Lottery Strategies: 7 Systems to Predict Winning Lottery Numbers
Try These Strategies When You Buy Your Lottery Tickets
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Many people who want to play the lottery and improve their odds of winning a jackpot use a lottery strategy. A lottery strategy is a system or method of choosing lottery numbers to play, with the idea that you can predict which ones are more likely to be drawn.
Winning lottery numbers are drawn totally at random, but that doesn’t stop people from thinking that there are ways to crack the system. And who knows, there are people who have won the lottery multiple times, so maybe some of these systems might be lucky for you.
If you want to implement a lottery strategy, here are seven to choose from:
Lottery Strategies to Use When Picking Your Numbers
If you enjoy looking for patterns in sets of numbers, you can put that skill to good use when coming up with a lottery strategy. Here are some examples of ways to manipulate numbers to choose your lottery tickets:
Identifying Hot, Cold, and Overdue Numbers
To use the hot, cold, overdue strategy, analyze the results of the lottery you want to play and see which numbers have been drawn recently and which haven’t. You can pick how many past drawings you want to analyze, but there should be at least 50 to get a decent sample size.
The hot numbers are the ones that have been picked most frequently throughout the drawings you analyzed. You might consider these “lucky” numbers to pick.
The cold numbers are drawn less frequently overall. A cold number may have been drawn recently, but the overall number of times it has been drawn is below average. You might consider these unlucky numbers.
Overdue numbers are ones that have not shown up in recent weeks. Maybe it’s a hot number that hasn’t been drawn recently. You might think it’s bound to show up soon.
Some people claim that creating a set of winning numbers by mixing hot, cold, and overdue numbers and playing that mix until they hit gives them an edge.
The Wheeling System
A wheeling system works by targeting a certain number of common numbers and then combining those numbers with every possible additional number to generate a bunch of tickets with higher chances of winning lower-tier lottery prizes.
For example, if you play a lottery where you need to get six out of 69 possible numbers correct to win (also known as a 6/69 lottery), you could identify four “hot” numbers and then buy tickets that combine those four numbers with each of the other 45 possible numbers.
For example, if you identified 4, 13, 39, and 41 as the numbers you wanted to play, your lottery wheel strategy would be to buy tickets that include:
- 1, 2, 4, 13, 39, 41
- 1, 3, 4, 13, 39, 41
- 1, 5, 13, 39, 41
- 1, 6, 4, 13, 39, 41
- 1, 7, 4, 13, 39, 41
and so on, until you’ve purchased every combination that includes the core four numbers. This requires buying hundreds of tickets in total.
Most people don’t want to buy 990 tickets for every lottery drawing, and it’s probably not a good idea to do so. You can reduce the cost of playing a wheeling strategy in a few different ways:
- Playing a pick-three or pick-four lottery game instead of a pick-six game like Powerball or Mega Millions.
- Picking five numbers and simply wheeling the sixth.
- Forming a lottery pool.
- Using a lottery syndicate that buys the wheels and sells “shares” to its members for a percentage of any wins.
Note that some experts recommend that if you’re playing Powerball, you do not wheel the red Powerball, but only the five white numbers. Wheeling the Powerball adds so many tickets you’ll need to buy to cover all of the wheeling options.
The Odds and Evens Strategy
The idea behind this lottery strategy is that you don’t look at the probability of individual numbers being drawn, but rather on the probability of a specific group of numbers will be drawn.
The theory says that it is far less likely that the winning numbers will be all odd or all even. Statistically, most winning lottery tickets have numbers that are split evenly between odd and even numbers. So perhaps, picking numbers that are split between odds and evens improves your chances.
On the other hand, this StatsChat article written by a biostatistics professor says that you won’t affect your chances of winning by picking all odd numbers, all even numbers, or a combination.
Using Mathematical Sequences to Crack the Lottery
Some lottery systems analyze the relationships between winning lottery numbers to see if they can find some kind of pattern.
For example, the Delta Lottery System is concerned with the average distance between winning lottery numbers.
These are some examples, but there are many more ways of trying to put patterns to work for you. Perhaps by paying attention to the recent winning numbers posted on lottery websites, you might find a pattern that stands out to you.
Lottery Systems for People Who Aren’t Math Wizzes
So if you aren’t a math wiz and don’t like messing around with numbers or finding patterns, are there still lottery strategies available to you? Of course there are.
Here are a few strategies to try if you are in a hurry or don’t want to spend too much time on your numbers.
Use the Quick Pick Option
Your lottery’s Quick Pick option is the fastest and easiest way to choose numbers.. and many people think it’s the best. Just let the computers pick your numbers for you and you will be on your way in minutes with no extra thought or effort required.
An estimated 70% of Powerball winners win this way, so it has something going for it.
