23 March 2016

Get the Low-Down on Lottery Odds

Which Lottery Is the Easiest to Win?

The lottery doesn't give you a good workout, it doesn't strain your muscles or test your knowledge or reflexes. It’s not a particularly challenging game, and picking random numbers is hardly the height of entertainment. We participate for one reason and one reason only – we want to get RICH! Which is why, in this article, we answer, once and for all, the most important lottery question of all – which lottery is the easiest to win?

Which Lottery Is the Easiest to Win?

Recently we've been talking a lot about big jackpots, record jackpots – massive amounts of money at equally massive odds. Which is great – to be able to spend a couple of dollars and win hundreds of millions is a welcome prospect indeed. But, of course, the odds aren't exactly in your favour.

Keep in mind, however, that not all lotteries are created equally, and just as there are huge variations in the amount that you can win, there's also massive differences between how difficult, or easy, it is to win those amounts.

The Easiest Lottery Jackpot

It's the Polish Mini Lotto.

What – were you expecting a big long teaser? Sorry to disappoint.

While most lotteries give odds of millions or, for larger ones, hundreds of millions, the Polish Mini Lotto offers jackpot odds of just 1:850,668. The flipside to this, though, is that it also offers comparatively low jackpots, also measured in thousands. (Hence the reason it's called the Mini Lotto!)

Below is table with our top five best-odds lotteries for comparison.


Jackpot Odds

Mini Lotto (Poland)

1 : 850,668

Swedish Lotto (Sweden)

1 : 6,724,520

Austrian Lotto (Austria)

1 : 8,145,060

Saturday Lotto (Australia)

1 : 8,145,060

Irish Lotto (Ireland)

1 : 10,737,573


The Easiest Lottery by Prize

The easiest lotto to win by prize is the French Lotto (or Loto) which gives you a one in six chance of winning a prize. Other notable lotteries include Spain's El Gordo De La Primitiva, which gives you a one in ten chance of breaking even on your ticket cost and German Keno, where you can still earn 75% of your money back on picks of eight numbers or more.

The Easiest Lottery Overall

If you're looking for a great all-rounder lottery our pick has to be the Swedish Lotto. Why? Because it's got our second-lowest jackpot odds and it's therefore your best chance to win a multimillion pound jackpot. A basic game costs just $1.50. Add the bonus from as little as $1 extra plus the Lotto 2 draw for another $1.50. Now you've got 16 different ways to win for only $4!                    

Increase Your Chances even Further

The more you enter the better your chances – a double entry has the effect of halving your winning odds in two, since now you have two chances to win instead of one. Also, be sure to take part regularly and consistently, to increase your chances of a win. 

Where relevant, we recommend always entering all the draws, rather than just the main draw and be sure to check out the extra games too. These may not make you a millionaire, but they'd certainly swell your bank balance nicely should you get the right numbers! 

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