$425M Powerball Jackpot: Five Tips to Win

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a $425 million Powerball jackpot now up for grabs Wednesday night, people are lining up across the country with dreams of hitting it big.

“[I] really want that Powerball,” Tony Hanson of Georgia said.

In 2006, eight meatpacking workers -- called the “Nebraska 8″ -- struck gold in Lincoln, Neb., with a single ticket chosen by a computer.  They won $365 million -- the biggest lottery payout in U.S. history.

For Americans hoping to score big like the Nebraska 8, experts shared these tips with ABC News on Monday:

  • Quick Picks and personal numbers have the same chance of winning -- one in 175 million.
  • The only way to increase the chances of winning the Powerball is to buy more tickets.
  • However, the more people buy tickets, the worse a person’s chances get.
  • Search for lotteries that have smaller jackpots because they cause smaller frenzies.
  • Stay away from common lucky numbers like 3, 7 and 11 as well as numbers under 31 because they could be popular calendar dates like birthdays and anniversaries and would mean sharing the jackpot.

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