Who else is looking to increase their chances of winning the lottery? If you are like I used to be when I first got started investigating different lottery systems, and systems that really did work, you are probably finding your money pushing further and further away as you try to figure out how to win those ever-elusive lottery jackpots. It's a shame isn't it?

The simple truth is that if you want to win the lotto, you are going to have to increase your chances of winning. Some might say that you can't increase your chances of winning by spending more money on tickets, but hey, you can if you want.

First of all, consider the cost of tickets in your particular lottery. Most tickets typically cost $1, or $1,5, $2, etc. Casinos, on the other hand, charge per hand. So for a $5 wager, you get $10 (at least). You can use the tables below to adjust accordingly, but I recommend sticking to $1, $2, and $5 for starters.

A $1 wager will have a house advantage of 0.50% while a $5 will have a house advantage of 1.25%.

Now, you need to consider the size of the jackpot involved. Most Powerball type games have the jackpot extend out for several weeks. On the other hand, some of the Lotto type games only pay out their top prize if you get 6 matching numbers. The problem is that the number of games you can play with the starting jackpot closely relates to the number of tickets you will produce.

My strategy is to start with a low wager such as $5 and build up to higher wagers once the initial $5 is spent. In this way, if I get 6 matches I am likely to have a positive $19. This means I am likely to have scored a higher number than my opponent and we both stand to win $30, because the 6 and $30 match.

The receptions for this strategy are mixed, but my play did improve my chances of winning the $30. For the game, I would have otherwise spent $10 and had to pay $14 for a net win of $30. In other words, I prepaid $10 for this one game, and had to pay $14 for the next one. For some people this strategy works out, but for me it doesn't.

Instead, let's say I get only 3 matches and I still win $30. I now have $10 left and am risking $1 for the next lottery game, so I only have to pay $30 to optimize my profit. Rather than pay $30 now, I am going to bet $1 at this low odds for the next drawing. This meant that the next time I hit, I would be more likely to win, and my thefts would be smaller, because I was spending less to get the same amount.

Of course, I didn't mention this in the article, but you get the idea. You can find lottery systems that optimize the number of times you have to wager to never spend more than your budget for the lottery. Most, however, will not optimize the number of drawings you have to play.

If you can find lottery systems that allow you to play multiple times for the same lottery, and only plays exact order, you can save a lot of money when you play. Let's say you have to play 10 drawings for a jackpot of $1,000,000. The odds of winning are approximately 1-in- approximately 31-million. By betting $11,000,000, you would be considered a winner approximately 85% of the time, according to the calculations I used.

There are of course, quite a few other things you can do to optimize your odds of winning. Here's how.

- Pick majority of even numbered balls. It's easy to make a pattern on a card, but it's harder to do it on a square card. Also, there are 27 even numbers in total, so it's easier to use a square than a diagonal.
- Pick majority of odd numbered balls. It's easy to make a pattern on a card, but it's harder to do it on a square card. Again, there are 27 odd numbers in total, so it's easier to use a diagonal than a square.
- Pick majority of white balls. By now you should have picked at least 3 colors of balls, and you can use red and even balls as well. All you have to do is use these percentages of winning and you'll be on your way.
- Don't pick few balls.