Last Updated on 19 October 2023 by Nicholas Lim

Buying an online lottery ticket is a weekly pastime for millions of people in Singapore and all over the world. The large majority of these people buy a lottery ticket from their local lotto retailer to play in their respective Country’s National lottery game. However, more and more people these days buy online lottery tickets as it is both easier and gives them access to online lotteries from around the world.

Buying lottery tickets online has never been quite as straight forward as it is nowadays. This is mainly due to the influx of several internet based lottery ticket sales agents offering online lottery tickets in the majority of the major global lotto games. Lottery players in Singapore can now participant in lottery games from the USA to New Zealand.

Online Lottery Strategy

In an average state lottery, your odds of winning are about 1 in 14 million if you buy one ticket online. If you were to buy 2 tickets, then the odds shift to 1 in 7 million. So if you were to buy 100 tickets… well you get the idea.

Now I got to thinking. How do I buy more lottery tickets without spending more money? Well, you can’t just steal the tickets so I had to come up with something else. Then I came to the conclusion that I didn’t need to buy more lottery tickets, I just needed to buy more lottery tickets per drawing. That’s when I got the idea for a lottery budget.

This would be some money that I would set aside every time I would normally play the lottery until the jackpot was really high. This way I could play all of my money at once, increase my odds of winning the lottery, and potentially come home with a lot more money than if I had picked a different time. But then I was confronted with the question “When is the best time to play?”.

Now that I had a lottery budget, I needed to decide when the best time to play was. I was a statistics major in college so I used an expected value equation to decide when would be the best time to play. The time to play varies between every lottery because the odds of winning and jackpot amount are always different, but for me it was around 13 million dollars. Since the best time to play varies for each game, I have done calculations to determine when to play based on each games lottery odds.

Calculate your Odds of Winning the Lottery

Online LotteryLet’s face it. When it comes to winning the online lottery, your odds are terrible. You can, however, increase your odds by choosing the right game at the right time. To do this you must pay attention to the payout and your odds of winning. You must also take into account, not only the jackpot, but the lower payouts as well. Then divide these numbers by your chances of winning and you will see whether or not you should play.

Most people see the big ticket mega millions but don’t realize that it is more fiscally responsible to buy a lower payout ticket.

Sample Online Lottery Calculations

The standard Ohio Classic lottery odds are calculated with a fairly simple formula. Depending on the highest number you have to choose from (this will greatly affect the probability of winning) this calculation is straight forward.

For a lottery with 49 numbers, the calculation would look like this:
(49*48*47*46*45*44)/(1*2*3*4*5*6) = 1/13,983,816
Therefore the payout should be $13,983,817 or higher for it to make sense to play. Technically you could play every single number available and still make money. You still should take into account the odds of winning a lower prize. I will use the Ohio lottery as an example:

Correct Numbers Prize Odds  Odds in%  Expected Value
6 of 6  13,986,816 1/13,986,816 0.00000715% 1
5 of 6  1,500  1/52,401 0.00190836% 0.0286254
4 of 6  70  1/1,032 0.09689922% 0.0678294
3 of 6  2 1/52 q.992307692% 0.0384615
Expected Value of Prize 1.1349164

Now that your “Expected Value” is greater than the cost of the ticket, it technically makes sense to play the lottery. The only problem with this is that no one really has a big enough bank roll to make this system useful. It would take several lifetimes to guarantee that a system like this would work. Most experts will agree that in order to get an actual gauge on an expected value of greater than one you should take into account that they will either offer a bulk sum which will be a portion of the jackpot or an annuity.

You should also take into account that you will be paying taxes on this prize. Since this website is designed to provide you with the best time to play to improve your expected value, we will focus on taking the total jackpot because you will never reach a high enough prize to really make playing the lottery justified. We are now going to look at an easy way of improving your lottery odds.

Improving your odds of Winning!

Really the only way to increase your odds is to buy more lottery tickets. Sure this seems like something a lottery spokesperson would say but it’s true. If you were to buy 5 tickets instead of 1, your odd would increase from 1/13,983,816 to 1/2,796,763. These odds are much higher but still bad. This is why I suggest that you wait until the jackpot is large enough to justify buying tickets and put your saved lottery budget into that one drawing.

While this will increase your odds of winning the lottery, you are still paying more each time you play the lottery so your expected value will stay the same. For this reason you should only play when I say that the jackpot is high enough to justify playing. For most games, it will take about 5 months before I would suggest playing. If you were to save $1 dollar per week for the lottery, you would have at least $20 dollars to spend on this jackpot. That would increase your lottery odds to 1/699,190.

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