Numbers You Should Always Avoid when Playing the Lottery

Play with your Head and not your Heart

Lets say you are playing in a national lottery, with thousands of entrants; I am going to give you some healthy advice on which numbers to avoid picking. Keep in mind, though, all the balls have an equal chance of being selected, regardless of past history or statistics. Each lottery draw is an independent event of the last. Any 'trends' will even themselves out over time, and are definitely not statistically significant. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is either deluded or from the future, with the latter being even more unlikely than winning the lottery.

The only way to increase your chances of winning is through buying more tickets, whether on your own or as part of a syndicate. I cannot re-iterate enough, there is no other way of increasing your chances of winning the lottery. At the end of the day, the purpose of a lottery is to make money for the lottery owners, and they win every week.

What you can do, though, is choose the numbers that other people don't. This will not increase your chance of winning, but if you do win you will have to share the winning with less people. This effectively means you are getting better value out of your lottery ticket, or better odds if you prefer to think of it like that.

Sets of Numbers to Avoid

Always steer well clear of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. This is a very common selection from people who have gone too far with the 'any numbers can win' mantra, which would be fine if so many people didn't have the same idea.Numbers you should always avoid when playing the lottery

Any number under 32 is strongly advised against. The reason for avoiding these numbers is simple. Birth dates. Birthdays are by far the most common numbers that people put down, as they are easy to remember and have some meaning behind them. A majority of entrants pick their numbers with their hearts and not their heads. The same also applies to any number under 13 (even more so) for the same reason.

Don't bother with any number that is not on the edge of the lottery slip. For example, if you have a lottery ticket with 50 numbers that are laid out in a 5 by 10 grid (5 numbers across and 10 numbers down) you should choose only 1,5,6,10,11,15,16,20... and so on. This leaves out the three central numbers from each row. The reason for this is most people prefer to pick numbers in the middle of the slip for whatever reason, and so again if you choose numbers that are less popular with everyone else you should have to share less of your winnings (if you win of course).

Numbers you would be Better Off Choosing

Bearing in mind the number sets that you should always avoid, that leaves only a handful of remaining higher value numbers to choose from. In a 50 number lottery on a 5 by 10 grid you should pick six of the following that are over 31, and not in the centre three columns of the slip:

35, 36, 40, 41, 45, 46, 50

Which leaves you with a much simpler choice; which number should I leave out?