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Winning a lottery jackpot is the stuff dreams are made of. We’d all love to be able to crack the code. But the truth is, there’s no code to crack.

Below, you’ll find answers to some common questions, myths and misperceptions around daily lotteries.

Should I play more lines?

A stack of lottery tickets sitting beside a stack of money.

Playing more number combinations, or lines, can increase your chances of selecting a winning combination but the odds of any number being a winner always stays the same. Keep in mind, the more lines you play, the more it costs to play. And because the odds of winning are lower for the top prizes, spending more with the hopes of winning it back is never a good strategy.

Should I select Box Play?

OLG selection slip

You can increase your odds of winning a prize by selecting the Box Play option in PICK-3 and PICK-4 games. This is because, unlike the Straight Play option, it doesn’t matter what order the numbers are called. If they match, you win.

Tip

While your odds may be improved through Box Play, the trade-off is a reduction in the prize amount if you win.

Are past winning numbers a good bet?

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While some numbers have been drawn more often in the past, relying on this strategy won’t increase your chances of winning. Every draw is performed by random ball drop so there’s an equal chance of all numbers being drawn with every draw.

Tip

There’s no advantage to picking numbers that have won more often in the past. The chances of winning are always the same, no matter how many times a number has won before.

Does it help to pick unpopular numbers?

Whether you pick popular numbers like birthdays or less common ones, your chances of picking winners remains the same. While a win with less popular numbers might mean splitting your prize with fewer people, there are no guarantees.

Since you can’t change the odds and you can’t know what numbers other people are playing, it’s best to choose numbers based on what creates the most fun for you.

Does it help to play the same numbers?

The same set of 6 numbers repeated 7 times

It might be fun to play the same numbers every week, but it doesn’t increase your odds of winning. With every draw, every number has an equal chance to be selected, so feel free to consider each draw a clean slate. Go ahead and change it up, or keep things consistent. It’s completely up to you.

Does it help to buy multiple tickets?

Holding up three lottery tickets

It’s true that buying more tickets means better odds of winning, but your odds do not increase significantly. Generally, any increase in the odds of winning by purchasing more tickets is marginal at best, and more tickets means spending more money. And remember, there are no guarantees you’ll win.

Be careful not to go overboard buying tickets. Play it smart and stick to your budget.

Are some numbers luckier than others?

While it’s fun to play your birthday, anniversary, or “lucky” numbers, it won’t improve your chances of winning daily lotteries – the outcome is completely random.

Each number has an equal chance of being drawn. The only thing that affects the odds is the total number of combinations set by the game.

Can increasing my bet affect my chances?

No. Increasing your bet only increases your potential jackpot. There is still no guarantee you’ll win. Your odds of winning remain the same whether you bet $1 or $10.

Tip

Daily lotteries should be a fun moment in your day. Increasing your bets or how often you play should not be a strategy to win back money you’ve lost. The more you play, the more you are likely to lose in the long run.

Am I due for a win?

A calendar shows a single day is earmarked.

No matter how long you have been playing, there is no way to predict the outcome of a draw. Every draw is completely random and the length of time you’ve been playing a certain combination of numbers does not guarantee an eventual win.

Tip

Your personal strategies or lucky rituals can add fun to the game, but ultimately, they won’t help you win. Because the draw is random, it’s impossible to predict the combination of winning numbers.

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