The Ultimate List of Lottery Statistics
Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.
Have you ever wondered what the odds of winning the lottery are, what the biggest jackpot ever won was or even if anyone has ever won the lottery more than once?
Here we’ve compilated the ultimate list of the best and most interesting lottery statistics, covering lottos from around the world, including the National Lottery, EuroMillions, America’s lotteries and more.
Read on for some truly jaw-dropping lotto statistics...
National Lottery Statistics
- The UK National Lottery was first drawn on 19 November 1994. 49,965,792 tickets were sold for the first draw, with 1,152,611 of these winning a prize. In total over £22 million in prizes was given away, with seven jackpot winners sharing the jackpot prize of £5,874,778 (Source: BT)
- One man from Kent, Wayne Elliot, won a prize every week for the first 26 National Lottery draws (Source: The Telegraph)
- In the UK, 70% of adults (over 32 million people), play lottery on a regular basis (Source: The Telegraph)
- The average UK National Lottery jackpot winner buys 4.5 new cards for friends, family or themselves, while 10% buy more than 10 cards (Source: The Telegraph)
- 99% of National Lottery jackpot winners buy tickets again after their win (Source: The Telegraph)
- In 2015, the National Lottery added 10 more number to the lottery draw. This changed the odds of winning the jackpot from 1 in 13,983,816 to 1 in 45,057,474 (Source: The Independent)
- EuroMillions was first drawn on Friday 13 February 2004, with only players from the UK, France and Spain participating. One player from France matched five main numbers and two star numbers to win the €15 million jackpot (Source: Wikipedia)
- Players from Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland were also able to play EuroMillions from 8 October 2004 (Source: Wikipedia)
- The biggest ever lottery jackpot win in Europe occurred on October 2019, with one lucky player winning £170 million on EuroMillions (Source: This Is Money)
Health Lottery Statistics
- The Health Lottery was launched in the UK in October 2011, offering significantly better jackpot odds of 1 in 2,118,760, although with jackpot prizes limited to £250,000 (Source: Wikipedia)
American Lottery Statistics
- The world’s biggest lottery jackpot of all time was the $1,586,400,000 (that’s over $1.5 BILLION) on America’s PowerBall on 13 January 2016. Three people split the jackpot prize (Source: Vox)
- America’s MegaMillions and PowerBall account for all of the top 50 lottery jackpots of all-time (Source: Wikipedia)
More Lotto Statistics
- The largest ever unclaimed lottery prize saw someone from the Stevenage and Hitchen area fail to collect their £63,837,543.60 prize on the EuroMillions draw from 8 June 2012 (Source: This Is Money)
- Despite odds of 350 billion to one, one family from Tipton in the West Midlands has managed to win three separate lottery jackpots, with a combined value of £3.25 million (Source: The Telegraph)
- 85% of lottery jackpot winners choose to remain anonymous (Source: The Telegraph)
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