Everyone knows that the odds of winning when you buy a lottery ticket are pretty low. There are some mega lotteries around today where the idea of winning seems so remote you wonder why you’re even buying a ticket, but then, of course, someone has to win so you’ve got to buy a ticket to be in with a chance of winning – however slim that chance may be!
If you play Euromillions you have a 1 in 116 million chance of winning, and if you play Powerball or Mega Millions in the States, the odds are more than 1 in 175 million of hitting the jackpot. But not all lotteries have such low odds for players. The chances of winning are higher in the Spanish Christmas lottery draw, Sorteo Extraodinario de Navidad, where every player has a 1 in 100,000 chance of hitting El Gordo – the Fat One – jackpot.
Of course, there is a downside to better player odds of winning. The jackpot is lower per winner as there will be many winners per jackpot prize. This is because the Sorteo Extraodinario de Navidad is run with a limited number of tickets using different five digit combinations with the numbers 0 to 9. Each series of tickets is printed 160 times, so people will have matching numbers with 159 other ticket holders.
But it’s kind of fitting for a Christmas lotto that the mega prize fund should be shared out more equally, rather than one where only one or two people are made obscenely wealthy overnight. With a total prize fun of more than 3 billion euros, there’s still going to be plenty to go around. Sure, you won’t get one or two people winning hundreds of millions, but you’ll get hundreds winning millions – which suits the Christmas spirit a little more!
Now it’s possible to buy tickets for this great Spanish lottery even if you don’t live in Spain – but if you want to take your part, don’t delay on getting a ticket – they’ll be selling out before the draw date on 22 December.