Odds of Winning the Lottery

With the upcoming Mega Millions draw nearing $200m we often ask ourselves the question – “What are the chances of me winning?” We scoured the internet looking for information resources and come across this guide – Odds of Winning the Lottery which not only gives the answer, but details how the calculations are done.

What we found was indeed surprising. Not all lotteries are cut from the same cloth. The variation in play makes a huge difference in the odds of winning the big one. For example, Italy’s SuperEna Lotto requires the player to match 6 out of 90 balls, a 1 in 622,614,630 chance of winning the jackpot prize. This compares to Canada’s Lotto 6/49 or the UK Lottery where players try to match 6 out of 49 numbers, a 1 in 13,983,816 chance of doing so. So why would people play such a risky game like the SuperEna Lotto? With high risk comes high reward as the jackpot for the SuperEna Lotto averages over €100,000,000, more than 10x offered by the average 6/49 jackpot prize.

Maximize your chances of winning by checking out the odds offered by various lottos. With rollovers fueling ticket purchases, consider the jackpot prize against the odds of winning. Finally here are some lotto tips to keep in mind before you play.

Keep in mind that someone always wins. Why couldn’t it be you? 

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