## Lucky Lottery Numbers?

Are such a thing as lucky lottery numbers? Yes and no. There are numbers that give you better odds, as I'll show you in a moment. However, I want to start by saying that this isn't about luck in the sense of some mystical force. Yes, there are ways to be "lucky," meaning more good things happen in your life. But these ways are based on experience and science, not magic. Now, about those numbers.

First, to understand why there are numbers which are "luckier," you have to understand the difference between event-odds and investment-odds. For example, suppose you bet on a number on a roulette wheel. There are 38 numbers on American wheels, so you have a 1-in-38 chance of your number coming up. The event-odds, which refer to the probability of a specific event happening, are 1-in-38 in this case. Unless you have a biased wheel, they will be the same in every casino.

But what if one casino paid you 40-to-1 when your number came up? All other casinos pay 35-to-1, so which casino would you like to play at? The one that pays more of course. The odds of your number haven't changed, but you get paid more when you win. This means you have better investment-odds at that casino. The relationship between the event-odds and the amount you win changed.

Even without getting into the calculations necessary to demonstrate this, you can see the principle. You have better investment odds if the event-odds are the same, but the payoff is higher. Now, how does this relate to lucky lottery numbers?

### The Best Lottery Numbers

This is simple math, because you really only need to understand the basic idea. Then you can forget the calculations. The bottom line is that some lottery numbers pay the winners more on average than others. How can this be?

It's all about your niece's birthday. Or your son's or your own. People use birthdays more than anything else to determine which lottery numbers to bet on. Birthdays, in case you aren't getting a clue yet, only go up to 31, since there are no months with more days than that. Lottery numbers, however, typically go up to 40. A player chooses six numbers and must match all six to win the entire jackpot.

Now, if lottery players, or at least many of them, are betting birthdays, and far fewer are betting the numbers from 32-40, what does this mean? Well, none of the numbers are more likely than others to come up. In fact, as strange as it seems, the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are just as likely to come up as any other combination. So why does it matter which numbers you bet?

It matters because you win more on average when betting numbers that fewer people bet. These are the ones between 32 and 40. You see, the jackpot will split more often and in more ways with the numbers below 32, since a lot of players bet them. You'll have the same event-odds betting the lower numbers or the higher when you play for that ten-million dollars, but if you win on the low numbers you are more likely to get just six-million, or even four-million if it splits three ways. That's what makes 32 through 40 lucky lottery numbers.

But in most cases the lottery is just a bad bet. Most "lucky" people probably never play, or they play smart as in the example here. Why not skip it and go right now to see what things lucky people do differently. And if you really want to get lucky gambling, you might work on your card skills and play poker at an online casino (stay away from games where you can't put the odds in your favor).