How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery

By Jay White

February 11, 2015   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Winning the lottery is something that many people dream of, but it is something that few people are ever lucky enough to have happen to them. Though there is no way to make sure that you will win the lottery, there are some ways to increase your odds of winning at least something. Though grand prizes are very difficult to predict, there are some things you can do to up your odds (but never guarantee) at having enough of the winning numbers for a payout. Here are a few of the strategies that people use to up their chances at winning the lottery:

1. Buy More Than One Ticket:

The statistics behind this are simple. Each ticket represents one shot at the winning combination. Every additional ticket is one extra chance at winning a million dollars. Of course, it is important not to buy more tickets than you have funds to be able to afford while still meeting your financial obligations.

2. Choose Lotteries with Fewer Numbers:

Though the payouts aren’t as large, a five-number lottery has a better chance of winning than a six-number lottery. If you want to choose the lottery game with the best statistical odds, you will have a greater chance that your dollar will come out a winner.

3. Play the Hot Numbers:

Though there is less statistical evidence behind this one, as every number theoretically has the same chance of winning, the hot numbers are one way to play the lottery. This system is one that many swear by. You can look on many lottery websites and see the number of times different numbers have been winners in recent history. By choosing a number that has all of these digits, you may be able to take advantage of a hot streak and win. The only risk with using a system like this is its popularity- because many others may be doing the same thing, you might have to split a grand prize with others.

4. Buy Multiple Tickets that Cover All the Numbers:

Of course, if you want to put ten or twenty dollars into the lottery each time, you can make sure that every number is covered at least once within the tickets. This will not guarantee a winner, but it will guarantee that you will have tickets with at least one correct number on them.

5. Play the Same Numbers Every Time:

This method doesn’t really increase your chances statistically, it is a comfortable way to play, and can make it more likely that you will catch when you have won a smaller prize. Choosing the same number combination every time also lets you look at the winners without needing to have your ticket on hand, and can increase the excitement when it comes to your numbers being pulled when you watch it live.

Jay White

I started Dumb Little Man many years ago so great authors, writers and bloggers could share their life "hacks" and tips for success with everyone. I hope you find something you like!

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