Win Bigger Lottery Prizes

While you can’t control which numbers are drawn, there are steps you can take to improve your odds of winning a prize. Use the following tips to better your chances of a payout.

1. Try to avoid playing a line where all your numbers are under 31. Many people do this because they use days of the month that mean something to them, such as birthdays and anniversaries. If all of the winning numbers selected in a draw fall between 1 and 31, the chances of splitting the jackpot become much higher, and the amount won by each player in other prize tiers will be lower, as there will be more winning tickets splitting the prize fund. Try to add some numbers above 31 to your ticket.

2. Don’t follow the “hot” and “cold” numbers. EuroMillions numbers are drawn entirely at random, and just because some numbers have historically appeared more or less often than others has no bearing on the likelihood of them appearing in the future. All that following hot and cold numbers does do is ensure that – if and when these numbers do appear – there will be a disproportionate number of players claiming a prize.

3. Avoid numerical sequences when selecting your numbers. Using sequences such as prime numbers, odd numbers, even numbers or even numbers which all end with a certain digit (for example, 2, 12, 22, 32 or 42) are all extremely common among EuroMillions players. The belief that “nobody else would ever think of doing that” is completely misguided – a fact you can corroborate by seeing how many people share the jackpot or other prizes when such sequences, or parts of sequences, come up in the draw.

4. Don’t rely on famously “lucky” numbers. The number 7 has a global reputation for being lucky, and so many people use it as one of their main or Lucky Star numbers. The number 13 is also surprisingly popular as a main number, because, even though it is associated with bad luck, it is said to be “lucky for some”.

5. Having established the kind of numbers you should avoid, what is the best strategy for doing this successfully? The answer is to let the lottery terminal choose your numbers entirely at random. The chances of a randomly generated ticket being identical to another are the same odds as winning the jackpot – 1 in 139,838,160. Should you win, the likelihood of having to share the jackpot with another player is significantly lower if you purchase a Lucky Dip entry.

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