Getting Luck on the Lottery

Winning the lottery is like, well, winning a lottery. By its very nature a lottery is an extremely tough proposition for a gambler to crack simply because there is very little skill involved. Indeed, the process of selecting some numbers, handing over your money and waiting for a series of balls to be drawn from a machine doesn’t leave much room for you to manoeuvre.

However, if you’re looking for a way to maximise your chances of winning and, moreover, make the most money possible when you do win, then you can turn to mathematics for some help. According to some mathematicians, lottery numbers often occur in pairs. Analysing every possible combination, the maths of the situation says that almost 50% of the 13,983,816 possible lottery choices that have consecutive numbers. Thus, if you were to rely on this assumption, it’s better to choose lottery numbers in consecutive pairs.

Because lottery prizes are divided between every person who matches the same numbers, the amount you can win can change depending on the numbers you choose. Indeed, if there was a set prize for each amount of numbers you matched then you selection wouldn’t matter. However, because it’s the case that fewer winners means a greater share of the prizepool, you want to choose numbers people usually avoid.

Working on this logic, you may assume that 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 is the best set of numbers; however, you’d be wrong. Many people choose this combination and if they were to ever win the jackpot they’d be splitting it a lot of ways.

According to statistics, most people choose their numbers based on memorable dates such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries. This means that, if you were playing the UK’s National Lottery for example, numbers between 32 and 49 are less popular. With this in mind you can maximise your chances of winning more money (when you do actually win) by choosing numbers in this range.

There are many types of lottery you can play, but winning any of them isn’t easy. However, if you ca