I can tell you what I did last year, and planned to do again this year, had I not drawn for Wyoming elk.
My buddy n I really wanted to hunt Wyoming elk, so we put in for a unit with a good chance of drawing, but did not draw.
New Mexico n Idaho have later draw dates, so we put in for primo NM deer n lope units, then 2 primo elk units n a lesser unit with 46% ( I believe) for 3rd choice. We ended up drawing our 3rd choice elk n hunted the Pecos Wilderness.
Had we not drawn NM, it would have been on to Idaho with the same strategy!
If all else failed, plan Z was OTC elk in Colorado.