EVERYONE has their own strategy when it comes to winning scratch cards.
Some people always buy multiple games of the same game, while others only buy certain games.
A player shared her tip on how to always win with scratch cards.
Yessenia Gonzalez (@_yessigonzalez) created a TikTok to demonstrate the tip.
She said when she worked in retail, her manager taught her a simple way to check if a card was a winner.
Yessenia explained that when you scratch the bottom of the card that says ‘check price’, some letters become visible.
“If you see a P or a Z, you basically haven’t won anything,” she says.
“But if you don’t see those letters, it means you’ve won something.”
She admitted there may have been a third letter she couldn’t remember.
She picked up two scratch cards to show what she meant.
On the first card, she scratched the area and there were three letters: B, P, and Z.
When she scratched the rest of the card, it was indeed a loser.
On the next card were the letters H, T, and R.
“I think we won something here, but let’s see,” said Yessenia.
And just as she predicted, the ticket was a winner even though it only cost $3.
While this was true for these two cards, Yessenia’s strategy has never been proven to work across all different types of scratch games.
Playing the lottery is fun, but it also carries dangerous risks.
You should only buy a ticket if you can afford it.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of gambling addiction, call the National Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling website.
Hit the jackpot
Harvard statistician and numbers expert Mark Glickman says he has a 100 percent guaranteed strategy for winning the Mega Millions jackpot.
Its strategy is based on the fact that there are a certain number of combinations that can be formed by the number of balls in the Mega Millions slot.
There are just over 303 million possible combinations.
“Suppose you thought yourself that you wanted to play 303 million times,” Mark told WCVB Channel 5 Boston.
At $2 per game, the player would spend over $605 million to play all combinations.
Ultimately, it would be worth it as the total profit would total more than $1.2 billion, making it around $675 million in profits.
This is an extreme strategy, but essentially a guaranteed path to victory.
However, if multiple people were to win with the same combination, the pot would be split and the win could be much less than the investment.
Another mathematician shared his own strategy for playing Powerball and Mega Millions.
And one winner shared that she used a deadline to claim the jackpot.