Choosing Lottery Numbers in NZ: 7 Tips for a Winning Selection

7 Ways to Pick Your Lottery Numbers
Ways to Pick Your Lottery Numbers

Every player has a different preferred method to choose lottery numbers. Some like to analyze past draws to spot any patterns, while others look to the Zodiac for the answers.

Of course, no matter how you pick your lottery numbers, the draw is always just random. While there’s no way to ensure a win (otherwise we’d all be millionaires!) there’s no harm in having one, either.

Struggling with which digits to choose this week? Dive into these seven strategies to perhaps uncover a new method to craft your next ticket.

7 Ways to Select your Lottery Numbers

1. Study The History/Numbers

Study The Numbers
Study The Numbers

This method involves looking up previous draws and noting down the balls that get drawn most frequently. And thanks to a global obsession with lotteries, there is tons of information out there for you to study.

Although there’s no mathematical reason why some numbers get drawn more than others, there are a few that appear to be hotter than others.

Just ensure that every number has the same chance of being drawn, regardless of whether it has appeared 10 or zero times over the past few draws.

Overall, this method is pretty time-consuming, but many lottery players feel it gives them an edge.

You won’t be the only one using this method, though, so be prepared to split the prize if your numbers win.

2. Use Numerology

Use Numerology
Use Numerology

Next, we come onto numerology. Whether you choose to use this method really does depend on whether you’re a believer in the power of the universe.

Anyone can calculate their own “numbers” which hold a significance that’s personal to them.

We’re not going to go into how to find them, as it’s a really lengthy process, but there are plenty of sites online explaining how it all works if you want to try this method.

Once you’ve come up with six numbers, use them for the next lottery draw.

You never know: some cosmic force could lead you to finally winning the jackpot you’ve been chasing for years.

3. Use Lucky Numbers

Use Lucky Numbers
Use Lucky Numbers

Nearly everyone has some lucky numbers. You might like 11, for example, as it’s your birthday, or you could have an attachment to number 29 for no reason whatsoever.

Lucky numbers come in all forms, from anniversaries to player jerseys. All you need to do is pick the ones you like or hold a sentimental value for, and that’s pretty much it.

It’s certainly not a scientific way of doing things but it’s always been a very popular way to pick lottery numbers.

4. Try Random

Try Random-7 Ways to Select Your Lottery Numbers
Try Random

Let’s face it – every lottery is completely random, so why shouldn’t the way you pick numbers embrace this?

What’s the first number you think of? Write it down, and you’ve got your first pick!

There are various other ways to randomly pick numbers as well – the only limit to the ways is your own imagination. You could even just drop a pen on some numbers and use the one it hits.

We could go on about random number picking methods for hours, but we’ll let you get creative instead. As long as you end up with the correct number of picks, you’re doing it right. This is one of the 7 Ways to Select Your Lottery Numbers.

This is actually one of our top ways to pick numbers, as it doesn’t have to take too long, plus it’s loads of fun.

What’s more, it really does take the pressure off having to think of lottery numbers for yourself.

5. Pick Numbers Over 31

Pick Numbers Over 31
Pick Numbers Over 31

Although this method won’t increase your odds of winning, it could increase the amount you win if you’re lucky enough to scoop the jackpot.

Why? Keep reading to find out…

You see, most people have some low numbers in their selection, as they often use birthdays. Therefore, the numbers over 31 are used less frequently.

This means that there’s less chance of someone else also hitting the jackpot with your numbers.

Think of it like this: you pick your numbers for a $10m jackpot, and 10 people win. Everyone would get $1m each. If only 2 people win though, you’d instead find yourself raking in $5m.

It is better to go for this method for everyone, as it at least does have some mathematical reasoning behind it.

Related Read How To Win Major Jackpot On Pokies

6. Try A Pattern

Try A Pattern
Try A Pattern

When you’re looking down at your lottery slip, you’ll notice that every selection contributes towards a pattern. This method involves picking numbers by drawing on the slip. This is one of the 7 Ways to Select Your Lottery Numbers.

You could go in a circle, for example, or you could try to draw out a letter of the alphabet. Use your artistic flair and ability to make something that really does look great when you hand it over to the cashier.

Don’t just go in a straight line though as loads of people do this, so if you win, you’ll be sharing your prize with quite a few other winners.

7. Let the Machine Decide

Let the Machine Decide
Let the Machine Decide

Feeling lazy to do any king of exercise? This is the perfect method for you if you can’t be bothered to think about your lottery numbers.

Most lotteries allow players to simply receive random numbers, picked for them by a machine. Just select the option, and you’ll receive your ticket, complete with the correct number of selections.

You’ll hear some people saying that letting the machine pick your numbers ruins your chances of winning.

The truth, however, is that whether you spend a year choosing your numbers or whether you let the machine do it, you’ll still have exactly the same chances of winning.

Picking numbers randomly is a hugely popular way to choose numbers in some countries, such as the UK.

Why not see if the lottery machine can help you win the jackpot?

It’s All About Lady Luck

We hope there’s at least one method here you like the sound of for the next time you try to hit the jackpot.

If you’re lucky enough to win, be sure to check out our handy guide on how to cope with winning the lottery.

It would be life changing, after all!


Selecting lottery numbers is a highly personal and sometimes superstitious process. While none of these methods can guarantee a win, they add an element of fun and anticipation to the lottery experience. Some players prefer to analyze past draw patterns, while others turn to numerology or lucky numbers with personal significance.

Going completely random or letting the lottery machine decide are also valid options. Remember, the lottery is ultimately a game of chance, and regardless of how you choose your numbers, the outcome is always random. So, whether you follow a strategy or rely on pure luck, participating in the lottery is all about the thrill of the possibility of a life-changing win.

Mamta Sharma

Mamta is a spirited writer hailing from Wellington, bringing a youthful zest to the world of digital content. Merging her love for narrative with an eye for detail, Ella crafts stories that resonate and engage the modern reader.