For many, the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical. There are people that feel the chances of winning are so slim, that it is not worth even trying. The problem is that the amount that can be won playing the lottery is so high that it becomes difficult to ignore it completely. The cost of the tickets is so small and the payout is so large, that taking a chance is worth trying.
Instead of depending on luck alone to win a prize in the lottery, it is better to try to find some ways to increase your chances of winning when playing the
lottery. If a few tips are followed, it is possible to increase the odds of winning in the Bonus Ball 34 and Powerball 10 games that are offered in New Zealand.
How to Play
The first way to increase the chances of winning is to actually play the game. If you do not take a chance, you cannot win. The Bonus Ball game and the Powerball game are add-ons to the New Zealand Lotto game. In order to play either of these games, you have to first play the lotto game. The Lotto game involves picking 6 balls that are numbered from 1 to 40. A seventh ball is also drawn from the group. That seventh ball is the bonus ball. The Powerball comes from a second machine that has balls numbered from 1 to 10. The Powerball is drawn after the other 7 balls have been drawn.
What does it Take to Win?
There are 5 tiers for winning when you play the Lotto, Bonus Ball and Powerball games. The odds of winning each one is:
- 3 Lotto numbers plus the Bonus Ball and Powerball – 1 in 3,635
- 4 Lotto numbers plus the Powerball – 1 in 4.846
- 4 Lotto numbers plus the Bonus Ball and Powerball – 1 in 77,543
- 6 Lotto numbers plus the Powerball 1 in 193,858
- 5 Lotto numbers, plus the Bonus Ball and the Powerball – 1 in 6,397,300
- 6 Lotto numbers plus the Powerball – 1 in 38,383,800
Increasing the Odds
There are some strategies that people claim will increase the odds. Picking a range of numbers is important. It is good to have a mix of even and odd numbers. You should also have a combination of high and low numbers. When you look at the winning number combinations, you will find that if you choose 3 even and two odd numbers or 3 odd and 2 even numbers, you will be using a strategy that has worked nearly 70% of the time.
A second thing to do is to add up all of the numbers that you choose for the lotto. They should add up to a total of between 86 and 144 for the best chance to win. This has occurred more than 70% of the time that jackpots have been won.
Adding the bonus ball number should be used along the same lines as picking the first set of numbers. Keep in mind the even and odd ratios along with the high and low numbers.
The history of numbers that have been chosen can be used to help increase the odds. At least one of the numbers from the last drawing will repeat on the next drawing. The Powerball can also fall into a pattern. Studying the past results can help you recognize patterns that will increase your chances of winning the big jackpot.