Which lottery gives you the best chance of winning?

Sooner or later, every person, who is interested in lotteries and likes to try their luck, starts wondering which lottery is better to play. It is obvious that any player always wants to spend the minimum, win as much as possible and have a high chance of winning.

What lottery has the best odds to win a jackpot? Where is it possible to win more often? And where can you win a bigger prize? It is rather difficult to answer all these questions, because the number of lotteries held all over the world is estimated in thousands, or even maybe tens of thousands.

So, let’s focus on lotteries that are hitting all worldwide records in amount of prizes won and have the biggest jackpots in the world: the most popular European lotteries - EuroMillions and EuroJackpot, and the biggest lotteries of the USA - Powerball and Mega Millions. With all the diversity of these lotteries, they are united by one principle - randomly chosen numbered balls form a winning combination.

Whether you want to win any prize or the jackpot, calculated statistics can help you choose the lottery which suits your needs the best. 

odds of winning the lottery

Win no matter what

As we all know, lotteries have different prize categories and it can really affect your chances to win any prize of a draw. Sometimes people forget that except of jackpot, there are secondary winnings that can be estimated in hundreds of thousand euros!

As you can see in the table below, the EuroJackpot Lottery, with 12 prize categories, has 1 in 26 odds of getting any prize. For Powerball and Mega Millions  with 9 prize categories, the chances are a bit higher: for Powerball it is 1 in 25 and 1 in 24 for Mega Millions. Based on statistics, the odds to get any winning in EuroMillions are 1 in 13; so, with 13 different prize tiers, the chances are the highest, comparing to the other 3 lotteries. 

Therefore, if you are interested in winning any prize, but with higher chances, playing EuroMillions lottery is the right choice for you.


Prize tiers

Odds of any prize

Starting year



1 in 26




1 in 13


Mega Millions


1 in 24




1 in 25


Striving for the jackpot

However, if your goal is to get the jackpot, you have to perceive the statistics from another angle and also have a look at it based on draws of the past years. But again, even when striving for the jackpot, you can choose your preferences and priorities. Do you wish to win the biggest jackpot in history, but with a lower chance of winning? Or maybe a lower amount will satisfy you if the chances to become millionaire are higher?

As you can see in the table below, you have the highest chances to win a jackpot while playing EuroJackpot. However, if we take into account past draws, so far this lottery has the least number of jackpots won per year and with lower amounts.

Powerball and Mega Millions, despite having less chances of winning the top prize, pay out each year a much higher value in jackpot winnings. Also, as we can see, Powerball is the lottery that has shelled out the biggest amount of money in jackpots in history: over 21 billion euros in total. Indeed, the average payout for a Powerball jackpot is 120 million euros.

EuroMillions is the lottery with most jackpots won on average per year by far and, among the four, the one that assigned most jackpots since its starting: 386. With the average odds, comparing to the other 3 lotteries, players of EuroMillions seem to be luckier to hit millionaire jackpots.


Jackpot odds of winning

Jackpots won

Money won in jackpots


1 in 95 Million

Since start: 49

Annually: 8

Since start: €1.8 Billion

Annually: €305 Million


1 in 140 Million

Since start: 386

Annually: 28

Since start: €14.5 Billion

Annually: €1.022 Million

Mega Millions

1 in 303 Million

Since start: 177

Annually: 11

Since start: €16.9 Billion

Annually: €1.060 Million


1 in 292 Million

Since start: 179

Annually: 12

Since start: €21.5 Billion

Annually: €1.430 Million

Now that you know the odds of winning in these popular lotteries, you can choose your favourite. This is an important step if you really want to win a big prize, but there are also other methods that can increase your chances of winning any lottery, that you should consider before setting up your strategy, like checking out the most frequently drawn numbers.
You never know which lottery will be the one that makes you a millionaire, but never give up and try your luck on EuroMillions.com!


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