International lotteries with best odds to win

Ramesh Apte

Editor-In-Chief, Ramesh

Updated 20/09/2019

Categories: Guides, Informational

Top 3 lottery games with best odds & how to calculate them

The whole reason why we play the lottery is to win but many times it is hard to understand what your odds of winning are. In this post, I will show you the three international lottery games where you have the highest chances of winning a prize and the highest chances of winning the jackpot.

Of course, there might be a day where you run into a lotto that does not have the odds readily available. Therefore I will also show you how to calculate the odds easy.

Best odds of winning a lottery prize

Sometimes it’s easy to focus solely on the jackpot. When I started playing lotto I only played on the lotteries with the highest jackpots, Powerball and Mega Millions. I have won a few smaller prizes and I am still waiting to win the jackpot but I realized it is a good option to, what I like to call, spread out your luck. What I mean by this is just trying out different lotteries and not just sticking to one.

I started looking at the lotteries with the absolute best odds to win any cash prize and below you can see what I found.

  1. El Gordo – 1 in 6
  2. French Lotto – 1 in 6
  3. UK Lotto – 1 in 9.3

El Gordo is by far my absolute favourite. Compared to other international lotteries the jackpot is not that big but it has the world’s largest lotto pot. The absolute best chance you can get to winning a decent lottery prize is from this Spanish lottery. The only catch is that it is only played once a year during Christmas.

Best Odds of winning a lottery jackpot

Now, this is the true reason why we play lotto, the jackpot. I for one now that it is the one thing that can change everything in my life in the blink of an eye or rather at the speed of a draw.

Below you can see the three lottery jackpots with the best odds of winning.

  1. Dubai Lottery – 1 in 5000
  2. Mini Lotto Poland – 1 in 850 668
  3. Swedish Lotto – 1 in 6 724 520

The only thing is that the higher the chances of winning the smaller the jackpot will be. For example, the Mini Lotto Poland jackpot is €80 000. This is a great deal of money but I tend to go for the bigger the better. Then again, as I said earlier, it is a great idea to spread out your luck!

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How to calculate lottery odds

A lot of lotteries tend to not show their chances of winning. For me, it is super important to know every time I play. I mean some lotteries have low chances of winning but it is usually because of huge prizes. Other lotteries will have low odds and low cash prizes pocketing all your well earned money. To help you avoid these scenarios I will share with you how to calculate odds of any of the most common lotto games.

Let’s start with what I assume you are most interested in, jackpot odds. The most common form of lotteries is where numbers are chosen from a set and the order doesn’t matter.

Jackpot lottery odds formula

The formula for this type of lottery is n!/r!(n-r)!.

n stands for the total amount of numbers you can choose. Let’s use the Powerball lottery game for this example, it has a total of 69 numbers to choose from.

r stands for the amount of numbers you can choose for your ticket. In the case of Powerball, it is a total of 5 numbers.

In this formula the “!” indicates a factorial, in which for any integer n is n*(n-1)*(n-2)…and so on until 0 is reached. In plain English, all you need to do is multiply from 1 up to n increasing by one digit each time or down from n decreasing with one digit until you reach 1.

In the case of r=5, n! will look like this 1*2*3*4*5=120.

But let’s get back to the complete example of Powerball, n=69, and r=5.

This gives us 69!/5!(69-5)!

The easiest way to calculate this is to simplify it. 69*68*67*66*65*64!/5!*64!. As you can see we have 64! on both sides which means we can get rid of it.

Now the calculation we have is 69*68*67*66*65/5*4*3*2*1= 11 238 513.

So there is a 1 in 11 238 513 to win the Powerball lottery if you only played with 5 main numbers. The thing is you also have to match the Powerball number to win the jackpot. The Powerball number stretches from 1 to 26 so all we have to do is multiply 11 238 513 by 26.

So the final chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are 11 238 513*26=292,201,338.

1 in 292,201,338. 

There you have it, now you can calculate the jackpot odds of any lottery. And if you don’t know where to play, play at one a recommended online lottery.