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Should I Play for the EuroMillions or Lotto Jackpot This Week?

Should I Play for the EuroMillions or Lotto Jackpot This Week?
Updated: Monday 23rd July 2018

The opportunity to win two massively oversized jackpots this week has left lottery players facing a bit of a dilemma, so if you are wondering whether to play for the EuroMillions or Lotto jackpot this week, here are some pointers you might want to consider.

How Much Do You Want to Win?

The EuroMillions jackpot this Tuesday 19 December will be worth an estimated £118 million, and the Lotto jackpot on Wednesday 20 December is expected to be worth around £18.4 million. Winning either of those sums would obviously be wonderful, but if you are the kind of person who has ambitions to buy yourself a chain of tropical islands and a private jet (or helicopter), rather than a country home and a few luxury cars, the EuroMillions jackpot might be more appropriate to your needs.

How Lucky Do You Feel?

The different in jackpot sizes between the EuroMillions and Lotto games reflects the different chances of matching all of the numbers required to win those jackpots. The odds of you winning a EuroMillions jackpot by matching five main numbers and both Lucky Star numbers are around 1 in 139.8 million, whilst the odds of you winning a Lotto jackpot by matching the six main numbers required are around 1 in 45 million. Clearly, the Lotto jackpot is the one which is easier to win, mathematically speaking, so you can choose to play that or EuroMillions, according to how lucky you happen to be feeling.

Which Game Do You Prefer?

Lottery games are as much about the joy and excitement of participating as they are about winning, so you should also consider the amount of pleasure that you get from playing EuroMillions and Lotto. If you have a strong preference for the format of one game over the other, then it would make sense to focus on the lottery that gives you the most satisfaction as a player.

What is Your View on Consolation Prizes?

Whilst the odds of winning a jackpot are slimmer when playing the EuroMillions game than they are when playing Lotto, the odds of winning any prize are much closer. You have a 1 in 13 shot at a EuroMillions award, whilst the chances of scoring a Lotto payout are around 1 in 9.3. Of course, there are more cash prizes in EuroMillions than there are in Lotto, so if you believe that cash is king, you might want to focus on the former.

Still Not Decided?

If giving some thought to the above questions hasn’t helped you to decide whether to play EuroMillions or Lotto this week then why not consider getting involved in both games? The jackpot in each game is much higher than it would be in a standard non-rollover game, so you would have a chance to win big twice over, and either could make the festivities go with a bang. Whatever you decide, choose your numbers here to give yourself a chance of winning via the £118 million EuroMillions game on Tuesday, or join a syndicate for the £18.4 million Lotto game, and good luck with your numbers!

Published: Monday 18th December 2017

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