Lifestyle 13 August 2018
Everyone has dreamt of winning the lottery in their lives – and then daydreamed about how you would spend the large sum of money. For some of us, it would be buying your dream house, for others, quitting your 9 to 5 job and travelling around the globe – and then there are those that would find the money really handy when preparing their dream wedding or the perfect honeymoon. If you’d really try to test your luck, are there any tips that you could follow to increase your chances of winning the lottery or just winning in life?
Find the Right Game for You
The answer is somewhere in the middle: lotteries are games of chance, so the results are completely random. But all things considered, there are some tips that really work if you’d like to give it a go – and they are more geared towards practical aspects of playing the lottery. A crucial tip is to do some research beforehand and understand how each lottery game works, so that you can choose which one is more suited to you.
For example, some lotteries allow you to re-enter your ticket in second-chance games, which increases the odds of your tickets winning something in the end. Overall, players tend to go for national lotteries, like Powerball, that are more advertised and well-known – and also regularly provide huge jackpots. But this also means that the pool of people who purchase lottery tickets is wider.
Pick your Numbers Wisely
Instead, you could invest in a state lottery, which has a smaller entry pool and thus you have statistically more chances of winning – albeit a smaller amount of money. In that same vein, it is worth looking into scratch lotteries, where the odds of winning are higher even if the prizes are smaller. Another practical tip is to use numbers that are not so popular; numbers that are considered lucky by a lot of people, like 7 or 13, or numbers that come up often in drawings, like 32 or 23, tend to get chosen very often. This means that even if you win, you will split your earnings with a lot of other hopeful ticket holders out there. If you choose rare numbers instead, you may not exactly increase your odds of winning, but you increase the chances of holding on to a bigger chunk of the prize.
Consider Strategies and Extra Features
And then there is always the question of researching strategies for winning the lottery, like letting an online lottery site choose your lucky numbers for you – which means you can avoid everyone’s “lucky numbers” and go for rarer ones. There are also features that are unique to online sites, like the double jackpot, which doubles the maximum amount of your potential earnings, or the “hunt”, which automatically enrols you into a lottery until the jackpot is won. This means that you will keep “hunting” those big rollover jackpots, which translates into more money if you do win. Or you can activate combination bets, where you choose additional numbers and win if they come up in different variations.
There really is no right or wrong way to play the lottery, as ultimately it comes down to luck. But it sure helps if you keep some tips and tricks in mind in order to maximize your odds – or your winnings.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist