How to Win the Lottery: 7 Tips that Really Work!
No Schemes! Just Common-Sense Lottery-Winning Tips
If you look for information about how to win the lottery, you’ll find many tips that don’t work. Lottery schemes like picking “rare” numbers (every number has an equal chance of winning, no matter how recently it was drawn), software that’s supposed to be better at picking numbers, and other forms of wishful thinking abound.
There’s no way to predict the numbers that will come up in the lottery. The drawings are completely random, so the best you can do is try to pick unusual numbers so you won’t have to split the jackpot if there’s a tie.
But that doesn’t mean that there’s no way of increasing your odds of becoming a lottery winner. Here are some fact-based tips that really work, and will help you win the lottery.
Improve Your Chances of Winning the Lottery by Playing the Right Games
People talk about entering the lottery as if it were just one game, but every state has a selection of lottery games—and they each have different odds of winning.
Read the odds before you spend your money to ensure you’re maximizing your chances of winning. By picking games with better odds, you boost your chances of being a lottery winner.
Remember that lottery games like Powerball and MegaMillions are national lotteries. They have fixed odds of winning, but if many people enter, you could end up splitting a jackpot. That would lower the value of your prize.
Don’t write off scratch-off games, either. They usually offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.
Join a Lottery Pool to Get More Entries Without Spending More Money
The easiest way to boost your odds of winning lotteries is simply to buy more tickets. But of course, that costs money, and even if you invest a lot of money buying tickets, your odds of winning are still poor.
But what if you could buy tickets at a fraction of the price? Lottery pools give you that chance.
Lottery pools give you the opportunity to improve your odds without spending more money. Consider joining your office lottery pool or starting one of your own to get better chances of winning without breaking your budget.
Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!
Imagine winning a big jackpot—but missing out on your money because you forgot to double-check your numbers. It happens more often than you think.
For example, one MegaMillions lottery ticket worth nearly $300,000 was never claimed. Somewhere out there, there’s someone with no idea that they won, and lost, a huge prize. Don’t let that happen to you.
When you buy a lottery ticket, keep it somewhere where you can find it again easily. Jot down the drawing date and time in your calendar if you’re afraid you might forget it.
Check the numbers against your ticket, and double-check them, just to be sure. Also, make sure that you are looking at the numbers for the correct date.
Some people like to have convenience store clerks verify their tickets to be sure they don’t make a mistake while checking their numbers. Another option is to use a lottery app to help you keep track of the drawings.
Multiply Your Chances of Winning the Lottery with Second-Chance Games
OK, so your numbers didn’t come up in the drawing. That means it’s time to toss your lottery ticket, right?
Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets. Fill out the form on the back, send it in, and you’ll have a bonus chance to be a winner.
On June 8, 2010, a TheBalance Everyday reader reported a big lottery win. She didn’t win because of the numbers she played when she bought the ticket, but because she entered the second-chance game in the Kentucky Lottery.
Her name was randomly drawn as the second-chance winner, and she took home $120,610.70 after taxes.
So don’t give up just because you didn’t win the first time. If your lottery game includes a second-chance drawing, entering could be your ticket to winning.
Someone Else’s Loss Might Be Your Lottery Ticket Win
A lot of people throw out their lottery tickets after a drawing, but that doesn’t mean that the tickets are worthless. Perhaps they didn’t bother to check the numbers, or they checked the wrong drawing or misread the winning numbers.
If you find a discarded lottery ticket, it’s worth taking the time to double-check.
Even if the discarded ticket is a loser, there’s a chance you could still win with it. If there’s a second-chance drawing associated with the lottery game, you can use found tickets to enter, giving you more chances to win.
Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets
If you are lucky enough to win the lottery, the last thing you want to do is let the prize slip through your fingers.
To protect yourself, the first thing you should do after you receive a lottery ticket, even before you know whether it’s a winner or not, is to sign it. Your signature on the back of a lottery ticket can help prove it’s yours if it gets lost or stolen.
