The Secret to Winning the Lottery


When you play a lottery, you’re betting your money on a chance that the numbers will match and you’ll win. But there’s a lot more to winning than luck. You need a strategy.

The first recorded signs of a lottery date back to the Chinese Han dynasty, between 205 and 187 BC. They were used for both gambling and a means of divining God’s will. Later, they became an important source of public finance. In fact, they financed everything from the Great Wall of China to Sydney’s famous opera house. Lotteries are still widely popular today, and they are one of the most common forms of fundraising.

But what is the science behind winning? Romanian-born mathematician Stefan Mandel has a formula to show you. He’s won the lottery 14 times, and his methods are backed up with proven evidence. This video shares his secret.

The best part of his strategy is that it’s easy to implement. You can buy scratch tickets at any gas station or convenience store, but you should look for a game with less numbers. That way, you’ll have a better chance of hitting a singleton. Then, on a separate sheet of paper, draw a mock-up of the ticket and mark “1” in each space where you see a random number. A group of ones is a strong indicator of a winning card.

Another trick is to check your numbers after each drawing. This is especially important for the big jackpot games, where it can take a while before someone wins. You can also check the results online after the lottery closes. Some lotteries even publish a complete breakdown of demand information after the draw.

Americans spend over $80 billion a year on lottery tickets. This is a huge sum of money that could be put toward an emergency fund, debt repayment or even to start a small business. Instead, many people use this money to hope that they will win the jackpot and change their lives forever. But the odds are against them.

Cohen’s narrative begins in the nineteen sixties, when growing awareness of all the money to be made in the lottery industry collided with a crisis in state funding. With populations swelling, inflation rising and war costs soaring, the ability of states to balance their budgets became increasingly difficult. Without raising taxes or cutting services, the choice was to run a lottery. It was an appealing proposition, both ideologically and financially. But it wasn’t going to float the whole ship. Instead, advocates began to argue that the lottery would cover a single line item, invariably a government service that was popular and nonpartisan. It was a shrewd strategy.