What are the chances of winning the lottery?
Explore the chances of winning the lottery, underlying calculations for Set for Life, EuroMillions, Powerball and more. We also share key lottery tips and tricks.
Odds of winning the lottery
|Lotteries||Odds of winning the lottery||Grand prize|
|2by2||1 in 105,625||US$22,000 / US$44,000|
|6aus49||1 in 139,838,160||€9 Million|
|All or Nothing||1 in 324,632||US$100,000|
|Atlantic 49||1 in 13,983,816||CA$1 Million|
|Austrian Lotto||1 in 8,145,060||€ 250,000|
|Cash4Life||1 in 21,846,048||US$1,000 / day for life|
|Danske Lotto||1 in 8,347,680||Kr.9,271,928|
|El Gordo de Navidad||1 in 100,000||€4 Million|
|El Gordo de Verano||1 in 100,000||€20 Million|
|El Niño||1 in 100,000||€2 Million|
|Eurojackpot||1 in 139,838,160||€33,068,520|
|Euromillions||1 in 3,107,515||£138 Million|
|Euromillions GO!||1 in 3,107,515||£138 Million|
|Euromillions Hotpicks||1 in 2,118,760||£1,500|
|Finnish Lotto||1 in 18,643,560||€12 Million|
|French Lotto||1 in 19,068,840||€3 Million|
|Gimme 5||1 in 575,757||US$100,000|
|GlücksSpirale||1 in 5,000,000||€2,010,000|
|Health Lottery (UK)||1 in 2,100,000||£25,000|
|Hong Kong MK6||1 in 13,983,816||HK$90,951,590|
|La Primitiva||1 in 31,625,100||€5 Million|
|Lotofácil||1 in 3,268,760||R$124.9 Million|
|Lotto 649 (Canada)||1 in 13,983,816||CA$6 Million|
|Lotto America||1 in 25,989,600||US$22.8 Million|
|Lotto America||1 in 25,989,600||US$15.93 Million|
|Lotto Hotpicks (UK)||1 in 834,398||£350,000|
|Lotto MAX (Canada)||1 in 33,294,800||CA$65 Million|
|Lotto New Zealand||1 in 3,838,380||NZ$4 Million|
|Lotto Strike (Australia)||1 in 3,575,880||AU$11 Million|
|Lotto UK||1 in 45,057,474||£2 Million|
|Lotto x5||1 in 45,057,474||£1 Million|
|Lucky for Life||1 in 30,821,472||US$1,000 / day for life|
|MEGA 2022||1 in 50,063,860||£100 Million|
|Mega Jackpot (Australia)||1 in 9,483,167||AU$1 Million|
|Mega Millions||1 in 302,575,350||US$312 Million|
|Mega-Sena||1 in 50,063,860||R$325.2 Million|
|Mexico Melate||1 in 32,468,436||Mex$238.5 Million|
|Mini Lotto||1 in 850,668||£70,000|
|National Lottery (Ireland)||1 in 10,700,000||€175 Million|
|OZ Lotto||1 in 45,379,620||AU$4 Million|
|People’s Postcode lottery||1 in 135,000||£3.2 Million|
|Polish Lotto||1 in 13,933,816||€90 Million|
|Poppy Lottery||1 in 1,489||£20,000|
|Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||US$312 Million|
|Quina (Brazil)||1 in 24,040,016||R$500,000|
|SA Powerball||1 in 42,375,200||R232,131,750|
|SAT Lotto||1 in 8,145,060||AU$4 Million|
|Set for Life lottery||1 in 15,300,000||£10000 / month for 30 years|
|Spiel 77||1 in 10,000,000||€ 177,777|
|Sunday Lotto||1 in 31,625,100||€3.5 Million|
|Super Enalotto||1 in 622,614,630||€209.1 Million|
|Super Jackpot (Australia)||1 in 18,385,876||AU$500,000|
|Super6 (Germany)||1 in 1,000,000||€ 100,000|
|Swiss Lotto||1 in 31,474,716||CHF45 Million|
|Tag Canada||1 in 600,000||CA$100,000|
|Thunderball||1 in 8,060,598||£500,000|
|Tri-State Megabucks||1 in 4,496,388||US$1.28 Million|
|UK Millionaire Maker||1 in 3,570,000||£14 Million|
|Viking Lotto||1 in 61,357,560||€44 Million|
|Wednesday Lotto||1 in 8,145,060||AU$4 Million|
|WorldMillions||1 in 100,000,000||R130,000,000|
Subject to change
The top prizes and current rules provided by CasinoAlpha reflect the current state of a lottery jackpot, its lower bound, average, or estimated value. We share this data for informative purposes. Remember that these values will fluctuate from one draw to the next.
