This is an animated GIF picture of an online lottery ticket from an online lottery website being filled out by a player. Under the picture, on this website, you can read about ways to maximize your chances at winning the lottery, lottery strategies, tips and tricks, advantage gambling methods utilized by professional players.

Simon’s Guide to Winning the Lottery Online using Strategy, Tips and Tricks, and Advantage Gambling Methods Used by Professionals

Welcome to Simon’s Lottery Guide (with actual mathematical calculations) showing you how to win the lottery – or at least increase your chances to do so with strategy, tips and tricks (so called advantage gambling methods).

Why should you listen to me? – you might ask. Well, a quick introduction:  I’m Simon, the man behind Simon’s Gambling Blog, the gambling blog you are currently on. I’ve been playing online for 15 years now, 5 of which was spent as a professional gambler, playing in casinos, and using advantage gambling techniques for a living. I’ve been blogging about gambling for 9+ years on this blog and I’ve been working with some of the biggest online gambling websites since 2012. When it comes to maximizing your chances online or in land–based gambling establishments, I think I know a thing or two… :) (it’s not a job to retire on though, not that reliable, also stressful, but for young people, or on the weekends, perfect).

I wanted to weigh in on the lottery advantage gambling techniques (advantage gambling  – click here to learn more, is a term used by professional gamblers, it means using techniques to increase your chances at winning – in this case winning the lottery).

There is a lot of confusion, misinformation and many half-truths online about how to increase your chances to win the lottery. Some even doubt whether it is possible to increase your chances at all.

Many dishonest guides on how to win the lottery are created by unethical companies; unethical lottery brokers, by unscrupulous gambling bloggers wishing to make a quick buck ,and by jsut realyl dumb people who don1t know what they are talking about.

My goal is to compile all the working methods/techniques you can use to increase your chances at winning the lottery (online or offline, could also be applied to any number game, any instant lottery type games) and list all the non-working methods as well to end the confusion about what works and what doesn’t  and why.

This is intended to be the definitive guide on how to win the lottery.

 

 

Online lottery platform – with all the biggest lotteries

Check this fantastic online lottery platform, use their current promotions (always something good, there is a reason why I’m using them) and welcome offers (e.g.: buy one lottery ticket and get 3, doesn’t get better than that) to increase your chances, at least initially, and then use the methods, strategies, techniques below to make sure you do everything to beat the odds.

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

 


 

Also I case you are looking for online casinos, here are the ones I’m currently playing in, and their promotions, offers: 

 

This one accepts US players too:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

 

This one doesn’t accept US players, has sports betting and poker as well:

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 


 

Simon’s guide on how to win the lottery

 

 

 

How to win the lottery: The basics

 

Lottery, (a.k.a lotto in many countries) comes in many varieties and each require a different approach. However, it must be noted, that the house edge of lottery games is as high as 60% – 70 % depending on the exact type. However, in the advantage gambling scene we use RTP (return to player) instead of house edge, the measure the same thing. Before we continue, make sure to understand what both are, and what they mean.

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House edge is the ratio of the average loss of the player to the initial bet. The higher the house edge is, the worse it is for the players.

Example: If you play Casino Craps, which has a house edge of 1.4 % – much, much lower than lotto –  you can assume that for every $ 100 you wager you lose $1.4 on the long-run. From the casino’s perspective: the casino can expect to make $1.4 if you wager $ 100. /

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RTP measure exactly the same thing as house edge. House edge is from the casino’s perspective, and Return to the Player is from the player’s perspective. You calculate it by subtracting house edge from 100%.

Example: By using the example with Casino Craps, which has a house edge of 1.4 %, we calculate the RTP of this game the following way: 100% – 1.4% = 98.6%, Casino Craps has an RTP of 98,6%, therefore you can expect to lose $1.4 long term, if you wager $ 100. This is helpful in adjusting strategy, and in deciding when to quit, or in case of lottery, calculating how much tickets yo actually need for a guaranteed win. /

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The average gambler can only expect to lose on the long-run by playing the lottery, that’s a fact. Anyone else sayin’ otherwise is lying. However, you can still maximize that little chance yo have of winning! In fact, because you have the odds stacked against you so very much, you are practically required to, if you ever want to make any money with the lottery.

 

If you get lucky and you manage to win big, you should keep  it in mind, that the house edge remains, and it is very unlikely to win a large amount the second time.

 

The lottery is low-intensity gambling, perfect for many people who dislike online casinosbrick & mortar casinos or don’t like playing poker. However, lottery is not only gambling:

Lottery is a form of lifestyle. Buying a ticket and watching the draw is traditional, and might even be a family activity, something to bond over, something to do together.
For many people it gives them hope, that one day, they just might be able to break out of their 9-to-5 life, and that hope helps them carry on.

