Picking lottery numbers can seem like a complicated and stressful affair if you think of the millions of dollars at stake. Nothing seems quite so stunning as cashing in your one dollar lottery ticket for a multimillion-dollar check. But considering that the lottery itself is random and that no strategy can be informed by any observable pattern or data, you shouldn't worry too much! The only strategy that increases your chances of winning is increase the number of tickets you buy. Personal preferences determine how to pick your lottery numbers.
- The most important thing to remember about the lottery is that everything really comes down to chance. You may think that people who play certain special numbers are more likely to walk away with the grand prize, but this is untrue -- they just happen to play the lottery more, so chances are greater that more of them walk away with the grand prize. If you think you fit into this category, and like to play your own numbers, here are some ways to pick them:
- Use family members' birthdays.
- Stick to the numbers you use on a daily basis, like telephone numbers, a street address or the price of your favorite candy bar.
- Use the Silver Lotto system to actually increase your odds of picking winning lottery numbers.
- Randomize it! A lot of lotteries let you ask for random cards. These are great if you are in a rush, or simply can't decide which numbers to pick. Remember that the lottery itself is random, so it really doesn't matter what number you pick. However, it may be pretty frustrating to see your family members' birthdates appear for the following Wednesday's pick. If you opt for the random approach, you may have had the winning lottery numbers another round, but simply didn't pick consistently.
- Remember that the more numbers there are to choose, the more likely it is you are to lose. There is an exponential difference between picking six and seven numbers.
- Look at past winning numbers. If you really enjoy statistics and probability, look for patterns in these lottery tickets, and use that information for the best lottery numbers to pick.
The most important thing to remember with the lottery is that the odds are against you, and it is always random. Have fun when playing the lottery, but don't let yourself get carried away. Who knows? Maybe one day, Good Fortune may smile on you!