paid off!
“How to choose my lottery numbers started through a trial and error process. I just started playing number games with myself about how to capture the most diverse numbers. Then I looked at the most recent Powerball numbers over the last six months and took the set of 15 numbers that were most commonly coming up. My Powerball numbers were going to be those 15. So I starting messing around with it, and my number games got a little more complex and a little bigger. I was starting to win smaller amounts like $150 and $500.”
So, what strategy did he employ? Well, that’s the thing; he’s never truly revealed his exact lottery system that turned him into a millionaire. He has said himself that his system is somewhat similar to the Silver Lotto System – which includes something of a wheeling system, but he definitely put his own spin on it. He did, however, adhere to three non-mathematical rules of the Silver Lotto System:
– He stayed motivated: Duke said that he always knew he would win; he constantly wrote about it in his journal and often spoke about what he’d do if he won the lottery.
– He set a goal: “I wrote a check out to myself for a million dollars, and in the note section I put: earn/won.”
– He persisted: He took the time to develop his system, and then stuck with it, year after year, until it finally made him the millionaire that he knew he’d be.