There are many several ways of picking lottery numbers. Although, mathematically, each combination has the exact same chance of being a winner as any other number sequence in each individual draw, there are certain things you can do to give you an advantage. We have put together a short guide that will help you play smarter. Following these tips when playing and winning online lotteries will maximize your potential to hit your first big win, whilst minimizing your chances of sharing your prize with other people.
Look at the past to predict the future
If you want to increase your chances of winning when playing UK online lotteries have a look at the lottery’s statistics before you pick your numbers.
An analysis of different lotto games worldwide has shown that
- Numbers that have been out for 12 games or less account for a very significant three-quarters of all the winning numbers.
- Numbers that have been out for nine games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers.
- Numbers that have been out (losers) for six games or less account for about half of the winning numbers.
The high-low split
It has been shown that winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. A good rule of thumb, according to a Swiss study, is that all your numbers added up should be more than 177. Another benefit – picking more high numbers, means you will have to share your winnings with fewer winners if you do strike it lucky.
Let your numbers work smarter
Many people play online lotteries every day, only buying one ticket at a time. Having more tickets per game allows you to cover a greater spread of numbers, which increases your chance of getting a hit.
Mix odds and even for better odds
When you select your lottery numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. Draws with only odd numbers or only even numbers are extremely rare. Your best bet is to have a mix of three odd and two even, or two odd and three even.
Check your numbers
It seems lotto players are letting huge stacks of money slip through their fingers. According to recent figures, £1.4 billion in UK lottery winnings have gone unclaimed over a period of 18 years – that is an average rate of £75 million every year. Don’t make this stupid mistake. You may be walking about as a millionaire without knowing it. There is no point of participating if you don’t check your numbers.