Ask Stacy: Can I Increase My Odds of Winning the Lottery?

Every time the Powerball gets big, "experts" hit the airwaves with books and systems they say will increase your odds. Should you bite?

Ask Stacy: Can I Increase My Odds of Winning the Lottery? Photo by ronstik / Shutterstock.com

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Today’s question is about the lottery; specifically, whether there are any systems or techniques you can use to improve your odds.

Personally, I rarely play the lottery and would suggest you don’t either. But I’m not a stickler about it. If you want to drop a buck or two and find it entertaining, be my guest. I’m not so sanguine, however, about people charging money and promising to increase your odds.

Here’s what I think about systems or books promising to increase your lottery odds:

For more information on this topic, check out “Can You Improve Your Lottery Odds?” and “10 Crazy Events More Likely to Happen to You Than Winning the Lottery.”

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I founded Localpizzadeliverywalledlakemi.info in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson
I'm the founder of Localpizzadeliverywalledlakemi.info and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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