Breaking the Myths about the Lottery
If you have been playing the lottery for a long time, or know someone who has, then you are probably well-versed in some of the myths that go along with playing; and believe me, there are a lot of them. It is funny how many people will buy into these myths. Of course, there has to be some truth in the myth, right?
Below are some of the most common lottery myths that are floating around the Internet. Which one of these myths did you fall for?
1. The Odds of Being Struck by Lightning are Higher than Winning the Lottery
This myth was debunked by the Lottery Commissioner from Iowa, Ed Stanek in the October 1997 issue of Public Gaming International magazine. The statistics that were gathered by NASPL indicated that in just one year, 1,139 people won a million dollars (or more), plus an additional 4,520 people won $100,000 or more while playing any North American lottery. On the opposite end of that myth, there were only 91 people struck and killed by lightning that year.
2. Using Hot and Cold Numbers to Choose Your Numbers Works
This myth is popular and it has also been practiced for many years. Why, it was even mentioned in George Orwell’s book, 1984 which was published in 1949. This particular myth states that the numbers come up more often than others in any lotto draw. This myth is untrue because every number has a chance to be drawn. While it may seem that some numbers are drawn more than others, the odds are the same for each number.
3. You Have a Higher Chance to Win When Fewer People Play
While we would like to think that if fewer people are playing, we have a higher chance of winning that coveted jackpot. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The odds are still the same, but with fewer people playing, this only means that there is a lower chance of having numerous winners.
4. Playing the Same Numbers Will Eventually Make Me Win
Although we like to think that playing the same numbers repeatedly will lead to a big win one day, that isn’t the case. Much like myth #2, every number has an equal chance of being drawn. Statistics show that every lottery ticket has one in 57 chances to match three numbers.
5. Gambling Addiction Starts by Playing the Lottery
Compulsive gambling is like any other form of addiction, as it involves both biological and psychological factors that are already part of someone’s behavior. This means that simply playing the lottery will not make you addicted to gambling. According to the National Survey on Gambling Behavior, there is no direct relationship between the rates of problematic gambling and the lottery.
6. Winning More than Once Is Impossible
Now if you’ve been reading our site for a while, you already know that it is completely possible to win the lottery more than once. Some people even have won twice in a single game!
7. A Lottery Is a Form of Taxation
Paying your taxes is a necessary part of life—there is just no way to avoid it (unless you want to go to jail that is). Playing the lottery is completely voluntary. It is that simple. No one is forcing you to go to your local corner store and purchase a ticket.
One thing that you should always keep in mind is that the lottery is not predictable and cannot be manipulated. Instead of feeding into the myths, enjoy the game for what it is. It is supposed to be fun, and exciting, and if you win—great! No matter what, keep an eye on the prize!