Ten Mistakes Most Lottery Players Make
Which Mistakes Are YOU Making?
Sure you can easily stroll into just about any store and buy a lottery ticket. It’s just that easy. That’s just as it should be. Playing the lottery can be a fun and easy diversion with the chance of a major payoff. You, however, are a more serious player. The fact that you are reading this shows that. You are motivated enough to wade through detailed information to learn how to cut out the bad habits and practices and find a better way to play the lottery in an intelligent manner. Here is a list of 10 too common mistakes that lottery players make. Every single one of these items could be costing you ticket money, time, frustration, and perhaps even millions of dollars. Read them, take them to heart, and then put them into practice.
1. Playing the Wrong Lottery Games
Have you ever really considered which games you play and why? How much money do you really need to win? What amount of winnings would make an impact on your life? Here in Texas we have many different choices. You can play a large multi-state game like Mega-Millions with HUGE multi-million dollar payoffs but the unfortunate odds of only 1 chance in 175,711,536 of taking home the jackpot! Wow, that’s one ticket for each of over half the population of the U.S.A.
On the other hand the Texas Two-Step lottery prize begins at $200,000 and has often reached a million dollars. The odds of winning the smaller game are only 1 in 1,832,600! By switching from the Mega-Millions game to the Texas Two-Step you increase your chance of winning a
prize by over 95 times! Put another way you would have to buy 95 Mega-Millions tickets to have the same odds of winning with one Texas Two-Step ticket.
In the area you live there are probably the same choices between small games with small prizes like pick thee games, five and six ball games with mid-range payouts, and the huge multi-state games with incredible odds against you.
2. Playing Birthdays as Lottery Number Picks
Trust me, I know. You have a series of numbers that you have chosen based on your children’s birthdays and the day you got married and your mom and dad’s wedding anniversary date. Bad move. Here’s why.
When you choose lottery numbers based on meaningful dates you limit your choices to the number of days in a month. In other words you are limited to numbers from a pool of 1 to 31. As an example of the problem in this method think about this. In the Texas Lotto game 6 numbers are drawn from a pool of 54 numbers. 54 numbers give you a whopping 25,827,165 possible combinations! When you choose from the pool of numbers ranging from 1 to 31, how many combinations do you think there are to choose from? There are a measly little 736,281. Think about that. When you choose between 1 and 31 you get 736,281 possible combinations BUT you absolutely, positively lose out on the other 25,090,884 possible combinations! Choosing birthday numbers decreases any chance of your having the winning combination by almost 97%. That’s insane.
I know, you read about several people who chose birthday numbers and won millions. I also realize that your string of birthday numbers has EXACTLY the same chance of being drawn as any of the other 25,827,165 possible combinations. It’s true, each combination has the same chance of being drawn. Still, are you willing to cut out almost 97% of your possible winning chances? I am not willing to give up almost all of the possible winning combinations simply to use sentimental choices. My goal is to play smarter than that.
3. Inconsistent Playing
Consistency pays. It is to your advantage to be a little fanatical about making sure you are in the mix for every drawing. Lottery corporations constantly chant the mantra ‘You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play’ as a sales tool, but they are right on the money. You can’t win if you don’t play! You should never miss playing the game of your choice, the one you have set your sights on winning. If you cannot afford to play some system you are fond of or as many tickets as you wish you could, if you have no partners to pool money with, whatever the reason, you should ALWAYS have at least one ticket in each and every drawing in your game.
Some lottery guides give the advice to stay out of certain overplayed drawings. Perhaps if the odds are extreme, the competition too fierce, or the payoffs too small, then yes. But in general there is no good reason to sit out. Think about this, what if the numbers you meant to play were chosen the one night you chose to watch that rerun of that sitcom rather than traipse out into the world to get your ticket? If that happens, don’t call me to cry, though I would like to hear the story. Just don’t expect a shoulder to cry on. You’ve been warned. Sitting out with not even one ticket is the same as saying you don’t want the chance of becoming filthy rich this week.
4. Playing Too Much or Too Little
You should first decide which game is the best one for you to play, than make a commitment to play it regularly. Next it would be wise to make a quick budget of what you can afford to play or what you are comfortable wagering. I once read about a young immigrant man in Houston, Texas who won several million dollars. Great news! Then I read that he played several hundred dollars worth of tickets each week for several years before winning. I actually worried a bit for him. Everyone has a budget they can live with but most could not and would not want to spend that much money on lottery tickets. Was he married? Was he neglecting his family? Did he have a gambling problem?
So please, spend on lottery only the excess small amounts you might normally spend on coffees or other treats. Do not spend money you cannot afford to lose. Make sure you can afford the game you play. But make sure you also play, at least once in every drawing. The one headline you will never see is the person that didn’t buy a ticket and still won the lottery.
5. Using Faulty Data, Math, or Systems
Many systems have better written advertisements than actual materials and plans, and others use cumbersome software or require endless hours of drudgery and record keeping. Many are some form of wheeling system that works best (and only a little better than simply chance) if you can afford to buy hundreds of tickets in a drawing. It is easy to lose interest when a lot of work is required and the chance of winning does not change much with the system. Seek out the best ways of playing, ways that create more winners, require little or no work on your part, and are easy to use.
