It never fails, whenever lottery payouts get up in the stratosphere, I get e-mails from folks who are interested in the official site addresses, in some of the sites that give free advice on how to "play to win" or in those that have number generators to help them choose their own personalized "lucky" numbers. So, in an attempt to beat the requests, I've compiled a list that covers all three, including some new sites that claim to "know all." (NOTE: I personally buy a lottery ticket from time to time when the pots get "up there," but I do not endorse spending excessive amounts no matter how high the totals get.)
www.kylottery.com. The Kentucky lottery page looks a little like a slot machine itself, with bright colors, blinking art and plenty of pizzazz. With the PowerBall up to $79 million, there's no question new players will want to visit the site to learn how to play, and old hands may want to take a look at the list of past winning numbers. You never know where the inspiration will come that will help you bank the big bucks.
http://lottery.ohio.gov. The official site of the Ohio Lottery goes way beyond the big lottery drawings and lists stories of past winners, information about special drawings and details about the television show, including introductions for this week's players, so you can tune in whenever someone local makes it on the air.
www.state.in.us/hoosierlottery. For those who play in Indiana, here's a link to the Hoosier Lottery site. A bit more sedate than the Kentucky page, there is still plenty of good information here, including where all the state's profits are invested.
www.lotto-logix.com. I'm not saying this site (or any of these) will help you win the lottery. But this one does offer a long list of articles with all kinds of advice from mathematical to psychic. You'll find details on specific "systems" and some sources that have built data banks from past draws or previous choices. Even if you don't choose to follow one of them, it still makes for an interesting read.
www.alllotto.com. This is an amazingly well-maintained site that lists the winning numbers from lottery drawings all over the world. On top of that, you'll find an absolute ton of information on online gaming and other types of lottery-style play.
www.lottostat.com/pick.htm. This free online generator will suggest your specific numbers for Pick 3, Pick 4 and more. You'll also find a calculator set up to play lotteries in the United States and in foreign countries. Also included on the page are links to 20 or so software generators you can use for a fee.
www.gamblingbin.com/page5.html. If you aren't content to just scratch off the numbers that correspond to your kids' birthdays or the numbers from your combination lock on your high school locker, there's plenty of software out there to help you choose those dollar-winning digits. This site lists several of the most popular computer-generated numbers collections. Read all about them before you invest (if invest you feel you must). Actually, some of them also come with lottery-style games to play so you come out a winner no matter what.
www.iwinweekly.com. Finally, here's one you can win without paying a cent to play. The catch is that you have to visit various advertisers' Web sites to earn the free tickets. Still, if you feel lucky today, this one just might be worth your time.
Jan Perry is a Kentucky-based freelance writer for The Post. Write to her at SiteSeer2K@aol.com.