What Is a Lottery System and How to Win Big?
A lottery system is any method by which a player or players picks numbers in order to maximize their chances of winning a jackpot or other prizes in a lottery drawing.
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.
Lottery Games are almost entirely based on luck, and no system will turn a lottery into a game that you’ll be able to consistently win at. That said, as long as you understand the truths and limitations about systems, there’s no harm in playing them, either: while they won’t make your odds any better, they also won’t make them worse.
Are All Numbers Equal?
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 – like anniversaries or birthdays – to fill out their numbers.
In a big draw 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 solution to this is simple: make sure you play at least a couple of high numbers when you play your lottery tickets!
32 or above
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.
Some popular lottery systems include:
- Tracking hot or cold numbers, in an attempt to predict what numbers are likely to show up again, or which numbers are due to be hit in the near future.
- Playing combinations of several tickets that all include certain numbers in them, thus ensuring that if some of these numbers come up, they will win multiple times.
- Looking at historical data and attempting to follow patterns in previous draws, such as what numbers are likely to come up after ones drawn recently, trends in how numbers are moving in a particular lottery game, or making predictions based on some other algorithm of previous results.
Check our Statistics page to find out which numbers were drawn most often in the Australian Saturday Lotto!