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25 February 2016

The Odds Of Winning Your Lotto Bets

The Probability Of Winning The Lottery

Winning the lottery isn't easy – if it was we'd all be millionaires! But knowing the odds lets you play smarter. So what, exactly, is the precise probability of winning the lottery? To find out let's look at the UK Lotto versus our top five most popular lotteries to bet on and see how each lottery stacks up. Presenting our Complete Guide to lottery betting odds and probabilities!

The Probability Of Winning The Lottery

Meghan Trainor is all about that bass. We're all about those odds. Knowing the probability of a given event is important because life is all about the probabilities.

For example, since that last paragraph was all about the repetition there's a strong probability that song will end up stuck in your head now, whether you want it to be or not.

If not congratulations, you've beaten the odds.

Beating the odds for a lottery, however, well that's a bit tougher, but by knowing those odds at least you know what you're up against.

So to help you we've prepared detailed odds on all our top lotteries, including an at-a-glace overview on jackpots plus all the winning odds for the UK Lotto versus our top five most popular lotteries here at Lottoland.

Probability Of Hitting The Jackpot

The first question anyone wants to know is – how much can I win? Often times that's the only question lottery players concern themselves with.

But if you're reading this then you want to scratch beneath the surface to find out not just how much the jackpot is, but also your odds of hitting it are. The table below shows those odds plus your odds of winning any prize.

Lottery

Jackpot odds

Any Prize

     

UK Lotto

1 : 45,057,474

1 : 54

EuroMillions

1 : 116,531,800

1 : 13

Irish Lotto

1 : 10,737,573

1 : 42

PowerBall

1 : 292,201,338

1 : 31.85

MegaMillions

1 : 258,890,850

1 : 14.7

EuroJackpot

1 : 95,000,000

1 : 26

 

UK Lotto

The UK Lotto is not available at Lottoland, however, since it's the lottery most people are familiar with, it serves as a useful yardstick for comparison with other lotteries. The game increased the amount of numbers in October last year, increasing its jackpot odds considerably from around 13 million to over 45 million.

Prize

Probability

 
     

Jackpot (6 Numbers)

1 : 45,057,474

 

Second Prize (5 Numbers + Bonus)

1 : 7,509,579

 

Third Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 144,415

 

Forth Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 2,180

 

Fifth Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 97

 

Free Ticket (2 Numbers)

1 : 10.3

 

Any Prize

1 in 9.3

 

[Note the above data is based only on the main lottery and does not take into the Raffle into account.]

EuroMillions

EuroMillions remains the most popular lottery with UK players thanks, in no small part, to its consistently high jackpots. Of course, with high jackpots comes high jackpot odds. But just how high are the odds of EuroMillions?  

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 116,531,800

 Second Prize (5 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 6,473,989

Third Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 3,236,995

 Forth Prize (4 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 517,920

 Fifth Prize (4 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 28,774

 Sixth Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 14,487

 Seventh Prize (3 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 11,771

 Eighth Prize (2 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1: 882

 Ninth Prize (3 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 654

 Tenth Prize (3 Numbers)

1: 327

 Eleventh Prize (1 Number + 2 Stars)

1 : 157

 Twelfth Prize (2 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 46

 Thirteenth Prize (2 Numbers)

1 : 23

Any Prize

1 : 13

 

Irish Lotto

Ireland's lucky lotto also went through a format change late last year, resulting in higher jackpots, though it's nothing as dramatic as the increase in the UK Lotto. So, although it's harder to win now that it used to be, it still has some of the best jackpot odds in Europe – plus with relatively high jackpots it's a great all-rounder lottery.

Prize

Probability

   

6 numbers

1 : 10,737,573

5 numbers + bonus

1 : 1,789,596

5 numbers

1 : 44,740

4 numbers + bonus

1 : 17,896

4 numbers

1 : 918

3 numbers + bonus

1 : 688

3 numbers

1 : 54

2 numbers + bonus

1 : 72

Any Prize

1 : 42

 

PowerBall

As with both the Irish and UK Lottos, America's PowerBall also went through a major format change last autumn. The changes increased the jackpot odds considerably, but also allowed for a bigger prize pool and more rollovers.

The result was a record-breaking jackpot in January, the biggest lottery jackpot of all time, worth a staggering £1.03 billion.

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers+ Powerball)

1 : 292,201,338

Second Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 11,688,053

Third Prize (4 Numbers + Powerball)

1 : 913,129

Forth Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 36,525

Fifth Prize (3 Numbers+ Powerball)

1 : 14,494

Sixth Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 579

Seventh Prize (2 Numbers + Powerball)

1 : 701

Eighth Prize (1 main number + Powerball)

1 : 91

Ninth Prize (Powerball)

1 : 38

Any Prize

1 : 31.85

 

 

 

MegaMillions

Coke Vs. Pepsi, Mac Vs. PC, Marvel Vs. DC – there've been lots of brand rivalries over the years. In the lottery world, however, the biggest rivalry is between the two American super-lotteries.

PowerBall's format change was made precisely to unseat MegaMillions who had held the biggest jackpot title from March 2012 until January 2016.

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers+ Megaball)

1 : 258, 890, 850

Second Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 18,492,204

Third Prize (4 Numbers + Megaball)

1 : 739,688

Forth Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 52,835

Fifth Prize (3 Numbers+ Megaball)

1 : 10,720

Sixth Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 766

Seventh Prize (2 Numbers + Megaball)

1 : 473

Eighth Prize (1 main number + Megaball)

1 : 56

Ninth Prize (Megaball)

1 : 26

Any Prize

1 : 14.7

 

EuroJackpot

EuroMillions is still Europe's largest lottery, but it's has some stiff competition. EuroJackpot is hugely popular in Germany and Scandinavia and is starting to gain in popularity here now too. It doesn't have the same recognition in the UK simply because, until we arrived on the scene, there was no way for UK players to participate. Our lottery betting model has changed all that, of course, and, in recent months people have started taking notice since it offers sizable jackpots, but at better odds than EuroMillions.

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers + 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 95,344,200

Second Prize (5 Numbers + 1 Euronumber)

1 : 5,959,013

Third Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 3,405,150

Forth Prize (4 Numbers, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 423,752

Fifth Prize (4 Numbers, 1 Euronumber)

1 : 26,485

Sixth Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 15,134

Seventh Prize (3 Numbers, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 9,631

Eighth Prize: (2 Numbers, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 672

Ninth Prize (3 Numbers, 1 Euronumber)

1 : 602

Tenth Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 344

Eleventh Prize (1 Number, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 128

Twelfth Prize ( 2 Numbers, 1 Euronumber)

1 : 42

Any Prize

1 : 26

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