Odds of winning EuroMillions, Powerball and other popular lotteries

Who says that to become a millionaire you need to win the jackpot? One of many advantages that international lotteries offer is the opportunity to win breathtaking prizes of different categories. So, are you aware of the exciting prize tiers and odds of winning the most beloved lotteries in the world? Keep reading and discover this amazing world!


EuroMillions


The transnational lottery EuroMillions has a total of 13 prize categories and the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 13. That’s not bad at all, isn´t it? The smallest prizes are won for matching just two numbers or more and culminate with the great jackpot, requiring to match all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars drawn. 

In case the jackpot is not won, it will roll over to the next draw. If the jackpot reaches €190 million, it will be capped and held at that level until somebody wins it. 

Let’s see how many ways you have to become an EuroMillionaire.

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning EuroMillions

Jackpot

Match 5 numbers + 2 stars

1 in 139 838 160

2

Match 5 numbers + 1 star

1 in 6 991 908

3

Match 5 numbers

1 in 3 107 515

4

Match 4 numbers + 2 stars

1 in 621 503

5

Match 4 numbers + 1 star

1 in 31 076

6

Match 3 numbers + 2 stars

1 in 14 126

7

Match 4 numbers

1 in 13 812

8

Match 2 numbers + 2 stars

1 in 986

9

Match 3 numbers + 1 star

1 in 707

10

Match 3 numbers

1 in 314

11

Match 1 number + 2 stars

1 in 188

12

Match 2 numbers + 1 star

1 in 50

13

Match 2 numbers

1 in 22

Overall chances of winning

1 in 13


La Primitiva 


Spain offers a lot of amazing lottery games, the majority of which are operated by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. One of the most famous and also the oldest one is La Primitiva, that takes place every Thursday and Saturday. Now, with the current rules established in 2012, in order to win the jackpot, the players have to match all the six main numbers plus the Reintegro number, that is randomly assigned to the ticket. 

Anyway, there are other ways to get a prize and the overall probability of winning one is 1 in 8, very good compared to most of the lotteries. Let’s have a look at all its prize tiers and correspondent odds.

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning LaPrimitiva

Special category (Jackpot)

Match 6 numbers + Reintegro

1 in 139 838 160

1

Match 6 numbers

1 in 13 983 816

2

Match 5 numbers + Complementario

1 in 2 330 636

3

Match 5 numbers

1 in 55 491

4

Match 4 numbers

1 in 1 032

5

Match 3 numbers

1 in 57

Reintegro

Match Reintegro number

1 in 10

Overall chances of winning

1 in 8


Powerball


This lottery needs no introduction. Even people who have never played Powerball know it and consider it a way to finally realise their dreams. Indeed, the American Powerball is one of the most generous lotteries in terms of prizes. Just think that the minimum guaranteed jackpot amounts to $40 million. And anyone from around the world, not just US citizens, has the possibility to play Powerball online, with 1 chance in 25 of taking home one of the prizes. 

Find out how many numbers you need to match for each category in Powerball and their odds of winning.

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning Powerball

Jackpot

Match 5 numbers + Powerball

1 in 292 201 338

2

Match 5 numbers

1 in 11 688 054

3

Match 4 numbers + Powerball

1 in 3 913 129

4

Match 4 numbers

1 in 36 525

5

Match 3 numbers + Powerball

1 in 14 494

6

Match 3 numbers

1 in 580

7

Match 2 numbers + Powerball

1 in 701

8

Match 1 number + Powerball

1 in 92

9

Match Powerball

1 in 38

Overall chances of winning

1 in 24,87


Mega Millions


Mega Millions is another very well-known American lottery with record-breaking prizes. Like Powerball, the jackpots start at $40 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls. But you can become a millionaire also winning other prize categories offered by this game.

Discover the probability of winning each prize level of Mega Millions in the table below: 

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning Mega Millions

Jackpot

Match 5 numbers + Mega Ball

1 in 302 575 350

2

Match 5 numbers

1 in 12 607 306

3

Match 4 numbers + Mega Ball

1 in 931 001

4

Match 4 numbers

1 in 38 782

5

Match 3 numbers + Mega Ball

1 in 14 547

6

Match 3 numbers

1 in 606

7

Match 2 numbers + Mega Ball

1 in 693

8

Match 1 number + Mega Ball

1 in 89

9

Match Mega Ball

1 in 37

Overall chances of winning

1 in 24


EuroJackpot 


The lottery Eurojackpot has a minimum jackpot of €10 million, which can grow to a maximum of €90 million. In order to play, you have to pick five main numbers from a choice of 50 and two Euro Numbers from 1 to 10. In addition to the great jackpot, there are 11 other ways to win something.

