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Tips and Tricks to Win the Lottery

Jun 18, 2008
So, is there any surefire method you can use to win lots of money in your state lottery or Mega Millions drawings? Well, to be truthful, no. People who try to sell "secret" systems or methods that guarantee you will win millions in the lottery are puling your leg and wasting your hard-earned money. But there are a few simple rules you can follow to make sure that you can be a bit more likely to win a few bucks the next time you play. Remember, the likelihood of winning a state lotto is one in millions and millions, and even buying hundreds of lotto tickets doesn't make you much more likely to have your numbers drawn.

The first rule when playing the lottery to win is being realistic about the odds and your likelihood of being a winner. Far too many people waste untold mounts of cash on hundreds of lottery tickets, thinking that sheer bulk will make them inevitable winners. This is a silly road to take, and not only because it robs you of lots of money that you might as well just burn. Although it sounds strange, wasting too much money on lotto tickets actually makes it more likely that you will develop a dangerous gambling addiction that could eat up all of your savings and put you on a horrible financial track. As you attempt to win back all of the money you've lost playing the lottery, you'll spend even more on "sure win" chances, and the cycle is for some never ending.

Instead of tricking yourself into believing that your chances to win a million bucks are better than anyone else's, take a pragmatic view of the lottery. Make yourself the promise that you will never spend more than you can afford on lotto tickets and scratch off games, and be satisfied with modest winnings. Sometimes just breaking even, or winning enough money to buy lunch for you and a friend, is good enough when it comes to the lottery. After all, anything you win is something you didn't have before, and your goal should be to continue having fun with the lottery so you have the ability to spend affordable amounts on tickets over a long period of time. Whatever you do, don't blow your entire paycheck on a bunch of scratch off games or lotto tickets. You'll be unlikely to win much, and even less likely to ever play the lottery again.

If you have access to the winning numbers from a previous drawing, take a look at them before buying your ticket. Although it won't guarantee a win, you will be slightly more likely to win if you pick numbers that were not chosen in the last drawing, since the likelihood of them being drawn again is small. Also, if you purchase scratch off games, check the state lottery website to see which games still have a large number of jackpots that have not yet been claimed. If you purchase scratch off lotto games that have not yet produced many winners, your chances should be just a bit higher.
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