|Posted: January 1, 2015, 6:23 am - IP Logged|
The odds of winning any large lottery jackpot game is so tiny, there's no effective strategy to winning. Buy a ticket or two and hope for the best; figure on winning a small consolation prize, at most.
Many large jackpot winners are far from pros - they're just extremely lucky. Take a look at past stories of jackpot winners - many are retired, play occasionally, and often didn't play many tickets, nor even choose their numbers - they let the lottery quickpick them. Zero strategy beyond buying a ticket(s) to be in the game.
If you seek reasonable chances of winning without spending a fortune, then focus on lower payout games, such as pick-3 and pick-4, and maybe even pick 5 games, such as those like PA Cash 5 (drawing 5 out of 43 balls). For pick-3, the odds are 1 in 1,000 ... sure the payout is small (typically 500 to 1), but so are the odds. But one can boost the prize amount by wagering more.
For example, if one wagers $20 on a pick-3 number that pays a fixed 500 to 1, that pays $10,000. Or if one does likewise, wagering $20, on a pick-4 number paying a fixed 5,000 to 1 (1 in 10,000), they'd win $100,000. That's a darn good prize, and is 100s or even 1000s of times easier to hit than playing a large jackpot game with astronomical odds.
Also, various number picking strategies, while debatable if any really work, are far more practical on games with a small number of possibilities. For example, with a pick-3, one could use a strategy of only playing numbers whose digits haven't appeared for awhile, and likely get lucky and hit. For a game like Powerball, no strategy, even if it kind of worked, will be sufficient to cover the huge number of possibilities.
And then there's the issue of "value" - most lottery games have an overall payout percentage of around 50%. Instant lottery tickets tend to be around 65%-75%, which is better, but still lousy. In contrast, casinos overall payout is typically 90%+. Point is, a lottery player, wagering on numbers games, is at a ~50% disadvantage right out of the gate.
To digress a bit, are there any casinos near you that offer Blackjack (21)? ... If so, give that a try, since the house advantage, per hand played, is only about 1.5% verses upwards of 50% for the lottery. That's a far better value, and likely be more entertaining too.
Hope this helps, and good luck - that's about all there is to playing the lottery.