The Best Ways to Play The Games of The Massachusetts State Lottery

Instant Win Scratch Tickets

Have you ever been to a corner store and witnessed an unusual flood of people there, many in and out of their cars, some just sitting mesmerized in a trancelike state, and wondered, ‘what on earth is going on here’? What you have just witnessed is the result of a new release of an Instant Win Scratch Ticket from the Massachusetts State Lottery. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that it’s all about entertainment and money. There really is only one thing capable of generating that type of excitement at corner stores and ‘quick stop gas stations’ throughout the state so, there’s also no wondering why the state holds a ‘legalized monopoly’ on the industry.

You may however, have wondered, ‘how do all those people know when a new instant win game is released’? The answer is, they watch for new release announcements on the New Lottery Instant Game Tickets page of the Massachusetts State Lottery Official Web Site. In this way they are always apprised of new opportunities to hit the jackpot.

As for the sudden furor of it all, it can be explained simply with what’s well know throughout the ‘scratching community’, in an attempt to gain popularity for a game, each new instant games release is saturated with winning tickets.

So, now a week as gone by and the crowds have dissipated at the ‘scratching posts’ and you a have some former presidents burning a hole in you pocket. Short of a cold shower, you decide what to do, buy yourself some instant win lottery tickets! Now comes the dilemma, which games tickets to buy? Before extinguishing those fiery historical figures, refer to the Instant Prizes Claims page of the Massachusetts State Lottery Official Web Site. Additionally you may want to check the Instant Prizes Under 1,000,000 page.

What you are looking for is the claimed vs. total columns on the right side on both of the listing pages. By scanning those two columns you can easily see how many prizes are both available and claimed. Now at this point it becomes perfectly obvious that you only want to purchase tickets for games that have more unclaimed prizes than claimed prizes. After all, why throw away your hard earned money on a 46 claimed prizes out of 50 available prizes game ticket when you can purchase a 28 vs. 66 or 18 vs. 80 and have something on the order of 30 to 60 more chances of winning the grand prize amount! Granted though, all those winners will not be in circulation at the time of your purchase.

This begs the question of how much money to spend on your instant win ticket purchase. Most “professional ‘scratchers’” remark, you must spend at least $100 on one game at one time to have any real chance of winning a jackpot, claiming, you really need several full fresh sheets of tickets in order to better your chances of your scratching revealing that jackpot. However prudence dictates you can only buy as many scratch tickets as your budget will allow. So, if spending $100 simply is not in your budget today, perhaps over time, putting some money aside for a ‘new instant win release treat day’ would be an acceptable way to both play by the ‘rules’ and, make it relatively ‘affordable’ to do so.

Cash WinFall

A ‘one wheel’ game, Cash WinFall, being the Massachusetts State Lotteries newest game, has an interesting twist on its jackpot. The money is rolled down to lesser winners! If no grand prize has been won before the jackpot pool reaches $2 Million, that $2,000,000.00 or more then gets dissipated through to all lower level wins of that draw. Meaning, if the jackpot is $2 Million or more, and there is no jackpot winner, that $2 Million goes to all the prize winners in that drawing. Pretty neat! Now it’s quite obvious when to play Cash WinFall!

Mega Millions

A two wheel game, Mega Millions is the Massachusetts version of the highly popular multi state game PowerBall. Being a 2 wheel game, the odds are quite high against picking all 6 winning numbers. In fact they are quite a bit higher than PowerBall odds. One would naturally assume because the odds are higher, there would be less frequent winners with higher jackpots. That simply is not the case. PowerBall has jackpot winners, on average over the past year, approximately once every 6 weeks (8 winners) with 9 figure jackpots numbering 4. While Mega Millions has jackpot winners, on average over the past year, approximately once every 4 weeks (14 winners) with 9 figure jackpots also numbering 4. One can reasonably assert that those figures are a result of the participating states population and economic demographics.

So how do all those people win? The Official Web Site of Mega Millions states quite clearly on its Winning Picks page [http://www.megamillions.com/winningpicks/download_numbers.asp] that ‘Lottery games such as Mega Millions are random and it is impossible for anyone or any lottery analysis software to predict exactly what will be the next drawn balls. However, patterns can still be observed from the balls that are randomly drawn for different periods of time’. That being said, you can obviously have a better chance of winning through a lottery related form of Statistical Analysis. For more information on Statistical Analysis and how it applies to the Massachusetts State Lottery, visit MassLotteryResult.com. So, when should you play this game? You should really only play Mega Millions about the 4th week after every jackpot winner!

