So you want to learn how to be a lotto pro? You want to learn how to beat the system, cash in all your chips, win the lottery and never work again? Don’t we all?
Unfortunately, there’s no hard-and-fast strategy for winning the lottery. You can never quit your job and become a professional lottery player. There aren’t any fail-proof ways to “beat the system” or “cheat the lottery.” However, there are tips you can follow to help maximize your chances of winning.
It’s true that most of these tips are published in tell-all books that cost much more than they’re worth– and most of these “tips” are really just common knowledge. Stay away from the self-professed lotto pros and stick with these tips if you’re trying to master the lottery.
1. Pick Uncommon Numbers
Stay away from the popular numbers. As Skip Garibaldi, an Emory University mathematician, says in the New York Post article “Winning advice from ‘7 times lucky’ player,” “You won’t increase your odds of winning, but you can improve your chances of having the only winning ticket.” This will help ensure you won’t have to split your winnings. Garibaldi continues, “a lot of people play dates, and numbers between 1 and 12 especially popular so you might avoid those.”
2. Make a Budget — and Stick to It
Lottery should be “fun money,” NOT grocery or rent money. Lotteries are an extravagance, not an essential. Feel free to play all you want, but make sure your bills are paid first. A lottery ticket is a chance, not a guarantee.
3. Play When Jackpots Are Big
Your odds of winning won’t increase, but the potential winnings will be greatest when the jackpots get really big. Earlier this year, the record for Mega Millions was won for $656 Million! The prize was split among 3 winning tickets, but each winner ended up with over $218 Million. Not bad!
4. Don’t Go Lotto-Crazy
You’ve got to keep your cool. Don’t run out and buy dozens of lottery tickets just because the jackpot has skyrocketed: your friends and neighbors are doing the same thing. Yes, it’s true that the more you buy, the more chances you’ll have to win– but don’t let a sky-high jackpot make you break your budget.
Follow these tips to ensure your best chance of winning the lottery– good luck!