How Lotto Players May Benefit from EuroMillions Rollovers
Updated: Thursday 1st June 2017
EuroMillions is currently dominating headlines around the world thanks to its soaring jackpot, but an extended series of rollovers in that game may also bring something of a hidden benefit to Lotto players. Whilst the Lotto jackpot this Saturday can’t compete with the top prize in Friday’s EuroMillions draw (an estimated £8.5 million versus £131 million), the Lotto top prize is easier to win, and it is potentially even easier to become a millionaire via Lotto when the EuroMillions jackpot rolls over. Read on to find out why.
We know that the odds of winning the jackpot in any draw-based lottery game are fixed, so the chances of landing the top prize don’t change at all, regardless of how many rollovers occur. The odds of winning the jackpot in EuroMillions are always 1 in 139.8 million, and the odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are an equally stable 1 in 45 million.
However, Lotto players don’t just get a chance to win in the main game. There is also a Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize of £1 million and 20 Lotto Raffle prizes of £20,000 up for grabs. Those raffle prizes are guaranteed to be won, and the odds of landing one of them are totally dependent on the number of entries that are purchased for a particular draw.
Since the odds of winning a Lotto Millionaire Raffle or Lotto Raffle prize are directly related to how many players buy tickets for Lotto, you have a better chance of landing one of them when the total number of entries is lower than usual. For example, if there were 1 million entries sold for a particular Lotto draw, the odds of winning the Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize in that draw would be 1 in 1 million. However, if there were just 700,000 entries sold, the odds of winning the Lotto Millionaire Raffle award would be 1 in 700,000, which is significantly better.
Now, here’s the point. Many lottery players like to stick to a weekly budget for their entries, and so they tend to be choosy about the game they participate in, often focusing on whichever game gives them the maximum potential return on their outlay. When the EuroMillions jackpot rolls over several times, that game becomes a lot more attractive to players who want to win big, and participation in Lotto can often decrease as a result. Fewer Lotto entries therefore makes it easier to win the Lotto Millionaire Raffle and Lotto Raffle prizes.
This observation should be welcomed by Lotto players everywhere, because it gives them a terrific reason to maximise their Lotto participation whenever the EuroMillions jackpot is in the process of climbing to ever-greater heights. If the world and his wife are focusing on the pan-European game, shrewd lottery players can choose to buy an additional entry or two for the overlooked Lotto game, and hope that fewer overall Lotto participants will make it easier for them to win a very handy raffle prize. Of course, if they end up winning the Lotto jackpot itself, so much the better!
So, there you have it – a simple yet sound strategy which just might help Lotto players to benefit from EuroMillions rollovers. Download one of our free lottery apps so that you can check the results on your mobile within seconds of the draw taking place, and remember to let us know if you win big. Good luck!Published: Thursday 1st June 2017
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