Go to your state’s lottery website homepage. Click on the link to “scratch off” or “instant win” lottery games. Check current games for the best odds, as well as which games have the most available prizes left to be won. (This is usually updated weekly.) Look for games to play that still have thousands of prizes left. Avoid any games that have less than 1,500 prizes in any category, many of these prizes will already have been won by the time you see the results.
Go to your favorite convenience store that participates in the lottery. Observe all the scratch-off games offered. Write down a list of games offered. Compare the games at that store with the best games you saw on the lottery website. Pick the games you’ll play from the list that match.
Try not to play any games that are seasonal and are well past their peak month. For example, don’t buy a Christmas themed scratch-off game in February or March, even if it is still available. These games won’t have any prizes left. If you can afford it, try to buy scratch-offs that cost more to further increase your odds of winning. A $20 scratch-off ticket normally has 1 in 3 odds of winning, while $1 games can have a 1 in 5 chance of winning.
Don’t be afraid to ask the convenience store clerk if any of the scratch-off games have had any big winners recently. You want to avoid any games that have had a big winner ($20 or more) on the same roll, because there is seldom more than one big winner per roll.
Remember to tip the clerk a few bucks if they give you some advice and you win some money. This will ensure that they tell you the truth in the future, and will improve your odds even more.