How to Pick Lucky Lotto Numbers

Written by jaimie zinski
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Everyone at some point has dreamed of winning the lottery. Most people who play the lotto on a regular basis also have their own unique strategy. Some use their child's birthdays, while others just pick numbers from a hat. If you are looking for a new scheme to give lady luck a helping hand, here are a few to try the next time you want to try to win your share of the new American dream.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Use more unique numbers from your everyday life. Skip your kids' birthdays or your anniversary. Instead use your license plate number, street address, pet's birthday or the address of your local high school. Combine these numbers and try your luck.

  2. 2

    Remember that the more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win. Try buying twice as many tickets one week as you normally would. Choose the numbers for half the tickets and let the computer randomly pick the rest for you.

  3. 3

    Don't pick your numbers based on a geometric pattern. Two of the most popular patterns utilised are the pyramid and the star. Others are the cross, zigzag and the frog. Instead use your gut and choose random numbers on the spot.

  4. 4

    Use numerology. Add the digits of your birth year, month and day. For instance, if you were born July 18, 1976, add 7+1+8+1+9+7+6=39. Use the birthdays of other family members or pets if you need additional picks.

  5. 5

    Buy a scratch ticket instead. In most states, the lottery will pay only 50 per cent of the money earned back to the players. On the other hand, scratch-off tickets generally will pay back 60 per cent. If you purchase a scratch-off ticket, watch out for games that are nearing the end of their cycle. For instance, do not buy a Halloween-themed ticket on the following Fourth of July. Chances are the big prize has been claimed, and you'll be stuck with a losing ticket.

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