Five basic rules of a successful lottery game

Since the times immemorial, people have been picking numbers, casting dice, rolling balls and scratching tickets to keep the Wheel of Fortune rotating around its axis, hoping for luck, cash and livestock.

Lots were being cast as far back as the Biblical times. Eventually, Italians made a national pastime out of it and gave it a name, lottery.

Lottery refers to a gambling game wherein numbers are drawn randomly and a prize is given to someone who guesses the combination of numbers correctly. Gamblers have been trying to figure out some ways of compelling the Wheel to rotate in a more predictable manner in order to increase their chances of winning. Here, we shall look at some strategies that have proven to facilitate a successful lottery game.



Suppose you toss a coin five times, and it comes up heads five times in a row. What are the chances, in theory, it's more than likely going to come up heads again for the sixth time? Completely disregarding the fundamental principles of logic, many people believe the chances are good. Come to think of it, they might not be far away from the truth. Something must have made the coin consistently perform that way. The world isn't driven entirely by logic, after all.

This is the basic rationale behind one of the most popular and statistically most effective rules in the lottery, called tracking. Players try to identify numbers that have been coming up more frequently than others. It's very much like learning a horse's performance on previous races, hoping the horse is going to do it again this time. The numbers thus obtained are called hot, and many believe that betting on these will provide a better chance to win.

In opposition to these, stand those who discard hot numbers for precisely the same reason. Since the process is random, the fact that those numbers have come up a lot simply decreases their chances of coming up again. These players believe in cold numbers, hoping for these to, finally, come up very soon.

And surprisingly enough, tracking does work, according to players' reports. Many lotteries, like One Pound Lotto, for example, publish the statistics of their games on their websites. Those who have bothered to study this discover that there are three groups of numbers, namely the ones with high, medium and low chances of being drawn.

Players keep on tracking the numbers in spite of the fact that lottery operators spare no effort to randomise the drawing mechanism as much as possible. What is especially interesting, tracking seems to increase the chances of both hot and cold numbers advocates. So much for Aristotle!



If two heads are not always be better than one, two pockets definitely are. This is another widespread and very powerful principle of lottery games. Several players pool their money in order to buy more tickets, thereby increasing every member's chance of winning.

Pooling is a very smart move indeed. Its major drawback comes with the prize though. Lots of suits have been filed because the winners couldn't agree on how the prize should have been split. It is, therefore, crucial for successful implementation of a strategy so that players

  • only join with people they know very well and can trust;
  • learn the local lottery laws in order to avoid potential mishaps;
  • elect a leader who will preside over the logistics of the enterprise and be responsible for proper communication among the players;
  • make written and publicly available list of the rules as well as members of the pool, which stress the words 'written' and 'public' within the content.


Choosing the right lottery

Many amateur players chase after the big prizes, but the size of a jackpot doesn't necessarily correlate with the probability of winning it. The two very important additional factors to consider are the tickets price and the number field.

Some lotteries sell very expensive tickets for a generous jackpot. However, the amount of the prize doesn't increase your chances. You simply bet all your stakes on one horse. On the other hand, you may buy a ticket for just a couple of dollars, and even though the prize might not be that big, you

  • invest less,
  • lose less money in case you don't guess the numbers correctly,
  • and can afford to buy more tickets, increasing your chances thereby.

Apart from that, you're more likely to guess correctly 1 out 10 than out of 100 numbers, so the total number field may be even more important than the jackpot itself.

The rule of thumb, according to this strategy, is to go for a number of cheap tickets in easy games with small number fields. You may lose a lot of times this way, but you'll also increase your chances of winning a lot of times as well. It works better than spending all your money for a few tickets in a very big lottery and hoping for the best.


Spreading the bets

This is closely related to the previous one. The main difference is, instead of trying to make it easy, like the previous strategy does, spreading your bets involves diversifying your investments. One way to do this is to bet on a particular combination in different lotteries: if it isn't drawn in one lottery, it might be lucky in another. Another way is to spread the bet across time. In other words, if your numbers aren't drawn this time, it doesn't mean they're bad numbers that should be changed. You may be lucky with them next time round.


Letting computers help you

Finally, many gamblers believe that since the game is random, our attempts to create patterns only make things worse. And because our brains can't work otherwise, we should ask computers to help us generate truly random combinations. It may sound strange, but this rule does work to a certain degree: statistically, a little more than half of all jackpots in the European Union are won by the lotto machines on the players' behalf.



Lottery, like many other betting games, is as old as mankind. Some countries vigorously oppose it; some have turned it into a government business; where the population of those countries enjoy playing. Some do it for fun; many do it compulsively; a few do it for money. And statistics confirm that following some or all of the rules described here may make our luck a little less random.

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