When it comes to playing the lottery, people employ many strategies in order to improve their chances of success. No matter if it’s picking lucky numbers like birthdays or trying to outwit neighbors by playing the same number combinations week after week, most players believe that choosing these strategies will ultimately benefit them in the long run. Unfortunately, most of these tactics are founded in myth and not mathematical probability. Harvard statistics professor Mark Glickman told CNBC that while certain tactics may appear to increase your odds, they’re actually just wastes of money; to improve odds better purchase more tickets or use Quick Picks (an automatic machine-generated feature to select numbers randomly) instead.
But which lottery games offer the highest chance of success and should be your go-to options for playing lottery? To answer this question, we conducted an analysis of top state-based lotteries across America, taking into account their odds for hitting jackpots or multiple secondary prizes or simply winning any prize at all – we found some surprising outcomes as a result!
2by2 in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming is considered the easiest lottery game to win with 1 out of 3.59 chances of hitting either the jackpot or any prize; Texas Cash Five and Florida LOTTO Fantasy 5 follow in second and third places respectively.
We evaluated the odds of hitting both minimum payouts for each lottery game as well as top jackpots, with SuperLotto offering the lowest odds to hit its top jackpot and MINI Lotto offering superior chances for hitting its minimum payouts. It’s interesting that SuperLotto had lower odds to claim its top jackpot while MINI Lotto offered better odds to claim its minimum payouts.
One of the greatest mistakes people make when picking their lottery numbers is thinking their luck will change by playing more often. While playing more may increase your odds of winning small prizes, it won’t change how often or large prizes they win; in fact, playing more may only increase it!
So rather than worrying about whether or not your luck changes, focus on creating a plan to take advantage of any windfall you receive. That could include paying off high-interest debt, investing in the stock market or saving it in an easily accessible savings account until later – having an end goal in mind ensures you make the most of any lottery winnings!