# How to Win the Lottery

A lottery is a game in which participants select groups of numbers from a large set and win prizes based on how many of those numbers match a second set chosen in a random drawing. For example, a player might choose six numbers from a set of 49. If all six match the numbers chosen in a random drawing, the player wins the major prize. Players can also win smaller prizes if they match three, four, or five of the numbers. Lotteries are a popular way for governments to raise money. In colonial America, they financed roads, libraries, schools, churches, canals, and bridges. They were even used to finance the Revolutionary War.

Americans spend over \$80 billion on lottery tickets each year. These dollars could be better spent on building an emergency fund or paying down credit card debt. The risk of winning the lottery is very small, but the temptation to spend this money is great.

Learn to use combinatorial math and probability theory to help you determine the odds of winning a given lottery. Study a previous lottery result chart to look for patterns in the numbers. In particular, look for “singletons,” which are digits that appear only once on the ticket. A group of singletons will signal a winning ticket 60-90% of the time. In addition, avoid numbers that end with the same digit as well as those that begin with the same digit. These numbers will be more likely to appear together than other digits.