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Play the Lottery Less Often to Win More

Aug 28, 2008
There's a lot of lottery system scams out there, if you buy them, will do nothing but decrease the amount of money you have to buy lottery tickets. There are also some simple, mathematically sound ways that you can increase your chances of winning the lottery. They cost you nothing outside of buying more lottery tickets, and thus, I would argue, increase your odds of winning the lottery exponentially over the waste-of-money systems that are out there. Remember, unless the system is based on sound mathematical principles it's garbage. And I haven't found one yet that is.

One thing that isn't discussed very often is the fact that in games of true random chance like the lottery, past results do not affect future results. Even though many hard core gamblers believe in the gambler's fallacy, it's just not mathematically sound. The gambler's fallacy, also known as the Monte Carlo Fallacy, is the belief that a series of deviations from an expected behavior in a system of chance increases the odds that the system will return to mathematical normalcy, or expected behavior. Applied to roulette, if the ball comes up red 10 times in a row, there's greater chance that it will come up on black in subsequent spins so that the system will return to equilibrium (that being close to 50% red and black results).

The truth of the matter is that this is not mathematically true in closed systems. The odds of an infinite number of results will approach the mathematically predicted probabilities of results, but any subset of that amount can hold many different statistical aberrations.

So now that we understand that previous results have no impact on future iterations, we need to look at increasing our odds of picking the winning numbers in any single drawing. Unfortunately, the best way to do this goes against mainstream human psychology and isn't as much fun as traditional lottery playing.

The system is this: buy more lottery tickets for less drawings. By that I mean if you spend $10 a week on lottery tickets for weekly drawing games, save your money and buy $40 worth of tickets for one drawing a month. In the Michigan Mega Million game you'll go from a 1 in 17.6 million chance of winning at $10 worth of tickets to a 1 in 4.4 million chance of winning with $40 worth of tickets. It's counter-intuitive, but playing the lottery more doesn't increase your odds of winning. Every time you play you go back to square one, mathematically speaking. So play less with more tickets, and increase your odds, but maybe not your fun!
About the Author
Allen is a math enthusiast who loves statistics and the lottery. He enjoys playing the Michigan Lottery and helping others with wining the Michigan Lottery.
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