Key facts about your chances of winning the lottery
- El Gordo offers the best odds of winning the lottery (1 in 100,000) among multimillion-dollar draws.
- The British Poppy Lottery provides a better chance but with a considerably smaller £20,000 prize.
- SuperEnalotto provides the poorest odds for winning the grand prize, 200 times lower than winning the EuroMillions maximum jackpot.
- For the chances of winning the lottery by any amount, El Gordo de Verano provides the best odds of 1 in 3, with the French lotto coming as a close second with 1 in 5.99.
- The worst chance of getting a lottery payout is met in the Brazilian Mega-Sena, which provides 1 in 2,298 odds of a payout.
- You are 1.54 times more likely to win the maximum £20,000 in the Poppy Lottery than you are to get a payout in the Mega-Sena.
- Powerball has had the highest recorded jackpot win of US$ 1.586 billion in 2016.
- The odds of winning Powerball jackpots is 1 in 292,201,338, being the third-lowest among selected draws.
How to calculate the chances of winning the lottery?
You will find the odds of winning the lottery, either by any amount or by prize type, as a 1 to a value.
These fractional values indicate the probability that a random selection of numbers on a ticket will be the winning combination.
In the case of your probability to get any amount, the calculation considers the additional payouts for combinations that match fewer numbers than the full draw.
To better understand (and calculate) the probability to win the lottery, you should understand how a draw functions.
How do lotteries work?
- The organiser sells tickets to willing participants on a national, regional, or international level.
- Each player buys one or more tickets with varying combinations of numbers.
- Depending on the lotteries, a part of the customer’s money or a previously set amount is advertised as the jackpot.
- On the day of the draw, an automatic system randomly selects several balls with the winning numbers.
- Players are awarded payouts according to the game rules.
Rules may vary, with lotteries having bonus balls or other special features. However, these steps are the only essential for calculating your probability to win the lottery.
Most operators of lotteries resemble the ones of online casinos, often offering various games, such as bingo or keno, as well as available online tickets.
Resulting odds of winning the grand lottery prize
The chance of winning the lottery is given by the probability that you select all numbers as they will be drawn.
We will work with a standard 6/49 lottery. In this case, you get the big prize by matching six numbers from 1 to 49. Now, if you would have to match the drawn balls exactly, your odds would be 1 in 49 to the sixth. Without getting into it, 49 raised to the sixth is gigantic, so your odds to win the lottery would be microscopic.
Fortunately, you just have to match the numbers in any order. The result is marginally better. You can compute it by the combinations formula.
The formula for the odds of winning the lottery
To calculate the probability of guessing all numbers, you must divide the factorial of the maximum number by the factorial of the number of selected numbers times the factorial of their difference.
The formula for 6/49 draws
- 1 in 49!÷[6! ×(49-6)!]
The factorial is the product of every positive integer less than or equal to a number. For 6, for instance, 6! is equivalent to 1 × 2 × 3 × 4 × 5 × 6.
Example: Odds of winning the lottery UK jackpot
The UK lotto is a standard draw with six numbers going from 1 to 59. For the chances of winning the lottery UK jackpot, we proceed similarly.
We use the combinations formula
- 1 in 59!÷[6!×(59-6)!]
By simplifying, we only need to calculate 54 × 55 × 56 × 57 × 58 × 59 divided by the factorial of 6. This results in the odds to win the lottery UK draw of 1 in 45,057,474.
Extra features mean extra issues
The calculations are not equivalent and can get more complicated by adding a bonus ball and other systems.
What are the odds of winning the lottery twice?
No matter the raffle, the probability of getting the jackpot twice equals the square of your odds for getting it once.
