Lottery Winning Tips for People Who Aren’t Math Whizzes

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Monday March 25, 2019 05:57 am

The Lottery Lab Staff

When you play the lottery do you look for the strategies to make your chances better but all you find are complicated discussions about combinations, odds, and probabilities?  Does it all seem like a difficult mess of patterns and probabilities? Well here are some strategies for the people who are not math whizzes.

1. Use the Quick Pick method

The best thing you can do is purchase a Quick Pick ticket and leave it up to the computer to pick random numbers for you. It’s the fastest and easiest way to pick the numbers randomly. People use this option when they don’t feel like going through the thought process of picking their numbers.  This technique also reduces the feeling of responsibility if your ticket has the “wrong” numbers.   Moreover, according to research, an estimated 70% of all Powerball winners win using this method.

The biggest Powerball jackpot worth $1.5 billion was drawn in 2016 and was split between three winning tickets.  Two of the winners played the lottery with the Quick Pick method. So, it is safe to say that even if you don’t mess around with numbers, you can still have a good chance of winning by choosing the Quick Pick method.

2. Be consistent with your set of lucky numbers

Sticking to the same number can eventually make you a jackpot winner. It is the simplest and most popular strategy used by people who pick their own numbers. Basically, people just pick a set of numbers they think are lucky for them (birthdates, locker combinations, anniversaries, or any other number which holds a significance) and then play them every time they buy a ticket. In many lotteries, this has the added advantage that you can choose to play the same set of numbers on consecutive drawings by using one Playslip to purchase multiple consecutive tickets.

Read an example here: Man Wins Big After Playing Same Numbers For 18 Years

Playing the same number doesn’t help you for statistical reasons, but it does for psychological reasons. Theoretically, the results of past drawings don’t influence future lottery results. Rather, playing the same numbers consistently avoids the feeling of regret you can get from changing your numbers. These is a famous example of a woman who had been playing the same number since she started playing the lottery. One day she bought a ticket for a different lottery with her old set of numbers. That day her numbers did win, but on the other lotto! Just imagine her regret.

For detailed story, read:  Right Number, Wrong Lotto

When you pick a set of numbers to repeatedly play, make sure that you have a balanced combination. Don’t chose all even or all odd numbers. Don’t go for multiples of 2 or 5 (like 2-4-6-8-10 or 5-10-15-20-25) because this is a popular technique and when you win, you can find yourself splitting the prize with many people.  . And when you pick birth dates, you limit your choice to a maximum of 31 and there are a lot of people playing birth dates as lottery number. So, when you pick any date as a lottery number, chances are you’ll end up sharing it with more than one winner.

For more tips, read: Strategies to Boost Your Chances of Winning the Lottery

3. Let a software pick random numbers for you

When you don’t feel like coming up with a playing strategy of your own, you can use lottery software. There are various software packages available online, which can help you choose a set of numbers. Or you can conduct frequency analysis on our website. Or you can also look for the hot and cold picks by visiting the page of the certain game on our website.

There are some paid software packages available as well which guarantee to offer the winning numbers but be wary of them as you might end up wasting your money or worse, it can be part of a phishing scam to identify targets for more sophisticated attacks. Plus, there isn’t any evidence that software is capable of predicting the exact winning numbers. Moreover, if it was possible, the lottery statisticians would recognize the abnormal results. Basically, the only advantage of picking numbers through software is it does the calculation for you!

4. Buy all the combinations

If you want a guaranteed win, the only way is to purchase all the possible combinations. There is evidence that people have won by buying all the combinations, Stefan Mandel is the most popular and suitable example, his syndicate won $27 million jackpot using this method in 1992. But if you want to execute this plan, you need to make a huge investment. Plus, by the time the jackpot reaches a high enough amount to offer significant profit, the chances are you will end up sharing it with other winners. Looking at the studies, when Mega Millions jackpot reached $1.6 billion, back in 2018, about 89% of the combinations were sold already. So, basically, the win is guaranteed but the profit is not!

Do strategies actually guarantee a win?

Having a strategy can make your lottery experience more fun and exciting. From the statistical standpoint, there is nothing which can guarantee your win or significantly increase the odds of winning.

Be alert for fake testimonials and promises that are too good to be true. Focus on your game and make a fun experience out of it. Be aware of how  scams work and play responsibly. Use simple tips to increase your odds but never trust someone or something claiming to give you “guaranteed” win.