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Playing Multiple Lines

Lottery tickets Playing multiple lines in a lottery is a great way of increasing your chances of winning, and the more lines you play, the more chances you have of winning. Even if you compare playing 1 line twice a week for a year with playing 104 lines in a single draw once a year, the latter option would give you a better chance even though the overall cost of tickets would be the same.

To understand why this is the case, let’s think about something with fewer possible outcomes. Let’s imagine that once a week we ask you to pick one playing card from a standard deck of 52 cards, and that we will give you £50 if you happen to pick the Ace of Spades. In this case it is quite possible that you will fail to pick the Ace of Spades every time, because your odds of doing so are always 1 in 52. But if you decided to play our game once every ten weeks, and pick ten cards at a time, your odds would soar or 10 in 52. And if you chose to play just once a year and pick 52 cards, you would be certain to win.

Whilst you could be just as certain to win a lottery if you bough every possible combination of numbers in a single week, this is not really practical. However, “saving up” lines by abstaining from a lottery for several weeks and then investing all of those lines in a single draw will increase your chances.

Consider a syndicate that plays 50 lines of numbers every Saturday in a 6 from 49 lottery such as the UK Lotto. Each week, they would have a 50 in 13,983,816 of hitting the jackpot. If this syndicate chose to invest the same amount of money but played just once a year, it could play 2,600 lines and have a 2,600 in 13,983,816 chance of winning the jackpot. The odds are still high that they will miss those elusive six main numbers, but they are certainly better than they would be if they played on a weekly basis.

Playing multiple lines is no guarantee that you will win, but it is a good way to increase your chances. If you currently play just one line in each draw, consider playing two lines every other draw, or four lines every four draws, or simply “save up” your lines until you have a rollover to shoot for. Alternatively, form a syndicate so that you can play multiple lines without having to increase your personal expenditure. Whatever way you decide to go, we wish you the best of luck!

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