Lottery Tips From Winners

PLAYING THE GAME

Are you in?

The Powerball is huge once again.

No one hit the jackpot last Saturday and tonight’s drawing could be a big one for some of you.

But what should you do if you plan on playing for the first time?

If you are, you should know that the odds of winning $1 million are one in 5.1 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175 million.

You may still be willing to plunk down your $2 for a ticket and the chance at the windfall of a lifetime - even though you know the odds are stacked against you. Someone has to win, right? Why not you?

 

A previous Powerball winner, Cynthia Stafford did offers her advice on how she won $112 million dollars, she meditated.

She allowed the computer to choose the numbers for her, what’s called a Quick Pick.

"I did a little meditation and 112 came to me and I said, 'Okay, that's what I'm going to go for,'" she said.

 

Another frequent lottery player who’s won more than $1 million offers this advice:

-Do your research. Go online and make sure the set or sets of numbers you play have never come up before.

-Have a plan. You have to learn what number to play and how often to play. Commit to your numbers and stick to your strategy.

-Choose your own numbers. Don't leave it up to the machine.

-Don't get swept up in the excitement. When jackpots get this high, people tend to get lottery fever and spend a lot more than they normally would or can afford. Don't go crazy; the odds are still the same no matter how much you spend.

-Mathematicians and lottery officials have said that the odds of winning are always the same regardless of how many people play because the lottery is always drawn from the same set of numbers.