Biggest and Best Lottery in The World

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Odds of WinningWe all know that Euromillions is the biggest lottery in Europe, but did you know that Euromillions is actually a world leader as far as lottery games are concerned? If you didn’t take a look at the stats of some of the other major lottery games, then get ready to feel a rush of good old European pride!

Powerball is one of two big lottery games in the United States of America. In order to win the jackpot, players must correctly select 5 white coloured main balls from 59 and 1 red “powerball” from 35. The odds of doing this are 1 in 175,223,510 The biggest Powerball jackpot so far was worth $365 million (€284 million), and was won by a syndicate of eight in February 2006.

MegaMillions is the other big American lottery, and requires jackpot winners to correctly select 5 main numbers from 56 and 1 number from 46. The odds of doing this are 1 in 175,711,536. The biggest MegaMillions jackpot so far was $656 million in March 2012 and was won by three ticket holders from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

El Gordo is Spain’s “biggest lottery in the world” and requires jackpot winners to correctly select 5 main numbers from 54 and 1 additional number from 9. However, this lottery gives away so many prizes that the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3 and jackpots tend to be shared. 

There are many other lotteries in the world, but these three are the biggest apart from Euromillions. So how does our favourite Euromillions lottery compare? Well, jackpot winners have to correctly select 5 main numbers from 50 and 2 Lucky Star numbers from 11. The odds of doing this are 1 in 116,531,800, and the biggest Euromillions jackpots won to-date can be found here.

Taking all of this into account, it’s clear that Euromillions is a genuine world leader as far as prize money and the odds of winning are concerned. And unlike the jackpot winners of the two big American lotteries, Euromillions jackpot winners don’t get half their prize money confiscated by the government!

14th June 2013