Have you ever dreamed of playing the lottery and
becoming a millionaire. Bet you have - we all have.
However, for the majority of us, that remains a dream and every week we
play on the Lottery and cross our fingers. Unfortunately,
the odds of winning the main
lottery prize (the jackpot) are stacked against you.
The chances of winning any prize on the UK National Lottery is a massive 54 to 1 - that means that even if you play once a week for a year the odds are that you will not win anything back at all.
There is no sure fire way of reducing those odds
- you can purchase all sorts of software on the internet which tries to
look at the past results from games and identify the numbers which are
most likely to be drawn, but the National Lottery remains a game of
pure chance - the machines are independently monitored to ensure that
every ball has a 1 in 59 chance of being drawn every week, so don't
think that just because one ball has been drawn every week for the last
12 weeks, it will be drawn again this week!
The rules have
even been tightened on the National Lottery's own website, after they have had to remove the
possibility of accessing the website from overseas, due to some
countries forbidding their residents from playing foreign lottery games
(presumably to safeguard their own lottery schemes).
Forming a syndicate remains the best way of spreading your chances
of winning the lottery, as it means that you get to play in more lines
for your money. The Official
National Lottery Website contains a standard syndicate agreement which you can draw
up to ensure that you are protected when you join a syndicate (ie. the
winnings do not belong to one person, and any payment out is then not
seen as a gift which could make it subject to Inheritance Tax!).