How to increase your lottery winnings

When choosing numbers for the lottery you can’t know which ones are going to win, but you can avoid sharing the prize with other players.

Some numbers are selected more often than others and if you avoid these then you are more likely to be the only winner. If there is more than one winner then the jackpot prize is shared so you get less. Being the only winner means a bigger payout for you.

In the UK lottery players choose six numbers from 49. The most common combination is 1,2,3,4,5,6, you should avoid this at all costs, if it ever came up you would probably share your jackpot with thousands of other players.

Other tips are:

  • Avoid 7, it is the most popular number
  • Avoid numbers below 31 as people tend to choose these as they match significant dates
  • Choose numbers in the outside columns on the ticket as players tend to avoid these

Now we get to the fun bit!

As with all game theory we need to think how this information will influence the other players in the game. If everyone knew to choose the least popular numbers then suddenly you would be better to avoid those and pick what are currently the most popular numbers.

So now if you don’t want to share your lottery jackpot then you should tell as many people as possible about this post so they change their choices and then you can choose what used to be the most popular numbers, that everyone else is now avoiding, to make sure you don’t have to split the jackpot!

Today’s takeaway: Even when the game is random, people don’t play randomly.

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