Sticking with a Set of Lucky Numbers
This is one of the easiest and most popular lottery strategies that people use. Simply pick a set of lucky numbers and then play them every time they buy tickets. You might pick birth dates, anniversaries, or simply numbers that feel lucky to you.
The theory is that you play the same numbers each time because if they didn’t come up yet, they are more likely to appear next time.
From a probability standpoint, this is untrue; whether or not a number has been drawn in the recent past doesn’t influence whether it will show up in the near future. But people have won playing their favorite combinations.
If you can, try to avoid numbers in the range from 1 – 31. Those numbers are most likely to be played by other people, increasing your odds of having to split a prize if you do win.
Let a Lottery Program Pick Your Numbers
If you don’t want to spend time coming up with a strategy of your own, you can use lottery software to help you choose your numbers. Using the right program will let you quickly and easily wheel numbers or employ a pattern identification strategy without having to do the work yourself.
Be careful about spending money on any lottery software, though. There’s no clear evidence that they give you better odds of winning than any other method, but they will drain your money.
A Sure Way to Win the Lottery
This is the only way to play the lottery that is actually sure to win. It is possible to play every combination of numbers and guarantee a jackpot.
People have won by buying all of the combinations, such as 14-time lottery winner Stefan Mandel, who won a $27 million jackpot that way back in 1992. However, lotteries have changed since then, making it more difficult to cover all combinations, and there are risks.
For example, even if the jackpot is big enough to make buying all the combinations worthwhile, you can’t guarantee that you won’t have to split the pot, slashing your profits.
Do Lottery Systems Actually Work?
Having a lottery strategy can be fun and it can help keep you motivated to enter and to win. However, most statisticians agree that there is nothing that you can really do to beat the odds of winning the lottery.
For example, take the overdue number strategy above. If a number hasn’t been drawn in the past weeks, why would it suddenly be drawn when you buy tickets? It has absolutely no better chances of being picked than any other number.
So you want to be careful to avoid any kind of lottery system that claims to guarantee you’ll win or that makes you pay for services that won’t increase your odds of being a jackpot winner.
Be aware of overblown promises and fake reviews. For example, the Silver Lottery System claimed a 98 percent success rate for its for-pay lottery system. But many sites claim to have debunked the system, accusing it of using fake testimonials and unlikely promises to bilk people out of money.
Keep your focus on having fun and playing responsibly. While free lottery software can be a help, spend your money on tickets or save it for more important things.
Do you have a strategy when you buy your lottery tickets? Here are 7 popular lottery systems to try to crack a jackpot and win a life-changing prize.
7 Ways a Lottery App Can Help You Hit a Jackpot
Go Digital to Improve Your Chances of Being a Lottery Winner
Want to win a lottery jackpot? There’s an app for that!
People use their cell phones for everything these days, and entering the lottery is no exception. While nothing can guarantee that you will hit a big jackpot, there are plenty of lottery apps out there that can make entering (and winning!) easier, more accurate, and more efficient.
Here are just a few of the useful things that you can do if you download a lottery app for your cell phone or mobile device.
Use a Lottery App to Generate Numbers
If you haven’t been having luck choosing your own winning numbers, a lottery app might help. An app like the one from Random.org lets you generate random numbers for your lottery tickets.
You can also use a lottery number generator like Lottery Formula, which includes statistical information for a bunch of different lotteries including MegaMillions, Powerball, and state lotteries in its number recommendations. You can pick whether you want to choose numbers that are drawn frequently, numbers that appear more rarely, or your own lucky numbers to play.
If you want to play favorite numbers like birth dates of your loved ones, personal lucky numbers, or meaningful anniversaries, lottery apps can help make sure you don’t get mixed up. An app like the MegaMillions and Powerball App stores your lucky numbers so that you don’t make any mistakes when it’s time to buy your tickets.
Stay Up-to-Date With Lottery Jackpots and Payouts
Have you ever found out about a huge jackpot too late to try to win it? Lottery apps can make sure that never happens again. Many apps, including the apps offered by nearly every state lottery, give you the chance to get alerts when their jackpots hit a certain level.
You can decide whether to get an alert when the jackpot amount changes at all or when the amount you could win makes it worth it to you to play.
Lottery apps give you different ways to be notified including through push notifications on your phone or by email. Pick the notification method that’s most likely to get your attention.
Using jackpot alerts ensures that you don’t sit on the sidelines while someone else scoops up your huge lottery win.
Stream Live Lottery Drawings on Your App
Big lottery drawings are usually broadcast live on television. But what if you’ve cut your television cord, aren’t usually sitting around on the couch in the evenings when the broadcasts are made, or would rather be watching something else at that time of night?
If you’d like the excitement of seeing the lottery drawings performed live but don’t want to be bound to your television set, download a lottery app like LotteryHUB, the official app of Powerball and MegaMillions.