BUT! Lottery can be addictive as well, therefore if becomes more than a game, and you end up spending more on it than you can comfortably afford to lose, then please stop and seek help for gambling addiction.

 

 

Is it possible to increase my chances to win the lottery?

 

Many people doubt it, but it is indeed possible. Let me show you how with these actually working methods. All the numbers add up, and numbers don’t lie, only people do.

“You must be joking! The only way to increase your chances at winning the lottery is to buy more lottery tickets” – you might say. That’s one way to increase your chances at winning the lottery, and it definitely does increase your actual % chance of winning. However that does not increase your chance of winning per ticket, your “bang for your buck”. And that is what we are focusing on here, to increase the RTP (RTP definition was already discussed above), the value of every $ spent on the lottery.

We will focus on methods meant to increase the return on a single lottery ticket.

 

Methods that work

Methods to increase your chances at wining the jackpot.

 

1., Find the right type of lottery

There are many types of lotteries with different return and house edge. Many of them have fixed, and many of them have progressive jackpots. Let’s take a look at the rules of each game, as well as the RTP values fir each, and how much you can expect to win, if you hit the jackpot:

 

”Pick

Pick 3 - RTP

Jackpot is called straight and it is fixed.

Straight: If the player choses all 3 correct numbers in the correct order, it’s called a straight and pays $500 for a $1 lottery ticket.

RTP: 50%
Probability to win the Jackpot: 0.001 %

Disclaimer:The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

Pick 4

Same as Pick 3 but you choose 4 balls. More combinations are possible and the jackpot is higher

Pick 4 - RTP

Jackpot is called straight and it’s fixed.

Straight: Matching all 4 numbers in the correct order, pays $5000 for a $1 lottery ticket.

RTP: 50%
Probability to win the Jackpot: 0.0001 %

Disclaimer:The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

Cash in Hand 7/31

The player chooses 7 numbers out the 31 available.

Cash in Hand 7/31 - RTP

To win the jackpot you need to guess all the 7 numbers right. Jackpot is fixed. Jackpot pays $ 500 000 for a $ 1 lottery ticket.

RTP: 59.1%
Probability to win the Jackpot:  0.00000038 %

Disclaimer: The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

Lotto 6/49

You choose 6 numbers out of the 49 available.

Lotto 6/49 - RTP

To win the jackpot you need to guess all the 6 numbers right. Jackpot is fixed. Jackpot pays $ 3,650,000 for a $ 1 lottery ticket. 

RTP: 72.5%
Probability to win the Jackpot: 0.00000007 %

Disclaimer: The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

Lotto 5/50 a.k.a The Big Game

The player chooses 5 out of the 50 numbers available.

Lotto 5/50 - RTP

To win the jackpot you need to correctly guess the 5 numbers and choose the right “money ball” between 1 and 36, which makes RTP a bit tricky to calculate. Also, jackpot is progressive, which means RTP is not constant, but changes with the size of the jackpot.

I will calculate with a jackpot of $50 million.

Jackpot pays $ 50 million  for a $ 1 lottery ticket. 

RTP: 83.5%
Probability to win the Jackpot:  0.000000013 %

Disclaimer: The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

Powerball

The player pick 5 out of the 55 numbers available. A Powerball must also be picked from 42 numbers.

There is also the Power-Play option. Power Play multiplies your winning by x2,x3,x4,x5, for $1, chosen randomly (except if you hit the jackpot, multipliers do not apply in that case). This was a bitch to calculate if you pardon my French

Powerball (with, and without Power Play) - RTP

To win the jackpot you need to guess all the 5 numbers right, and the Powerball. Jackpot is progressive, therefore the RTP changes all the time.

I will calculate with a jackpot of $100 million because Powerball usually has insanely high jackpots.

Jackpot pays $100 million  for a $1 lottery ticket without Power-Play

Without Power-Play:

RTP: 88.15%
Probability to win the Jackpot:  0.0000006844%

Disclaimer: The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

With Power-Play:

RTP: 117.72%
Probability to win the Jackpot:  0.0000006844%

As you can see, with power play, the RTP is actually over 100%!!! This means, that at this point, with this jackpot value, with Power Play, you are actually guaranteed to win money by playing the lottery long term! And that is what most people have a difficulty believing, and I don’t blame them , but with really high jackpots, you are actually guaranteed to make money playing the lottery, on average, long-term.

