5 ways to boost chances of winning EuroMillions jackpot – including avoiding 13

EuroMillions ticket holders were left disappointed yesterday after the £184million jackpot rolled over.

But it's good news for those who didn't buy a ticket – as you still have another chance to bag the record-breaking prize.

However, the bad news is that the jackpot has reached its maximum, which means it won't be getting any bigger.

The previous biggest EuroMillions jackpot of £170 was scooped by an anonymous player in 2019.

On Friday one lucky person could walk away with the biggest amount of money in EuroMillions history, changing their life – and most probably the life of everyone around them.

But how can You increase your chances of becoming the person who claims the money?

Pick bigger numbers

As we know, the numbers are drawn at random, but there are four ways you can increase your chances that little bit.

The majority of numbers that are picked are below 30. This is because people often go for numbers that are special to them. Think birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

If you want to increase your chances of not having to share the jackpot, make sure you pick some of the bigger numbers up to 50.

Dr John Haigh, emeritus reader in mathematics at the University of Sussex, said choosing six numbers entirely at random, with a combined total adding up to at least 200, mean that any prize would be shared with fewer people.

Don't pick last week's numbers

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The last winning numbers for the EuroMillions jackpot were 06, 13, 22, 45, 49 with Lucky Stars 10, 11.

You may think it's a good idea to pick these numbers again, but the likelihood of these exact numbers coming up again is very low.

In addition, you might not be the only one thinking of doing this – which would mean if you did win you'd be splitting it with a lot of people.

Don't pick number 13

13 may historically be an unlucky number – but if you think you're the only one picking it, think again.

It's actually the seventh most popular number when it comes to being picked.

If you don't want to share the jackpot, you're better off picking a different number that fewer people pick.

Play online

If you play online you're much less likely to lose a winning ticket.

In 2021 alone, more than £6million has gone unclaimed from EuroMillions.

Playing online means you can also pay by direct debit, which means you don't have to worry about physically going to the shop.

The best thing about it is that you'll be notified if you win – and you can use the handy ticket checker.

Don't pick a pattern

It can be tempting to evenly space out numbers so they form a pattern or lines. This is a good enough reason not to.

Because so many people end up picking the same number, it lowers your chances of getting a huge chunk of the jackpot should you win.

Consider clustering two or three numbers together instead.

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