For a standard 6/59 raffle with 1 in 45,057,474 odds, the likelihood of getting the jackpot twice is 1 in 45,057,474 times 1 in 45,057,474 or 1 in 2,030,175,963,260,676.
Example: Mega Millions Powerball jackpot odds
Powerball is played by choosing five numbers from 1 to 69 and one more bonus ball from 1 to 26.
In the situation of the Mega Millions Powerball jackpot, we need to break down the problem into several subtasks.
The odds of winning Powerball are given by
- The odds of correctly matching the five numbers in any order.
- AND the correct guess of the bonus ball.
We capitalised the AND word since it indicates an essential condition for our result that we will see later.
The first part is basic knowledge: we divide 69! by 5! times (69-5)! to get a 1 in 11,238,513 chance that you win the lottery prize of US$1 million. However, this still is not the grand prize.
For this, you need to mark the correct outcome for the bonus ball. This is as simple as guessing the one in 26 possible results, so we get 1 in 26.
The odds of winning Powerball grand prizes are then conditioned by guessing the five regular balls AND the bonus ball. Thus, we have to multiply these two results.
In other words, 1 in 11,238,513 AND 1 in 26 is equivalent to 1/11,238,513 × 1/26, or 1 in 292,201,338.
The chance of winning the lottery with other payouts
We have only considered the odds of winning the lottery jackpot or first prize up to this point.
However, all lotteries will provide a smaller prize for matching a smaller number of balls.
A simple example: Lotto Hotpicks odds and prizes
|5 matched numbers||£350,000||1 in 5,006,386|
|4 matched numbers||£13,000||1 in 455,126|
|3 matched numbers||£800||1 in 32,509|
|2 matched numbers||£60||1 in 1,711|
|One matched number||£6||1 in 59|
Rules of Lotto Hotpicks
It is a standard draw of five numbers going from 1 to 59. We have used the same combinations formula to calculate each chance.
Odds of winning the lottery visualized for Hotpicks
A complex example: Odds of winning Powerball prizes
Powerball is an excellent example of a draw where payouts depend on two independent variables.
When considering the payouts and odds of winning Powerball prizes, payouts other than the grand prize require a different approach from the combinations formula.
The complications come from the payout table. Take, for example, the most straightforward double pool conditioned payout: you match the Powerball.
You should know by now that the probability to win the lottery payout should equal 1/26 or 1 in 26. It seems natural since you are focusing on a single pool where there are 26 possibilities
What changes your chances of winning the lottery payouts?
The main idea is that these calculations would be correct, but only if you played solely on the 26-pool pull.
However, when placing a ticket, you also select values for the main pool of numbers. In this case, you must think of the probability of matching the Powerball AND not matching any other balls in the main pool.
Steps to calculating the odds of winning Powerball conditioned payouts
- Calculate the probability of matching the Powerball (it’s 1/26)
- Express the chance of not matching any number in the main draw
- Derive the probability of not matching any numbers
- Multiply the two resulting probabilities (hence the capitalised AND)
The main issue
The most difficult (and most contrasting to our previous approach) is the requirement to think of the likelihood of not matching any number from the main draw. Unfortunately, this event does not come with a clean and intuitive expression.
There are two ways of thinking about computing the probability of not hitting any number in the main draw.
You could eliminate all the possibilities of success, i.e., compute the odds that you do not match five numbers AND do not match four numbers and so on. Unfortunately, the approach comes with issues mainly from the fact that these outcomes are not mutually exclusive.
Here is a second approach. Imagine that the five balls were drawn already. This leaves 64 undrawn balls.
What is the probability that all your picked numbers reside exclusively in this pool?
This reduces the problem to our previous combinations formula. Essentially, you are calculating how to select the five numbers from these remaining 64 possibilities.
The probability that you do not match any of the drawn white balls for any one draw is 1 in 7,624,512. But, there are 292,201,338 possible combinations, so we have to divide the first result by the latter.
Thus, the probability of not matching any white balls and only matching the Powerballs is 1 in 38.32.
As expected, it is slightly lower than the intuitive (but erroneous) 1 in 26 odds.
Odds of winning the lottery visualized for Powerball
The emerging probabilities provide a slope that is relatively evocative of the previous, non-conditioned draw type. The additional Powerball payout entries only reduce the steepness.
