Everyone dreams of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot, joining thousands of lucky players who have become millionaires since Lotto began. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 45,057,474, although the combined odds of winning the jackpot or the £1 million Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize mean that you have an estimated 1 in 10 million shot at becoming a millionaire with every line you play.
Below is a table displaying the odds of winning a Lotto prize:
|Numbers Matched||Odds Of Winning|
|6 main numbers||1 in 45,057,474|
|5 main numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 7,509,579|
|5 main numbers||1 in 144,415|
|4 main numbers||1 in 2,180|
|3 main numbers||1 in 97|
|2 main numbers||1 in 10.3|
The overall odds of winning any Lotto prize are 1 in 9.3.
The one obvious way to improve your odds of winning is to simply buy more Lotto tickets for each draw. However, you can maximise your share of any prize money by minimising the chances that you have to share it with other ticket holders who chose the same selection. All you have to do is pick at least one number over 31.
As many people use a combination of memorable dates to pick their Lotto lines, such as birthdays and anniversaries, their choice is obviously limited to the number of days in the longest month – i.e. 31. Therefore, selecting at least one number higher than 31 dramatically increases the odds of you not having to share your prize if your numbers come up.