The lottery is a game of luck, right? You pick your numbers and hope for the best. Well, maybe. Lotteries are about luck, for sure. If you’re a gambler who wants to win regularly, then you’d be better off perfecting your poker skills and spending your nights hanging out at Caesars online casino or a similar establishment, playing against the big spenders and strategizing your way to a big win.

However, most gambling involves an element of strategy, including the lottery. If you love your lotteries, then there are a few things that might just increase your chances of a win.

Don’t focus on the big money. The bigger the jackpot, the lower the odds of winning. The lottery promoters love to hype up a big jackpot, and a lot more people buy tickets when that happens. If you enjoy playing the lottery, then stay consistent, and do it when the jackpot is at its most modest. Sure, the potential win is smaller, but the odds are better.

Do focus on the odds. Some lotteries simply have better odds of winning. Less people eligible to buy tickets equals better odds. Less people likely to buy tickets also equals better odds. Lots of different prize tiers? This increases your chance of winning something, even if it’s not the jackpot.

Rethink your “lucky numbers”. They may not be so lucky. Some numbers are simply considered lucky by more people (7 is one of them), and if you think that you’re getting clever with your reverse psychology, then think again. 13 is also pretty common. Even more commonly, people pick numbers based on dates, so picking any number above 31 can help. Picking the same numbers as everyone else doesn’t hurt your odds of winning, of course. It just means that you’re more likely to be sharing that jackpot.

Don’t fall for the scams. Lottery systems, patterns, psychics – there are plenty of people willing to sell you a way to win. They don’t work, and if others are buying into the same scams, then you’re back to sharing that jackpot if your numbers do happen to come up.