And that is why I’m also still playing lottery online, to this day, on the platform below, it has the best lotteries all in one place, conveniently online, including Powerball, which I used as an example.

If the RTP reaches 100% it would be possible to calculate the amount of lottery tickets you need to purchase to win the jackpot with a 100% certainty, and the cost of purchasing all those tickets would be less than the amount of money you would be making by winning the jackpot! Unbelievable! To the best of my knowledge, none ever did something like this, you would literally had to buy millions of lottery tickets (cost of labour is not included in the calculation, with that included it might not be worth doing it, you would need maybe as many as a 10 people buying lottery tickets full time, even if you are doing it online).

Disclaimer: The calculations do not take into consideration gambling taxation, annuity and lump sum costs. It is calculated as if you were to receive all your winning as a lump sum, instantly, without any cost. It’s also not a shared jackpot, just one lucky winner.

But it is clear from the calculation that as thumb rule it is much more beneficial to use the Power Play feature than not.

 

Here is a quick recap (for details see above) of the house edge and return of the different types of lottery games as calculated above:

 Type RTP Probability of winning the jackpot
Pick 3  50%  0.001%
Pick 4  50%  0.0001%
 Cash in Hand 7/31  59.1%  0.00000038%
 Lotto 6/49  72.5%  0.00000007%
 Lotto 5/50, The Big Game  around 83.5%*  0.0000013110%
 Powerball (with, and without Power Play) 88.15% – 117.72%*  0.0000006844%

 

*Lottery draws with progressive jackpots do not have a fixed return or house edge.

 

I only included the probability to win the jackpot because that’s what most people would like to know. And that was difficult enough to calculate, if you want to calculate RTP with all combinations, be my guest. This already gives you really good general overview (backed by actual numbers, mathematics).

If you are serious about making money playing the lottery, then you need to take on the habits and attitude of professional gamblers. Professional gamblers don1t paly for enjoyment, they play to maximize their chances at winning, and it’t also about minimizing your losses. Based on the data, it’s Powerball with Power Play, if the jackpot is above, or near $100 million, and nothing else is really worth doing.

Games with fixed payout have fixed return rates and house edge. However, games with progressive jackpots don’t. It’s possible, with a big enough enough jackpot to get RTP above 100%! As you can see with Powerball utilizing the Power Play feature it’s possible to get above 100% RTP if the jackpot is around a $100 million.

You should always check progressive lotteries and keep an eye out for such opportunities. I honestly recommend playing lotteries with progressive jackpot only, usually they have better RTP.

 

Online lottery platform – with all the biggest lotteries

Check this fantastic online lottery platform, use their current promotions (always something good, there is a reason why I’m using them) and welcome offers (e.g.: buy one lottery ticket and get 3, doesn’t get better than that) to increase your chances, at least initially, and then use the methods, strategies, techniques on this page to make sure you do everything to beat the odds.

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

 


 

Also I case you are looking for online casinos, here are the ones I’m currently playing in, and their promotions, offers: 

 

This one accepts US players too:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

 

This one doesn’t accept US players, has sports betting and poker as well:

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 


 

2., Take advantage of online and offline lottery promotions

Lottery is a highly competitive market and competition favours the customer. As companies bend over backwards for you, the player, you can easily find some sweet deals, which turns the odds in your favour even more (the lottery website above has great promos, that’s what I’m using currently).

 

3., Check out international lotteries online

Although Mega Millions and Powerball tend to make the most headlines there are still many lotteries worldwide which have huge progressive jackpots. E.g.: in Europe: EuroMillions, El Gordo, Vikinglotto and EuroJackpot are lottos which have top jackpots, as high as a hundred million dollars, or more. The best you can do is to register at an online lottery platform that hass all the biggest lotteries on one website (like the platform above).

In Europe the prize money is tax-free (in most countries) and paid out immediately in one lump sum rather than over 20 years in increments.  That means that although the prizes might appear smaller than the US mega lotteries, in reality they often work out to be worth more money when you take taxes and inflation into account.

Another one to keep in your calendar is the Spanish Xmas lottery which happens each year on December 22nd.  Although it costs € 200 per ticket, you can buy 1/10th shares if you want to wager less. It is still worth it, because you have a 1 in 100,000 chance of winning the El Gordo jackpot! When it comes to lotteries, those are some very good odds.

 

4., Consider the tax implications

In the United States, gambling winnings are taxable, but gambling losses are only deductible to offset winnings. This legal asymmetry may affect the math. The Powerball RTP over a 100% we calculated above does not take taxes into consideration, keep that in mind.

