The lottery is a game of odds, not luck. It's not about wearing your lucky shirt or finding a four-leaf clover. It's about taking steps to increase the probability of selecting the correct numbers. It's similar to playing cards, which involve skill and chance. Except that in lotteries, you’re dealing with probability on a much larger scale. If you're on the lookout for ways to increase your chances of winning lotteries, then try out some of these tips and strategies.
Tip #1: Total the numbers
Check if the numbers you're playing add up within the range of 106 and 170. Totals within that range are said to comprise 70 per cent of all lottery jackpot winners.
Tip #2: Odds of a number winning again
Did you know that in New South Wales lotto, a winning number will repeat in the succeeding draw at almost 60 per cent of the time?
Tip #3: Form a lotto pool
You can join forces with other people, share the costs of buying tickets and split the winnings. This will cut down on your ticket expenses and increase your chances of winning. For example, if you form a group of a dozen, coordinate your number choices, then individually purchase tickets worth AUD10, you increase your odds several times.
One drawback of this approach is that you share your winnings with other members of the pool. Then again, winning even just a million dollars with a group of 12 would net you around AUD83,000+. Not bad at all.
Just make sure that when inviting other pool members, choose those who are really interested, positive and enthusiastic. This actually has nothing to do with increasing the chances of winning and more of making the experience more enjoyable overall.
And don't forget: Have everyone sign an agreement that you'll be equally sharing the winnings.
Tip #4: Choose games with the smallest number field
To increase your odds, choose lotteries with the smallest number fields. For instance, lotteries typically have you choose six numbers out of 45. Play games that have smaller fields like five-pick lotteries. Of course, you'll have to deal with possibly smaller prizes and the likelihood of more winners.
Tip #5: Stay away from six consecutive numbers
Six consecutive numbers have never been known to win any lottery game. The chances of six successive numbers being selected are just too slim. Even five consecutive numbers, while having statistically better chances, are exceedingly uncommon.
That means you should also stay away from the 1-2-3-4-5-6 combination as well. It's actually even more unlikely to happen because aside from being consecutive, the combination is concentrated on the first half of single-digit numerals.
Tip #6: Having the same last digits won't work
Have you ever been interested in choosing numbers having the same last digits? For example, others think it’s lucky for all their picks to end in "7". The chances of the winning numbers having the same last digits are way too small (less than 3 per cent, actually), so avoid these combinations.