The Truth About the Lottery: Common Lottery Myths Debunked
There’s a little magic involved in winning the lottery. As with anything that captures our imaginations, the lottery is surrounded by myths. These myths spread, eventually affecting the way society perceives the lottery. In this article, we get to truth. Which statements are facts and which are common misconceptions? Read on to learn which myths get debunked.
1. You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery.
Of all the lottery-related myths, this is the one you’ll hear time and time again. Our verdict? It’s both true and untrue.
According to David Hand in his new book: The Improbability Principle, the chances of being struck by lightning are 300,000 to one. The odds of winning the UK National Lottery is approximately one in 14 million.
Of course, based on these numbers, it’s more likely that a person will be struck by lightning than win the National Lottery. However, there are many winners of the lottery who do not win big. Players can win smaller amounts if they match some of the numbers in the drawing. And if you’re playing a smaller lottery, like the Health Lottery, your odds are even better.
2. If you always play the same numbers, you’ll eventually win.
While you can play the same numbers every time if you’d like (there’s nothing wrong with a little superstition), the winning numbers are chosen at random and have no correlation with what has already won. While in theory you could play the same numbers for all eternity and eventually win, playing the same numbers does not increase your chances in practice.
3. Your odds are better when the jackpot is smaller.
While this myth sounds believable, the size of the jackpot has no bearing on your chances of winning. If you’re looking to improve your odds, you can help your case by buying more tickets. You can also help your odds by playing a smaller lottery, although the payout will also be smaller.
4. The lottery is a tax on the poor.
The most common criticism of the lottery is that it acts as a “taxation on the poor.” Critics claim that individuals who play the lottery tend to be lower educated and lower income than individuals who do not play the lottery. While it’s true that some low-income people do play the lottery, people from all walks of life take part. Of course, the lottery is also completely voluntary, unlike a tax.
5. You can’t win the lottery twice.
Hey, why not? Your odds are the same every time you play, so luck could strike twice (or more!) In July 2017 in California, a teen won $555,555 on a scratch ticket and then won $100,000 in the same week. In 2002, a UK man won £194,501 in the lottery, and then £121,157 a few months later using the exact same numbers. The odds were one in five trillion. Anything can happen.
6. The lottery only benefits those who win.
The lottery’s reach is far wider than just the people who win the jackpot. A large portion of the proceeds of the National Lottery go towards projects like funding Olympic champions. The Health Lottery raises money to support health-related causes and organisations in local communities. In that way, you get the thrill of playing the lottery and the community benefits.
The best way to the truth about the lottery is to play for yourself. Read more about the Health Lottery here.