The odds of winning any lottery depend on the region and the numbers you have to pick the winning combinations from. Lottery odds will change dramatically depending on the numbers you have to guess right and the range of numbers you have to select from. For example in the UK lotto you have to choose six from 1 – 49 while in the Irish lotto you have to choose six numbers from 1 – 45. The lesser the numbers you have to choose from the higher the chances of you winning the game. Thus the odds of winning the UK lotto are 1 in almost 1.4 million, the odds get dramatically reduced in Irish lotto and they are as low as 1 in 8,145,060
So what do these figures mean, well it means that in UK lotto there are almost 13,983,816 unique combinations that can be made from numbers 1 – 49 while in the Irish lotto there are 8,145,060 unique combinations you can choose from. In other words you have one chance of winning the UK lotto jackpot and 13,983,815 chances of not winning it. Where as you have one chance of winning the Irish lotto jackpot and 8,145,060 chances of not winning it. If you were to take these figures in percentage terms you chances of winning the UK lotto is 0.0000072%. This is equivalent to landing the coin on heads 24 times in succession, try it right now and see for yourself how difficult it is. Although it is theoretically possible it is highly unlikely you will get it. In the UK lotto the odds are simply stacked against you when compared to Irish lotto.
If you plan to play the Euromillions the odds get even tougher; in fact, they are five times more than the UK lotto. It is no surprise that rollovers are common in Euromillions. To put it in perspective you are five times more likely to win UK lotto than the Euromillions jackpot. But before you jump to conclusions and opt for UK lotto consider this fact; if you spend £1 every week, it will take you 270,000 years to win the jackpot and 1,500,000 years to win the Euromillions jackpot.
So now you know that winning the jackpot is akin to be struck by lightening several times in the same spot at different times. However do not despair you may always choose to play the Irish lotto where the odds of you winning the jackpot are much better compared to UK lotto or Euromillions.
In lotto hotpicks your odds of picking 5 correctly are 1 in 317,814. In Daily play the odds of you guessing all the 7 numbers correctly are 1 in 888,030. The odds of you guessing all the six numbers in the Irish lotto are as low as 1 in 8,145,060. What this means is that you have a greater chance of hitting the jackpot when you play the Irish lotto.