Generally, and surprisingly, yes, lotteries are similar to auctions. What do I mean by that?
In an auction, you increase the likelihood of winning by increasing your bid. In many auctions, if you increase the bid sufficiently much, that probability will go to one.
A similar thing is true for lotteries: the more tickets you buy, the higher is the likelihood of success. It is not a one-for-one correspondence, but it holds. And again, by predicting other people's actions (are they more likely to bid/gamble on week days or week ends), you can increase your chances of winning the lottery.
However, this means that you can increase your chances of winning, not that you will make a net surplus ("get a lot of money"). In the same way as sometimes, you can bid "too high" and make a net loss in an auction, you can pay a too high price for the (expected) win. In a lottery, this is quite often the case.