However, when looking at the grander picture, one thing is clear. The odds of winning Powerball payouts remain low.
Odds of winning the lottery visualized for all payouts
Powerball has an additional power play multiplier from 2x the prize values up to 10x. Power play does not affect the grand prize and only raises the second prize to US$2 million.
Odds of winning the lottery by any amount
Most lotto organisers will publish an overall chance of winning the lottery by any amount.
This probability characterises the likelihood for a ticket to receive any type of payout, without considering its actual value.
You can see it as a parallel to the return to player rate that you would find published for casino games.
Its computation too comes close to that of the RTP. It also summarises the computations you have seen and learned up until now.
Likelihood to win anything in standard draws
We will use a standard lotto draw of six numbers from 1 to 49. The prize amounts are irrelevant to the calculation.
Reminder: Odds of winning anything for 6/49 lotto
- Match 6 – 1 in 13,983,816
- Match 5 – 1 in 55,5492
- Match 4 – 1 in 1,033
- Match 3 – 1 in 56.7
- Match 2 – 1 in 8.3
- Match 1 – 1 in 2.42
Calculating chances of winning the lottery by any amount
We have to sum up all the possibilities of receiving a prize by tier and then divide it by the number of possible draws, i.e., 13,983,816.
However, the payout odds per prize tier we computed are the number of possible wins for that particular tier, divided by total outcome combinations. Thus, we can sum them up without further calculations.
We get ~0.5523, and we convert it into the odd formulation. The final chance to get any payout is 1 in 1.8106.
The same process holds for bonus games
You can similarly compute the chance of winning the lottery draw by any amount for bonus games.
You need to follow the highlighted steps for finding the prize tier payout probabilities, sum them up and turn them back into odd formulations.
Short example: Odds of winning Powerball by any amount
There are 11,750,538 total ways in which you can get a payout. By dividing by 292,201,338 (total possible draws), we arrive at ~0.04021.
Then, we divide 1 by 0.04021 and arrive at 1 in 24.87 odds of winning Powerball payouts in general.
We arrived at the total combinations where you get a payout via the same process for calculating smaller payout probabilities. We then only summed up the values.
Chances of winning a national lottery
|Lottery||Country||Odds of winning the lottery jackpot||Odds of getting anything|
|The National Lottery||United Kingdom||1 in 45,057,474||1 in 9.3|
|The National Lottery||Ireland||1 in 10,700,000||1 in 29|
|Loterias y Apuestas del Estado||Spain||1 in 13,983,816||1 in 8.43|
|6aus45||Austria||1 in 8,145,060||1 in 12|
|FDJ Loto||France||1 in 19,068,840||1 in 5.99|
|6aus49||Germany||1 in 8,145,060||1 in 12|
|Lotto||Italy||1 in 8,145,060||1 in 12|
|SuperEnalotto||Italy||1 in 622,614,630||1 in 16|
|Lotto7/34||Norway||1 in 5,379,616||1 in 138|
|Lotto7/40||Finland||1 in 18,643,560||1 in 50 / 1 in 19 for Plus|
|Lotto7/36||Denmark||1 in 139,838,160||1 in 10|
|Svenska Spel||Sweden||1 in 6,724,520||1 in 59|
|Lotto Plus||Poland||1 in 13,933,816||1 in 8.43|
|Sayisal||Turkey||1 in 13,983,816||1 in 8.43|
|Lotto 6/49||Canada||1 in 13,983,816||1 in 8.43|
|Loteria Nacional||Mexico||1 in 120,000||1 in 5|
|Lotto||New Zealand||1 in 3,838,380||1 in 11|
|Mega-Sena||Brazil||1 in 50,063,860||1 in 2,298|
|Quiniela||Argentina||1 in 76,527,504||1 in 299|
|Tatts Lottery||Australia||1 in 8,145,060||1 in 12|
These are only a selection of popular and accessible lotteries from around the world. There are many more nations that organise their own raffles. However, these often are only available to their citizens.
Countries with functioning lotteries
Odds of winning the lottery for international draws
Europe and North America have several cross-state or country lotteries with varying odds and game types.
These draws will accept players from participating countries and provide a shared prize pool.
