Tonight is the record $500 MILLION Powerball drawing. And your odds of winning are one in 175 million. Those aren't very good. Fortunately, we've got a little advice here that might increase those odds just a little bit. Here are five expert tips for winning tonight's Powerball. Of course, we can't guarantee that using these will make you win, but they might.

  • 1

    Pick Your Own Numbers

    Don't bother letting the machine pick random numbers. Customized numbers have the same chance of winning. And those numbers are LUCKY to you, right?

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    Pick Obscure Numbers

    But don't pick popular lucky numbers like seven or numbers under 31, because those could be birthdays. More people will have those numbers and could end up splitting the jackpot with you. You're hoping you have obscure numbers, and they hit.

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  • 3

    Buy More Tickets

    It's the only real way to increase your odds of winning.

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  • 4

    Mix It Up

    Don't pick the same number for the Powerball every time.

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  • 5

    Document Your Tickets

    Make sure if you're in a lottery pool, you send photo proof of the tickets you bought for the group and ones you bought for yourself. You don't need the inevitable lawsuit if that line is blurred.

    Eric Meier