Many articles are available for consumption on the World Wide Web, offering tips on how to win the lottery. However, many of these tips do not work.
Therefore, the question that begs is how do you know which tips to follow and which to ignore?
The most straightforward answer to this question is tips that work will usually be logical and make sense. For instance, a reasonably common tip available in the virtual space is to pick numbers that are rarely picked, like the numbers over 31. This will increase your chance of winning.
Not so. All numbers have an equal chance of being picked. The drawings are totally random. However, this tip becomes valid when you consider how much money you would like to be paid out should you win the jackpot. Most people choose numbers that are somehow related to their birthdays. Therefore, if you also pick numbers below 31 and you win the jackpot, there is a good chance that you won’t be the only individual winning the jackpot. Ergo, the jackpot will be shared between all the people who picked the winning numbers.
Now that we understand how to determine which tips are useful and which should rather be ignored, let’s consider 6 unique tips of our own.
1. Play the right lottery games
Online lottery platforms like Multilotto offer a wide range of lottery games for pundits to enjoy. And each game has different odds of winning. Thus, the way to choose which game to play is to read the odds before buying a ticket. By picking games with the best odds available, you are increasing your odds of winning.
For instance, the odds of winning the latest Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302 million, and the odds of winning the latest Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292 million, Consequently, using this information, it is better to play the Powerball lotto rather than Mega Millions.
Another option to consider is to play scratch card games like Frogs Scratch. Prizes are generally smaller, but the odds are better.
2. Join a lottery system game or group play
The best way to win the lottery jackpot is to buy as many tickets with all the different number combinations as possible. But that is not feasible. You would need to buy at least 1 million tickets.
As a result, the next best solution is to join a lottery pool or a group game. This will give you more entries without spending more money. UK statistics show that “1 in 5 of top game prizes across Lotto, EuroMillions, and EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker are won by the syndicate” or group play.
In other words, a group play saves money while increasing the odds of winning. The only downside is that you will have to share your winnings with everyone else in the group. But that is hardly a problem.
3. Remember to check your numbers after every draw
Winning the jackpot is not the only way to win when playing the jackpot. Lottery games offer winnings for as little as one correct number plus one correct bonus number. You will not win a lot of money with this winning combination, but every win counts. It is surprising how many winnings go unclaimed.
For example, a Mega Millions ticket worth just under $300 000 (USD) went unclaimed in 2011 and was subsequently donated to a California school that needed to upgrade its facilities.
(Source: The Orange County Register, by Alejandra Molina, September 21, 2011)
Consequently, it is essential to check your numbers against the winning numbers after every draw. Double-check your numbers and make sure you are looking at the numbers for the correct date. You might only have two correct numbers, winning a small amount like $4, but you might also win as much as $1 million for five correct numbers.
4. Win a bigger payout by choosing rare numbers
As described above, this is an interesting tip. Depending on how it is read and interpreted, it is either nonsensical or a good idea.
It becomes nonsensical when read as the need to choose rarely selected numbers to increase your odds of winning. Every selectable number has an equal chance of being selected. A random number generator is used to select the winning numbers in each drum. Thus, it is impossible to determine before the time whether any numbers and which numbers might be selected during the draw.
Juxtapositionally, if your set of winning numbers is made up of the rarer numbers (from 32 upwards), you have a greater chance of being the only winner, so the winnings are not shared amongst a group of winners.
5. Beware of lottery scams
Unfortunately, part of the COVID-19 pandemic is a marked increase in the number of scams such as phishing emails. Other threats such as ransomware and malware are set to increase exponentially as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.
Consequently, it is critical to ensure that you are signing up with a legitimate online lottery platform or only buy lottery tickets from authorized resellers.
Secondly, if you do not buy a lottery ticket for a draw, you cannot win anything. Therefore, if you receive an email notifying you that you have won the jackpot, or any other money, for a lottery game that you did not purchase a ticket, it is a scam. Do not click on any links within the email.
6. Keep your lottery ticket safe and secure
It is essential to make sure that your lottery ticket is stored in a safe, secure place. You do not want to lose it before the draws it is valid for, especially as every ticket taken has an equal chance of being the winning number combination. If you lose your paper ticket, you will not be able to claim any winnings. And the person that picked up the ticket is eligible to claim the ticket.
This is where playing online lottery games is possibly preferable to buying a paper ticket at an authorized reseller. The online platform will store an electronic record on your user profile, ensuring you never lose the electronic ticket. It is also easy to check your numbers against the numbers drawn in the latest draw. The entire electronic process is far superior to a paper-based system. It is easier to manage, more secure, and most importantly, you can never lose your lottery ticket.
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