## Introduction: How to Win the Lottery

Not many people can say they've won the lottery. It's not exactly common. However, with these helpful steps you come closer to winning at least!

## Step 1: Stay Optimistic

Stay positive but also be realistic. Chances are slim that you'll win, but the more tips you can read up on, the better you'll do.

## Step 2: Never Pick Random Numbers

Statistically, you'll do better if you pick your own numbers. Go with your gut. Choose your lucky numbers. Or you could be more mathematical about it and try something like The Delta Lottery System .

## Step 3: Never Play Games With Computer Generated Balls

There are some rumors going around that computer generated balls some games use are not secure. There is a greater chance they could be manipulated or hijacked. Stick with the games that deal with ping pong balls or similar.

## Step 4: Play a Lottery Game That Has Lower Jackpots and Fewer Players

This will up your chances of winning. Think lower numbers, more chances. It's called statistics.

## Step 5: Be Patient

Keep playing. The more you play, the better the chances that you'll win. Good luck!

I'm not trying to be a jerk or dissuade people from playing the lottery for fun, but I figure I win a dollar every week from the lottery: I don't play! ;)

Didn't read the others so I'm sorry if I'm repeating what's already been said. I'm a math fanatic/computer programmer. Years ago I had some success with the lottery and since I saw the hints someone already posted in this article, I figured I'd pass on some of what I've learned along the way:

1. In keeping with the advice that says "play a lottery that has fewer winners" - don't play birthday numbers. Lots of people play those and if you hit a jackpot you'll have to share it many times over, reducing your portion.

2. If you examine the history of prior draws you'll notice that consecutive numbers are seldom drawn in the same lotto drawing. 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 2,3,4,5,6,7 etc. - Don't play those and you won't be putting $ on combinations that have a low likelihood of being drawn even though statistically they have just as good a chance as any other.

3. Once again, if you examine the history of draws you'll notice there are almost never six odd numbers or six even numbers. It's usually a combination of odd and even numbers and you'll see by far they are 3 odd + 3 even or 4 odd + 2 even or 2 odd + 4 even.

4. At most only 1 number repeats from the prior drawing, if at all. I automatically dismiss all 6 numbers from the last draw as possibles. It can happen but is unlikely.

5. Usually there is 1 set of 10 numbers that is NOT represented in the draw results (ie 1-10,11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, etc).

By playing combinations that fit the above criteria 1-5 you aren't spending $ on combinations that are unlikely to win. While it is true that every combination statistically has the same probability of winning, in practice you see that they do not, so why not spend your money only on combinations that have a higher likelihood of being drawn ?

If anyone has discovered any similar "patterns" to winning combinations I'd be pleased if you'd share. Applying all the principles I've listed above saves you from betting thousands of dollars but it's still a crap shoot. By comparison, the roulette wheel in Las Vegas is blue-chip stock.

RE: 4 - playing a game with fewer player won't up your chances of winning a lottery - it just reduces the chances of sharing a jackpot! (Less players only affects your chances of winning if we're talking about a raffle type game)

Its true, no computer can generate a truly random number, the random number generated by computers is based on hardware performance, and theoretically by creating a pattern such as a square or triangle wave signal at the right point you could then artificially map where the numbers will be.

I say theoretical because obviously there is no way to prove this but many people who gamble and are addicted to it swear by the fact that there are patterns in the numbers.

I could go on forever about the subject … but like you say stick to ping pong balls … although there are ways around that too, search for hot balls on the net (number fixing that is, not porn)

I'm not sure what you mean by "Statistically, you'll do better if you pick your own numbers". This does not mesh with any statistics I've heard of.

It is probably more fun to play using a meaningful number, but it will not change your chances one way or the other.

Any set of numbers, random or not, is as likely to turn up as any other set of numbers.

The sequence 71, 16, 04, 36, 95, 39 is just as likely as 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06.

The reason some sets seem more likely is that we have an idea of what a winning set resembles. The first set looks more like a winning number, but it is no more likely to come up than the second set.

Some people are also confused by the Normal Distribution or "bell curve" model. Although numbers in the "tails" of the distribution occur less frequently in a random sample, there are fewer of them. This means that when they do occur, people who have those numbers have a better chance of winning since the pool is smaller. As it turns out, the equation balances itself out, making one number just as likely as another.

Anyone who claims that any method of choosing numbers will increase their chances simply doesn't understand random probability.

The only exception to this occurs when the game does not use replacement. That is, for example, once the ping pong ball pops up and a number is chosen, that number is likely less likely to occur again in the same drawing if they do not then replace that number in the machine. This holds true even if that number is written on several balls in the machine. Therefore

15, 23, 01, 22 is more likely to occur than 80, 73, 12, 73 because the second sequence contains a repeated number. However, it is usually only slightly more likely (depending on how many of each number there are in the machine) and only when they do not replace that number after drawing it.

So since all sets of numbers are equally probable, I would agree and say go for one that's meaningful to you!