Playing A Single
Line
Ok, so you play ‘one liners’ I guess you already know that
picking the 'right' numbers means you win  but did you know
picking the 'WRONG right' numbers can mean your jackpot
could be very disappointing indeed!
Disappointed At Winning The Jackpot
 How Come?
It's true. If you play the same set of numbers as 500 other
people, what happens when you hit the jackpot? Exactly,
the prize is split between 500 people  so your life changing
$10 million you were getting very excited about spending
suddenly evaporates to become a measly $20,000!
Surely that couldn't happen  there are billions of combinations
of numbers people could pick right? There are, but a lot
of people do NOT pick randomly. Have you ever played
commonly recognised 'lucky' numbers such as 7 and 11? Or
what about birthdays of family and friends?
Or unbelievably, what about the combination 1,2,3,4,5,6! So many
people have read that playing 1,2,3,4,5,6 has just as much
chance of a jackpot as any other set of numbers  that hundreds,
even thousands actually play those numbers every week. It
is correct of course, they DO have exactly the same chance as
any other set of numbers  but if those numbers
come up there are going to be hundreds of extremely surprised
and disappointed people sharing a very small slice of the pie.
10 Tips (Mostly Don'ts)
So, here are 10 tips on picking numbers to minimise your chances
of having to share a jackpot:

Don't pick 7 or 11 (lucky
for who!)

Make sure at least 2 of
your numbers are NOT in the birthday range (days 1 to 31)

Don't pick a series of
numbers such as 1,2,3,4,5,6.

Don't make a pattern on
your ticket (lines in any direction, squares, star shapes etc).

In fact, don't use a ticket
when you’re picking your numbers  it tempts you to pick the
same way other people do.

Pick in a truly random
fashion, e.g. pieces of paper out of a bag, then eliminate
numbers you don't want to play as above.

Don't pick numbers
according to 'hot' or 'cold' numbers  large numbers of people
do exactly this. They'll be so disappointed if they ever win!

Don't pick numbers
according to a 'tip' service (just imagine how many other people
will use the same numbers)

Don't pick numbers that
have already won, especially not from recent draws  many people
pick them as lucky!

Don't pick numbers based on
an arithmetic sequence, such as 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 or 01, 11,
21, 31, 41, 49.
If you must play single
lines, then please feel free to use the random number generator
below as often as you wish.
Remember what we said though  more
entries gives you more chances of winning? Well that really is
the way to go.
Hitting the target
Let me illustrate the point with a little shooting
contest. I’m going to put 6 lottery balls close
together on a fence and you have six shots at them.
How many do you think you could hit? Now that’s kind of a
dumb question really because you don’t know what you’re
shooting with yet, do you? Ok, let’s say there’s an
air pistol, an air rifle and a shotgun. If you had the
choice, which would you chose?
What’s that you said? The shotgun? Smart choice  I
guess you know when a shotgun is fired all those pellets
that are crammed into the cartridge spread out so it's
easier to hit the target. Guess what – that was
my choice too and as the shotgun belongs to me, you may have
to use the air pistol or air rifle. ‘That’s not
fair’, you say. Well, neither is the lottery
because, as you already know, the odds are stacked against
you. You see we don’t win by playing fair; we win by
playing with an advantage.
So what's my point?
My point is simple, if you play single lines on the lottery
it's like using the
air pistol  you have to have a VERY steady hand; you
might get lucky but your chances of hitting all the balls
is very small. If you
play multiple lines, it's like using the air rifle 
you use both hands and your shoulder to steady the weapon
therefore you have a better chance of hitting one of the
balls. When
you
play in a syndicate, it's like using the shotgun  you
have 6 cartridges and each of them has lots of pellets any
of which could hit one of the balls. You could even
hit all the balls with one blast!
Now you know how come I chose (and get to use) the shotgun!

Maybe You Don't Want To Buy More Tickets
Now I understand you may not want to buy any more tickets and
you don't have to. You can always play more lines, but play less
often. It's that simple. If you currently play 1 line in your
favourite weekly draw, consider playing 4 lines once every 4
weeks. The cost is exactly the same but you just increased your
chances of winning. That's because you are covering more
possible number combinations in a single draw. Even though you
have zero chance in the draws you don't enter, you're actually
better off overall.
If you currently play more than one draw a week, consider
combining your money from the other draws and put it all into 1
draw per week. Consolidate on the one draw with the best chances
of winning but which still gives you a lifechanging jackpot.
Or here's a fun way to play  how about saving up all your
entries and only enter jackpot rollover draws? You never
know when you will play, but when you do those jackpots can be
HUGE. And if you're going to win a jackpot, you may as
well make it a really BIG one!
Let's Sum Up Single Line Playing
You've probably gathered by now that I really don't believe
there is much chance of winning by playing single lines.
If you really want to improve your chances of winning then you
ought to consider
playing
multiple lines either on your own or in a
syndicate. You'll be amazed at how your odds improve.
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Playing A Single Line
Playing Multiple Lines
Playing In A
Syndicate
Playing In A UK Syndicate
