8 Different Ways To Pick Your Lottery Numbers

8 Different Ways To Pick Your Lottery Numbers

When it comes to choosing lottery numbers, everyone has their own preferred method. Some like to analyze past draws to spot any patterns, while others look to the Zodiac for the answers.

Of course, no matter how you pick your lottery numbers, the draw is always totally random. While there is no method to guarantee a win (otherwise we’d all be millionaires!) there’s no harm in having one, either.

So, if you’re wanting to have a go at scooping the massive $810 million Mega Millions jackpot we’re all going crazy about, try one of these eight different ways to make your pick.

1. Study The Statistics

Studying lottery statistics

This method involves looking up previous draws and noting down the balls that get drawn most frequently. And thanks to a global obsession with lotteries, there is tons of information out there for you to study.

Although there’s no mathematical reason why some numbers get drawn more than others, there are a few that appear to be hotter.

Just remember that every number has the same chance of being drawn, regardless of whether it has appeared 10 or zero times over the past few draws.

Overall, this method is pretty time consuming, but many lottery players feel it gives them an edge.

You won’t be the only one using this method, though, so be prepared to split the prize if your numbers win.

2. Use Numerology

lottery balls and numerology

Next up, we come onto numerology. Whether you choose to use this method really depends on whether you’re a believer in the power of the universe.

Anyone can calculate their own “numbers” which hold a significance that’s personal to them.

We’re not going to go into how to find them, as it’s a really long process, but there are plenty of websites that explain how it all works if you want to try this method.

Once you’ve come up with six numbers, use them for the next lottery draw.

You never know: Some cosmic force could lead to you finally winning the jackpot you’ve been chasing for years.

3. Use Lucky Numbers

Person thinking about their lucky numbers

Nearly everyone has some lucky numbers.

You might like 10, for example, as it’s your birthday. Or you could have an attachment to number 28 for no reason whatsoever.

Lucky numbers come in all forms, from anniversaries to player jerseys. All you need to do is pick the ones you like or hold a sentimental value for, and that’s pretty much it.

It’s certainly not a scientific way of doing things but it’s always been a very popular way to pick lottery numbers.

4. Go Random

Person choosing lottery numbers with blindfold on

Every lottery is completely random, so why shouldn’t the way you pick numbers embrace this?

What’s the first number you think of? Write it down, and you’ve got your first pick!

There are various other ways to randomly pick numbers as well – the only limit to the ways is your own imagination. You could even just drop a pen on some numbers and use the one it hits.

We could go on about random number picking methods for hours, but we’ll let you get creative instead. As long as you end up with the correct number of picks, you’re doing it right.

This is actually one of our top ways to pick numbers, as it doesn’t have to take too long and it takes the pressure off having to think of lottery numbers for yourself.

5. Pick Numbers Over 31

lottery numbers up to 31 crossed out

Although this method won’t increase your chances of winning, it could increase the amount you win if you’re lucky enough to scoop the jackpot.


Well, most people have some low numbers in their selection, as they often use birthdays. Therefore, the numbers over 31 are used less frequently.

This then means that there’s less chance of someone else also hitting the jackpot with your numbers.

Think of it like this: You pick your numbers for a $10m jackpot, and 10 people win. Everyone would get $1 million each.

If only 2 people win though, you’d instead find yourself raking in $5 million.

We’d recommend this method to everyone, as it at least does have some mathematical reasoning behind it.

6. Make A Pattern

Lottery numbers selected in the shape of a heart

When you’re looking down at your lottery slip, you’ll notice that every selection contributes towards a pattern. This method involves picking numbers by drawing on the slip.

You could go in a circle, for example, or you could try to draw out a letter of the alphabet. Use your artistic flair and ability to make something that really does look great when you hand it over to the cashier.

Don’t just go in a straight line though as loads of people do this, so if you win, you’ll be sharing your prize with quite a few other winners.

7. Use A System

Delta system lottery

Another way some people choose their lottery numbers is by using a system.

There are plenty of these online, all of which are supposed to improve your odds of winning the jackpot.

In reality, they don’t, but many people have found it works for them.

There are tons out there, but we will only explain the Delta System today.

It works like this:

  • Choose a number from 1 to 3.
  • Pick two other numbers from 1 to 8.
  • Now pick something close to 8.
  • Now pick two numbers between 8 and 15.
  • Mix the numbers up, so they’re not in numerical order.
  • Your first lottery number is the first Delta number in the sequence.
  • The second number is the first two Delta numbers added together.
  • The third is your second lottery number + the third Delta number.
  • The fourth number is the third lottery number + the fourth Delta number.
  • The fifth is the fourth lottery number + the fifth Delta number.
  • The sixth is the fifth lottery number + the sixth Delta number.

We know this sounds confusing, but it’s actually easy if you follow the instructions.

If any number is higher than the highest lottery number, just mix the numbers around until the system works for you.

8. Leave It To The Machine

lottery machine printing numbers

Feeling lazy? This is the perfect method for you if you can’t be bothered to think about your lottery numbers.

Most lotteries allow players to simply receive random numbers, picked for them by a machine.

Just select the option, and you’ll receive your ticket, complete with the correct number of selections.

You’ll hear some people saying that letting the machine pick your numbers ruins your chances of winning.

The truth, however, is that whether you spend a year choosing your numbers or whether you let the machine do it, you’ll still have exactly the same chances of winning.

Picking numbers randomly is a hugely popular way to choose numbers in some countries, such as the UK.

Why not see if the lottery machine can help you win the jackpot?

It’s All About Lady Luck

We hope there’s at least one method here you like the sound of for the next time you try to hit the jackpot.

If you’re lucky enough to win, be sure to check out our handy guide on how to cope with winning the lottery.

It would be life changing, after all!