While lottery games are based entirely on luck, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of winning. If the jackpot amounts have lured you in and you want to purchase lotto tickets, here are some tips to keep in mind. But also keep in mind that some people have devoted their adult lives to improving the odds of winning the lotto. You'll have to pay a small amount but consider it an investment toward future success... if this appeals to you, I strongly recommend Ken Silver's Silver Lotto System.
- Limit your ticket purchases. Unlike scratch tickets, whose odds are 1 in 4, only one in hundreds of thousands, (or even millions) of people will win the lottery. There are no $1 or $5 prizes in the lotto, so limit the number of tickets you purchase, because you will not regain any of that money if you don't win the big prize. In games where the jackpot goes up each week if there is no winner in the previous week, avoid playing weeks with large jackpots, because you will have much more competition as people rush out to buy tickets.
- Learn about number-picking systems. There are many complex number-picking systems out there, particularly on the Internet. However, keep in mind that the winning numbers pulled are completely random. Therefore, they can't be predicted before they are announced. Most advertised number-picking systems are ways to scam you out of money by making you believe they are a surefire way to make millions.
- Consider forming a lottery group. Recently, lottery winnings by groups of coworkers or friends have been making the news. By pooling your money, you can buy more tickets. Keep in mind that splitting the money can be a legal headache and strain your relationships with other group members, not to mention reduce the amount of the lottery jackpot you will win. However, if you set up your group right and are willing to play for less money, they can be a great way to win the lotto.
- Understand how to pick numbers. Avoid picking numbers that are all low, all high, all even, or all odd. Chances are high that the numbers that come up will be a relatively balanced mixture of numbers. While some people recommend tracking previous numbers and picking ones that haven't come up in a while, in reality these numbers are just as likely to come up as those that came up just last week.
- Play the same numbers. Find a good combination of numbers using the above rules, and stick to them, especially if you are playing the lotto every week. By the laws of probability, eventually that combination has to come up. Changing your numbers weekly increases the possibility that your combination came up just a month ago, or will come up two months after you used it, and you will lose out.
Of course, one of the most important warnings when trying to win the lottery is to not obsess about winning. Gambling can be very addicting, and it can cost a lot of money. You should play for fun, not guaranteed money. Avoid gambling excessively as you chase a lottery jackpot.