Status: 16.09.2023, 07:51 a.m.
By: Anna Heyers
Lucky numbers, the birthday or wedding anniversary – which numbers you pick when playing the lottery, everyone has their own strategy. But statisticians reveal what could really help.
Who doesn't dream of hitting the jackpot in the lottery and having taken care of themselves financially? According to the Finanzfluss blog, "one in eight Germans regularly sets their crosses". Some people rely on their favorite numbers, dates for birthdays or other meaningful events. But statisticians at the University of Stuttgart have found that some numbers do not bring any luck at all. If you do, you might have to share the jackpot with many other winners.
Studies show that winning the lottery doesn't necessarily make you happier, but that doesn't mean you can't be happy about it. Lotto is and remains a game of chance, but perhaps the tips of the statisticians will help to increase the chances of winning. Alternatively, there are still a mathematician's lottery tips.
It's better not to rely on patterns or sequences of numbers
Every lottery ticket has an equal chance of winning. But you can influence how many competitors you would have to share the profit with. (Symbolic photo) © AndreyPopov/Imago
Placing the crosses diagonally, in rows or as a cross – thousands of people fill out their lottery tickets in the form of patterns. So if you bet on this tactic, you will probably have to share a possible profit, according to the statisticians. By the way, this applies not only to the big jackpot, but also to smaller winnings. By the way: These patterns also include mathematical sequences of numbers, such as 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 or 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42. Also popular, and therefore better to refrain from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
By the way: Lottery winnings are usually tax-free.
Avoid data in the lottery ticket
Similar to the patterns, the same applies to the people who tick a certain date. The lottery statistics of the University of Stuttgart clearly show that the numbers one to 31 are ticked more often than higher numbers. According to an article on forschung-und-wissen.de, statisticians advise adding up the typed numbers. The sum should result in at least 164 – so "you reduce the betting equality with date players by about 80 percent".
Is gambling legal in Germany?
According to the European Consumer Centre Germany (evz), online gambling is not generallyprohibited in Germany. The State Treaty on Gambling of 2021 states that "companies based in Germany can apply for an online gambling license" for lotteries, online casinos, online poker, horse betting, sports betting as well as virtual slot games.
The evz also writes that the federal states in Germany are responsible for online gambling. In 2021, they coordinated and regulated the legal framework (State Treaty on Gambling). The new Joint Gambling Authority of the federal states has been monitoring the German online gambling market since 2023 and is taking action against illegal providers.
Pick new numbers instead of last week's
If you play the lottery regularly and always keep an eye on the draw, you like to guess the numbers of the last draw round the following week. A mistake, according to the statisticians at the University of Stuttgart. Again, winnings must be shared with others who have also bet on these lottery numbers. In addition, it is extremely unlikely that exactly these numbers will be drawn again.
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The secret lies in the uniqueness
The experts recommend that the lottery ticket be as individual as possible. True, each ticket has the same chances of winning. But the probability of winning money can be increased by a clever approach. To do this, the above lottery tips should be heeded and larger winning pools should be avoided.