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How To Buy A Winning Lottery Ticket

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Mega Millions Fever: Tips for Buying Your Lucky Lottery Ticket

 

Mega Millions fever is gripping the nation. Here are some tips and an eye opener for you if you plan to buy tickets.

 

The $500 million dollar jackpot is the highest ever in a US Lottery.

Lives will change if a winning number is drawn Friday night (let's not even talk about what will happen if it rolls over again.)

So do you have a strategy for purchasing the winning ticket?

While your chances of winning are slim...1 in 176 million....there are a couple of things you might want to do before you buy that ticket.

Pick your own numbers.

Don't leave it up to the machine.

Do your homework.

Go online and make sure numbers you plan to play have never won before.

Stick to a strategy for picking your numbers:

If you have picked numbers based on things in your life (kids ages, past addresses, lucky numbers, etc.) don't change that strategy now. Commit to your numbers and stick to your strategy.

Avoid lottery fever.

When jackpots get this high people tend to buy more tickets than they normally would or can afford. Don't go crazy; the odds are still the same no matter how much you spend.

Mathematicians and lottery officials have said that the odds of winning are always the same regardless of how many people play because the lottery is always drawn from the same set of numbers.

They agree that allowing the computer to choose your numbers does not necessarily increase your chances of winning.

Statistically, playing the same number time after time doesn't help you win any faster either.

But you have to be in it to win it, right? If you've plunked down your $1 for a ticket, the stars somehow align and you hit the jackpot, don't start spending it right away. Experts say to get professional advice before you begin to enjoy your winnings.

And expect to pay a pretty penny in taxes.

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