The following table shows how many numbers you need to match to get a prize and the corresponding odds of winning:

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning EuroJackpot

Jackpot

Match 5 numbers + 2 Euro Numbers

1 in 95 344 200

2

Match 5 numbers + 1 Euro Number

1 in 5 959 013

3

Match 5 numbers

1 in 3 405 150

4

Match 4 numbers + 2 Euro Numbers

1 in 423 752

5

Match 4 numbers + 1 Euro Number

1 in 26 485

6

Match 3 numbers + 2 Euro Numbers

1 in 9 631

7

Match 4 numbers

1 in 15 134

8

Match 2 numbers + 2 Euro Numbers

1 in 672

9

Match 3 numbers + 1 Euro Number

1 in 602

10

Match 3 numbers

1 in 344

11

Match 1 number + 2 Euro Numbers

1 in 128

12

Match 2 numbers + 1 Euro Number

1 in 42

Overall chances of winning

1 in 26


Irish Lotto 


Whereas almost all the lotteries work in the same way, Irish Lotto has a peculiarity: it is played biweekly, with 3 draws each time, one for the main Lotto game and two for the Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2, additional games that, if desired, can be played using the same numbers selected in the Lotto ticket. And this means you have a better chance of getting a prize! 

Below the table will be your guide to understand which prize categories you can find in each Lotto draw and how many numbers you must guess.

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning  Irish Lotto

Jackpot

Match 6 numbers

1 in 10 737 573

2

Match 5 numbers + bonus

1 in 1 789 596

3

Match 5 numbers

1 in 44 740

4

Match 4 numbers + bonus

1 in 17 896

5

Match 4 numbers

1 in 918

6

Match 3 numbers + bonus

1 in 688

7

Match 3 numbers

1 in 688

8

Match 2 numbers + bonus

1 in 72

Overall chances of winning

1 in 10


OZ Lotto


The OZ Lotto, one of Australia's most played lotteries, has a total of 7 prize tiers, called 'Divisions'. To win the jackpot you must match all the 7 main numbers. A part from these, other 2 extra numbers are drawn, contributing only for Division 2, 4 and 7; matching only one of the two or both doesn't make any difference. Indeed the easiest prize to win requires to match 3 main numbers and either supplementary ball.

The following table classifies all of the prize tiers available in the OZ Lotto:

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning OZ Lotto

Division 1 (Jackpot)

Match 7 numbers

1 in 45 379 620

Division 2

Match 6 numbers + 1 or 2 supplementary

1 in 3 241 401

Division 3

Match 6 numbers

1 in 180 078

Division 4

Match 5 numbers + 1 or 2 supplementary

1 in 29 602

Division 5

Match 5 numbers

1 in 3430

Division 6

Match 4 numbers

1 in 154

Division 7

Match 3 numbers + 1 or 2 supplementary

1 in 87

Overall chances of winning

1 in 55


SuperEnalotto


The Italian SuperEnalotto has a total of 15 prize categories including Instant Win and SuperStar options. The Instant Win prize can be won just purchasing a ticket for the draw; whereas the SuperStar is a number that you can add to have extra chances to win and to increase prize amounts. Prizes can be won by matching one or more numbers, but in order to win the jackpot you have to match all the six main numbers. And if you play and match also the SuperStar number, you will get €2 million plus the jackpot!

The following table classifies all of the prize tiers available in SuperEnalotto:

Prize tier

To win

Odds of winning SuperEnalotto

Jackpot + SuperStar

Match 6 numbers + Superstar

1 in 56 035 316 700

Jackpot

Match 6 numbers

1 in 622 614 630

2

Match 5 numbers + Jolly + SuperStar

1 in 9 339 219 450

3

Match 5 numbers + Jolly

1 in 103 769 105

4

Match 5 numbers + SuperStar

1 in 112 520 716

5

Match 5 numbers

1 in 1 250 230

6

Match 4 numbers + SuperStar

1 in 1 071 626

7

Match 4 numbers

1 in 11 907

8

Match 3 numbers + SuperStar

1 in 29 404

9

Match 3 numbers

1 in 327

10

Match 2 numbers + Superstar

1 in 1 936

11

Match 2 numbers

1 in 22

12

Match 1 number + SuperStar

1 in 303

13

Match SuperStar

1 in 138

Instant Win

At the time of purchase

1 in 500

Overall chances of winning

1 in 20


So, now that you are aware of all there is to know about probabilities and prize tiers, you have no more excuses: follow our advice to increase your chances of winning, hone your strategy and start playing international lotteries on EuroMillions.com!

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