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Maths or Luck, what’s the best way to choose your lotto numbers?

Let’s look at some of the biggest winners ever…


The biggest payout in history was $1.6 Billion won on the US Powerball. The prize was shared between three winning tickets. One of the winners, Maureen Smith, a 70 year old from Melbourne Beach in Florida had been playing the same numbers for years before winning. Many players swear by this strategy. Theorising that if you keep playing the same numbers, eventually, on a long enough timeline, they should come up, because you’re trying to match a static number against a random one.

On the other hand, choosing “special” numbers has also won many a jackpot. Mavis Wanczyk, who won the biggest ever single-winner jackpot, used birthdays to choose her winning numbers. Birthdays seem to be a common source of inspiration for winning numbers.  An unnamed women, who was one of two winners who shared a $648 million jackpot, also used a combination of family birthdays to pick her numbers.

Sometimes, it’s best to leave it all to chance. 84 year old Gloria Mackenzi used a Quick Pick to choose her numbers for the only winning ticket for a $590.5 million jackpot.  But there’s more to the story, while waiting in line to buy her ticket, another player let her go ahead in the queue, resulting in her getting the winning Quick Pick.

In fact, the majority of lottery winners are from Quick Picks. Then again, overall, the majority of players use the Quick Pick option, and this could be the reason most of the winners are also from Quick Picks.

Then you have the guys who really drill down into the numbers. Stefan Mandel used mathematical formulas to win the lottery an astounding 14 times! But it seems he’ll remain one of a kind, the methods he used to win have been covered by changes to the lottery systems making the logistics to repeat his performance practically impossible.

One of the best ways to play is through an online lottery operator like, where all your entries are kept safely in your account and you’re notified of any winnings. Today could be the day, so head on over to and see just how easy it is to play all the best lotteries from around the world.

Whichever way you decide to go, there really are only two possibilities: No chance if you don’t buy a ticket and a chance to change your life if you do.

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Richard Bailey - who has written 57 articles
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