What Are The Odds Of Winning The Lottery?

What Are The Odds Of Winning The Lottery?

We have all dreamt of winning the jackpot on the lottery at some point in our lives, but what are the chances of actually winning the lottery jackpot? In this article we break down the odds of winning the major lotteries you can play in the UK.

Table of Contents
What are the odds of winning the National Lottery (Lotto)?
What are the odds of winning EuroMillions?
What are the odds of winning Thunderball?
What are the odds of winning The Health Lottery?

What are the odds of winning the National Lottery (Lotto)?

The odds of winning the National Lottery (Lotto) are 1 in 45 million. However, it used to be 1 in 7.5 million, before the National Lottery added another number to the ticket and increased the ball pool from 49 to 59 numbers.

Since its launch in November 1994, the National lottery has created over 5,900 millionaires, with the largest jackpot of £50.4 million back in 2016. Being the original lottery in the UK the National Lottery remains hugely popular, with thousands of lottery tickets being bought each week.

What are the odds of winning EuroMillions?

The odds of winning EuroMillions are 1 in 139 million. So, significantly less chance of winning than the National Lottery.

EuroMillions is played across Europe in nine countries – UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. Since 2004, millions of pounds has been won on EuroMillions with the UK having the highest percentage (27.5%) of total jackpot winners, ahead of Spain and France.

The biggest EuroMillions jackpot ever won in the UK was £170.2 million in October 2019. This hit the EuroMillions jackpot cap of €190 million, however if the cap is reached the new jackpot limit increases by €10 million. The largest EuroMillions jackpot that has been won in Europe is €210 million, won in February 2021 to a ticket holder in Switzerland. The EuroMillions jackpot cap is now €220 million.

What are the odds of winning Thunderball?

The odds of winning the Thunderball jackpot are 1 in 8 million, so roughly 5 times more chance of winning the jackpot compared to the National Lottery.

The first Thunderball draw took place on 12th June 1999, where the original jackpot was £250,000. This grew to £500,000 in 2010, when the number of balls to select from went from 34 to 39.

What are the odds of winning The Health Lottery?

The odds of winning The Health Lottery are 1 in 2.1 million. This means you are roughly 4 times more likely to win the jackpot compared to Thunderball, or over twenty times more likely to win than the Lotto! Of course, you can increase your chances of winning The Health Lottery even more by joining a lottery syndicate with your friends, family or work colleagues.

The Health Lottery isn’t a national lottery, it’s 12 local society lotteries that each represent several local authority areas across Great Britain. Each local society lottery takes a turn, so that every area in England, Scotland and Wales gets a fair share of the money raised. To date over £118m has been raised for good causes through The Health Lottery. You can read more about all the good causes that The Health Lottery supports here.

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