The Numbers Game

A 4 wheel game and the oldest of the Massachusetts State Lottery Games, The Numbers Game has been in operation since 1975. More than 10,000 drawings have made players the happy winners of tens, hundreds and, thousands of dollars every day. Number odds being quite reasonable, one would assume winning this game to be relatively easy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is, the way you are forced to play this game aids in stacking the odds much farther against you than you may think. With it’s all 4 any 4, first 3 last 3 any or exact, 2 digit combinations, .25c, .50c, $1, $2, and $5 play options, coupled with payouts less than $10,000, playing this game is a real challenge, as too is it’s worthiness of being played. What the designers of this old lottery game seem to have overlooked is,it’s not how to play but what you win, something the newer games embrace fully. That being said, The Numbers Game does have its merits. There are lots of people out there who only want to bet .25c or .50c and, not even Keno offers that option. What this game really needs is a simple ‘any 3’ option including a ‘$5 only’ bet and a maximum $500 payout. That alone could catapult the popularity of The Numbers Game to stratospheric levels. So what’s the best way to play this game? .25c and 50c bets only, any combinations you want. The layman perspective is, pick 4 out of 40 on The Numbers Game and maybe win $10,000. Pick 5 out of 35 on MassCash and definitely win $100,000, spending $1 or more should be saved for MassCash.

MassCash

An older ‘one wheel’ game that, since its inception in 1991, has paid its $100,000 jackpot to more than 2500 winners! With its reasonable odds and reasonable payouts it’s easy to see why this older game continues to be popular. With jackpot winners nearly every drawing, and multiple winner too, you can play this game whenever it’s drawn!

MegaBucks

An older ‘one wheel’ game that, since its inception in 1982, has paid more than 1700 winners varying prize amounts totaling about $2.5 Billion. A fairly tough game to win, jackpot winners are, on average, paid out every 10 -12 drawings. So, naturally you only play this game every 10 – 12 draws after a jackpot winner.

Keno

A ‘newer one wheel’ computer driven game and a masterpiece of modern gambling Keno, is designed for people with a lot of time on their hands. After all, where else can you have a chance to win $1 Million every 5 minutes 21 hours a day, 6 days a week, and 13 hours on Sunday! When should you play this game? Whenever you’ve had just enough to drink to think you can actually pick 12 of the 20 numbers drawn from a pool of 80. Seriously, Keno is a very fun game and, when played correctly, can create hours of enjoyment for little to no money spent. In fact people have been known to play all night and leave no poorer than when they started! How is that? Keno allows you to win if you don’t pick any of the winning numbers! Amazing! Well, maybe not all that amazing as Lottery Officials have obviously figured out that it’s harder to not pick any of the winners than to pick 1, 2 ,3 or 4 winners when playing a 12, 11 or 10 spot game as you don’t win anything for picking less than 5 winning numbers. But, if you are the unluckiest person around you could win all night long! So how do you play this game? The odds are just as good winning a prize on the 7 spot wager as the 1 spot wager so play the 7 spot though the best over all odds are on the 2 spot wager. Simply show up, pick you numbers, pay for however many games your visit will cover and, cash out when you leave.

How to Identify the Best Pick 4 Lottery Strategy & System

The Basic Pick 4 Lottery Game has 10,000 possible winning Straight numbers ranging from 0000 to 9999. The odds of choosing the winning Pick 4 number straight is 10,000 to 1. These odds are much better than playing the Mega Millions, Powerball, and different State Lotteries which have odds of over 150,000,000 to 1.

Even the State Lottery games that have just 5 numbers to choose from still have much higher odds than the Pick 4. In the Illinois Lottery this game is called “Little Lotto”. Match all five numbers, and the jackpot prize begins with a $100,000 payoff. It increases with non-winning jackpot draws. It recently reached $1 Million. Once someone wins the jackpot it starts over at $100,000.00.

If you have four out of the five numbers, the payout is $100. Three of the five numbers pays the ticket holder $10.00. The last possible payout in the game is $1.00 for having two of the five numbers.

The reason I mention these games is to demonstrate how powerful the Daily Pick 4 Lotto Game is with its odds and its payoffs compared to all these games. Unlike the previously mentioned Lotto Games the Pick 4 Game has two possible wins – one is “Straight” (for the Jackpot Payoff of $5,000 for one $1 bet) and the other is “Box” (matching the four drawn numbers in any order).

