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A LOTTERY expert has revealed seven common-sense tips that could improve your chances of winning a large jackpot.

Sandra Grauschopf, who has won tens of thousands of dollars, spilled the best practices for scoring some cash.

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In a recent article, Grauschopf said that while most "tips" don't work when it comes to improving your chances, there are a few fact-based guidelines that "really work.


Play the right games

The chances of winning lottery games are public knowledge, so it is important to check before betting.

Powerball and Mega Millions, two national lotteries, have fixed odds of winning but you often have to split the prize, as many pick the same winning numbers.

Scratch-off games have smaller prizes, but higher winning odds.

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If you buy multiple lottery tickets, your odds of winning will naturally boost.

However, this can get expensive and your overall odds of winning are still quite low.

On the other hand, if you join a lottery pool, and buy multiple tickets with multiple people, you can obtain better odds of winning without breaking the bank.

So, consider pooling money with family, friends, or coworkers to win some cash.

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In the past, people have won big but missed out on their money because they forgot to double-check their numbers.

Grauschopf said that one man lost $300,000 because he forgot to check his tickets.

Keep your own tickets in a safe place, and somewhere where you can easily find them.

If you thank you may forget, make note of the date the prize will be drawn.

You can even have the cashier who sold you the ticket verify your numbers to make sure you didn't make a mistake.

This runs the risk of the salesperson pocketing your ticket so it may be more beneficial to use a computer and check online.

Many lotteries also have apps where you can check your winnings.

Take advantage of second chance drawings

Several lottery games allow for a second chance to draw on a nonwinning ticket.

All you have to do is fill out a form on the back of the ticket, and mail it, and you get another chance.

Grauschopf said that one woman won over $120,000 by taking advantage of this method.

Don't discard tickets

If you find a ticket discarded or on the ground, double-check it.

Its owner may have made a mistake, or simply didn't think much a few dollars was worth redeeming.

You can double-check the ticket and play the second-chance game.

Protect winning tickets

Sign your lottery ticket even before you know it's a winner.

If it's lost or stolen, this will prove it's yours.

You can also create a trust to claim the winnings. This allows you to stay anonymous.

If you cash the ticket by mail, make sure to make copies to prove your winnings in case it gets lost.

Choose rare numbers

It's impossible to know what numbers lottery winners or players for that matter are picking.

Even if the ticket wins, and 1,000 people pick that number, you're going to have to split the prize 1,000 ways.

This will likely result in a low prize.

You might as well take the chance by picking a rare number.

Some people use statistics, and others bet on combinations that other people avoid - like numbers that are consecutive.

Grauschopf says that the first 31 numbers are more often selected because a lot of times, people are using birthdays and special dates to pick their numbers.

An app can also help you select numbers.

Watch out for scams

It's important to only buy tickets from authorized Lottery retailers and avoid tickets from international vendors, which are usually illegal.

Of course, if you don't purchase a lottery ticket or play a game - you won't win.

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You have to check your winning tickets as the lottery does not notify you.

And you are never required to pay money upfront.

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Police are looking for the suspect in a D.C. homicide of a young Baltimore father, officials said.

The suspect allegedly shot and killed 25-year-old Aryeh Wolf around 3:45 p.m. on August 10 in the 5100 block of Call Place, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The homicide occurred after a recent string of anti-Semitic incidents in the DMV area.

Wolf leaves behind his family, including a wife and 6-month old child, said via Instagram.

A nearby surveillance camera captured footage of the suspect leaving the area after the shooting.

D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on the suspect that would lead to his conviction.

If you recognize him or have details on his whereabouts, contact police at 202-727-9099.

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