A lottery expert says players should not use birthdays or anniversary numbers 'because that's what a lot of people do'

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  • A lottery expert says to avoid using birthday or anniversary dates for better odds.

  • "Well simply because that's what a lot of people do," Richard Wheeler told Inside Edition.

  • Wheeler said that choosing higher numbers will give a player a better chance at winning.

A lottery expert says that players should avoid using specific numbers like anniversary dates and use higher numbers for better odds of winning.

"Well simply because that's what a lot of people do," Richard Wheeler told Inside Edition. "So think about it, one through 12 and for birthdays and anniversaries, you end up sharing with other people."

Wheeler told the outlet that another strategy for a greater chance of solely having the winning ticket is not to pick low numbers.

"What you can do to increase your odds is pick numbers a little higher, usually that means picking numbers in the 60's," he continued. "The last three draws there have been numbers in the 60's and that's why it's rolled over no one is picking those numbers."

His comments come as the Mega Millions jackpot increased to $1.28 billion since no one has won the prize since April 15, The Associated Press reported.

The AP reported on Saturday that someone in Illinois won the massive prize from Friday's drawing. The winning numbers were 13-36-45-57-67, and Mega Ball was 14. The winner has yet to step forward and claim their fortune.

"We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history," Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald said in a news release. "We're eager to find out who won and look forward to congratulating the winner soon!"

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