Which lotteries give you the best chance to win? Here we will look at and compare the most popluar lotteries from around the world, and see which one gives you the best chance of winning.
1. Irish Lottery. 1 in 8,145,000 chance of winning the jackpot. 2. U.K. Lottery. 1 in 13,983,816 chance of winning the jackpot. 3. EuroMillions. 1 in 116,531,800 chance of winning the jackpot. 4. U.S. Powerball. 1 in 175,223,510 chance of winning the jackpot. 5. U.S. Mega Millions. 1 in 175,711,538 chance of winning jackpot. 6. SuperEnalotto. 1 in 622,614,630 chance of winning jackpot.
So you can see from the list above that the Irish lottery gives you a much better chance of winning than all of the other lotteries. But the cost for having a better chance of winning is that the jackpots in Ireland would be considerably less than you would find in the U.S. and Europe. For example the Irish lottery jackpot starts at €2 million. Lets have a look at the biggest jackpots for the lotteries listed above.
1. U.S. Mega Millions. Biggest jackpot of $640 million. 2. U.S. Powerball. Biggest jackpot of $365 million. 3. EuroMillions. Biggest jackpot of €185 million. 4. SuperEnalotto. Biggest jackpot of €146.9 million. 5. U.K. Lottery. Biggest jackpot of £42 million. 6. Irish Lottery. Biggest jackpot of €16.7 million.
So what does this tells us? Basically that you have less chance of winning the lotteries with the bigger jackpots than you have of the small ones like Ireland and the U.K. But if you'd be happy with a couple of million to live your dream life, then the decision is easy.
To give you an idea, at the time of writing this article on the lottery odds, the following are the current jackpots for each of the above lotteries. (Feb 2012) 1. SuperEnalotto. Jackpot of €64.1 million. 2. U.S. Mega Millions. Jackpot of $61 million. 3. U.S. Powerball. Jackpot of $40 million. 4. EuroMillions. Jackpot of €35 million. 5. Irish Lottery. Jackpot of €5 million. 6. U.K. Lottery. Jackpot of £2.2 million.
While the odds on winning the lottery aren't that great, people do win. So you can increase your chances of winning by playing the lottery games with the best odds. You might win, you might not. But the dream of winning is what keeps us all playing!
Even within a National Lottery game there can be various ways to increase your chance of winning the lottery. For example, in the UK when you buy a EuroMillions ticket you get a raffle number. This raffle number goes into a separate draw with one lucky UK lottery player winning a cool 1 million pounds. And the winner is guaranteed! What about the odds? The odds for winning this UK raffle draw depend on how many people buy Euro Millions tickets. For example, the National Lottery estimate that for an average Tuesday draw you will have odds of around 1 in 6 million. And on a Friday night Euro Millions draw your odds would be approx 1 in 9 million. These odds are only estimates as it depends on the number of EuroMillions tickets sold. So for a big Euro Millions jackpot when the amount of players increases, your odds would be a lot worse.