It is clear that luck is an essential factor in winning the lottery. If it is not with you, you will hardly be able to win. However, there are a number of good lottery habits that will help increase your chances of winning a prize. Keep in mind that lottery games have several prizes, with the “jackpot” or jackpots as the main prize and a string of smaller prizes that end up with the return of the amount bet.
10 tricks to win the lottery
Following these strategies won’t guarantee that you’ll hit the jackpot, but it will increase your chances of winning. We are not going to reveal how to know the numbers to win the lottery, as there is no magic formula for it; but if you want to know how to win the lottery, Euromillions or any other draw of this type you should pay close attention to the 10 tricks that we present below.
Choose your numbers wisely
It is a truism, but you have to choose the right numbers to win the lottery. Here we should differentiate between National Lottery or ONCE type draws, where we buy the numbers that are assigned beforehand, and dollars millions or Primitiva, where the player must select the numbers to play. All the numbers have the same chances of coming up, but you have to choose the numbers carefully. Do not let yourself be guided by automatic generators, avoid using numbers such as birthdays, consecutive numbers, numbers from the same ten or the same end.
Always bet on the same numbers
Once you have chosen your numbers, stick to them. Repeating the combination draw after draw offers more chances of winning than changing the numbers. In fact, changing the combination is like going back to square one. New technologies allow us to apply this strategy to draws such as the Christmas Lottery, although there are already people who play the same number every draw.
Avoid winning numbers and combinations
A very common mistake is to choose the last winning number or combination. The chances of repeating the result of the draw are slim, so it is better to stay away from such combinations. This is one of the very few cases in which we can skip the advice in the previous point: if you have won a refund or a minor prize, repeat the combination, but if you have won the first prize or one of the major prizes, you should avoid that combination again.
Analyse the history of draws
It is one thing not to repeat winning combinations and another to ignore repeating patterns. There are numbers that, due to chance, come up more frequently even if they all have the same options. If the reintegro is often the same or if there is a frequently repeated ending, take this into account when selecting your numbers. The statistics for the Primitiva say that 47 and 39 are the numbers that come up most often; in the Lotería de Navidad, 5 is the most repeated ending… It doesn’t guarantee you win the draw, but it does give you a slight advantage.
Consistency is a virtue
There is an episode of The Simpsons where Marge stops playing the lottery and that week the numbers she has always played come up. It doesn’t mean that if you don’t play one week your numbers will come up, but it does mean that the more you play, the more chances you have of winning. If you play La Primitiva or Euromillions every week, you should repeat the bet week after week to have more chances of winning. The more you bet, the more likely it is that your numbers will come up and you will get a financial return.
Primitiva, Bono Loto or Euromillions are games that allow us to place multiple bets, in which we can place several bets with the same ticket. Any statistics expert will confirm that it is preferable to buy five participations in a single draw than to participate in five different draws with a single ticket in each one, as the chances of winning in the first scenario are significantly higher.
Choose the right game
If you want to win in the lottery, you should play in the right draw for you. The Euromillions, with its jackpots, is one of the most eye-catching lotteries, but it is a European game and the chances of winning are smaller. In a smaller draw, the prizes may be smaller but with fewer players you have a better chance of winning. Avoid games in which there is always a winner, and even if you are looking for smaller lotteries, remember to always play in legal lotteries and draws, regulated by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado or equivalent entities.
Establish a weekly budget
The lottery can be your ruin if you don’t stick to a budget. For this reason, once we have chosen the draw or draws in which we are going to participate, we will design a weekly budget taking into account the draws that are organised per week, the price of the participation, if we make a multiple bet, etc. We will stick to this budget, being able to reinvest the winnings in that or other draws, but also keeping a part for other expenses. The budget should be adjusted to your financial level.
Play as a team
The more players you have, the easier it is to win a jackpot, even if it has to be divided among the participants. There is a tradition of playing in clubs, and this can help us to win the lottery. Playing as a team allows us to buy more tickets, so we have a better chance of winning. It is easy to win prizes regularly, although they will not always be the highest. It is important to be clear about the rules of participation in the syndicate and the distribution of prizes, but the joy will be shared.
Be wary of miraculous internet systems
On the Internet it is easy to find courses that promise us the magic potion to win the lottery prizes. We can also receive telephone calls inviting us to participate in fake syndicates, assuring us that we will win 4 or 5-figure prizes every week. These are nothing more than scams to take your money. Never accept courses, do not participate in draws that arrive via e-mail and do not trust any formula or infallible system to win.