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Understand The Odds Before You Play

Understand The Odds Before You Play

It's important that you understand the odds of winning in each lottery game. For example, did you know that the odds if winning the jackpot in Powerball® are about 1 in 292.2 million because that's how many different ways you can combine the numbers available in the game to make a play?

Warehouse InventoryAnd in a scratch game, if the overall odds of winning are about 1 in 3.41, that does not mean that if you buy four tickets in a row, one of them will automatically win a prize. Rather, it means that if you were to buy all of the tickets available in that game, about 1 in 4 of them would win a prize, with winning tickets randomly distributed throughout the game.

(There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of tickets in one of our scratch games, enough to fill up the shelves in a warehouse, like you can see here.)

Remember that each play in a lottery game is random and the results of prior tickets have no impact on an upcoming play. The concept that "you're due for a win" doesn't apply.

And always know this: It only takes one ticket to win.

The video below explains more about lottery odds, including an easy reference to remember with a deck of cards. Check it out to learn more!