Here are the best tips on how to win the lottery.
Lottery, if played responsibly, can be a really fun and potentially lucrative thing to add to your life. Have you ever thought about how to win the lottery? Below are some great tips to help you increase your chances of winning the lottery.
Before I begin, I must formally issue a caveat. Playing the lottery can be a fun thing to do, but do not depend your life on it. If you ever find out that you tend to keep going back and play at a high frequency, stop. If you find that you are going over your lottery budget (or, more generally, your entertainment bucket), stop.
Tips on how to win the lottery
1. Buy tickets frequently (and responsibly)
If you want to improve your chances of winning the lottery, you may need to buy tickets frequently. This could be a big issue for someone who may be prone to addictions, however.
2. Purchase tickets jointly
A nice way to make sure you don’t go over your budget is to join a lottery syndicate. This can be a fun way to improve team engagement or relationships among friends, as it creates a new topic that everybody is interested in.
Another benefit is that by purchasing tickets together, you can purchase multiple tickets for the same amount of money. This can improve your chance of winning as opposed to shouldering all the purchasing burden yourself.
The downside, of course, is that you will have to share the prize money with the rest of the group members. But honestly, who’s going to complain about winning anything!
3. Don’t choose consecutive numbers
Consecutive numbers do appear on the winning tickets, but it is rarer. It is also harder to predict exactly which consecutive numbers will be picked. My best advice would be to stay away from consecutive numbers to maximize your chance.
Of course, I do have to admit to seeing consecutive numbers showing up in the games that I play, so you may want to give it a shot nonetheless.
4. Check the history of winning numbers before buying
The chance of history repeating itself in the realm of lotteries is even smaller than winning the lottery itself. Therefore, before you hit the “purchase” button or swipe your credit card at the counter, you may want to look up past winning numbers and compare them to the list of numbers you can pick. I understand it might be frustrating to learn that you could have won a handsome sum if you purchased the ticket on December 10, 1998, but at least you know that this time, you probably shouldn’t bet on the same list.
5. Look for less popular games
Most people’s eyes are on the biggest national games due to the multi-million top prize. That leaves some better odds for the other, less popular games. The top prizes are likely smaller and less likely to be completely life-changing, but even a small prize can be a great source of joy.
6. Pick non-date numbers
A lot of people use significant dates in their lives as their lottery tickets (e.g., birthdays, anniversary dates, etc.). What do these numbers have in common? They are all less than or equal to 31.
Of course, given that the draw is random, all numbers have equal odds. However, if you pick numbers above 31, you may better protect yourself from having to share the prize pool with others in case you win.
7. Choose from a wide range of numbers
This is a very interesting strategy developed by lottery expert Gail Howard. He argued that to find a winning combination of numbers, you should make sure that the sum of the numbers you play falls within the “70 Percent Most Probably Range of Sums”.
For example, consider a 5/55 drawing (pick 5 numbers out of numbers between 1 and 55):
The smallest sum is: 1+2+3+4+5 = 15
The largest sum is: 51+52+53+54+55 = 265.
Studies suggest that the “70 Percent Range” for 5/55 includes sets of numbers that add up to sums between 104 and 176. How the range is derived is quite technical, so if you don’t want to buy any lotto software or do any complicated calculations, you want to make sure that the lottery numbers you are picking are in between the two extremes.
For more strategies, you may want to check out Gail’s book Lotto Wheel Five To Win!
8. Go with quick pick
When in doubt, go with quick pick when purchasing your lottery ticket. This will ensure that randomness is the only factor at play.
Do quick pick numbers actually win? As a matter of fact, around 70 to 80 percent of Powerball players use Quick Pick tickets, and the same percentage of winning entries are Quick Picks.
9. Play scratch cards
I am a fan of scratch cards. This is where our desire for instant gratification can be met without guilt. The winning is smaller, but the odds of winning are higher. I am happy to just be able to win anything, even just a free play!
10. Check your tickets
This tip on how to win the lottery may not be as obvious as it seems. The ticket left in your coat pocket could be a winning ticket. Remember that lottery tickets do expire. For example, according to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), players have one year from the draw date to claim their prize.
In addition to checking the lottery numbers, you may also want to read the descriptions again. Some may have alternative methods to win that you do not want to miss!
11. Follow the instruction
Make sure you read the instructions. For a scratch card, for example, you want to make sure that you scratch off the right spots. For a lottery ticket, you want to make sure to check the results at the right time. You definitely don’t want to throw away a potential winning ticket.
12. Set a budget
At the end of the day, playing the lottery can only be fun if you play responsibly. By setting a budget and sticking to it, you can allow yourself to experience the adrenalin rush once in a while in a responsible way.
Other ways to make money while having fun
If you enjoy playing lottery, you may also be interested in the following ways to make some money while having fun!
1. Android app Mistplay
Mistplay is a reputable Android app that allows you to play online games and make money. It is as easy as downloading the app on your Android phone, playing games, earning Mistplay units, and cashing out on free gift cards! You can download the app via Google Play Store using the links below.
If you are in the US: Sign up for Mistplay here.
If you are in Canada: Sign up for Mistplay here.
2. Gamehag.com (desktop & Android)
Gamehag also has games that pay you free real money. You can earn rewards by simply playing mobile games and computer games through their mobile app or site. If you join their VIP program, you can earn bonus points and additional perks.
Additionally, you can also earn points by signing up for offers like downloading apps (e.g., a specified gaming app) or answering surveys. Prize redemptions start at as low as $1.99 for Steam Wallet credits.
The different reward options include:
- Retail and restaurant gift cards
- Digital game codes
- Steam Wallet credits
- Prepaid Mastercard gift cards
Note that some of the options above may require a redemption balance higher than $1.99.
3. Cashyy (Android only)
Cashyy is a free app that lets you choose missions and then earn in-app coins when you play and complete those missions. The prize options include turning your coins into deposits to your PayPal account or getting gift cards to Amazon and other retailers.
The Google Play summary of the app says there are many different money games to choose from and that you can earn coins quickly. You can expect games like puzzle, strategy, adventure, action, casual, arcade games, and more.
You choose the games you want to play and then earn when you complete the game. Go to the app store and sign up for Cashyy here!
With GG2U.org, you can get paid to play money earning games, watch videos, and take surveys!
Fill out the GG2U sign-up form and you can get at least 250 Coins on the GG2U website.
Unlike other programs, GG2U is available internationally!
GG2U currently have specific earning opportunities for people in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Japan, and lots of other countries.
The above are my top tips on how to win the lottery. Of course, the chances of winning the lottery, especially the top prizes, are extremely extremely slim. So don’t depend your life on winning. The best way to win in life is slow and steady: set your budget, create your personal finance goals, earn, save, and invest.
Let’s have fun responsibly!