Do you believe everything you’re told? It’s amazing how easily some people will believe Lotto Lie #1 but must be dragged, kicking and screaming, to see the truth. Winning the lottery is difficult but opportunities to improve your chances of winning the lottery abound. Let’s put to bed Lotto Lie #1 once and for all.
Lotto Lie #1 – There is nothing you can do to improve your chances of winning the lottery.
I’ve made the mistake over the years of trying to reason with such skeptics. I’ve plied them with indisputable logic, irrefutable data and example after example about the lottery that proves that their position is untenable. All to no avail. I should have realized that only a reasonable person, someone with an open mind and willing to engage in an intellectual discussion, can ever be persuaded of anything. So, if you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir. So, if you will all turn to one of my favorite pages in the Hymnal, ‘You can improve your chances of winning the lottery.’
Lotto Lie #1 is very naive and easy to refute. First, the lottery is a game of chance. In all games of chance, the player has certain odds of winning. Up to this point, even the skeptics agree. But, here’s where I typically lose them.
In all games of chance, including lotto, there are different levels of play. Some people are very good, some people are very poor, and the rest of us fall somewhere in between. For example, it was only a few years ago, that the commonly held belief was that success at Black Jack was pure luck. After all, it was a Random Game of chance, just like the lottery. And yet, professional gamblers seemed to do quite well. The casinos fostered the idea that it was a random game of chance because it helped their bottom line, while professional gamblers quietly went about their business. However, some MIT students stumbled upon the keys to the castle and raked in lots of money at the casinos. You’ve probably heard the story or saw the movie.
Just like the lottery, if you play Black Jack intelligently, you will improve your chances of winning. In Black Jack, you study the past history by counting cards and apply a basic understanding of probability, and the advantage swings from the house to the player. Once people learned about this, almost overnight, courses were being offered and books were being sold. People had discovered that there was a lot they could do to improve their chances of winning.