6. Playing Common Combinations of Numbers
Read this carefully. It would be a good idea to avoid strange combinations of numbers. Examples would be 1-2-3-4-5-6 or 49-50-51-52-53-54. Avoid sequence choices such as 5-10-15-20-25-30 or 2-4-6-8-10-12 or 7-14-21-28-35-49. Never fill out a lottery slip by checking all of the boxes on the left, or right, or spelling out a number or letter or word with the darkened squares on the play slip.
Why? Because in every drawing there are dozens, sometimes hundreds, and even thousands of folks doing the same thing as you. Imagine going to bed after checking your numbers and knowing you had won a million dollars, only to wake up the next morning to discover 99 other folks are sharing your million dollar dream. Hey, any lottery win is better than no lottery win, but a million dollars will take you a lot farther in life than $10,000! Go for the big one, and if you have to share, hope it is with a lotto pool partner instead of 99 strangers.
7. Being Tempted By New Plans and Schemes
There are dozens if not hundreds of complicated plans and schemes out there that use slick ads and empty promises to sell the latest flavor of information on how to win the lottery. One mistake many players make is to fall to the temptation of the slick advertising and empty promises. Are you one of those people who always must try every new lottery “winning” system you see? Do you buy tickets one way for a few weeks and then totally switch your methods? Lottery games are mostly a losing proposition. The odds are HUGE and against you. Spending time and money on various faulty systems, plans, and software takes away from your goal of actually taking home the big one. Find one good method and stick with it for the long haul.
8. Giving Up On the Dream Too Soon
Have you ever heard of the ‘loser’s limp’? It is said that many a football player will make a stunning run down the field, magically skirting past opposing team members, only to slow and falter in the final few yards, being tackled, and failing to make that all important touchdown. You may have seen players do this very thing and wondered what in the world they were doing. At times it makes me even wonder if the darn game is fixed! Truth is though, loser’s limp is real and to be found not just in football but in every human endeavor. It’s always darkest before the dawn is what they say. Remember, if you don’t play you can’t win. That one drawing you miss might have been the one. Persistence pays!
Don’t give up on the dream. You CAN win the lottery! Someone will!
9. Spending Money on Less Effective Games
I am not a big fan of, nor can I ever suggest that you spend money on, ‘scratch-off’ style games. Lottery odds are bad enough but if you dig deep in the odds and payout figures on scratch off tickets, WOW, they are a major hole in the ocean in which to toss your hard earned cash.
I can almost hear you saying “But come on, they are a fun diversion”. Hey, it’s your money so spend it how you want to spend it but know in advance it is a losing proposition. Unlike the lottery where creative types have found a few ways that can significantly affect the odds making it a chance worth taking, scratch-off tickets are like shooting in the dark. Often the bullet will hit you!
If you are going to tell me about Uncle Louie who “always wins with those things,” well, I have dozens of friends and not one of them ever has returned from Las Vegas with tales of losing money. They ALL won. However do the casinos pay the electric bills on all of those neon signs? For the smart player scratch-offs are not an option.
10. Not Using Guaranteed Lottery Numbers
You have so many choices on how to approach lottery games. You can just blindly buy quick pick tickets and let fate have its way with you. How has that worked out over the years?
Or you can invest large amounts of cash into complicated systems, hard to figure out software, and keeping records of cool and hot numbers, number sums, wheeling choices, and a thousand other details, and in the end have just about the same chance of winning the lottery as when you began.
Or you can make a smart choice and use a proven method that uses a proprietary system to pick the most likely numbers to be drawn, so powerful that you are guaranteed to win lottery money!
Positive Thinking is Great But it Cannot Attract Lottery Money
There are many self-help books that teach you to think positively about attracting wealth. This is a fantastic way to live and I think it truly works. If you truly see yourself as being wealthy and prosperous in the future, you can achieve your dreams via hard work. However, some people take this to mean that just thinking about money coming to you easily, like winning the lottery, is enough to achieve your dreams. I take the position that thinking about lottery money won’t help you one bit to win the jackpot.
Here’s why I think that positive thinking cannot help you win the lotto. The lottery is done through a random lottery machine built by humans to be as truly random as you can possibly get. No amount of positive thinking can influence which ball drops out of the machine.
Now, you may have heard stories about lottery winners that say that they always knew that they would win one day. That’s an example of positive thinking and it looks like it helped them win, doesn’t it? Well, I would say that 50% of regular lottery players have a feeling or know that they will win one day. With so many people like that, some of them will actually (randomly) win it. It’s just the law of averages. Then they will talk about how they always knew they would win. However, you don’t hear from the majority that know they will win, but never do.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t think positively about attracting lottery money. There’s nothing wrong with that because, like I said, positive thinking is great. But, you shouldn’t bank on actually winning the jackpot.
Do Your Lottery Numbers Have To Be In Order?