The “Box” payouts range from $200 to $1200 for one $1 wager. The Single Pick 4 number is a combination of four different digits (1234). Any single set Pick 4 Number pays $200. There are some people who propose this system as being the best. As an example by choosing “1234” as your Pick 4 set you cover 24 possible numbers to win. These numbers are:

1234….1243….1324….1342….1423….1432 2134….2143….2314….2341….2413….2431 3124….3142….3214….3241….3412….3421 4123….4132….4213….4231….4312….4321

The odds have given you a better chance of winning, not just winning, but winning $200 for the same $1 investment as in any of the above lotto games. The odds of winning now are at 417 to 1.

Using this system by itself as the best system, for example, in April 2009 in Illinois, following are single Pick 4 results:

6273….4896….9702….0861….0563….2504 3501….3172….4938….0165….0379….9742 1358….3260….2380….0281….2765….6847 8479….8960….0869….4389….2537….2836

These 24 of 56 draws represent a 43% winning percentage. But there are 22 different singles represented here. When you add this information to the equation, the winning odds are further reduced. Since two single box forms (0689 & 3489) repeated themselves, this reduces it to 20 different single sets; even the basic “1234” wasn’t drawn.

It’s the basic start-up theory, but it is just not enough. You need more possibilities. The examples from Illinois, April 2009 Pick 4 results, showed that 57% of the winning draws were not single sets. These odds will change from month to month.

The next group of Pick 4 numbers is the “double” sets. Two of the four digits are the same (1123). Double sets cover 12 possible straight winning numbers like the following: 1123….1132….1213…1312….1231….1321 2311….3211….2131….3121…2113….3112.

The good news about double sets is that the payout is $400 per $1 investment. Let’s see how these sets of numbers were drawn in the Illinois Pick 4 April 2009 example:

0068….7080….5499….5363….5524….9593 6268….0449….8737….2010….5099….8048 9757….2990….7336….3351….6463….0727 7151….4140….0455….1626….1819….3404 7719….5626….7330….3225….7662

These 29 winning drawn Illinois Pick 4 numbers represent 50% of the 58 draws during the month. By including additional strategies that include “double” sets you now cover 93% of the April 2009 Illinois Pick 4 Winning Numbers. That’s a great improvement to your winning strategy. In January, single and double sets combined for 95%, and 96% in February and March.

In conclusion, look for a Pick 4 System that has multiple strategies to include more than just the single set of numbers. It is important to increase the winning percentage to 90% or higher of winning Pick 4 numbers. That spells SUCCESS. The Pick 4 Game is the best winnable lotto game available in the United States and Canada. Use and study a Proven and Verifiable Winning Strategy System. The truth is that you can become debt free and gain financial freedom with the right Pick 4 System once you learn it.

10 Lottery Playing Tips for Florida’s Daily Fantasy 5 Lottery Game

The Florida 5/36 Matrix Fantasy 5 Lottery Game is one of the best lottery bets you can make anywhere. The odds of matching all 5 winning numbers in the next Fantasy 5 drawing are 1 in 376,992. The odds of matching 4 of 5 winning numbers are 1 in 2,432 and the odds of matching 3 of 5 winning numbers are 1 in 81.07. Compare Florida’s Fantasy 5 odds to the millions to 1 odds of a 6-number lotto drawing or a 4+1 number mega-money drawing. Top Fantasy 5 prize winners over the past 5-years have won as much as $350,000 in a single drawing and, on those days when there were no top prize winners, players who matched 4 of 5 winning numbers have won as much as $1,150 in a single drawing. Players who match 3 of 5 winning numbers typically win $10, and those players that match 2 of 5 winning numbers win a free Fantasy 5 ticket for the next drawing.

Lottery games such as Florida’s Fantasy 5 are based on a random selection of numbers. It is impossible for any person or any computer software to predict which numbers will be drawn in the next drawing. It is for this simple fact alone that you shouldn’t waste your money on lottery software, lottery wheels or other lottery strategies like those promoted all over the internet. Most self-described lottery “experts” selling such lottery products all advise against playing lottery terminal generated “quick picks”. Fact of the matter is that of all the Fantasy 5 jackpot tickets over the past 5+ years (3,989 jackpot tickets), almost 50% were “quick picks” (1,971 “quick-pick” jackpot tickets)

The best ways to improve your chances of winning 3, 4 and 5 number Fantasy 5 cash prizes are to identify, select and play those number combinations that have historically been drawn more frequently over a long period of time than those number combinations that have rarely been drawn over the same period of time. In other words, play the proven percentages.

