Which lottery is the easiest to win, plus top tips for playing!

At The Health Lottery, we know our players want the best games, with great odds and lots of jackpots! Here we share how to spot the easiest lottery to win along with some top tips that could increase your chances to win...

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What lottery is easiest to win?

To determine which is the best lottery to play, you must look at what the odds are for winning with that specific game provider. 

While the number of players will not change the size of the jackpot, the more players there are, the more likely you are to share the prize. The best chance of winning the most money when playing the lottery, in this instance, would be one that has a smaller pool of people.

If you’re looking for good odds and less competition, The Health Lottery is a great place to play. That is  because the odds of winning the health lottery are 1 in 2.1 million.

When deciding which lottery is the easiest to win, thinking about odds is a great starting point. 

However, there are a few other methods you can employ to potentially improve your chances. 

Read the tips and tricks below before you start picking your numbers for the best chance of a lottery win!

Top tips for playing online lotteries

There are many ways people go about picking lottery numbers. Although each combination has the same mathematical chance of being a winner as any other number sequence in each draw, there are certain things you can do (or avoid) to potentially give you an advantage. 

We have put together a few top tips that will help you play smarter. Following these tips when playing online lotteries will maximise your potential to hit your first big win, while minimising your chances of sharing your prize with other people. 

We will also look at which lottery is the easiest to win and the best chance for lottery prizes.

Look at the past to predict the future

Human intuition tells us that if something has not happened for quite some time, it is probably overdue. If you want to increase your chances of winning when playing different lotteries, have a look at the lottery’s statistics before you pick your numbers.

An analysis of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide has shown that:

  • Numbers that have been out (losers) for six games or less account for about half of the winning numbers.
  • Numbers that have been out for nine games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers.
  • Numbers that have been out for twelve games or less account for a three-quarters of all the winning numbers. Taking these statistics, we can make educated guesses. A piece of advice based on these findings is to pick numbers that have not shown up recently. However, the probability remains the same. 

The high-low split

Think carefully about how to pick your lottery numbers. It has been shown that winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. 

In a 50-number game, like The Health Lottery, numbers 1 to 25 would be in the low half, and numbers 26 to 50 would be in the high half. It is very unlikely that all high numbers or all low numbers will be drawn. Therefore, ensure your numbers are picked from both the high half and the low half for the best chance of lottery success. A good rule of thumb, according to a Swiss study, is that all your numbers added up should be more than 177. 

Another benefit – picking more high numbers (which tend to be picked less often), means you will have to share your winnings with fewer winners if you do strike it lucky.

Let your numbers work harder and smarter

Many people play online lotteries every day, only buying one ticket at a time. But did you know that it’s more efficient to buy 20 tickets for one lottery draw than one ticket in 20 different draws? Having more tickets per game allows you to cover a greater spread of numbers, which increases your chance of getting a hit. Just make sure that each ticket has different numbers to maximise your spread. 

Mix odds and evens for better odds

When you select your lottery numbers, try to have a relatively equal mix of odd and even numbers. Draws with only odd numbers or only even numbers are extremely rare. Your best bet is to have a mix of three odd and two even, or two odd and three even.

Play multiples, divide your prize

It is human nature to want patterns and order, so number multiples, especially the multiples of 5, (5-10-15-20-25), and lucky number 7, (7-14-21-28-35), are very popular. If you play number sequences that get played all the time, and you do win, there may be thousands of people to split the prize with. 

When it comes to playing online lotteries it’s best not to play popular numbers to increase your chances of winning big. 

Make your dreams come true

Have you ever won the lottery in a dream? It may be the universe telling you something. Kerri Cartwright from Port Glasgow had a dream in January 2007 that she won the lottery. A week later, when shopping at her local Tesco, she remembered the dream and bought a lottery ticket for the draw that night. She won £2,543,691! If your intuition is telling you something, listen.

Check your numbers

It seems lotto players are letting huge stacks of money slip through their fingers. According to recent figures, £1.4 billion in UK lottery winnings have gone unclaimed for 18 years – that is an average rate of £75 million every year. 

Don’t make this costly mistake. You may be walking about as a millionaire without knowing it. There is no use participating if you don’t check your numbers by visiting The Big Win results page! Unless you play online, of course - in that case we'll let you know when you win!

Which is the best lottery to play?

Now that you have all of these tips up your sleeve and a lot more information about how to choose the right lottery for you – go and explore! 

If you are ready to get involved, please sign in or register for The Health Lottery  and pick your numbers for the next Big Win draw!

The current society benefitting from funds raised is EWA Health CIC T/A HL Wales

The Health Lottery operates on behalf of 6 Community Interest Companies (CICs), managing 6 society lotteries that operate in 12 geographical regions across Great Britain. These exist to help tackle health inequalities in their respective areas. People’s Health Trust (PHT) is an independent charity that assesses grant applications and award funding across the 12 regions. Read about some of the good causes HERE. For information regarding all funded projects or to submit a grant application visit PHT HERE. 20.34% of every lottery draw ticket and online scratchcard purchased is donated to good causes. 36.02% is spent on prizes. 43.64% is spent expenses (actual expenses exceed this figure). Our average annual proceeds from lotteries are £12.5m. The odds of winning The Big Win jackpot are (1 in 2.1m) and the odds of winning any Big Win prize is (1 in 9.7). The odds of winning the All or Nothing jackpot is (1 in 1.35m) and the odds of winning any All or Nothing prize is (1 in 4.5). The odds of winning a QuickWin jackpot is (1 in 2.1m) and the odds of winning any QuickWin prize is (1 in 6). All winning lottery numbers are selected using an approved random number generator (RNG). Click on the links below for full T&Cs and FAQs for each of our games.

Please help us to support vital health causes in your community. Each of the 6 society lotteries is licensed by the Gambling Commission.