Regional lotteries and their winning odds
|Name||Participating countries/states||Chances of winning the lottery jackpot||Odds of getting any payout|
|EuroMillions||Austria, Belgium, Ireland, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK||1 in 139,838,160||1 in 13|
|Eurojackpot||Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Iceland, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Czechia||1 in 140,000,000||1 in 32|
|Vikinglotto||Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Belgium||1 in 61,357,560||
1 in 1.75 (Belgium)
1 in 21 (Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia)
1 in 51 (Sweden)
1 in 50 (others)
|Channel Islands Lottery||Islands of Guernsey and Jersey||–||–|
|Mega Millions||All but Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah||1 in 302,575,350||1 in 24|
|Powerball||All but Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah||1 in 292,201,338||1 in 24.87|
|2by2||Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming||1 in 105,625||1 in 3.59|
|Cash4Life||Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee||1 in 21,846,048||1 in 8|
|Lotto America||Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia||1 in 25,989,600||1 in 9.63|
|Lucky for Life||Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, North Dakota, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming||1 in 1,813,028||1 in 7.8|
|Tri-State Lottery||Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont||1 in 4,496,388||1 in 5.9|
Odds of winning EuroMillions
|Tiers||Chances of winning EuroMillions prizes||Average prizes|
|Match 5 + 2 lucky stars||1 in 139,838,160||€55,040,199.04|
|Match 5 + 1 lucky star||1 in 6,991,908||€439,922.08|
|Match 5||1 in 3,107,515||€66,944.69|
|Match 4 + 2 lucky stars||1 in 621,503||€3,669.25|
|Match 4 + 1 lucky star||1 in 31,075||€181.29|
|Match 4||1 in 13,811||€77.74|
|Match 3 + 2 lucky stars||1 in 14,125||€76.97|
|Match 3 + 1 lucky star||1 in 706||€13.96|
|Match 3||1 in 314||€11.62|
|Match 2 + 2 lucky stars||1 in 985||€18.80|
|Match 2 + 1 lucky star||1 in 49||€7.53|
|Match 2||1 in 22||€4,14|
|Match 1 + 2 lucky stars||1 in 188||€9,87|
EuroMillions works by drawing five numbers with values from 1 to 50 and an additional 2 lucky stars from a separate pool of numbers from 1 to 12.
When are EuroMillions draws held?
You can watch the EuroMillions next draw every Tuesday and Friday at 20:45 in Paris.
How much is a EuroMillions ticket?
A standard ticket for the next raffle has a price of €2.5, £2.5 for British residents, and CHF3.5 for Swiss citizens.
Odds of winning Powerball
|5 numbers + Powerball||Grand prize||1 in 292,201,338|
|5 numbers||US$1 Million||1 in 11,688,053.52|
|4 numbers + Powerball||US$50,000||1 in 913,129.18|
|4 numbers||US$100||1 in 36,525.17|
|3 numbers + Powerball||US$100||1 in 14,494.11|
|3 numbers||US$7||1 in 579.76|
|2 numbers + Powerball||US$7||1 in 701.33|
|1 number + Powerball||US$4||1 in 91.98|
|Powerball||US$4||1 in 38.32|
|Win anything||–||1 in 24.87|
When is Powerball drawing?
You can watch Powerball drawings every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, at 10:59 PM ET.
How much is a Powerball ticket?
The standard ticket costs US$2 apiece. You can also add on the Power Play multiplier up to five times. Each multiplier costs US$1.
Set for Life lottery systems
Lotto set for life systems have a recurrent grand prize. If you match the main draw entirely, the operator will award you with an award for a specified time period.
This can vary from one year to your lifetime, depending on the lotto game you participate in and its operator’s decisions.
There already are several set for life lottery systems out there. We will present the most popular.
UK’s Set for Life odds
|5 standard balls + Life ball||£10,000 / month for 30 years||1 in 15,339,390|
|5 standard balls||£10,000 / month for 1 year||1 in 1,704,377|
|4 standard balls + Life ball||£250||1 in 73,045|
|4 standard balls||£50||1 in 8,116|
|3 standard balls + Life ball||£30||1 in 1,782|
|3 standard balls||£20||1 in 198|
|2 standard balls + Life ball||£10||1 in 134|
|2 standard balls||£5||1 in 15|
The first two payouts for the UK Set for Life draw will award participants a jackpot divided into monthly instalments, similar to how some gambling platforms divide large withdrawals.