A great resource that identifies the 2, 3, 4 and 5 number winning number combinations of 1,825 Florida Fantasy 5 drawings from July 16, 2001 (the start date of the 5/36 Matrix Fantasy 5 game) through July 15, 2006 is the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”, which is offered at [http://www.freefantasy5lotterytips.com] for $12.95. The “Report” was published by BESTRACS Consulting, LLC, a firm that has compiled all the Florida Fantasy 5 winning number combinations for the past 5-years. The “Report” includes easy to read tables that accurately depict the number of times each of the 36 numbers was drawn over the 5-year period; the number of times each of the 36 numbers was drawn in each of the 5 positions of the winning number combinations (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th position); the number of times each possible 2-number combination (each possible pair) was drawn; all the 3-number combinations that “hit” 7 or more times over the 5-year period; all the 4-number combinations that “hit” 3 or more times over the 5-year period; high/low and odd/even winning number combination ratios; other winning number combination percentages and more.

The “Report” does not definitively tell you which numbers or number combinations to play nor does it suggest any definitive lottery playing strategy or the amount of money to play – it just represents the actual trends of the winning number combinations and number patterns over the 5-year period and calculations derived there from.

The “Report” also includes the winning number combinations from July 16, 2006 through the end of most current previous week as of the date the “Report” is ordered.

The following are some of the playing Tips that are easily derived from the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”:

1. Play 3-odd/2-even and/or 2-odd/3-even 5-number combinations. Such odd/even combinations jointly “hit” a total of 1,208 times over the 5-year period (equates to a 66.19% winning percentage).

2. Play 3-low (numbers 1 through 18)/2-high (numbers 19-36) and/or 2-low/3-high 5-number combinations. Such combinations jointly “hit” a total of 1,226 times over the 5-year period (equates to a 67.18% winning percentage).

3. Play number pairs that “hit” frequently over the 5-year period (i.e.”2-35″) with other numbers that “hit” frequently and with “long shot” numbers. There are several of these “winning pairs” identified in the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”.

4. Play consecutive number pairs that “hit” frequently over the 5-year period (i.e.”30-31″) with your other numbers. There are several of these “winning consecutive number pairs” identified in the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”.

5. Do not play 5-number combinations that “hit” previously over the 5-year period. Only two of the same combinations repeated over the 5-year period.

6. Do not play the same 4-number combinations repeatedly. Only 32 4-number combinations repeated more than two times over the 5-year period.

7. Do not play 5-consecutive number combinations (i.e. “5-6-7-8-9”). No such 5-consecutive number combinations “hit” over the 5-year period.

8. Do not play “all odd number” or “all even number” combinations. “All odd number” combinations “hit” only 55 times over the 5-year period (a 96.99% losing percentage) and “all even number” combinations “hit” only 49 times over the 5-year period (a 97.32% losing percentage).

9. Do not play “all low number” (1 through 18) or “all high number” (19 through 36) combinations. “All low number” combinations “hit” only 41 times over the 5-year period (a 97.75% losing percentage) and “all high number” combinations “hit” only 42 times over the 5-year period (a 97.70% losing percentage).

10. Always include a few “quick picks” in with your daily Fantasy 5 plays.

Tattersall Australia Lottery – What Are the Best Games to Play

Australia has a a relatively small population of about 21 million people, yet Tattersall, which runs the Australia Lottery offers many games for people to play. They include Tattslotto, Super 66, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Super 7’s Oz Lotto, Powerball, and The Pools. But what are the best games to play? I would say Super 7’s Oz Lotto and Monday & Wednesday Lotto are the best games to play, but for different reasons.

For those people that play the lottery because they want to win as much money as possible, no matter the odds, Super 7’s Oz Lotto is the best game for them to play. The odds of winning the jackpot in the game are approximately 1-in-45-million, but the jackpots can be huge. The biggest Super 7’s Oz Lotto jackpot to date was $90 million. That’s big!

Then are people that want to win a lot of money in the lottery, but also pay attention to the odds because they want to play a game where they are more likely to win. The best game for them that Tattersall Australia Lottery offers, in my opinion, is the Monday & Wednesday Lotto. The odds of winning the Monday & Wednesday Lotto are 1-in-1-million and it boasts a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $1 million. Sure the jackpots are smaller than they are in Super 7’s Oz Lotto, but you’re also 45 times more likely to win the Monday & Wednesday Lotto; it’s a fair trade-off.

The great thing about Tattersall Australia Lottery, no matter what game you choose to play, is that if you win the jackpot, you can remain anonymous if that is what you prefer. Unlike in The United States, where media frenzies often surround big winners, big winners in Australia get to keep their privacy.

The Daily Derby is a Unique Lotto Game From the California Lottery With Good Odds of Winning

Usually, when you think of lottery games, you think of numbered balls being drawn at random. That is the case with the majority of games, but some lotteries try to be different. California Lottery is one such example. They have a lotto game that is totally unique and it is called Daily Derby.

