EXPERTS aren’t always right as a group of lottery players won $1 million by implementing their own strategy.
According to the Idaho Lottery, a total of nine anonymous people have claimed their money from the Mega Millions.
They called themselves “The Big Friend Group”.
At Mega Millions, each ticket costs $2 to play.
In the lottery game you choose five numbers and a Mega Ball number between one and 25.
Matching all five regular numbers can win $1 million.
The probability of this happening is one in 12.6 million.
In addition, lottery players can spend an extra dollar on Mega Millions with a multiplier option to boost winnings even further.
To improve your chances of winning, experts including math professor Essa recommend that lottery players buy multiple tickets for the same game.
This is especially true for scatch-off tickets, as the odds of winning are one in three in most cases.
But members of the Big Friend Group only bought one ticket each in a November 2022 draw.
Then they created a “pool” and found out a month later that they had a big winner of $1 million after checking their tickets.
At first, the group didn’t know they had it – but news reports of the draw’s pending draw added urgency.
And it definitely paid off.
The group of “longtime” friends has been using this strategy once a month for about 12 years, the state lottery said.
“Purchasing more tickets doesn’t necessarily increase your chances of winning the jackpot,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho lottery director.
“Each ticket purchased has the same odds of winning as any other ticket.”
Keep in mind that there is no strategy that will not guarantee you a winning ticket.
However, besides the number of tickets purchased, there are other ways to increase your chances of winning.
One way is to check your state lottery’s website to see how many prizes are left and which ones are still available.
Also, a daily lottery player who has won thousands of dollars told The US Sun his biggest secret for increasing his chances of winning.
That means you look around the store where you want to buy lottery tickets and see if there are any scratch cards that get lost.
“If you see three tickets on the counter and ask [the clerk] For the same ticket, you will most likely win if someone has already lost to you.”
He also recommended speaking to people who work in the store and asking them who won and who lost on certain tickets.
“They can help, they can definitely figure out which ticket to play that day,” he said.
Another strategy that might be helpful is to choose numbers that are meaningful to you.
For example, North Carolina resident Audrey Woodard has been making $25,000 a year for life after using family birthday numbers.
A RISKY GAME
Keep in mind that the odds for lottery players are slim.
States are to keep 30% of the $60 billion spent each year.
Also note that you will have to pay taxes on your winnings.
Additionally, choosing lump sum payment can be costly.
For example, a Massachusetts lottery player took home $350,000 less of a $1 million prize by opting for instant cash.
But make sure you only spend what you can afford to lose.
If you have a gambling problem and need help, you can call the National Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
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