Let’s face it, almost every lotto player wants to win the lottery.
Whether you play the lottery once in a blue moon or every week, chances are a big jackpot win is never far from your thoughts. After all, the freedom that comes from winning the lottery is incredible. In a blink of an eye, your world becomes full of endless possibilities – from fulfilling life-long travel dreams, to buying a new house, or helping a loved one out.
While the lottery is ultimately a game of luck, there are certain things you should avoid doing if you want to tilt the odds slightly in your favour. Check them out:
1. Don’t chase only the big jackpots
WHY: Sure, big lottery jackpots like American Powerball can be irresistible. But if you’re serious about winning the lottery, it’s not a good idea to only play for big jackpots all the time. Keep in mind that the bigger the jackpot, the higher the odds.
DO THIS INSTEAD: If you want to win the lottery, mix it up! Even if big jackpots are your jam, try playing some of the smaller lotteries from time to time, to give yourself a better chance of winning. Many of the smaller lotteries have great odds. For example, Australian Lotto 6/45 as well as Irish Lotto usually have smaller jackpots, but offer amazing odds of winning!
2. Don’t always pick numbers under 31
WHY: When it comes to picking numbers, we all have our lucky and unlucky lottery numbers. But only using those for your lottery picks might be what’s holding you back. Some lottery experts say that as most people tend to pick lucky numbers based on dates, their number choices will usually only be between 1 – 31. This is why so many lottery winners end up sharing jackpots when they win.
DO THIS INSTEAD: Again, mix it up if you want to win the lottery. While you can continue playing lucky numbers, you should also use the QuickPick options once in a while to generate random numbers. According to the US Powerball website, between 70%-80% of winning tickets sold were QuickPicks. Plus, just imagine – if you do end up winning the jackpot, the chances of a split prize are less!
3. Don’t play only 1 line
WHY: Lottery is a game of probability. Your chances of matching the winning numbers are slightly higher if you played, say, 20 lines vs a single line.
DO THIS INSTEAD: Join a lottery syndicate! After all, 1 in 7 jackpots are won by lottery syndicates. By playing in a group, you’ll enjoy higher winning chances and pay a fraction of what it would have actually cost, had you bought it yourself.
4. Don’t give up after a few tries
WHY: What’s the one thing almost all of the big lottery winners say? It’s always something along the lines of, ‘I’ve been playing the lottery for years, I can’t believe I finally won’.
DO THIS INSTEAD: Stay motivated! Keep in mind that as long as you’ve placed a lottery entry, you will always have a chance of winning the jackpot.
5. Don’t buy a lottery ticket
WHY: Lottery tickets often get lost or mislaid. Plus, if you forget to check your tickets in time, you might miss out on wins as most lotteries have a deadline for claiming wins.
DO THIS INSTEAD: Buy a lottery ticket online! You’ll never have to worry about misplacing your ticket.