If you’re not used to the world of lotto, you might feel a little overwhelmed by it. There are many different forms and many different companies behind lottery sales. But the time for feeling overwhelmed is over. Here are a few pointers for newbies to the lottery playing scene.
This is by far still the main type of lottery there is on an international basis. In this game, you basically choose 6 numbers from a range of 0-47 (or 49) on a slip of paper. The numbers are printed onto colorful balls which are placed in a tumbling box, and then picked out at random. If all 6 of your numbers are drawn from the pool, you’re in a for ginormous win often breaching the millions. The less numbers you guess correctly, the less you’ll win – but you’ll still win something! Fun times, fun times.
The odds of winning these types of lotteries, given that tickets are bought the country over, is about 1:258,890,850. That only applies to jackpot wins. Smaller wins have much better odds than this, and are more achievable.
This type of lotto is mostly played in the U.S.A. Just like the name implies, these are lottos that band together from different states to pool one big jackpot. The odds for winning multi-states lottos are higher, given that you’re competing against more people, but the stakes are higher as well.
These are tickets randomly generated by a machine. The numbers selected for Quick-Picks are not chosen by the player themselves. They just ask for a Quick-Pick ticket, and the clerk behind the desk will hand over one with the numbers already selected by a machine. Some believe this is a better bet, since you’re not relying on your human faculties to choose. But who knows really.
In Little Lottos, both the amount of numbers you can pick and the range of numbers you can pick from are smaller. So, for example, you might have to pick 5 numbers from a total field of 36. That’s instead of the 6/47 average. Since the field is significantly smaller, the odds of winning are higher. Although the jackpot win will definitely not be as big.
Players choose a combination of 5 white balls and one red ball, making for a total of six balls. In this respect, Powerball is similar to Lotto in that you ultimately need to choose 6 options. Then, 5 balls are drawn twice a week from a tumbling box (a drum) of 59 balls. The red ball is chosen from a separate drum of only red balls. You can really win big with Powerball, because the odds of winning are higher than in the normal lotto. However, tickets for Powerball tend to be more expensive. Sometimes even double the price, if not more. In the U.S.A especially, Powerball is extremely popular.
Read more about the Powerball right here.
Raffles are like a subsidiary of lotto games, in that they both run simultaneously. The raffle is kind of like an extra kick to lotto playing which took on a life of its own. Unlike lotto, raffle tickets come with a unique code pre-selected by a machine beforehand. Meaning, players don’t get to choose their own numbers. Then, corresponding tickets are drawn from two big drums on the day of the raffle. If your code matches the code of the raffle ticket drawn from the pool, you’re a winner baby.
One of the most popular raffles is the UK Lotto Raffle, which is known for its high money prizes and its many winners. However, there are other raffles all over the world which anyone can take part in.
Dailies take place about twice per day in the U.S.A. Tickets don’t cost much at all, anywhere between 50c – $1. While you obviously can’t win the million dollar jackpots of the main lotto games, you can still win up to $5000 per game. Nothing to sneeze at, that’s for sure.
In Canada, it’s a little different. Playing something like the Daily Grand can win you $1000 per day. For life. Hence the moniker ‘Daily Grand’ – it actually has nothing to do with drawing a daily ticket. In fact, Daily Grand takes place just twice a week. Tickets cost around $3, and understandably so.
We’re pretty sure everyone knows what a scratch-card is. It’s a form of instant-play lottery. You take a chance, buy a card, and then scratch away the shiny silver foil to see if you’ve won something. It’s a fun way of betting which doesn’t cost you much either way.