However, while in the case of these sites, monthly payments represent a hindrance, making players flock to fast payout casinos, incremental payouts for a lottery’s jackpot can be beneficial. Having a constant flow of funds means you can manage your spending and lower the risks of overindulgence.
The UK Set for Life draw gives you a 1 in 12.4 probability of getting anything per ticket.
What time is Set for Life drawn?
You can tune in one the official website or YouTube channel of Set for Life every Monday and Thursday at 8:00 PM, to watch a new draw.
Cash4Life (US) chances
|5 standard balls + bonus ball||US$1000 / day for life||1 in 21,846,048|
|5 standard balls||US$1000 / week for life||1 in 7,282,016|
|4 standard balls + bonus ball||US$2,500||1 in 79,440|
|4 standard balls||US$500||1 in 26,480|
|3 standard balls + bonus ball||US$100||1 in 1,471|
|3 standard balls||US$25||1 in 490|
|2 standard balls + bonus ball||US$10||1 in 83|
|2 standard balls||US$4||1 in 28|
|1 standard ball + bonus ball||US$2||1 in 13|
Cash4Life also comes with a 1 in 8 chance to win anything. The game is interesting since, unlike Set for Life, where the payout works on a limited (albeit lengthy) period, grand prize and second prize winners receive funds throughout their life.
In Set for Life, you would get £3.6 million or £120,000 across 30 or 1 year. Cash4Life is much more generous.
The grand prize winner would get US$365,000 per year and over US$10,950,000 within 30 years.
For the second prize, claimants can expect US$52178.6 in one year and US$1,565,358 in 30 years.
When is Cash4Life played?
You can tune in every day at 9 PM to watch a new Cash4Life draw.
Lucky for Life (US) odds
|5 standard balls + Lucky ball||US$1000 / day for life||1 in 30,821,472|
|5 standard balls||US$25,000 / year for life||1 in 1,813,028|
|4 standard balls + Lucky ball||US$5,000||1 in 143,356|
|4 standard balls||US$5200||1 in 8,433|
|3 standard balls + Lucky ball||US$150||1 in 3,413|
|3 standard balls||US$20||1 in 201|
|2 standard balls + Lucky ball||US$25||1 in 250|
|2 standard balls||US$3||1 in 15|
|1 standard ball + Lucky ball||US$6||1 in 50|
|Lucky ball||US$4||1 in 32|
Lucky for Life resembles Cash4Life in its prize tiers, but the probability for getting the lottery jackpot is lower.
While grand prize winners would make the same amount, second prize winners would accumulate US$25,000 in one year and US$750,000 in 30 years. However, the odds to win the lottery second prize in Lucky for Life are more than 4 times better than in Cash4Life.
When is Lucky for Life drawn?
Lucky for Life also runs nightly, at 10:30 PM ET.
Which lottery has the best odds of winning?
You now know how to calculate the odds of winning the lottery, the types of draw games, various national and international draws, and set for life draw statistics.
But, where will you have the best chance to win the lottery?
We will think of the probability of getting the grand prize and that of getting a payout in general.
El Gordo de Navidad, El Gordo de Verano, and El Niño provide the best odds of winning multi-million Euro grand prizes.
Each ticket has a 1 in 100,000 chance to get the maximum jackpot.
The Poppy Lottery
The Poppy Lottery from the UK has a probability of 1 in 1,489 to get the maximum prize. However, the jackpot only amounts to £20,000.
Thus, the Poppy Lottery is best when considering the net odds for winning the jackpot, regardless of whether it is in the millions or not.
The French Lotto
The French national lotto draw provides the best chance of getting any payout. Each ticket has a 1 in 5.99 likelihood of getting any payment.
However, this fact is only valid when considering national lotto games.
Varying Vikinglotto odds
The best chance of winning the lottery by any amount is in Vikinglotto, but only if you reside or play from Belgium. Belgians have a 1 in 1.75 chance of a payout.
Any other participating country has poorer chances which go lower than 1 in 20.
Since we do not all share in the privilege of being a Belgian citizen, we cannot consider it the best choice. But there is another option.
