01 April 2016

Get the Lowdown on Lottery Odds

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 Oz Lotto versus our most popular lotteries and see how each lottery stacks up. Presenting our Complete Guide to lottery 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 Oz 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

     

Oz Lotto

1 : 45,379,620

1 : 55

EuroMillions

1 : 139,838,160

1 : 13

US Powerball

1 : 292,201,338

1 : 31.85

MegaMillions

1 : 258,890,850

1 : 14.7

EuroJackpot

1 : 95,000,000

1 : 26

 

Oz Lotto

The Oz Lotto is the lottery most Australians are familiar with. Originally the same as the Saturday Lotto, an additional seventh number was added to the Oz Lotto in 2005, increasing the odds, but also allowing for far bigger jackpots. Oz Lotto regularly has multi milllion Dollar jackpots on offer and as of today still holds the Australian lotto record jackpot of $112 million!

Prize

Probability

 
     

Jackpot (7 Numbers)

1 : 45,057,474

 

2nd Prize (6 Numbers + Supplementary)

1 : 3,241,401

 

3rd Prize (6 Numbers)

1 : 180,078

 

4th Prize (5 Numbers + Supplementary)

1 : 29,602

 

5th Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 3,430

 

6th Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 154

 

7th Prize (3 Numbers + Supplementary)

1 : 87

Any Prize

1 : 55

 

EuroMillions

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

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 139,838,160

2nd Prize (5 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 6,991,908

3rd Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 3,107,515

4th Prize (4 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 621,503

5th Prize (4 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 31,076

6th Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 14,126

7th Prize (3 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 13,812

8th Prize (2 Numbers + 2 Stars)

1 : 986

9th Prize (3 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 707

10th Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 314

11th Prize (1 Number + 2 Stars)

1 : 188

12th Prize (2 Numbers + 1 Star)

1 : 50

13th Prize (2 Numbers)

1 : 22

Any Prize

1 : 13

 

US Powerball

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 2016, the biggest lottery jackpot of all time, worth a staggering $2.2 billion.

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers+ Powerball)

1 : 292,201,338

2nd Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 11,688,053

3rd Prize (4 Numbers + Powerball)

1 : 913,129

4th Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 36,525

5th Prize (3 Numbers+ Powerball)

1 : 14,494

6th Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 579

7th Prize (2 Numbers + Powerball)

1 : 701

8th Prize (1 main number + Powerball)

1 : 91

9th 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.

US 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

2nd Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 18,492,204

3rd Prize (4 Numbers + Megaball)

1 : 739,688

4th Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 52,835

5th Prize (3 Numbers+ Megaball)

1 : 10,720

6th Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 766

7th Prize (2 Numbers + Megaball)

1 : 473

8th Prize (1 main number + Megaball)

1 : 56

9th 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 Australia simply because, until we arrived on the scene, there was no way for Australian players to bet on Europe's fastest growing lottery. In recent months people have started taking notice, it offers sizable jackpots at better odds than EuroMillions.

Prize

Probability

   

Jackpot (5 Numbers + 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 95,344,200

2nd Prize (5 Numbers + 1 Euronumber)

1 : 5,959,013

3rd Prize (5 Numbers)

1 : 3,405,150

4th Prize (4 Numbers, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 423,752

5th Prize (4 Numbers, 1 Euronumber)

1 : 26,485

6th Prize (4 Numbers)

1 : 15,134

7th Prize (3 Numbers, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 9,631

8th Prize: (2 Numbers, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 672

9th Prize (3 Numbers, 1 Euronumber)

1 : 602

10th Prize (3 Numbers)

1 : 344

11th Prize (1 Number, 2 Euronumbers)

1 : 128

12th Prize ( 2 Numbers, 1 Euronumber)

1 : 42

Any Prize

1 : 26

 

How to Double Your Chances - And Win Double the Jackpot! 

It's strange that so many people only choose one pick, when you can easily double your chances by selecting a second pick. Makes perfect sense when you think about it, right? 

One piece of advice we like to give, especially to those who insist on betting with their lucky numbers, is to mix things up by betting with an extra Quicky. This way you get the best of both worlds - you get the peace of mind that comes from entering your own special numbers, plus an added random chance to win. Plus, since Quickies tend to select less-commonly played numbers, you're also greatly reducing the probability of having to share the jackpot!

But the best thing of all is that, by betting on your favourite Australian lotteries here at Lottoland, you can avail of our exclusive DoubleJackpot feature. Simply click the slider button to enable the feature and you could well end up winning DOUBLE the amount of any Australian lottery jackpot!  

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At Lottoland, you can bet on the outcome of lotteries around the world. You are not purchasing lottery tickets via Lottoland. Lottoland does not have any relationship or affiliation with the operators of any of the lotteries referred to on its website.