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7 Tips to Pick the Winning Numbers for the Lottery

If you play the lottery on a regular basis then you may be making some basic mistakes when trying to pick your winning numbers. With each draw that goes by, your numbers fail to come up and you despair of ever winning. But there are some common pitfalls that lottery players fall into.

There is no way to guarantee you will win the lottery but you can improve your chances by following these simple tips.

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1. Steer clear of birthdays

The most common problem is that lottery players restrict themselves to only using birthdays. Sure, those numbers may mean a lot to you sentimentally, but only being able to choose from 1–31 means you're missing out on a whole range of options.

Most lotteries go well beyond 31 numbers, so ditch the dates when picking numbers.

2. Do your homework on the Lottery numbers

Don’t worry, there won’t be a test tomorrow, but doing some research can help when selecting numbers. It makes sense to check what the most drawn numbers are and also what numbers have been appearing most in recent draws.

Of course, no number is guaranteed to come out but having that extra bit of knowledge can point you in the winning direction.

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3. Take a chance on Lucky Dip

Try using the random choice option when making a ticket purchase. Most lotteries call this a ‘Lucky Dip’ and lets the machine make the selection for you.

As we said before, each number has just as much chance as any other, so letting the machine choose for you means you’re just as likely to win.

4. Buy multiple lines

This may seem obvious, but buying more lines for a draw means you have a higher chance of matching the drawn numbers and winning a prize. Make sure you only buy what you can afford for each draw though.

5. Find a Lottery with the best odds

Each lottery has its own distinct odds but also different prize tiers. By doing some more research, you can scout out which have better odds of a jackpot win or improved odds for a lower prize tier.

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Those with slim odds of a jackpot win do tend to have the highest paying jackpots though, such as Powerball or Mega Millions in the USA.

6. Never skip a draw

Many players will only purchase tickets when a big jackpot shows up. While the jackpot may be larger, you could have missed a draw when your winning numbers already came up.

If you’re able to, you should play every draw with the same numbers so you never miss out.

Another problem with only playing for the big jackpots is that everyone else is doing the same. If you do win, you may have to share the prize pot with an increased number of players who also won.

7. Look out for special Must-Be-Won draws

Some lotteries have a max number of rollovers that can occur before the prize fund must go. If no one wins the jackpot on this draw, then the money is distributed between the lower prize tiers.

The UK Lotto, for example, has introduced this, with there being a maximum of five rollovers before the jackpot must be won.

This means you can increase your takings by winning a lower prize tier. You just have to hope no one wins the jackpot in the Must-Be-Won draw.

Read more: The rules of a UK Lotto Must-be-won draw

So there you have a few simple ways you can help improve your chances of picking the winning numbers.

Just remember, there’s no guaranteed way to win the lottery and to always play within your limits.

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