Standard 6/49 games
We have computed the probability of getting any payout in 6/49 games and arrived at an estimated 1 in 1.8106 likelihood.
However, this is only the case if the draw pays for any match, including matching only one number. This is not generally the case, so we look further.
El Gordo de Verano & El Niño
We return to El Gordo de Verano and El Niño. These games provide a 1 in 3 likelihood to have a paying ticket.
From our current research, El Gordo is the international lotto game that provides the best chances to get a payment for your ticket.
The People’s Postcode Lottery
The People’s Postcode Lottery is special in many ways, from the participation criteria to how it awards its prizes.
How does the Postcode Lottery work?
You enter into it using your postcode. If you match the random draw, your whole postcode area will benefit.
Tiers for the People’s Postcode Lottery
- £3.2 million for one postcode area in August draws
- £30,000 for every winning ticket in a postcode area – Every Saturday and Sunday
- £10 for 1,000 winning postcodes – Every Thursday
- £1,000 for every winning ticket in 20 postcodes – daily
Helping the community through and through
Not only will your ticket help your whole postcode area, but it will also support good causes across the nation. 33% of the ticket prices go to various charities.
The likelihood to win the People’s Postcode Lottery is 1 in 135,000. More importantly, 19.86% of all playing postcodes won a prize in the most recent draw. In other words, more than 1 in 5 tickets got a payout.
What can and can’t help your odds of winning the lottery
There are some general tips and tricks that will help your chances of winning the lottery, no matter what draw you enter into.
More crucially, some common practices will actively hinder your already small chances of getting the big prize.
Lucky numbers don’t help
The argument is simple. While you may think these numbers to be very personal to you, there’s a big chance that you share your lucky numbers with thousands of other players.
Additionally, lucky numbers, dates of birth or other such combinations usually cover a small range of possibilities. You are essentially lowering your likelihood of getting the right match alone.
- Don’t choose birthday numbers, common strings (1,2,3,4,5,6), or “lucky numbers.”
- Since many will do just that, pick double digits higher than 31, as they will not be included in birthday tickets.
There is a secret to choosing numbers
We can draw this conclusion based on Arin Zargarian’s 2020 paper on the statistical analysis of Powerball winning numbers.
Essentially, Zargarian went back and checked all the hit frequencies for the game balls beginning from 2010.
He found two numbers with a multiple hit frequency: 21, with a 43% greater chance, and 23, with a 58% greater chance.
He hypothesised that the explanation resides in minor physical differences in weights of ink and residue.
Statistical data indicates that you may want to choose 23 and 21 on your ticket.
Playing the same ticket in subsequent draws does nothing
Lottery draws are independent and random events. This means that they do not influence each other.
Many intuit that if a combination came up in last week’s draw, it would not do so this week. However, this is just as likely as any other string of numbers.
Fortunately, even though playing the same ticket will not increase your chance to win, it won’t decrease it either.
Playing the same ticket again and again will neither improve nor impair your likelihood of success.
Buying more tickets helps
Now, if you play multiple ticket variations in the same draw, you will have a better chance.
If each ticket has, say, a 1 in 100,000 probability, buying ten tickets with different combinations gives you a 10 in 100,000 likelihood or 1 in 10,000.
This still does not considerably lower the probability but gives you a better chance.
Buying more tickets for the same raffle has a beneficial effect. Still, you need many of them to see a considerable change in your chance.
Playing in syndicates may help
Take it with a grain of salt since the viability of this tip may depend on the operator’s regulations.
However, there were countless examples of draws that were won by a group of participants who bought tickets together and selected their numbers strategically.
This was the case of the last SuperEnalotto grand award, which was won by a syndicate of 70 players from Milan. Keep in mind that SuperEnalotto is notoriously disadvantageous to the player.
Allying yourself with other participants is a tested way of increasing chances. However, some jurisdictions and operators prohibit it.
Remain level headed
Do not fall into the rabbit hole of lotteries and master plans for the next big draw. The odds to win the lottery should show that your actual chance of getting something is slim no matter your approach.
The best conclusion you can draw from the data you have read is that lotteries are not profitable for the broad populus.
You should not obsess over the results, nor should you treat them as anything more than a pastime. And most important of all, knowing how to stay in control is key in any gambling activity.