Who wouldn’t want to win the lottery? Some of us play every single week while others are only attracted to the game when the jackpots are high. Lottery jackpots can range from a few hundred thousand dollars to as high as $1.58 billion, the record prize offered by the US Powerball lottery in January 2016 and shared by three lucky winning ticket holders.
When jackpots are this big people from all over the world rush to the nearest lottery retailer or go online to purchase their Powerball tickets at theLotter. Despite the fact that the odds of winning the top prize are incredibly low, the knowledge that someone eventually wins keeps people playing the lottery.
What’s a person to do to get a realistic chance of winning the Powerball jackpot? The following tips could help but they certainly won’t guarantee lottery success. After all, a lot depends on luck!
Play regularly. Powerball draws are staged on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The jackpot can be anywhere from $40 million (its starting guaranteed amount) and up. If there are no jackpot winners, the top prize rolls over. There is no jackpot cap and as such, it can reach as high as $1.58 billion. You certainly don’t want to miss a chance to win the jackpot so the bottom line is to try to play every single Powerball draw.
More tickets. Buying one single Powerball ticket would give you a 1:292,201,338 chance of winning the jackpot. Buying a second ticket doubles your odds of winning! Of course no one would ever buy 292 million tickets. Not only would that be incredibly expensive but it would be technically impossible to handle such a purchase. Even so, it is obvious that the more tickets you have, the greater your chances of winning.
Buy shares in a lottery syndicate. One very affordable way of purchasing more tickets is to buy shares in a Powerball syndicate. A syndicate is a group of players who purchase their tickets together and share the prizes when they win. A Powerball syndicate could be comprised of family members, coworkers, or in the case of online ticket purchases – complete strangers. In February 2006, a syndicate of eight meat packers from Lincoln, Nebraska shared a $365 million Powerball jackpot, which was, at the time, the biggest lottery jackpot prize ever awarded.
Be consistent. Whatever your lucky numbers, whether based on important family dates or any other logic you wish to employ, play them consistently. You wouldn’t want to miss a draw when your numbers come up as winners of the Powerball jackpot. A man from Iowa played the same Powerball numbers for 20 years and won a $1 million second division prize in February 2014.
Pick good numbers. We haven’t yet mentioned number selection in these tips for winning the Powerball because unfortunately there is no surefire method for getting the numbers right. To play the Powerball all you have to do is you choose five numbers from a guess range of 1-69 and an additional Powerball number from a guess range of 1-26. The selection of numbers is entirely random, although there are lists of Powerball’s hot and cold numbers to give you an indication what numbers are likely to be chosen in the next draw.
Go with your gut. All the above advice may help you to win the Powerball jackpot, but sometimes it’s best to forget everything and act impulsively instead. Play your lucky numbers regularly or alternatively, let a computer randomly select different numbers for you every time. When you fill out your Powerball ticket, go with your gut.
Get lucky. No matter what advice you follow, if you don’t have Lady Luck on your side you’ll never win the Powerball jackpot. In November 2014, a woman from Washington State claimed a $90 million Powerball jackpot after buying a lottery ticket for the very first time. If it’s written in the stars that you’re going to win the Powerball jackpot one day, you’re going to win it. The first step you’ll need to take is to play the game.