Who does not dream of winning the lottery? Who is not drawn to the idea of spending a little and instantly having all of his or her problems solved in that magical moment when his or her numbers are announced? The answer is likely “no one” except, perhaps, those very few who have been fortunate enough to have extreme wealth already. But with odds of winning so slim, it can seem impossible to win. That does not mean that people will not continue to try and continue to every week and, sadly, end the day by ripping up another ticket and throwing it in the trash. But what if that person knew how to actually win the game? Would his or her night not end on a very different note? There is a technique that when consistently applied actually wins. And if anyone guessed that it might have something to do with the odds, that person would be right. Here is your 3-Point Plan to win.
Not Getting Swept Away in the Hype
Some people play Powerball as much as they possibly can to increase the odds, but while there is always chance to win the Powerball, much of this money is being cast into the system at a time when he or she has the least chance of winning. Everyone has seen the phenomenon.
- The jackpot is over $100 thousand.
- People are getting excited.
- They are talking around the coffee maker about buying tickets.
- They are encouraging their friends to go in with them to increase the chances.
During this time, the buzz is immense and more people are playing and the jackpot is going up and up. This increased participation means that the chance of a person winning is decreased greatly and these individuals are being swept away by the hype and a dream while actually playing at the worst time to actually win.
Improving the Chances
Powerball is ultimately a game of chance and chance is all about the odds and the skill to know and use those odds to one’s advantage. While one might decide to play for the chances and reduced odds when the pot is high, one should be buying the most tickets when the odds are in his or her favor.
Unlike a slot machine at a casino, in which the odds of a person winning go up the higher the payout amount goes up, in the case of Powerball, the higher the payout becomes, the less the odds are in a particular person’s favor.
Playing Like a Winner
Richard Lustig who has been playing lottery for about 25 years is a seven-time lottery grand prize winner and author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances of Winning The Lottery”
He came up with a method, which he claims has helped him win seven grand prizes, including his last jackpot of $98,000 two-and-a-half years ago.
Lustig says a guaranteed way to increase your chances of winning the lottery is simply by picking your own numbers versus using the “quick-pick” ticket option.
“It doesn’t matter how you pick your numbers, once you pick your set of numbers, research them to know if it’s a good set of numbers and stick with them. There’s no magic method to picking your numbers, I get emails every day asking. One number doesn’t win the jackpot, a set of numbers does,” says Lustig.
“The lazy way out is to buy quick-picks. The computer picks out the numbers. Don’t play quick-picks. Quick-picks are the worst thing you can do, you are playing with the worst odds,” he says.
Lustig believes that what matters is whether the set of numbers people pick is a good one or not. To know this out however, one has to research the numbers by certain methods. Another important part of playing the lottery, Lustig cautions, is setting a budget of how much you can afford on tickets.
“Don’t get lottery fever- don’t use your grocery money, or your rent money. Remember one thing, if there is one winner on Saturday night, there will be millions of losers, don’t be that person Sunday morning worrying about how you can pay back the money you spent,” says Lustig.
One secret Lustig shares is that he believes picking the same numbers regularly, even if you are losing, gives you more edge in the next drawing.
Actually winning means going against one’s natural instinct to play more when the pot is high. Yes, everyone wants $100 Million, but they should keep in mind that they are even not likely to receive the full amount, so a pot a $5 million should be just as enticing. Despite what their gut may be telling them as the number goes up and up, someone who wants to win should be only playing a little during this time, so that he or she can buy extra tickets in the weeks right after a huge payout when things have cooled off and fewer people are playing.
This is not always easy to do. Most people get a check at the end of the week and immediately spend their Powerball money for that week. It comes very natural. The money is in hand. The person knows that this is what the money will be spent on and they spend it right away.
One must remember that these people are not winning as a general rule. These individuals are just increasing the pot for people who actually know what they are doing. If a small portion of the money typically spent out of a given check can be saved and hidden or deposited so that extra tickets can be purchased right after a pay out, then a person is guaranteed to win the lottery.