The Robert H. LeBas Family Partnership of Church Point won $21.2 million, which was the largest jackpot won on a single ticket. The largest multi-winner jackpot was $31 million and was split between Kimberly D. Hall of Bon Wier, Texas, and Roland and Marion LeBeouf Family Partnership of Houma, with each receiving $15.5 million. These jackpots were paid as annuities. The largest single-payment winner was Timothy M. Smith of Marrero, who won $15.6 million.
The jackpot shouldn't be the overriding factor in deciding which lottery to bet on, however. The odds are also of critical importance. If, for example, you bet on the biggest lottery of them all, MegaMillions, where the jackpot can sometimes exceed half a billion US dollars, you'll be facing odds of 302,575,350 to one. Austrian Lotto, where the highest jackpot to date is approx. $14 million, might seem small in comparison until you realise the odds are just 8,145,060 to one – a difference of over 290 million for just $2 a game!
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That said there are plenty of ways to increase your chances of winning by tilting the odds in your favour. With that in mind we've compiled seven sure-fire ways of increasing your chances. Forget positive thinking, so-called laws of attraction or any of that sort of stuff. There's nothing mystical here, rather a set of strategies which stand up to scientific rigour.
To illustrate this point, let’s say an average lottery player spends $5 per week on Powerball tickets. That’s $20 each month or $240 spent on lottery tickets every year. This person buys lottery tickets every month of every year for 25 years, as my grandfather did throughout his adult life. The amount spent on lottery tickets over a lifetime is $6,000, which surely could have been put to better use. Instead, that $6,000 disappeared, and never won any jackpot big enough to cover the player’s expenses.
Select numbers that are drawn frequently. If you notice that a few numbers stand out for being drawn significantly more often than the others, consider including them in your pick. Be aware, though, that several other people will be trying this tactic; if you win with frequently picked numbers, you might be at a greater risk of having to share the prize with other winners.