1. Stay away from "quick-pick"
It’s the easiest way to enter Powerball, but Richard advises against using it. ‘Every time you buy a quick pick, you get a different set of numbers; therefore, your odds are always going to be at their worst in that particular game,’ Lustig said to Forbes.
2. Don’t use birthdays and anniversaries to pick your numbers
While it’s a common habit for many to choose their numbers based on special dates in their family, Richard advises against it. Why? Because you’re only using the numbers between 1 and 31 (the number of days in the calendar) - instead of the whole board of 35 numbers. It also means with other people choosing similar numbers, you could end up splitting the prize between 20 to 40 people. ‘If you spread the numbers out across the whole track, you’ll either be the only winner or will split it with only one or two people,’ he says.
3. Stick with your instincts
Richard says to go with your gut when choosing numbers - and to make sure you have lots of variety in your number choices if playing multiple games. ‘Remember, a set of numbers wins the grand prize, not individual numbers,” he says.
4. Don't get carried away
Everyone wants to walk away with $100 million, but the seven-time lottery winner says not to go overboard with buying tickets and stay within your means. ‘Set a budget of what you’re going to spend. Do not get caught up in what’s called 'lottery fever,' he says. In other words? Don’t sacrifice the rent or shoes to buy extra tickets - stay smart!