 

5., Annuity vs. lump sum

If you win the lottery you will be given the choice between receiving your winnings as a lump sum, one-off payment or as an annuity for 20-30 years.

At least in the US, the maximum, 29.6% tax rate will apply if you choose the lump sum. However if you choose the annuity you probably end up paying less taxes. Not to mention most lotteries offer favorable interest rates on their annuities. Of course, if the company goes bankrupt in the meantime, you will stop receiving the annuity. However, if the lottery is state owned, that probably won’t happen .

As a thumb rule, choosing an annuity is usually a better option but if you win millions, you should definitely consider consulting a tax attorney and an accountant.

 

6., Pick numbers over 31 and avoid common lucky numbers or patterns

Whenever you choose your lottery numbers you should always pick numbers over 31.  The reasoning behind this is simple.  People tend to pick numbers based on “lucky dates” like birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

The thing is, you share big lottery prizes with all of the other winners which can cut your share down in a hurry if you choose popular numbers.  If 10 people all guess the correct numbers for a $10,000,000 jackpot everyone is walking away with “only” $1,000,000.

Nothing to sneeze at, but if 1 person gets the winning numbers by themselves than that one person takes the whole $10 million. And since all numbers have an equal chance of being drawn, as long as you can put your superstitions behind you, then you have just as good of a chance to win with unpopular numbers as you do with good old lucky 7s!  The most common lucky numbers which you should avoid are 1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 11 (according to studies, these are the most commonly played numbers).  Also, avoid common patterns, particularly straight lines across a lottery ticket as there is a surprising number of lazy players who go for 1,2,3,4, and 5.

Go with a random number generator: If you want to get really technical, you can try a random number generator.  There are lots of these available over the web and while they won’t increase your chances of winning as some websites bizarrely claim, they will help you to not choose the same numbers as other players (onlien lottery websites nowdays all have randome numebr generators built in).

 

Methods that don’t work

 

Don’t join a syndicate

When you play in a lottery syndicate, or a group, you disperse the cost of tickets and increase your chances of winning simply by having “more horses in the race”.
However, you also have to share whatever you win. Pretty much losing everything you gain by joining the syndicate. The only one winning is the person behind the syndicate, who collects and administrative fee. It’s a scam.

But most importantly, syndicate agreements are usually poorly written.  Many don’t specify how any money which is won will be shared out, and what happens if, for example, someone misses a draw because they call in sick for work, or other common unforeseen circumstance. There are plenty of stories of lottery groups taking each other to court.

Spare yourself the headache, go solo, nothing to gain with a syndicate, but potentially a lot to lose.

 

Don’t buy a book or pay for any “secret method that is guaranteed to work”

There many scammers online claiming, that they have cracked the “lottery code” and have found a way to consistently make you win with “top-secret methods”.
Of course they are so helpful and friendly, that they are willing to share this information with you for a LOW–LOW price (limited time only, act now, only 15 remaining)!

Ask yourself: If they are really so good at making money playing the lottery, why do they need to sell e-books about it?

Obviously these are all scams. A good example of scam sites like this is: smartluck.com , selling crappy lottery software that does jack shit.

 

 

Your odds of winning the lottery-, probability of winning – video tutorial

Here is a video comparing the odds of winning the jackpots of various different games of chance, including the major types of lotteries. Hopefully this puts in perspective how ridiculously improbable it is, but keep in mind, you don’t actually have to win the jackpot, even getting a few numbers right, will get you an enormous sum. Not to mention, as with all games of chance, primarily, it should done for fun, not to make money. And for many, including most people who work 9-to5, lottery is the hope that one day things can get better, the way out from our endless daily grind, from a life not worth living, and that hope carries them on, and that is worth every penny in my opinion.

 

 

Online lottery platform – with all the biggest lotteries

Check this fantastic online lottery platform, use their current promotions (always something good, there is a reason why I’m using them) and welcome offers (e.g.: buy one lottery ticket and get 3, doesn’t get better than that) to increase your chances, at least initially, and then use the methods, strategies, techniques above to make sure you do everything to beat the odds.

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

 


 

Also I case you are looking for online casinos, here are the ones I’m currently playing in, and their promotions, offers: 

 

This one accepts US players too:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

 

This one doesn’t accept US players, has sports betting and poker as well:

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 


 

I wholeheartedly wish you good luck,
Simon

Gamble responsibly. And spend that money you won responsibly. Don’t forget, a good 80% of the people winning the lottery will end up squandering it, often times on drugs and alcohol and luxury crap, don’t do it.

 

Last updated: 2021-08-19

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

Last Updated on 2021-08-19 by Simon

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