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Picking Lottery Numbers

It's easy to understand why so many players spend considerable time and effort deliberating over their choice of lucky numbers. Picking your EuroMillions lottery numbers is the most important part of the game. In fact, other than buying your ticket, it's just about the only part that really counts.

Lottery players adopt a wide variety of techniques to choose their numbers and here are some of the most popular methods.

Sentimental Significance

Many EuroMillions players choose their numbers based on sentimental significance: this could be anything from birthdays and anniversaries to door numbers and postcodes. This method often gives players a stronger sense of hope as they have attached personal meaning to inanimate numbers. Although this method won't increase your chances of winning, it does mean that you're more likely to remember your numbers if they come up!

Serendipitous Coincidence

EuroMillions is a game of pure luck and some players are perfectly content to rely on sheer coincidence to provide them with the winning numbers. Many players simply purchase a Lucky Dip ticket where a random set of numbers is automatically generated for the player. However, there are other ways to come up with your own completely random numbers. You could make a note of the numbers in the registration plate of a passing car, open up the phone book at a random page or even roll a set of dice.

Bear in mind that certain methods will restrict the number range – days of the month will have to be between 1 and 31; rolling one dice will give you between 1 and 6; rolling two dice and adding the result together will give you between 2 and 12 etc.  While this will make absolutely no difference to your chances of winning, it will mean that there is a greater chance of you having to share the jackpot due to the number of people using similar methods.

History

Although previous draw results have no impact whatsoever on future draws, some players select their numbers based on those that are drawn most frequently, while others rely on those drawn less frequently or on those that are overdue. It's possible that people adopt this method of choosing numbers in an attempt to assign some form of logic to a game of luck.

Whichever way you decide to choose your numbers, statistically there is no particular single set of numbers that is more likely, or less likely, to be drawn. There is always a 1 in 116,531,800 chance of winning the EuroMillions jackpot, whether you play a combination of the birthdays of your nearest and dearest or simply select 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.