One question often asked by newcomers to the lottery is “do your lottery numbers have to be in order?”Generally speaking, the answer is no because this would make the current long odds seem like a drop in the ocean. Take the MegaMillions draw for example. At present, the odds of winning the jackpot are 175 million to one or thereabouts. If the numbers had to be chosen in the exact order in which they were drawn, the odds would be 56x55x54x53x52x46 or 21,085,384,320 to one! If the current odds seem long, just imagine trying to win with those odds. In essence, it could be decades before anyone won the jackpot and no one would bother playing.
In Texas, there is a game known as Pick 3 where you do have to choose the numbers in order. The thing is, the numbers only go from 0-9 and only three need to be picked. This gives you a 1000 to one chance of winning. These smaller lottery draws are probably your best bet when it comes to scooping lottery money. You should certainly continue to play the larger games for you never know when your day might come. For example, the recent $380 million MegaMillions jackpot was just won by two people; one from Idaho and another from Washington.
A More Balanced Approach To The Lottery
You should be thinking of winning strategies instead of asking: do your lottery numbers have to be in order? An example of an excellent way to reduce your lottery odds comes in the form of a lottery wheel system, also known as balanced wheels. This is an ideal solution for someone who has more than six numbers they wish to pick. For example, if you have 10 numbers, the lottery wheel will give you every single conceivable combination for those numbers meaning that if any six of your ten numbers come up, you will win the jackpot. This sort of system can be expensive but is something that should be considered if you are part of a group.
Your lottery numbers may not have to be drawn in order, but it is still a tall order to choose the winning sequence. This becomes an impossibility if you hope to beat a system that is not random with a random pick. Find a lottery system and stick with it because it drastically increases your chances of winning.
Tips to Win the Lottery – And Make More Money
The most important tips to win the lottery are focused more on picking your numbers. When it comes to that, never ever pick lottery numbers that have recently won. Past results are definitely not useful in predicting future results. Avoid picking numbers based on number patterns or arithmetic sequences too. They doesn’t help either.
So, what else is a no-no when picking lottery numbers? Family birthdays and patterns on the playslip. Why? Because thousands of other people out there do that! Same with those numbers that are according to a tip service. They are just not the right tips to win the lottery. The easiest way to pick lottery numbers is to do it totally at random. Though this doesn’t guarantee that you are not picking the bad set of numbers, at least you have a good chance that you are not sharing the lottery money with all the other possible winners.
Other helpful tips to win the lottery are about learning the important rules in playing it and playing it as safely as you can. The first rule about playing the lottery is to be realistic about the odds and the probability of being a winner. You should never spend more money than what you can afford on lottery tickets. And if you win, learn to be satisfied with small winnings.
Definitely, breaking even is good enough than losing a fortune. Or, winning enough money to treat you and a friend for lunch or dinner is better than breaking even or losing a big amount of money.
In addition to giving you the tips to win the lottery, you should also be aware of some reminders about this game. First, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the more often you play the lottery or the bigger your bets, means bigger chances of winning the lottery jackpot as well. No, it doesn’t work like that, really. You have a bigger chance of winning when you play the lotteries with lower jackpots and have less players.
Other strategic tips to win the lottery are playing tickets that award additional prizes if you played a sequence of numbers or those that offer bonus for an extra number.
There are also some lottery strategies that many not really guarantee winning the jackpot but might help you play the game. You may want to consider the tracking, wheeling and pooling strategies. Tracking or what is sometimes called frequency analysis involves tracking individual numbers that were drawn over a period of time. But there’s actually no formula for tracking, you can develop your own though once you understand the idea of frequency analysis.
Wheeling is about making up a list of your best picks and playing them in several combinations using a coded system. Pooling means joining a lottery a club to stretch your resources. The important rule here is to join only a club with the people you trust like your family and friends. If you choose a commercially run club, go for the one that is operated by reputable professionals.
How Should You Spend Your Lottery Prize
After trying for many years, finally, with the proper guidance, system, strategy and attitude, you strike that lottery winning number! And the prize is $2million! You are excited, could not believe it and on the cloud nine. You went to claim the lottery money, have them banked into your account and laughing all the way. Now, with that money, you literally can have all you could dream of. Big houses, luxury cars, expensive trips, sumptuous meals, branded clothes etc. But, are these the right ways for you to spend all your lottery prize money?
Statistic shows that 99% of lottery winners spend all their lottery prize in less than a year and become financial distressed shortly after their win. I am sure this is not what you want. So, how should you spend the prize gained from winning the lottery?
Of course, it is totally alright to reward and pamper yourself with the lottery prize money. But this must be done carefully with proper planning. Only a fraction of the prize should be spent on rewarding and pampering yourself. You should also be careful in spending the money as well as it may attract tax in some countries.
In deciding what to do with the remaining prize that you just won from the lottery, you should not consult friends who are not financial experts. You should instead, gain some knowledge and seek proper guidance on how the right way to safeguard and grow your prize money. The fastest and most effective way is to learn from the financial experts. They could surely provide you beneficial advice and guidance.
If you spend your lottery prize money wisely, you could make your fortune last and produce a everlasting stream of income for you. This way, you may no longer need to work for money for the rest of your life. The prize money that you win from the lottery will work for you!
So, be wise. Use the money you win from a lottery game to grow more money. Do not spend them all recklessly.