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One of the most popular forms of gambling games available are lotteries offering the possibility to win millions and change your life forever.

Lotteries can come in many different forms but they all revolve around the luck of a draw. The most common lotteries are usually state legalized gambling games in which players win according to a series of numbers drawn by the lottery operator. The ones most commonly played in developed countries involve players choosing a short series of numbers when they purchase their ticket which they must match to values drawn randomly from a much greater set of numbers by the operator at a set time.

There are a few ways you can play in a major lottery game and the rules are quite simple and easy to follow. You can play in a retail outlet by simply obtaining a paper slip with a series of numbers printed on it and placing a mark next to your chosen numbers. The retailer will then scan the paper slip into a machine and hand over a paper ticket showing the chosen numbers. You must produce this ticket, if you win, to claim your prize.

You can also play online by choosing your numbers on the operator's website. This can have an advantage over paper tickets if you want to play the same lucky numbers every draw because the software can remember them each time you play. There is also no chance of losing your ticket if you win.

How To Play

Pick up a lottery slip from your local retailer. It will be printed with dozens of numbers and you simply mark your chosen numbers with a pen or alternatively just ask your retailer for a "Quick Pick" or "Lucky Dip". If you do this then your numbers are chosen at random electronically without the need for you to fill out a paper slip.

The retailer will hand you a printed ticket with your chosen numbers printed on it. Keep it somewhere safe where you won't lose it because you must produce your ticket to claim a prize if you win.

Wait until the date of the lottery draw when a series of numbered balls will be drawn from a tumbling lottery machine. You can then check the drawn numbers online or in newspapers. Alternatively to make sure whether you've won or not you can take your ticket to a lottery retailer who will check it by scanning it electronically in their machine.

Odds of Winning

The odds of winning a jackpot in a major lottery game are millions to one, but often many low-value prizes may be awarded for certain other game criteria at much better odds.

So, your chances of winning a jackpot prize in a major lottery are remote. If you were to pick the lottery numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 you can see that the chances of these sequential numbers coming up (in any order) is virtually impossible but these numbers have exactly the same chance of being drawn as any other six numbers, whether they be random "lucky dips" or any personal so-called "lucky" numbers you may pick of or any other system of selecting six numbers you could possibly think of for that matter. Asking your lottery retailer to select the numbers for you in an automated "lucky dip" computer generated random number selection will reduce the chances of you having to share a jackpot prize with any other possible winners because people often share "lucky numbers" with many other players, like dates of birth for example.

Many lottery operators publish their history of drawn numbers in previous draws for players to see. The implication being that if a number has been drawn many times before then it has less chance of being drawn in subsequent games. This isn't true. It doesn't matter how many times a number has or hasn't been drawn, the chances of any number being drawn are exactly the same for every game. It is a common misconception by players that their is some method or pattern to the selection of numbers when in actual fact it is always completely random.











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