ABC– The Powerball jackpot has climbed to half a billion dollars, making tonight’s drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history. That jackpot, which has a cash value of $337.8 million, has been growing for the past two months, gradually increasing since starting at $40 million.
This is it people. This Powerball jackpot is the third most expensive in the lottery game’s history. FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. Just to give you a visual, this is what half a billion dollars looks like on a check.
Now, before you go out and buy every Powerball ticket at your local gas station, first consider my 5 tips on how to win the lottery. I’m not going to give you any complex mathematical data, breakdown historical trends, or even say that these tips make sound logical sense. Still. If you follow them you might just increase your odds to win half a bill.
1. You buy one ticket.
Whoa! Molten hot lava tip, right out of the gate. That’s right, you buy one single ticket. That’s it. Why? Well, here’s my question- How many times do you hear about the lotto winner who bought 100 tickets? That’s right, never. It’s always some guy who was coming home from work and decided to stop and get one. Or some gal who was filling up with gas and didn’t even realize the Powerball was in the 9-digit range. If you buy more than 5 tickets you’re essentially kissing your chances at winning the lotto goodbye.
2. The smaller the town you buy your ticket, the better.
If you live in a big city you better get the hell out to the sticks ASAP. For whatever reason small towns in middle-of-nowhere, USA breed lottery success. You hear it on the news, some small town in Indiana sold a ticket with the winning numbers. Or it’s some place in Georgia, 200 miles away from running water, sold someone a winning ticket. Bottom line is, if you’re in NYC/Chicago/LA or any other major metropolitan area you might as well rip up your tickets now or get out of the city.
3. Never let anyone cut in-front of you in line.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. The story about some smuck who let an eventual lotto winner go in-front of them in line at the gas station. Dumb. So dumb. Karma and Powerball don’t mix. Now is not the time to bring back chivalry. It’s eat or be eaten. And if you actually think that the winner is going to toss you some money you’re living in la la land. As soon as that person finds out they’ve won, that they’re now millionaires, they won’t think about you for a second. Sure, they might see a story about you on the news, but by that time they’ll be cruising on a yacht, surrounded by lawyers, financial guys, and bloodsucking family and friends. You’re at the very bottom of that totem pole, so good luck squeezing a penny out of the winner for being mister nice guy.
4. Picking your numbers vs. Random numbers
If you’ve always stuck to one thing, picking or random, than I’m not going to sway you either way. But, if you’re on the fence about picking numbers or just going random, I might be able to help.
Real quick, if you’re not a frequent Powerball player or unsure which numbers you can pick, here is a very quick tutorial.
You pick five numbers: 1-59 (no duplicates). Then you pick one number: 1-35.
Now, here is my only rule for picking numbers: You’re most likely going to include someones birthday on your lotto ticket. It could be your mom’s birthday, a friend’s birthday, your nephew’s birthday, or even your own birthday. Whatever it is, if that number has any significance to anyone else make sure you are willing to share some money with them if you win. If not, don’t include that number. Here’s why.
The drawing is about to happen. The lotto balls are seconds away from dropping into the hopper. That’s when you start thinking, “Man, my best buddy Mark is going to be so pumped that I chose his birthday.” Then you start thinking about how much partying you and Mark are going to do. Mark will tell everyone it was HIS birthday that made you a millionaire. You’ll be indebted to Mark for the rest of your life. Panic is now creeping in before the balls have even been dropped because you just basically split the ticket with Mark without him ever knowing. And in that panic you’ve essentially told the universe you don’t really want to win. All because you included your friend’s birthday.
Here’s the lesson: only include birthdays of loved ones that your willing to share money with.
5. Don’t watch the drawing
I know what you’re thinking, “How does watching the drawing effect my chances of winning if my numbers have already been picked?” Don’t be stupid, this is where the mental game comes into play.
At 11pm tonight there’s going to be a lot of pissed off people. People swearing at their tv’s because they didn’t win the jackpot. Now, where are you at this point? Without a care in the world. A lot of losers out there, but guess who’s not one of them? You! That’s right baby you still haven’t lost!
You’re busy dreaming about how you’re going to spend the millions, where you’re going to build your megamansion, what toys you’ll buy, all that good stuff.
The next morning you check your ticket. Imagine the headline in the paper, “Powerball Winner Didn’t Realize He Had The Winning Ticket Till The Next Morning.” That’s the kind of lotto story the people want. Lotto winners always have some wacky story.