Can you increase your chances of winning the lottery

Life-changing - For many, the dream of winning a big sum of money is a life-changing concept. Even if you don't hit the jackpot, a large cash sum can make a big difference.

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Lottery - When all else fails, you throw caution to the wind and buy a lottery ticket. It's a small price to pay for a chance at winning big!

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Lottery - The sizes of jackpots have increased a lot, but at the same time one's chances at winning become smaller as the jackpot gets bigger. 

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Trying their luck - In 2020 alone, Americans spent US$91 billion on lottery tickets. That was more than what was spent on cigarettes or smartphones!

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Trying their luck - For many people, playing the lottery represents one last shot at the "dream," and they're willing to try their luck.

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Using mathematics - The math we need to think about when calculating a lottery win is concerned with odds and probability. 

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Probability - Probability is the measurement of the likelihood of an event’s occurrence. A simpler word for probability would be percentage.

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Probability - A percentage is used to represent the "chances" of something happening, i.e. its probability, as a mathematical calculation.

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Odds - Odds are different to probability. They refer to a ratio of two events, and there are two ways odds are expressed: odds against, and odds in favor. 

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Lucky numbers? - Some people think they can improve their odds by playing their "lucky numbers." These numbers are typically the dates of birthdays or anniversaries.

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Location - There seems to be a popular belief that where you buy your lottery ticket matters. In reality, that's not the case.

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Location - What's really happening when there are clusters of lottery winners in certain locations is that there are a lot more ticket sales taking place in those areas.

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Patterns - Lottery numbers are picked completely at random, so trying to uncover a pattern amongst the numbers that are drawn probably won't get you too far.

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Choosing your numbers - To help create a more unique combination, it follows that picking two consecutive or near consecutive numbers might be a strategy.

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Booster bets-When the jackpot is large, the money spent on booster bets is better spent on tickets for the actual jackpot, as these actually increase your chance of winning.

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