Most of players have never won big lottery prizes. The reason for this is that they make similar mistakes choosing numbers in their lottery tickets. Let’s figure out how to avoid those mistakes and win major awards or even a jackpot.
1. Should we choose numbers randomly and just wait for luck?
As much as we’d like to get a win-win strategy of playing the lottery, nobody will give it to us. Firstly, out of greed, and secondly, because they don’t have it.At least, mathematicians definitely don’t have it. But they have a smart look with which they claim: bet on random numbers and wait for luck because there is an equal probability of any number’s coming up.
That’s why winning strategies don’t exist. That’s what they say. Check it out for yourself, if there are mathematicians with a smart look nearby.Fortunately, no one’s going to terminate a game theory research because of them. And since hard science gives no cause for optimism, psychologists take it over. As is known, it’s their job to inspire optimism.
Their research is based on the fact that not only mathematics influences the winning amount, but also the thinking of lottery players.The point is that many lottery participants are seriously affected by stereotypes and therefore give preference to the similar combinations of numbers.
Staying out of stereotypes is very useful to a wallet, since the more players choose the same combination, the less money they get, if this combination turns out to be a winning one (because the gain will be equally shared between them in this case). That’s why, according to psychologists, successful players strive to be in “the smallest company”, that is, to choose numbers which are least likely to be chosen by other lottery players.
But it’s possible only in certain types of lotteries.
2. In what lotteries it’s impossible to influence the winning amount
As you know, lotteries fall into scratch lotteries andlottery draws.
The scratch lottery is a game where you can check for a prize immediately after buying a lottery ticket by erasing a protective layer. Such lotteries are perfect for chronic winners. If it’s not about you, then you’d better throw several banknotes out your window and watch passers-by fight for them. At least, it’s a more spectacular way to waste your money.
The lottery draws, in turn, fall into 2 types.
Participating in the former, you receive a ticket with a ready-made set of numbers which has already been chosen without your assistance. What is left is waiting for your round in order to find out whether numbers of your ticket coincide with numbers which a lottery drum has chosen.
The only thing you have to do is calculate your loss after a draw. It’s a joke. You may not calculate it and move on to the other kind of lottery draws, straight away, since the second kind of lottery draws implies the independent choice of numbers which will participate in a draw. And if you add the ability to avoid the stereotypical choice of numbers, you can affect the winning amount.
Fortunately, there are methods helping not to choose the template combinations of numbers.
3. How not to follow the crowd and win
Let’s call this method “Don’t follow the crowd!” The point is that most of players choose numbers from only 65-70% of proposed numbers. For example, if a ticket comprises 49 numbers and a player has to choose 6 of them, he is much more likely to choose numbers between 1 and 31.
There is a simple explanation for such a phenomenon. A significant part of players rely on familiar dates such as birthdays, weddings and other memorable events, and since a number of days in months doesn’t exceed 31, numbers which lie outside of this range are several times less likely to be chosen by lottery players.
You can use this aspect. If you don’t ignore numbers after 31 while filling in your lottery ticket, you’ll get a large winning amount in case of your win because of a small number of winning variants and consequently a small number of winners with whom you will have to share your gain.
4. “Lucky numbers” don’t bring good luck
People who are into sports betting often wonder how well a sports team played earlier before they bet on their win.
Lottery players are just as good as those who bet on sports. They also believe in repetitive success. That’s why numbers which the winning combinations of latest draws consist of seem lucky to them.
If you are not greedy and capable of giving the right to use lucky numbers to other players, that’s very good, since instead of lucky numbers you’d better choose numbers which haven’t come up for a long time in the first place.
In doing so, you won’t find yourself together with the majority of players and will make the law of probability work for you. Under this law, numbers which haven’t come up for a while are more likely to come up next time.
5. Numbers which nobody chooses
Statistically, tickets in which players choose neighboring numbers often win big prizes. Nevertheless, most of players don’t choose numbers placed in the same vertical or horizontal line. All of them mistakenly believe that the law of probability won’t approve such ugliness. This scenario seems implausible to them.
Also, lottery participants stubbornly avoid the formation of any beautiful figures or patterns by selected numbers. Such a mistrust of “proper” things is inherent in the psychology of the vast majority of players. This is understandable, since they are willing to do a serious business – win jackpots. They don’t have time for artworks. That’s why they select numbers either following some logic, as we have said before (the dates of landmark events of their life, telephone numbers, etc.) or chaotically.
This is also confirmed by an experiment carried out by psychologists where people were requested to choose one of three proposed combinations which, in their opinion, is most likely to be a winning one. The following options were suggested:
Almost all of interviewees liked the last combination. The former two ones were rejected as unbelievable.
Actually, any number can come up, because fortune is responsible for this. Whereas chances for winning a jackpot can be improved significantly, if you select numbers which almost nobody chooses. The main thing is not to participate in draws held by unscrupulous organizers.
6. The advantages of major lotteries
It is best to start with the most popular and major state lotteries, because, as a rule, they have very solid prizes and their activities are monitored by legislation.
In this regard, it’d be a good idea to pay attention to famous national lotteries such as MegaMillions.
They are very popular all over the world because their organizers give 50% of their profit to winners. In addition, these lotteries provide players with an opportunity to buy tickets online.