Also, never hand a ticket to a clerk at a lottery location and ask if you’ve won. Use a computer terminal to determine if you’re a winner, ask the clerk for the winning numbers and verify them yourself, or check online or in newspapers to find the winning numbers. It’s easy for an unscrupulous clerk to pocket your ticket and tell you it was a loser.
If you intend to cash a lottery ticket by mail, make sure you make copies of both sides of the ticket, in case it gets lost in transit.
Win a Bigger Payout by Choosing Rarer Numbers
While it’s impossible to predict which numbers will be chosen in any given lottery drawing, picking certain numbers might have a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout.
If you win a lottery jackpot, there’s a chance you might have to split the payout with other people who picked the same numbers. So all things being equal (in that all numbers are equally likely to be picked), you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the pot for yourself.
So how do you know which numbers are rare? Some people try to use statistics to find out which numbers are chosen least often. Others look at combinations that other people tend to avoid, like consecutive numbers. Using a lottery app might help you select and remember numbers to play.
Beware of Lottery Scams
Unfortunately, many scammers try to take advantage of people’s dreams of winning the lottery. Here are a few tips to protect yourself and avoid lottery scams:
- Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.
- It’s not legal to sell lottery tickets across national borders. You can usually buy tickets if you are located in the country, but offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or online are usually illegal.
- If you didn’t buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn’t win.
- The lottery doesn’t notify you when you win; you are responsible for checking your winning tickets.
- You’re never required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.
Lucky Lottery Numbers
Lottery fans put a lot of thought into their selections, some numbers are overused because of the false assumption that they are ‘lucky’, while others are shunned because they are thought to bring ill fortune. If you’re betting on lotteries here at Lottoland obviously you want to pick winning numbers, and we have trawled through the stats to show you the winningest lottery numbers drawn to date.
Is Number 7 Really ‘Lucky’?
While not on the scale of the aforementioned draws, the UK Lotto has had a number of big wins, of which David and Carol Martin’s was the largest. They scooped £33 million with the ticket 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.
25 and 26 and 27 and 28 are both amongst the most frequent consecutive pairs to be drawn in the UK Lotto, but David and Carol’s 26 and 27 is not. Both 52 and 58 are amongst the least drawn numbers in the UK Lotto, while 27 and 47 are drawn quite regularly.
Then, of course, there’s the Irish Lotto, with a current standing record of €18.9 million dating back to 2008. The lucky lottery numbers that time were 4, 12, 26, 27, 29 and 37 plus the bonus ball, 38. As you can see, none of those numbers show up in the list of six most commonly drawn balls.
The number 7, which is widely regarded in most Western cultures as lucky has never appeared in any of the biggest jackpot draws, but studies have shown it is 25% more likely to be picked than any other number in people’s selections. However, the fact that more people are choosing number 7 is probably a good reason to stay away from it: it’s no more likely of being drawn than any other, and when more people have the same numbers then prizes will have to be shared more ways.
Now, every lottery ball has an equal chance of being drawn than any other, however some appear far more often. We’ve broken down the amount of times each ball has been drawn to see how they compared.
In the big European draw, numbers 50, 44, 23, 19 and 4 have appeared the most. The difference between the most drawn (50) and least drawn (46) is 49.
The most frequent numbers are: 26, 16, 41, 32, and 28. Number 26 has been drawn 281 more times than the least common ball number 66, although that is due to the number of balls being increased recently and not because number 66 is incredibly unlucky!
In the MegaMillions draw the more commonly occurring numbers are: 17, 31, 2, 39, 4 and 20. 17 and 31 have both (at time of writing) been drawn 212 times since this lottery was launched, with 17 our chosen lucky lottery number as it was drawn most recently.
The most common numbers drawn since the Irish Lotto began in 1988 are 2, 32, 9, 7, 10 and 18. (Though don’t forget the Lotto has gone through many changes over the years; a lot of you might well remember it was a 36 number game when it started, but it has since gone up to 47).
These statistics have been compiled since the draws began, and as far as ‘lucky’ lottery numbers go, these are perhaps your best bet. Although their frequency individually does not suggest they appear together often. Also, many lottery fans scour statastics like this to choose their numbers, so a PowerBall ticket with 26, 16, 41, 32 and 28 that wins would most likely be shared out amongst a much larger amount of participants.