Apps like LotteryHUB let you stream the lottery drawings so that you can watch them live, even when you don’t have a television around. If you don’t have time when the drawing takes place, you can also watch older broadcasts that you missed the first time around.
Check Winning Numbers From Various Lotteries
Studies have found that in some years, over $2 billion goes unclaimed by U.S. lottery players. Most of this money is left behind by people who only checked the jackpot numbers and when they didn’t hit the jackpot, didn’t pay attention to smaller prizes.
Lottery apps can help you ensure that you don’t overlook a prize win, big or small.
If you like to play different kinds of lotteries, it can be annoying to have to keep track of the winning numbers to check. Plus, it’s easy to forget the drawing date altogether and only remember that you had a ticket when it’s too late to claim your prize. A lottery app can make checking your lucky numbers a snap.
An app like LotteryHUB gives you a one-stop location to check MegaMillions, Powerball, and state lotteries, quickly and easily.
If you have a specific lottery you like to play, many state lotteries have their own apps for you to use which makes it easy to check their numbers quickly, wherever you are.
Some lottery apps even give you the option to scan your tickets to check if you are a winner and be notified if you have a winner.
One word of caution, though: some people have missed out on wins because their apps didn’t work properly. One example was a massive fail with the UK’s National Lottery app. The National Lottery App is supposed to let users scan their tickets to see if they are winners. But a problem with the barcode reader caused the app to overlook legitimate wins.
Lottery players who used the National Lottery app may have thrown away winning tickets when the app showed no correct numbers. To avoid this problem, it’s a good idea for any lottery app users to double-check that the scan worked properly and that all your numbers are showing up properly before throwing out a ticket. It doesn’t hurt to use a different method of checking your numbers, too, in case that a notification doesn’t come through or gets overlooked.
Use Apps to Make Managing Lottery Pools Easier
Setting up a lottery pool at work or with your friends is a good way to raise your odds of winning a jackpot. But managing a lottery pool can get complicated. Mistakes can lead to bad feelings and even lawsuits.
Apps can help make your lottery pool management easier and help ensure everyone is on the same page. An app like Crowdlotto or Lottery Pool Boss lets you see who is participating in each drawing, which numbers are on the tickets that the lottery pool has purchased, and what the payouts will be for each member if any of the tickets are winners.
This helps avoid misunderstandings like which numbers are part of the lottery pool, who exactly is participating, whether you have collected money from each participant or not, and how many shares each participant has purchased. Plus, it makes divvying up any earnings at the end easy and transparent so that no one wonders if they really received their fair share or not.
Enter Second-Chance Drawings Through Your App
Many state and national lotteries offer second-chance drawings for people who buy their tickets but don’t win. Do you ever bother entering? If not, you should. The odds of winning a sweet prize are often much better than for the jackpot drawing. This Gamboool article puts the odds of winning a $42,000 prize from a California Lottery second-chance drawing at 10 times easier than in the original giveaway that entrants tried to win, and you don’t have to spend another cent to enter. That’s not bad!
These days, many states allow second-hand entries only online or through their mobile apps because they want to limit the number of entries you can get using discarded lottery tickets found in the trash.
Using your cell phone to enter these giveaways through your lottery app is a shortcut that will put you in the running for some really sweet cash prizes, cost nothing, and take only a few seconds of your time.
Be sure to check each lottery you enter to see if a second-chance drawing is available and, if so, what the payouts and odds of winning are.
Buy Your Lottery Tickets for You (in Some Areas)
If you wish you could buy lottery tickets online, prepare to be disappointed. As this article by Forbes describes, only a few states offer online purchase for lottery tickets. However, in some areas, apps can get around that problem.
For example, Jackpocket will let residents of New York and some other states use a lottery app to buy tickets remotely.
Jackpocket doesn’t actually buy tickets online; rather, the company charges you for your tickets and then sends a person to an authorized lottery retailer to buy the tickets for you. They hold your tickets securely until after the drawing, sending you a copy of your winning numbers for verification.
If you win a prize worth less than $600, the amount will be credited to your Jackpocket account. If you win a prize worth over $600, they will securely send your ticket to you to redeem.
This lets Jackpocket circumnavigate how difficult it is to buy lottery tickets online and lets you purchase your tickets safely as long as you live in an area serviced by the company.
If you live in the UK, the National Lottery App lets you buy tickets from your smartphone. An internet search should show you whether people in your area can use apps to buy lottery tickets.
Be careful about apps and websites that offer to buy lottery tickets for you, to ensure that you don’t fall for a scam. Read reviews check for complaints, and see whether any major news organizations have covered any app that you consider using to buy lottery tickets for you.
Lottery apps can make entering the lottery and winning jackpots faster, easier, and more convenient. Here are 7 ways that lottery apps can help you.