A lot of people believe that success at the lottery is purely a matter of luck. And although chance is indeed the biggest factor here, there are things you can do to improve your odds of winning.
If you’re addicted to the rush that comes with betting, here are pointers to remember:
Select the right games.
If you don’t want to scale down from Megamillions or Powerball, you could only end up frustrated. Certainly, you can also win, but don’t just stop there. In many states, there are lots of other smaller games to play – for example, scratch games – and some of them come with a really high chances of winning. The prize may be modest, but when you win, you win.
Create a lottery pool.
Some people who won big time did so because after buying so many tickets, which immediately improved their odds of a win. This is where a lottery pool can really help. Select a game and have friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, etc. contribute money to buy tickets in bulk. On the spot, you increase your chances of winning by doing that. Of course, should you win, the prize must be shared with all those who added money to the pool.
Look for second-chance games.
Second games are offered in some states. With such games, you can get a smaller prize when at least three or four of your numbers are a hit. So before you crumple that ticket and dunk it in the trash bin, check for second-chance games. You might have a pleasant surprise waiting.
Always review your numbers.
Sometimes, people just forget to review their numbers, and it’s a bad habit for any lotto bettor. If you’re serious about winning, you just can’t let that happen. Always, always, always take a second or even a third look. Do the same with any discarded lottery tickets you may find. Recheck the numbers or look for a second-chance game. Anything is possible.
Keep your emotions in check.
Lastly, never let emotions get the better of you. In fact, forget about emotions when you’re betting because you might just get discouraged when you lose. After all, it’s no more than a game, and as long as the rest of your life is in order, that prize is always worth a try. Similarly, if you’re on a losing streak with those smaller games, don’t think it will get better if you keep betting until you empty your pocket. Stop as soon as you can and try another day. In short, be rational. Even gambling is no excuse for acting crazy.