Biggest Lottery Winners
Two of the biggest EuroMillions winners came from the UK. First was Colin and Christine Weir, who won €185 million.Their pick; 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the Lucky Stars 9 and 10 made them as rich as the Beckhams.
Of their selection only 19 appears in the 10 most commonly picked numbers, although none of their choice are amongst the 10 least commonly picked numbers.
Next came Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who won the highest EuroMillions jackpot ever in 2012, taking home €190 million. Their winning numbers were 50, 21, 17, 48 and 11, and the Lucky Star numbers 09 and 10.
Their lucky selection included number 48, which is one of the least commonly drawn numbers in the EuroMillions. Number 50 on the other hand, is the ball that appears the most in the whole lottery, featuring 128 times since launch.
It’s also worth noting that both couples had the Lucky Stars numbers 9 and 10. While 9 is the joint most common Lucky Star, 10 is the 2nd least likely to appear, after 11.
Of course the Bayfords weren’t the only ones to hit the biggest possible prize on EuroMillions – one anonymous ticket-holder from Portugal also won €190 million (though in Portugal the taxman took 20%) with the numbers 3, 9, 20, 30, and 42 plus Lucky Stars 1 and 6.
Ironically, in this instance the Portuguese winner picked NONE of the most popular numbers and still won the maximum amount available – an important point to remember!
US Record Breakers
The biggest American single-jackpot winner was Gloria MacKenzie, who scooped $590 million, also the biggest single-win jackpot in lottery history.
The Florida resident’s numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a winning PowerBall of 11. Of her PowerBall picks none are amongst the 15 most common numbers, including number 13, which is widely avoided by lottery regulars because it is seen as an ‘unlucky’ number.
This year Lisa and John Robinson were the stunned owners of one of just three winning PowerBall tickets, out of 635,103,137 sold. The $1.6 billion draw gave Lisa and John $327.8 million (which they took in the form of a one-time payment), thanks to numbers 04, 08, 19, 27, 34 and PowerBall 10.
With many lotteries two balls have a habit of turning up in the same draw, such as 4 and 23 in EuroMillions (21 times), but none of the big winners had that pair in their winning tickets.
|Lucky Lottery Winners|
|Colin and Christine Weir||€185 Million||EuroMillions||17, 19, 38, 42, 45
(Bonus: 9 + 10)
|Adrian and Gillian Bayford||€190 Million||EuroMillions||50, 21, 17, 48, 11
(Bonus: 9 and 10)
|Anon from Portugal||€190 Million||EuroMillions||3, 9, 20, 30, 42
(Bonus: 1 & 6)
|Gloria MacKenzie||$590 million||Powerball||10, 13, 14, 22, 52
|Lisa and John Robinson||$327.8 million||Powerball||04, 08, 19, 27, 34
|David and Carol Martin||£33 million||UK Lotto||26, 27, 46, 47, 52, 58|
|Syndicate from Carlow||€18.9 million||Irish Lotto||4, 12, 26, 27, 29, 37
Irish EuroMillions Winners
EuroMillions’ third largest jackpot was split by two winners, one from Limburg in Belgium and one from Dublin, Ireland, earning each of the lucky anonymous winners €93.9 million.
The biggest overall win in Belgium to date is €100 million, claimed by an anonymous winner back in 2007. The largest Irish win so far remains that of Dolores McNamara from Limerick. Her massive €115 million win back in 2005 made her the first of many record-breaking EuroMillions winners. (More on her in a bit.)
So, techncially Ireland gets into the top three but since we’re talking about the BIGGEST winners here and a shared win it doesn’t technically count. So, let’s instead look at the table above, and the biggest single winners of all time:
Got your own “lucky numbers”, or are inspired to try one of these winning combinations? Either way, there only way to be in with a chance is by placing a bet on this week’s EuroMillions draw.We take four of the most popular lotteries and discover which ‘lucky lottery numbers’ are drawn most often, and try to discover the luckiest numbers. ]]>