Fri, Apr 5, 7:40am by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:37am
Look around the Internet for long enough, and you’ll find plenty of articles on lottery strategy. There are sites devoted to ways in which you can become a winner at Powerball, Oz Lotto or any other lottery game around the world.
As we’ve talked about before, common, free lottery systems aren’t going to work if you expect them to help you win the lottery any time soon. When it comes to the drawings themselves, the lottery is almost always random and unpredictable: any group of numbers is just as likely to be pulled as any other.
Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t employ any strategy the next time you play the lottery. Let’s take a look at a couple of different strategic concerns you should take into account the next time you play a lottery game at Oz Lotteries.
For the most part, the numbers you pick when you play the lottery won’t change your odds of winning a prize. In fact, the only way to increase your odds of winning a prize (in most games) is simply to buy more tickets!
But that doesn’t mean all numbers deserve your attention equally. While every number is equally likely to be picked, the amount you can expect to win if you’re lucky enough to hit a jackpot using those numbers can vary. This is due to the fact that jackpots are split if more than one winning ticket exists – and not all numbers are equally likely to be played.
In general, players are more likely to pick numbers 31 or lower. This is because many players use important dates in their lives – anniversaries, birthdays, and so forth – to fill out their numbers. In a big drawing where many millions of tickets have been sold, there are likely to be duplicate tickets for a lot of combinations made up only of dates, or of dates with one other number. When these combinations are drawn, you’ll often see a jackpot split several ways. The winners are still happy, of course, but it makes playing the game a little less appealing if you know that you’re only going to keep a small percentage of the prize.
The solution to this is simple: make sure you play at least a couple of high numbers when you play your lottery tickets! This should be enough to give you a minimal chance of duplicating someone else’s numbers. You can do this either by picking the numbers yourself, or by playing numbers randomly chosen by a computer. Either way, your chances of winning won’t increase, but your odds of keeping a bigger share of a jackpot you hit will get better.
In most cases, lottery games are essentially identical to one another, which doesn’t leave much room for strategies specific to individual games. The number of balls drawn or the range of numbers you can choose from might vary, but that doesn’t really make the game any different.
One obvious exception exists, however, in the Australian Soccer Pools. The Pools aren’t completely random like the other games operated in Australia, since they are based on the results of football matches. The winning numbers are drawn based on the results of games, with high scoring draws being selected first.
That method of selection minimizes the ability of punters to predict which numbers will be chosen; high scoring draws are difficult to predict, as a 2-2 or 3-3 match could easily end with one side winning, instead. But there is one rule that helps us make predictions about which numbers will be chosen.
In case of a tie in the rankings system, a higher number will always be ranked above a lower number. That means that if the last game to be picked as a number is between three different games that all ended in 0-0 draws, and they are numbered 7, 22 and 28, the number 28 will be used for the drawing.
With that in mind, it is pretty much always correct to pick higher numbers when playing the Soccer Pools. This is no way to completely guarantee victory when playing, of course, but it will improve your odds. Analysis of the numbers drawn in the Soccer Pools has shown that the highest numbers are drawn about twice as often as the lowest numbers, enough to significantly tilt the odds towards playing at least a few of the highest-numbered games on your next Soccer Pool ticket.
See also: Lottery Syndicates