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6 myths about lotteries dispelled

You have probably heard many myths about playing lotteries already – but you shouldn’t always believe everything you hear. This article will help you to get to know the real state of things.

Many people actually hesitate to buy their first-ever lottery ticket because they have heard a lot of myths about lotteries. They are afraid that they will never beat the odds to win or that scammers might get hold of their confidential data. They are often not sure which lotteries they should take part in and don’t know which numbers to cross out. From this article, you will learn about the most widespread lottery-related myths — and will learn why they have nothing in common with the real state of things.

It’s Impossible to Win a Prize in a Lottery

You will have no chance to win a prize playing a lottery unless it’s a form of scam . Legal lotteries always pay out their prizes promptly, honestly and in full. These are the main criteria that will help you to identify a trustworthy lottery.

  • It’s an established brand with a long history
  • It’s supported by the government or local authorities in that country
  • Many well-known vendors (such as onepoundlotto.com) sell its tickets
  • You personally know people who managed to win some form of cash prize no matter the size of pay out. 

If a lottery fails to match any of these criteria, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a scam. It could be just a new lottery draw that needs some time to become well-known. In this case, it may be wiser to purchase your tickets on a vendor’s site to avoid sharing your private information with a relatively unknown company.

You Should Select Lotteries with the Largest Jackpots

On the contrary, you should avoid such lotteries. If a lottery draw features a $10M jackpot, this looks much more appealing than a $1M jackpot. Many more people will want to play and buy a number of tickets for the former lottery — but only one person will get the prize (or no one at all). If you opt for the latter, the competition will not be as fierce and you will have better odds to win. Who wouldn’t want to win $1M, right? Even if it is a “smaller” prize it’s such a wow factor if you won. 

You Can Take Part Only in the Lotteries That are Live in Your Country

This is not true. Apart from the national lotteries, you can try your luck at large international lotteries also.

Besides, you can buy tickets for lotteries that do not officially cater to your country. You will need to find a vendor that has physical offices in multiple countries in some cases. You book a ticket on the vendor’s site and a manager legally purchases a ticket for you. They will cross out the numbers that you have selected and send you a copy to your email and user profile on their site. In rare cases if you win, the vendor may deduct a commission from your prize depending on the lottery draw you play. But the majority do not charge you a commission because they take a fixed fee from each ticket they sell. It makes sense to participate in lesser-known foreign lotteries if they offer good prizes and odds to win.

To Maximize Your Odds to Win, You Should Always Choose the Same Numbers

The outcomes of all high-quality lotteries depend on a random number generator. It’s impossible to outsmart the system or build a strategy that would guarantee you a win.

You might try to always choose the same numbers for two reasons:

  • It provides you psychological comfort.
  • According to statistics, this might increase your chances to win — but only if you take part in the same lottery systematically, such as every week. If you apply this strategy to random lottery draws that you purchase irregularly, you could fail to gain any benefits.

Avoid choosing a string of consecutive numbers, especially if it is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. First, too many people select exactly these numbers every week. If you win, you may need to split the prize among many other participants of that draw. Second, if you check the results of the previous draws, you will see that consecutive numbers hardly ever win.

Also, it doesn’t make sense to choose the numbers that end with the same digits — such as 2, 12, 22, 32 and 42. Plus, you should not rely on the numbers of your birth date or someone else’s birthday. Each month can have a maximum of 31 days and each year has 12 months — but most lotteries enable you to choose from a much wider range of numbers.

You can win even if you deliberately cross out different numbers each time. To save effort, you can request the site where you buy your lottery tickets to automatically cross numbers out for you (many platforms show this as an easy option to choose from).

To Receive a Jackpot Prize, You Need to Transfer Money to the Lottery Organisers

Never send funds to anyone! — except for when you purchase your tickets! If someone who pretends to be a lottery organiser asks you to transfer money to them as an individual, avoid doing so because it is 100% a scam.

Organisers of honest and credible lotteries will never ask you to pay for anything. If you hit a jackpot in a foreign lottery, you may in rare cases be asked to fly abroad to collect your winnings if it’s a large amount of money so to verify your identity with documents at their official lottery office. But even in this case, the organisers will normally arrange everything on your behalf.

If You Win, Your Life Win Change Forever

It all depends on what you want to do with your money and your life. You might start a new life from scratch — or just buy a new beautiful house and the car you have always wanted.

Final Thoughts

You should not hesitate to try your luck at a lottery simply because you heard some myths about this type of entertainment. Select a reliable lottery to play and buy just one cheap ticket to check how it all works. Avoid revealing too much detailed private information to the lottery organisers and never transfer money to anyone (except for when you buy your tickets). The more often you play the lottery and the more tickets you purchase, the higher will be your chances to win!