National Lottery Numbers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Needless to say, national lottery numbers depend on the country in which they're drawn. The odds, in turn, depend on the number of balls (or numbers) in each of these nations' lotteries, as well as the total population of the countries themselves. Beyond that, the number of lotto players in each of these countries also has a bearing on your final odds, which are never really "strong" no matter what the relative advantage.

It may seem as though the difference between a one-in-80-million shot and a one-in-five-million shot is negligible, especially when you're the one holding the ticket. When you stop to consider, however, that your odds are 16 times better in the latter game, that difference is significant. The problem is, most people place that relative advantage against the backdrop of astronomical odds and figure there's no substantive difference.

Comparing National Lottery Numbers

Putting a few national lottery numbers side by side can be helpful when determining where to invest your gaming dollar. In U.S. Powerball, for example, five numbers are drawn out of a possible 45--long odds by anyone's account. The problem is, U.S. Powerball goes on to include a sixth number (effectively a bonus) that takes the odds to roughly one in 80 million. Just like that, the remote becomes the ridiculous.

Other national lottery numbers are a bit more inviting. The Irish lotto, for instance, draws six numbers from a pool of 42 but features no bonus number. When you crunch these figures you come out with a one-in-five-million shot--long odds, but certainly preferable to one in 80 million. Other national lottery odds fall all up and down this spectrum but also boast different-sized jackpots that are often commensurate with the odds themselves.


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