When the American Powerball lottery announces a jackpot prize worth hundreds of millions of dollars, you probably rush, like everyone else, to the nearest retailer to purchase your tickets. Or possibly, you buy your lottery tickets online from the comfort of home to avoid the long lines at the shop.

When the draw takes place and the numbers are announced, you check to see if you managed to win the jackpot in Powerball. If not, you may be a bit discouraged. Still, if the jackpot rolled over and grew even larger, you will most likely want to purchase tickets for the next draw as well.

As a lottery fan, you won’t want to miss a single draw. If you have a set of favourite numbers, you’ll be eager to play them regularly, in hopes that one day your luck will come. And, you probably dread the possibility that your numbers will be selected just when you forgot to purchase tickets.

What can you do to guarantee that you will never miss another draw, so that you can play the lottery without even thinking about it? Luckily, there are a number of options to choose from, especially if you play online.

Purchasing a multi-draw package will allow you to buy tickets in advance for a set number of draws. You will be playing the lottery regularly, ready for the day when you win the big jackpot.

Another option is to take out a lottery subscription. You can choose how much you wish to spend, select your numbers, and participate in every single draw without having to make a conscious decision whether to play or not.

There are other ways to play the lottery without giving the game too much thought. Some players struggle with the task of selecting their numbers. The simple solution is to use a quick-pick, computer generated random selection. Many of the biggest lottery jackpot winners have won their prizes with a quick pick ticket.

Another possibility is to play the lottery with others. When you purchase tickets together, as part of a lottery syndicate, your share of the tickets purchased will make you eligible for a share of the prizes when the group wins. For example, a EuroMillions prize of £25,476,778.30 was shared by six hospital workers in Port Talbot, Wales, in a November 2017 draw. Each of the women won £4,246,129.72, and instead of thinking about playing the lottery, they will now need to think about what to do with their prize money.

The main advantage of purchasing tickets as part of a lottery syndicate is that your odds of winning are increased while you will be spending much less buying your tickets.

However you decide to play the lottery, you must make sure to play the lottery responsibly. The lottery should be seen as a form of entertainment and not as an investment opportunity. Set aside a weekly budget for lottery play and make sure you don’t spend more than you can really afford. Hopefully, one day soon you will be visited by Lady Luck, and that could happen whether you think about playing the lottery or not.