The best way to win the lottery is to play responsibly. You need to stay within your budget. I play the lottery in a way that I call the "McDonald's Theory". McDonald's made their fortune in selling burgers for less but by selling vast amounts. The way this lottery theory works is by purchasing the daily number tickets that pay out less, but buying more of them.
Daily Lottery Numbers
The daily lottery numbers is a game where you pick three or four numbers and you can play them in different combinations. You can play them in exact order, in which the numbers need to come out in the exact order you picked them. You can play them in any order, where the numbers can come out in any combination , such as 123, 321, 231,etc... Of course the payout is bigger for the exact numbers winning. On average, the "any" combination pays about one quarter of the amount that the "exact" number combination will pay.
Each daily number ticket costs a dollar. You have a choice of picking three or four numbers for your ticket. I pick the three-number combination, which has better odds of winning than the four number. If you pick a three-number combination ticket for a dollar and you win, the payout is anywhere from $100 to $300, depending on the state you live in. Each three-number combination ticket gives you six sets of numbers that can win. Your now have six different numbers that can win in the daily numbers. If you buy five of these tickets and win, you will have won five times the prize pay out. This is my McDonald's theory and it works.
Pick Your Number
You need to pick your three-digit number and stick with it. If you play five tickets a day and one of those six number combinations wins, you collect an average of $1,000. Chances are one of the combinations of your three numbers will come up often. You will not win a jackpot of a million dollars this way, but you will win often. It is not only the money, but the thrill of winning that we are going after when we play these games. I also buy one ticket each day for the bigger lottery drawing for that night. You only need one ticket to win and I make sure mine is purchased daily. As with any of the lottery games, you need to pick one set of numbers and stick with them.