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Lottery Odds Explained

What are the odds of a lottery win?

The odds of winning in draw-based lottery games are based on two factors:
1. How many numbers must be matched
2. The size of the number pool

For example: For LOTTO 6/49, the odds of winning the jackpot are based on matching 6 numbers out of a number pool of 49 numbers.

The more numbers there are to match, and the more numbers in the overall pool of numbers, the greater the odds.

Odds of a win by game

LOTTO MAX

Jackpot
$10 – $70 million
ODDS OF WINNING JACKPOT
1 in 33,294,800
Matching Numbers Require to Win Jackpot
7/7
Number Pool
50

LOTTO 649

Jackpot
$5 million – grows until it’s won
ODDS OF WINNING JACKPOT
1 in 13,983,816
Matching Numbers Require to Win Jackpot
6/6
Number Pool
49

DAILY GRAND

Jackpot
$1,000/day for life or $7 million lump sum
ODDS OF WINNING JACKPOT
1 in 13,348,188
Matching Numbers Require to Win Jackpot
5/5+Grand Number
Number Pool
49 +
Grand Number (7)

LOTTARIO

Jackpot
$250,000 – grows until it’s won
ODDS OF WINNING JACKPOT
1 in 4,072,530
Matching Numbers Require to Win Jackpot
6/6
Number Pool
45

Ontario 49

Jackpot
$2 million
ODDS OF WINNING JACKPOT
1 in 13,983,816
Matching Numbers Require to Win Jackpot
6/6
Number Pool
49

Encore

Jackpot
$1 million
ODDS OF WINNING JACKPOT
1 in 10,000,000
Matching Numbers Require to Win Jackpot
7/7 (Right to Left)
Number Pool
9

Picture the odds

Consider this: The odds of winning the jackpot in a game like Lotto 6/49 are approximately 1 in 14 million, similar to the odds of putting the name of everyone in Ontario in a hat – a very tall hat – and randomly pulling out your own.

Can you increase your odds of winning?

That would be amazing, but when it comes to winning the lottery, it’s all about chance. There’s no system or skill to beat the odds.

Winning numbers are chosen randomly, and all that affects the odds is the total number of possible combinations as determined by the game mechanics – not the number of people playing.

Are the odds affected when a jackpot rolls over, such as in a progressive jackpot? No, odds don’t change – they’re based solely on the numbers that must be matched and the number of possible combinations for a given game.

In case you were wondering: OLG ensures that draws are completely fair and random. It’s regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and there are precautions to make sure the odds of winning can’t be changed by OLG employees or lottery retailers, in any way.

How do Lotteries and Raffles differ?

The odds of lotteries are different from raffles. With raffles, the odds change based on the number of players. With lotteries, the number of players makes no difference to the odds of winning.

For example: ONTARIO 49 and LOTTO 6/49 have the same odds of winning the jackpot, because for both games you must match 7 numbers from a pool of numbers ranging from 1-49, even though, historically, fewer people play ONTARIO 49.

Why are there more winners from cities?

Yes, it’s true there are more big-city winners, because there are more people in big cities to buy tickets. And the more tickets sold, the higher the chances that a winning ticket is in that batch.

So, the GTA will often yield more winners than sparsely populated Northern Ontario. But there are winners in smaller towns too, because winning numbers are picked completely at random.

The odds of winning in draw-based lottery games are based on various factors. Learn about the odds of playing the lottery with PlaySmart today! ]]>