What are the odds of you winning the lottery? Well statistically (and apologies for being the bearer of bad news) the lottery odds are not great, in fact it is probably true to say that if you purchase one ticket each week then the lottery statistics are really not in your favour at all and that you might have to wait 1,500,000 years (odds of 1 in 13,983,816) for the possibility of a National Lottery UK Lotto jackpot win – and even then you couldn’t guarantee it!
As with all statistics (and as Benjamin Disraeli once said ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’) you need to take them with a pinch of salt, after all if you go along with statistics then Jesus was betrayed by 8.3% of his disciples which clearly isn’t the fact of the matter.
The opportunity to win is of course more down to luck than to lottery odds, however it is possible to improve your chance of a win and therefore increase the lottery probability in your favour. How to do this? Well certain games provide better lottery odds, for instance the less numbers you have to guess the better likelihood there is of a win. If as an example you look at the Lotto HotPicks Pick 5 the odds are 1 in 317,814 of a win and although those odds are still vastly against you, if you compare these odds to that of the USA Mega Millions of 1 in 175,711,536, you can see that Lotto HotPicks Pick 5 is looking mighty tempting. The reason for the smaller lottery odds is that the number range is 1 to 49 but only 5 numbers need to be selected, this improves the lottery probability overall. Unfortunately as the odds reduce so does the prize fund so if you are intent on having that massive jackpot win the only way to increase your odds of a huge lifestyle change is to buy more tickets, or to join a syndicate.
Individual Lottery Draw Odds
See the below pages for the actual odds for each individual lottery from the National Lottery.