25 April 2016

Which Lotteries Give You The Best Chance Of Winning?

Learn Which Game Gives You The Best Lotto Odds

[UPDATED October 2016] With so many lotteries to play and so many new ones being added all the time Lottoland certainly gives you plenty of choice in games. But which game is right for you? Well in this article we're not only going to rank our lotteries by jackpot size, we'll also let you know which lottery gives you the best odds and overall chances of winning.

Learn Which Game Gives You The Best Lotto Odds

I'm going to tell you something that may well surprise you – winning the lottery is easy. Hitting the jackpot, well that's the tricky part, sure, but it is possible. The people who win huge jackpots each and every week are a testament to that fact.

What doesn't get reported, however, but what happens with even greater frequency, is that people win lower tier prizes of considerable value. Which, while they may not be enough to make headlines, are still more than sufficient to change people's lives.

As for the jackpots, yeah, winning isn't easy, but then nothing worthwhile in life is easy. Having a little flutter at the races and winning a few quid can be a fun experience, for sure. But nothing can compare with the unbridled joy of winning that massive lottery jackpot.

Whenever games of chance are discussed, and which ones offer the best odds, lottery games are always dismissed. Which is a shame, because many do offer some incredible winning odds, and for far less financial outlay.

The Biggest Lottery Jackpots

It's very the first thing any lottery player wants to know – how big is the jackpot?

Well wonder no more. In the table below you'll find a full list of lotteries with all their record jackpots.

Lottery Record Jackpots
PowerBall (US) €1.4 billion 
MegaMillions (US) €594.8 million
EuroMillions €190 million
SuperEnaLotto (Italy) €178 million
EuroJackpot €90 million
UK Lotto €85.2 million
MegaSena (Brazil) €79.7 million
Oz Lotto €76.7 million
Oz PowerBall €54.8 million
German Lotto €45.4 million
Spanish Lotto €33.4 million
Swedish Lotto €25.6 million
Saturday Lotto €22.6 million
French Lotto €23.9 million
Irish Lotto €18.8 million
Polish Lotto €13.3 million
Austrian Lotto €9.6 million
Mini Lotto (Poland) €700,000


Which Lottery Has The Best Chance Of Winning?

So, now that you know the biggest jackpot each lottery has paid out it's time to see how they stack up in order to determine which one offers the best lottery odds. The below table represents the overall odds of winning any prize.


Overall chance

French Lotto Odds

1 : 6

Spanish Lotto Odds

1  : 10

UK Lotto Odds

1 : 9.3

Austrian Lotto Odds

1 : 12

EuroMillions Odds

1 : 13

MegaMillions Odds

1 : 14.7

Eurojackpot Odds

1 : 26

German Lotto Odds

1 : 31

Powerball Odds

1 : 24.8

Irish Lotto Odds

1 : 72

Polish Lotto Odds

1 : 57

Swedish Lotto Odds

1 : 55

Tuesday Lotto Odds

1 : 55

Thursday Lotto Odds

1 : 78

Monday/Wednesday Lotto Odds

1 : 85

Saturday Lotto Odds

1 : 144

MINI Lotto Odds

1 : 124.51

SuperEnalotto Odds

1 : 314 (approx.)

Mega-Sena Odds

1 : 2332

Note: The above values are based on historical exchange rates.

As you can see the Irish Lotto is a decent all-rounder; it might not have anywhere near the biggest jackpots, but in terms of prize odds it's in the centre. Still, compare that with EuroMillions, which is third both in terms of jackpot sizes and odds of winning any prizes, and it's plain to see why it remains Europe's favourite lottery.

The absolute best any-prize odds of any of our lotteries is the French lotto, with any-prize odds of 6:1. In second place we have Austrian Lotto, another popular choice due to its low price, good any-prize and jackpot odds (the same as the Irish Lotto was before the 2015 changes), and added bonus game. 

At the very opposite end of the scale, meanwhile, we have Brazil's Mega Sena. Though it should be noted that this lottery only has three large prize tiers in total.

Which Lottery Has The Best Jackpot Odds?

Go on, be honest, you just scrolled right down here didn't you? I'm basing that assumption, not on my psychic abilities, but rather solid statistics. In countless surveys of lottery players from all over the world it's always those massive jackpots, more than any other factor, which entices people to play. Playing the lottery is a longshot bet, as you well know, though well worth the potential reward. What's not as widely known, however, are the exact odds of hitting the jackpot - which is exactly why we've created the following table.

Lottery Jackpot Odds
Mini Lotto (Poland) 1 : 850,668
Swedish Lotto 1 : 6,724,520
Mon & Wed Lotto 1 : 8,145,060
Saturday Lotto 1 : 8,145,060
Austrian Lotto 1 : 8,145,060
Irish Lotto 1 : 10,737,573
Polish Lotto 1 : 13,983,816
French Lotto 1 : 19,068,840
Quina (Brazil) 1 : 24,040,016
Spanish Lotto 1:  31,625,100
UK Lotto 1 : 45,057,474
Tuesday Lotto 1 : 45,379,620
Mega-Sena 1 : 50,063,860
Thursday Lotto 1 : 76,767,600
Eurojackpot 1 : 95,344,200
EuroMillions 1 : 139,838,160
MegaMillions 1 : 258,890,850
Powerball 1 : 292,201,338
SuperEnaLotto 1 : 622,614,630

As you can well imagine the lotteries with the largest jackpots also have the biggest odds, whereas those with smaller odds, like Poland's Mini Lotto, have smaller prizes. The sweet spot for many lies in the centre, which is why lotteries such as the Irish and Polish lotteries are so popular. Lottoland players are also starting to play the Swedish Lotto and the Austrian Lotto since they offer large jackpots, at reasonable odds, for an even more reasonable price. 

Choosing A Lottery For You

There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the right lottery for you. The good news is that, at Lottoland, we go the extra mile to ensure our customers are as well informed about each lottery as possible. So be sure to check out our extensive FAQs (simply click on the Help & FAQ button on the top right) on each lottery for vital information including prizes, odds, rules, detailed instructions on how to play, plus tips on how to win.

Of course sometimes the best way to learn something is to dive straight in and just give it a go. So be sure to check out all our playable lotteries and take advantage of the exclusive features only available at Lottoland.