Is it possible to increase your chances of winning the lotto?

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While there is no magic formula to predict the correct lottery numbers, there are many legitimate ways to increase your chances of winning. Here are at least five measures you can put in place to perhaps become more successful at lottery games. These methods have been tried and tested.

Be consistent in entering

The old adage of ‘you have to be in it to win it’ has stood the test of time for good reason. Nowadays, thanks to online services and no geographical limitations, you can enter lotteries around the world every day of the week. From Monday through Sunday, somewhere on the planet, a draw is happening on a daily basis. Some, such as the Keno 24/7, happen more than once a day.

Pick lotteries with stronger odds

The EuroMillions, MegaMillions and other big draws are hugely popular, but the chance of winning the jackpot in these can 1 in 500,000 in some cases. Entering lotteries like the Mini Lotto in Poland, Swedish Lotto, Irish Lotto and other smaller draws increase your chances of winning significantly. Here, the odds are more like one in 80,000 in several instances.

If not the jackpot, then the chances of winning any prize should also be considered. The French Lotto and Spanish Lotto are great for this, reducing the odds to 1 in 10.

Opt for random numbers

Random numbers are not going to guarantee winning, but they will likely help you avoid having to share the prize, if you guess the digits correctly. There are many scenarios in which people choose specific sequences or patterns they think might help them strike it lucky.

Consider going against the grain instead, ensuring that the five or six numbers you go for are quite random in their sequence and highly unlikely to match anybody else’s choice. You are, of course, welcome to keep trying with the same numbers, like this Gauteng winner did.

Consider joining a syndicate

Up to 20 percent of jackpots are won by syndicates, which means a bunch of friends, colleagues or family members have pooled their money together to absolutely maximise the possibility of winning.

These kinds of syndicate formations effectively afford you more opportunities to play a larger number of games. With this, comes the needs to share the prize if you and your mates of a winner, but that’s okay when the jackpot runs into seven or more figures. Syndicates can be complicated to organise, but can bring real value and be well worth the time and effort.

How about numbers that are so-called ‘overdue’?

You could be a pedant and look into the numbers that have not been drawn in a while – and perhaps go for those because you think they are ‘due’. The law of averages doesn’t apply here, but it has worked for some. But it has failed for others. At the end of the day, previous draws have no impact on others. But you might want to work this into the plans you have for your entries, regardless.

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