If you’re like everyone else, you’ve dreamed about winning the lottery, quitting your job, buying a big house and traveling the world.
But, you probably already know that your chances of winning the lottery are very slim. In fact, your chances of winning the jackpot are almost 1 in 14 million. To put this in perspective, you’re 20,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to win the Mega Million jackpot.
Although these statistics may seem disheartening, the truth is, people still win the lottery, all the time. On average, there are about 1600 lotteries created each year, which means that there are also 1600 winners.
If you’d like to be one of these 1600 people, you’re probably wondering what you can do to up your chances of winning.
Check out this guide to learn how to become a lottery winner.
Play the Right Games
First things first, you need to make sure you play the right lottery games.
Every state has its own choice of lottery games that come with different odds of winning. So, before you buy a lottery ticket, be sure to read up on your odds of winning.
And, keep in mind that games like MegaMillion and Powerball are national games, which means you have a much smaller chance of winning. However, the grand prize is going to be a lot more money than the grand prize for a state lottery ticket.
Also, don’t write off scratch-off games. While the winnings aren’t as big, you have a much higher chance of winning one of these games than any other.
Join a Lottery Pool
By joining a lottery pool, you’ll be able to boost your odds of winning without buying more tickets.
For those who don’t know, a lottery pool involves buying tickets and splitting the costs among a group of people. The upside to this is that you’ll increase your chances of winning and you’ll spend less money. However, the downside is that you’ll have to split your winnings with others.
You can join a lottery pool at your office, with friends, or you can find one online.
Double Check Your Numbers
Imagine winning the big jackpot, but never finding out about it because you forgot to check your ticket.
Believe it or not, this happens more than you think. In fact, a MegaMillions lottery ticket that was worth nearly $300,000 went unclaimed.
Therefore, when you buy your lottery ticket, make sure you keep it in a place where you can easily find it. And, so you don’t forget, write down the drawing date and time in your phone.
Also, make sure you’re looking at the numbers for the correct date.
Play Second-Chance Games
Ok, so your numbers didn’t come up in the drawing and you’re really disappointed. Well, you shouldn’t be, as you still have another chance to turn things around.
Many lottery games include second-chance winning options. This means that after they draw the first numbers, they’ll draw a second number for a second winner.
By playing these games, you’ll increase your chances of winning.
Choose Rare Numbers for a Bigger Payout
Let’s get one thing straight: it’s not possible to predict which numbers will be chosen in any given lottery drawing. However, it’s worth noting that picking certain numbers may be advantageous, not for your chances of winning, but for your total payout.
If you win the jackpot, there’s a chance that you’ll have to split the winnings with others who picked the same number. So, with all things being equal (in that there’s an equal chance of drawing each number), you might as well go for the numbers that are rarely chosen to increase your chances of a bigger payout.
To find out which numbers are rare, you can search online for combinations that people tend to avoid.
Beware of Scams
When buying lottery tickets, it’s also very important to beware of scams.
Unfortunately, there are many scammers out there who are trying to take advantage of people’s dreams of winning the lottery. Here are a few tips to protect yourself against scams:
- Only purchase your tickets from authorized retail sellers
- It’s not legal to sell lottery tickets across national borders. So if you come across an offer to buy an international lottery ticket, this is a scam
- Don’t get fooled by notifications that you won the lottery if you didn’t buy a ticket. If you didn’t buy a ticket, you didn’t win, plain and simple
- The lottery doesn’t notify you when you win, you are responsible for claiming your winnings, so ignore all notifications
- You’re never required to pay upfront for receiving a winning lottery ticket
Take Steps to Secure Your Winning Ticket
If you’re lucky enough to win the lottery, the last thing you want to do is let the prize money slip through your fingers.
If you have what you believe is a winning ticket, the very first thing you should do is sign the back of it. This way, if the ticket is lost or stolen, you have a way of proving that it’s yours.
Also, never hand over your lottery ticket to a clerk and ask if you’ve won. They could easily pocket the ticket and claim it as their own. Instead, you should use your computer to check if you’ve won the USA lottery, or, you can ask a clerk for the winning numbers without handing over your ticket so you can verify them yourself.
And lastly, if you choose to cash your ticket by mail, make sure you make copies of both sides of the ticket in case it gets lost in transit.
Are You Ready to Be a Lottery Winner?
As you can see, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of becoming a lottery winner.
Now it’s time to get out there and buy your ticket. Also, be sure to check back in with our blog for more lifestyle tips and tricks.