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Mathematical Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery

Updated March 30, 2020 69.1k views11 items

Let's be clear, the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical; your chances are often 1 in 100 million, or much, much worse. However, there are ways to increase your chances of winning (even though said chances will remain astronomical). The lottery is a crapshoot. Even if you do win, you might blow through your money or suffer other unforeseen complications to your life that aren't worth the headache (well, they probably are worth it a little). But if you're truly committed, you have some options.

Of course, numbers matter. There are certain numbers to play in the lottery that really will increase your chance of winning, even if that seems counterintuitive, as random as drawings are. But those in the know argue that math is the stitching of the universe, and you can use it to solve just about everything. To find out what those winning lottery numbers are and learn how to statistically increase your odds of winning the lottery, read on. If you're not buying it, here are some other fun facts about the lottery that mostly offer instances of other people's pain for you to lampoon.

  • If You Have To Pick Your Numbers, Chose Some Over 31 To Increase Your Winnings

    As most people tend to use dates to fill out at least some of their lotto numbers, all numbers 31 and below are picked more frequently than higher numbers.

    That said, picking numbers above 31 doesn't necessarily increase your chance of winning, but it does decrease your likelihood of splitting the pot if you do magically win. 

  • Some Numbers Actually Do Get Picked More Often While Others Get Picked Less

    According to regarding the UK's lottery, "The top seven numbers to pop up since the National Lottery launched in 1994 have been 23, 40, 44, 38, 30 and 33." They also noted that the number 13 was one of the least frequently drawn numbers, which is quite the coincidence considering that's widely considered an unlucky number.

    Ultimately, the prevalence of some numbers over others is still coincidental, and those numbers probably aren't picked so much more frequently as to reach the level of statistical significance - but you might as well give it a shot. 

  • Don't Buy Your Ticket Too Far In Advance

    Though it sounds really stupid, it's also legitimate: the reason you should buy your tickets closer to the draw date is to minimize the likelihood that you lose said ticket. Even if you're the type of person who never loses anything, life is unpredictable. If you buy your ticket a week in advance, you have a full week of days to suffer a fatal accident, which would likely negate your win, unless someone was banking on that and knows you have a ticket.

    Regardless, there's no reason why you shouldn't buy your ticket as close to the draw date as possible, so just try to do that.

  • Some Places Produce More Winners, So Move There

    If you want to increase your chances of winning the lottery and drastically upheave your life, you're in luck! You can do both by moving to Romford, Dumfries, or Birmingham, the three most British sounding places on Earth. That's because they are in Great Britain, but they produced the most lottery winners in the nation. 

    According to

    Romford in Essex boasts the most 'significant' lottery winners per 1,000 people in the UK (that is, people who have won prizes of £50,000 or more). Dumfries in Scotland has the most lottery millionaires per 1,000 people of anywhere in Britain. Birmingham has the greatest overall number of lottery millionaires for any post code in the country.

    Of course, there are analogs. Lottosend says that local Massachusetts and Michigan lotteries tend to pay out more.