The American Powerball is undoubtedly the most well-known lottery game in the world, and rightfully so. In January 2016, almost everyone wanted to get in on the Powerball action when the lottery offered a record jackpot of $1.58 billion. That astounding prize sent players rushing to purchase Powerball tickets in hopes that they would win the jackpot, which was eventually shared by three lucky ticket holders.
How did those big winners manage to do it? What is the secret of their Powerball success when the odds are seemingly impossible to beat? Here are seven tips for playing the Powerball with hopes that you will be the next winner of the jackpot prize.
Don’t miss a draw. Winning a jackpot worth more than a billion dollars is almost inconceivable but even winning Powerball’s starting guaranteed jackpot of $40 million would change your life around. Powerball stages two draws a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you have a set of lucky numbers, play them every draw. You wouldn’t want your favourite numbers to be selected in a draw that you missed!
Pick uncommon numbers. Fill in your ticket however you want but to win big, your selection needs to be unique. While every line on a lottery ticket has an equal chance of winning the jackpot, picking uncommon numbers could result in not having to share the top prize if you actually win. Instead of choosing numbers based on family birthdays or other important dates, consider using “32” and other numbers not on the calendar. Many lotteries publish their hot numbers (those that come up frequently in draws) and cold numbers (those that are chosen very infrequently). They could help guide you when you purchase your tickets.
Play more tickets. It may go without saying, but the more tickets you play, the greater your odds of winning. When you play Powerball, purchase tickets based on what you can afford. If you’ve set a lottery budget, consider other ways to play more tickets without going bankrupt.
Play with a lottery syndicate. Improve your odds of winning the lottery without increasing your expenses by joining a lottery syndicate. Purchase tickets jointly with your family, friends, or co-workers, sharing the cost of more tickets. As a syndicate member, you will have a better chance of winning Powerball. According to statistics provided by the National Lottery, syndicates win 1 in 5 top lottery prizes. With Powerball jackpots so incredibly high, it’s worthwhile to win and share the prize money!
Think differently. Winning the lottery does not necessarily mean only winning the top, jackpot prize. Powerball offers nine prize categories. Winning the second division prize will still make you a millionaire! If you select the Power Play option on your ticket, you could even take home a $2 million prize. Winning that much money would certainly be very exciting.
Consider playing smaller lotteries. You may be attracted to the Powerball’s huge jackpot prizes, but the odds of winning them are 1 in 292 million. If you enjoy playing the lottery, play smaller ones which offer more modest jackpots but better odds of winning. The thrill of winning the lottery can be yours every day of the week, even when you don’t play Powerball.
Trust your gut. Possibly the best tip to winning the Powerball jackpot is to do go with your gut. If you have lucky numbers, stick with them. Some big lottery winners have played their numbers consistently for years until they finally scored a jackpot win. If you feel a need to make a change, fill in your lottery ticket with random numbers. Some players prefer to do a quick pick and let a computer choose their numbers. Whatever feels right for you is your best guide.
The bottom line for winning the Powerball is that you must play the game. If you don’t play, you won’t have a chance to win. Hopefully these seven tips will help make your dreams come true.