If you have never played the lottery, you might be asking yourself if you have to guess your lotto numbers in exact order to win the jackpot. Luckily, you do not have to; all you have to do is choose your numbers and as long as they all get drawn, in any order, you win.
I say luckily for a reason – The odds of winning the jackpot in a lottery are bad. If you had to guess your numbers in exact order, it would be impossible because the odds would be much worse. How much worse would it be? Read on to see the math.
You need to examine this article very cautiously, the case and the fixes have lots of variants. Let’s look at an example. One of the most popular lotto formats in the world is 6/49, where you must match six numbers out of a possible 49. To calculate the odds of winning the 649 jackpot, you must calculate the following equation: (49x48x47x46x45x44)/(1x2x3x4x5x6). The answer is 13,983,816. That means that the odds of winning are 1-in-13,983,816. Ultimately, if you had to guess the numbers drawn, but also had to guess the exact order that they’re drawn, this is how you would calculate the odds: 49x48x47x46x45x44. The answer is 10,068,347,520. That means that the odds of winning the jackpot would be 1-in-10,068,347,520. That is more than 1-in-10-billion. Now that would be virtually impossible to win.
As it’s now, hundreds of people win lottery jackpots every year. If people had to guess lotto numbers in exact order, we’d be lucky to see just one big winner in a 5 year period. If this were the case, most people would not even play any more.
Check out the lotto winners blog to read stories about big jackpot winners. It features stories about people like a grandmother that won one dollars million with a ticket purchased from a lottery vending machine.