Although winning the lottery is all about odds, luck and chance, some people have their own special tricks to help take home the jackpot. While some may claim that their method is the best, there is really no one tried and true way that works for everyone.
You can’t really predict which numbers will be picked because the draws are completely random (any person or software claiming to know the winning numbers of an upcoming draw is just trying to scam you), but this doesn’t mean that you can’t increase your odds by playing smart.
While we can't guarantee a win, here are 7 tips that'll help you boost your chances of winning:
1. Join a lottery pool
One surefire way to increase your odds is to buy more tickets, but that isn't necessarily a cheap option and doesn't guarantee a win. Instead of playing solo, consider joining an existing pool or starting your own with your colleagues or group of friends. Not only will you be making a smaller contribution each week, you'll multiply your chances of getting a big payout. Just make sure all the rules are clearly understood by everyone involved so there is no discrepancy if a shared ticket wins.
2. Play the right games
National lotteries such as the Powerball and MegaMillions offer huge prizes at very high odds because they have a broader entry pool. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't play them, it just means that you should also try your luck at state lotteries too. Unlike national lotteries, you'll have to physically be in the state to buy a ticket but the odds are usually lower.
3. Play the second-chance games
Second time's the charm! Don't be so quick to throw away your ticket if your numbers didn't win because there might be a bonus drawing and you could luck out. Back in 2010, a woman took home $120,610.70 after taxes by opting into the second-chance game in the Kentucky Lottery even though her numbers didn't win in the initial draw.
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