Daily Derby is a mock horse racing game. To play the game, you pick which horses in a mock race will finish first, second, and third. As well, you pick the winning time for the horse that comes in first. The winning time could be anywhere between 1 minute, forty seconds to 1 minute, 49.99 seconds. Of course, no actual race takes place. Instead, California Lottery will randomly choose the results. You win the grand prize if you correctly choose the trifecta (pick the winning positions of the three horses) and correctly choose the winning time of the horse that places first. The grand prize could be anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The odds of winning the grand prize are 1-in-1.32-million. Those are pretty good odds for winning a lottery jackpot!

Daily Derby also offers lower tiered prizes. You can win prizes for correctly choosing the trifecta (minus the winning time), correctly picking the first two positions, correctly picking just the first position, and correctly picking just the winning time.

What I love most about this game is the fact that it is different and unique. It is based on a form of popular entertainment, horse racing, and turned into a lotto game. It is truly an innovative product from California Lottery.

So if you live in the state of California, be sure to try the unique Daily Derby lotto game. It costs $2 to play and the odds of winning are pretty good. You could also win some great prizes.

Texas Lottery – What Are the Best Games to Bet On?

If you live in the state of Texas, Texas Lottery provides you with many types of lotto games to bet on. But which ones are the best to place your bet with? It all depends on what you are looking for. There are two types of bettors and, depending on which one you are, each type should have a different game preference.

The first type of bettor is one that wants to win as much as possible. He dreams of the good life and wants to win a massive jackpot. If this is you, you’d want to bet on Mega Millions. Mega Millions is a multi-state lotto game and has massive jackpots, sometimes even reaching the $100 million mark. Texas Lottery subscribes to Mega Millions. The jackpots are huge, but so are the odds. The odds of winning Mega Millions are approximately 1-in-175-million.

The second type of bettor is one that wants to win something, anything; it doesn’t have to be a massive jackpot, just enough to make a financial difference in his life. This type of better prefers games with better odds, even if it means lower jackpots. If this is you, you should bet on Texas Two Step. Texas Two Step Plays every Monday and Thursday. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1-in-1.8-million, which is much better than the Mega Millions odds. The jackpots start at $200,000 and increase if there are no winners.

Texas Lottery also offers instant scratch lottery games like Super Set For Life, Summer Spectacular, $75,000 Casino, Bust The Bank, Big Money Bingo, Loteria, and more. The games offer various odds of winning and cost anywhere from $2 to $20. Analyze the prize and odds prior to making your bet.

How to Win the Take 5 Lottery

Take 5 is one of the New York lottery games where you can easily win big bucks with just a few investments. It has the best odds of all the lottery draw games. All you have to do is bet on five numbers from 1 to 39. You can bet on your own combination by filling in the corresponding squares on the play card or you can let the QuickPick machine do the selection for you. You can play for a minimum of $1 per game or up to $5 on the 5-game play card.

The winning combination is drawn via live telecast every 11:21 PM on WABC channel 7. Half of the total sales for the day are allocated to the prize money, so the jackpot accumulates until someone hits it. The largest Take 5 jackpot so far was $825,960.00.

Being a game of chance that it is, increasing your chances in winning the Take 5 lottery is pure logic. Avoid selecting all even or odd numbers because they are less likely to get drawn. Mixture of odd and even numbers has approximately 66% chances of occurring. Also mix the high and low numbers, the low being the numbers 1 to 20 and the high, 21 to 39. Having at 3 highs and 2 lows or 3 lows and 2 highs are 64% more likely to be drawn.

It is also not logical to bet on numbers from one number group. It is very unlikely that a draw would have all single digits, teens, 20’s or 30’s. The same goes with multiples like 2 4 6 8 10 or 3 6 9 12 15 and consecutive numbers like 35 36 37 38 39 or 1 2 3 4 5. A combination having the same last digits like 2 12 22 32 has less than 1% of being drawn.

Winning this lottery game would also entail a little research on its history. Knowing the past winning combinations will give you a hint on the best numbers to bet on. It is proven that numbers that appeared on the last 10 games will have 79% of appearing on the next draw. And numbers that rarely appeared within the last 70 games are worth chasing.

To have a higher likelihood of winning, you may also need to do a simple math. Add up your combination, and make sure that the sum is between 70 and 130. 70% of the time, the total for the winning combination is within that range.

The New York Take 5 is just like any lottery. It is a game of chance. And just like any other game, you can always have that chance on your side if you are diligent enough to analyze how it is played. The odd in winning in this game is 1 in 575,757. It may be a tremendous odd for you. But if you were to think about it, it is best odd in any of the other New York lottery games.