My wife and I have just come back from a weekend seeing our daughter in Sydney, Australia.
Our country, New Zealand, is about 3-and-a-bit hour's flying away, but the difference between the countries is vast.
Australia (or Oz as I'll call it from now on), is thousands of times bigger both in population and size.
Sydney's population is bigger than the entire population of our country. Crikey!
In Oz, it takes 40 minutes to get anywhere important - my daughter's standing joke - because everywhere is a long way from somewhere else.
It's the same in any large country like USA, South America or Asia.
Travel is long and takes forever.
But there is an upside to all this grand size... the lottery jackpots in the bigger countries are enormous.
And you would think that your chances of getting the main prize is better too. Not so.
That's because the number of players, balls and numbers are bigger, so the odds increase in proportion.
Now, I have ways around this... the Powerball System will improve your odds dramatically for example, as will many other parts of my systems.
But the cheapest way to get better odds is a little-known secret... and it is this:
Go for lower numbers.
That means playing 5-ball games instead of 6 or 7.
It means playing low numbers like 39, 40 or 42.
You might struggle to find these lowball numbers. Game researchers know these figures too, and so we've recently seen an increase from 5-ball games up to 6. And they've also added more bonus balls, which also have the effect of increasing odds and making it harder to win.
But there is a silver lining to the problem.
Let's take the popular Canadian Lotto.
The Lotto 6/49 game jackpot for September 7 is around $7m.
The Canadian Max Lotto, a 7/49 game, paid out $20m last week.
So you would think that the bigger jackpot would be a better bet with only one extra ball.
And it is - but for everyone else.
The chances of getting the lower 6/49 prize is much greater than a 7-ball game.
If you have a choice in your country, play the lower number games. You'll find that spending, say, $10m is just as much fun as $20m - and easier to win too!
So I'm back at my desk this morning, pleased to be home, and with an extra twist...
Our country's game is a 6/40... that's one of the lowest ball/number combination around.
And it sure helps my winning odds!
Then go for low and win big!