It seems that everyone wants to play the US Powerball lottery these days and this is easy to understand. The Powerball's record $1.58 billion jackpot (shared by three winning tickets in January 2016) makes other lottery records pale in comparison. With a guaranteed starting jackpot of $40 million, the Powerball frequently awards top prizes worth hundreds of millions of dollars. There's no doubt that new Powerball jackpot records are on the way.
The higher the jackpot, the greater the interest in playing this popular lottery. Winning the Powerball jackpot has become the ultimate goal for lottery players. When the Powerball jackpot reaches record heights it attracts not only lottery enthusiasts but also people who have never previously considered playing the lottery. Fantasies of living a life of leisure based on a huge lottery windfall send people on a rush to the nearest retail store or to theLotter to purchase official Powerball tickets.
People who play the Powerball often wonder if there is any way they can improve their chances of winning the jackpot. While the odds seem insurmountable, there are those who eventually succeed in winning the Powerball jackpot. What is their secret? How did they choose their numbers?
If you're someone who wonders how to improve your chances of winning the US Powerball lottery, the following set of tips can offer some guidance when you decide to purchase tickets for the next draw.
Play more tickets
It should be quite obvious to state that the more lines you play, the greater your chances of winning. When you purchase Powerball tickets at theLotter, you can choose to play 3 lines, 5 lines, or even more. Consider purchasing a systematic form which gives you a Powerball entry covering every combination of your selected numbers. These additional lines on your ticket will certainly increase your chances of winning a prize.
Play every draw
Powerball draws are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and you certainly wouldn't want to miss a single one. Can you imagine having a regular set of numbers and missing out on winning the Powerball jackpot because you didn't play that draw? Consider purchasing a Powerball subscription. This subscription puts you in play in every consecutive Powerball draw. (An extra bonus of a lottery subscription is that you receive a minimum of every 10th lottery ticket free).
Join a lottery syndicate
The more tickets you purchase, the greater your expense, but there is a way to play many more lines at a much cheaper cost. In a lottery syndicate, you share the cost of a huge number of lines with a pool of players, such as your family, your friends, or your co-workers. According to statistics provided by the National Lottery, lottery syndicates win 1 in 5 top game prizes. You may be hesitant about sharing your lottery prizes but it's better to win a jackpot and split it, than not to win a jackpot at all.
Follow a strategy to select your numbers
There is no golden rule for selecting the numbers on a lottery ticket and in fact, many suggest that you should choose numbers randomly using the Quick Pick feature. Others suggest you choose either "hot" or "cold" numbers based on the winning numbers chosen in recent draws or numbers that haven't won in a long period of time. Avoid birthday bias and choose numbers that don't appear on the calendar such as those above 31. Choose seemingly unlucky numbers such as "13". Choose consecutive numbers, anything which can make your ticket unique. While every line has an equal chance of winning the Powerball jackpot, picking uncommon numbers could result in not having to share the top prize if you actually win.
Consider less popular lotteries / smaller jackpots
While it would seem counterintuitive in an article detailing Powerball tips to suggest playing another lottery, one should know that the odds of winning the jackpot in a smaller lottery are better than those of winning the Powerball jackpot. Better odds result in smaller jackpots, it's true, but winning a jackpot is hugely satisfactory, no matter how big the prize. Also, your chances of winning a $40 million Powerball jackpot are just as good as your chances of winning a $400 million Powerball jackpot. If you want to win, don't hesitate to play!
How theLotter's players won the Powerball
Consider following the example of theLotter's players who have enjoyed huge Powerball success. Four players have won the $1 million second division prize, three of them in 2016 alone! How were these players so successful? What did they do differently than other lottery players? What is the secret to their success?
G. from Australia won a $1 million second prize in October 2016. G. told us that he selects random numbers when he purchases his tickets. Sometimes he selects numbers which he considers "lucky".
P. from Quebec said he uses the Quick Pick feature to randomly select his ticket numbers. P. won a $1 million Powerball prize in February 2016.
H.V. from El Salvador said he also chooses random numbers but mentioned that one of the winning numbers which entitled him to a $1 million prize in the Powerball's record-breaking January 2016 draw came to him in a dream.
How to improve your chances of winning the US Powerball
As there are no guarantees to a winning lottery formula, possibly the best advice of all is to follow your gut. Stick to your favourite numbers until they win. Or alternatively, switch numbers at every draw. Your gut may serve as the best guide in playing the Powerball but no matter how you select your numbers, you must play the Powerball in order to have a chance of winning. Hopefully our collection of Powerball tips will help you make your dreams come true.