What Are the Odds of Winning the Lottery?
How to Improve Your Luck
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More than a third of Americans believe winning the lottery is the only way they will ever retire comfortably. But the odds of winning either the Powerball or Mega Millions are roughly 1 in 292.2 million and 1 in 302.5 million, respectively.
Compare these odds to some other unlikely scenarios and consider whether there might be a more foolproof way to cement your financial future. Strategies that are more likely to win you a bountiful retirement don’t depend on blind luck—just discipline.
Things That Are More Likely Than Winning the Lottery
Just how likely is it that you’ll hit it big in the lottery? Well, the odds are much worse than the probability of your death as a result of one of these:
- Plane crash: 11 million to one
- Car accident: 106 to one
- Falling out of bed: 2 million to one
- Flesh-eating bacteria: 1 million to one
- Lightning strike: 1.2 million to one
- Dog mauling: 118,776 to one
- Snakebite: 50 million to one
- Shark attack: 3.75 million to one
Turns out swimming with the sharks is safer than petting a dog, driving your car, or sleeping in your bed.
If these statistics have you feeling a little paranoid, cheer up. Many good things are also more likely to happen than winning the lottery. For example, the odds of getting a royal flush in the first hand of poker are just 649,739 to one.
To put it all into perspective, consider this. Scientists calculated in 2004 that there was a 60-to-one chance that asteroid 2004 MN4 would strike the Earth on April 13, 2029. The asteroid is about a quarter-mile wide—larger than the asteroid that carved out Meteor Crater in Arizona. And it was still more likely to hit the planet than you were to hit the jackpot.
Fortunately for Earth-dwellers, scientists revised their predictions for the asteroid; it’s no longer predicted to hit Earth at all, just skim very close. Your chances of winning the lottery are equally as slim.
How to Improve Your Odds of Winning
If you’ve read all these statistics, and still want to play the lottery, here are some ways to improve your chances. First, use the computer-generated numbers because they tend to be the luckiest, and there is less chance of someone else picking a duplicate number. Whatever you do, don’t pick “lucky” seven, 11, or a birthday; you can be sure that someone else will have also picked those numbers.
Also, be sure to play the $1 million or $2 million second prize in the Powerball, where you only have to match five of the six numbers. Those odds are one out of 11.6 million. You get even better odds if you just play in the state lotteries instead of the national one.
How to Improve Your Chances of Attaining Retirement
If you are one of those who consider the lottery their best chance of retiring, consider this comparison instead: Let’s say you buy a $2 lottery ticket every week for 20 years. There is little likelihood, based on the odds, that you would have won.
If you instead invested that $2 a week in securities and got a 5% return, you would have accumulated $3,528. It may not sound like much, but if you invested $2 a day instead, you would wind up with $24,663 after 20 years. The average stock market return is 10% a year; if you got that rate of return over 20 years, then your $2 a day would become $43,721. That may not be enough to retire on, but if you increased it to $5 a day, you’d wind up with $109,283. $10 a day would get you $218,553. Now you’re talking.
The point is that you do have better odds for a successful retirement if you plan for it than by playing the lottery. You don’t have to depend on fate, chance, or luck. You can take matters into your own hands, starting today.
What are your odds of winning the lottery? Less likely than being hit by lighting, but more likely than getting killed by a shark.
What Are The Chances Of Winning The Lottery In Your Lifetime
Do you play the lottery or lotto every week? Want to know the chances of winning the jackpot at some point in your lifetime? The read on…
One of the most common questions we get asked is “What are the chances that I’ll win the lottery/lotto jackpot in my lifetime/before I die?”. The answer is going to depend on a couple of factors – how old you are, how long you are expected to live, and how many lottery tickets you buy each week.
The table below should give you an approximate indication of your chances of winning at some point in your life, based on your age and number of tickets you buy each week. A chance of 1 in 1,000 means that for every thousand people we expect (on average) one of them to win at some point.
The data has the following assumptions:
- The same number of lottery tickets are bought every week
- Lottery tickets are purchased every week
- The average life expectancy is approximately 80 years.
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So if you are 30 years old and purchase one ticket per week, the chance that you will win the lottery at some point in your life is 1 in 5378. Feeling lucky?
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