Did you hear your friends rave about how they almost struck TOTO last week?
You may not be a regular customer at the betting station, but if you hear about a jackpot that’s over 10 million, surely it gets your imagination running.
What if you won just 1% of it? A bump of $100,000 to your bank account could get you a year of stress-free living.
As you decide to take a shot at the next million dollar draw, here are 5 ways how you can spike your chances of being a winner.
1) Buy From A Popular Betting Station
Many people believe that outlets that have a track record of winning tickets are the ideal places to get your ticket. While there is no scientific reason behind it, it’s the feeling that you get when you choose to queue for famous laksa while the fishball noodle stall at the same market is empty.
Must be something good!
Here are the top 5 locations in 2015:
- 7-Eleven Yishun – Block 102 Yishun Avenue 5 #01-137 (31 winners to date)
- NTUC Fairprice Tanjong Pagar – Block 5 Tanjong Pagar Road Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-01 (20 winners to date)
- Seah Koon Huat – Block 116 Bukit Merah View #01-233 (20 winners to date)
- Singapore Pools Hougang N1 Branch – Block 106 Hougang Avenue 1 #01-1209/1211 (19 winners to date)
- Ng Teo Guan Self Service – Block 301 Ubi Avenue 1 #01-251 (21 winners to date)
2) Know What You Are Up Against
Knowing what are the chances of winning lets you appreciate the victory even more, seeing how many others have failed in order for you to win.
To win first prize, you have a probability of 1 in 13,983,816.
To put this is perspective, the probability of conceiving a child is 1 in 40,000,000.
As the winning contender when you managed to be born, are you ready to try your luck again?
3) Make The Appropriate Bet For Your Budget
A ticket costs $1 for 6 numbers you will choose, to match the exact ones that will open.
The System 7 costs $7. For this you will have 7 numbers to match with the 6 winning numbers.
For higher chances, you can have 10 numbers with a possible combination of 210. For the System 10, it will cost you $210.
To further add to your advantage, you have 12 numbers for a possible combination of 924. This System 12 bet costs you $924.
iTOTO lets you buy a System 12 ticket with less money, just that you split the winnings with 28 other people if you win. For this, it will cost you $33 for a shot at the jackpot.
4) Pool Money Together With Friends To Split The Cost While Increasing Your Chances
This is a way of playing that reduces your costs by sharing it with people, while giving you more combinations you can win with.
Colleagues, friends or family each pick a number, for a chance to win. The beauty of this is that you can buy more combinations that you can on your own. If you win, you split it with people you trusted to go on this bet, rather than strangers.
5) Danger! Picking Commonly Chosen Numbers Actually Reduces Your Winnings
While the historical winning combinations are out in the public’s eyes, there’s something that is not.
This something can affect how you split the winnings, if you believe that the draw is random such that commonly picked numbers are equally likely to appear as the less popular numbers.
Since the crucial data of most popularly chosen numbers is not publicly available, we can only make the most of it by looking at our cultural background as Asians.
Smart players will choose numbers above 31, in the range of 32 to 49.
Why is that?
This is to avoid the crowded numbers of calendar days that many are fond of buying, for memorable dates such as birthdays and anniversaries.
Another set of common numbers you will stand to benefit by avoiding are auspicious numbers such as 8, 18, 28, 38.
Do you refrain from picking numbers that sound unlucky?
Guess what’s the biggest winner in the history of TOTO…
In 2015, that winning combination was 14, 15, 19, 20, 36 and 47. The additional number was 10.
The winning? $8,042,310.
Maybe because the winner was confident that 14 was not going to cause any problems, there was no other winner to split the winnings with.
If you are a newbie hoping to try your luck in the next big draw, this should be useful for your strategy planning. All the best to you in 2016!
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