I never win anything on the UK National Lottery..... Are my chances of winning
the Health Lottery any better?
There are several systems and programs which promise to increase the odds of winning a lottery type draw, some of which require regular updates of the latest winning numbers, to try and work out the most common numbers. However, when it is an entirely random draw, every ball has the same odds of being included in the winning lottery numbers. You must also ask yourself one main question - if a computer program works to provide you with the winning lottery numbers, why does the author need to sell it when they could just live on their weekly winnings?
There is no great secret for success in winning a really big lottery prize and sorting all your financial worries in one foul swoop. Anybody can manage it. All you have to do is buy a ticket with the numbers that are going to be drawn at the next draw. If you do this I can GUARANTEE you will win the lottery.
OK, so on a more serious note, there is no sure-fire method of ensuring that you win the lottery.
What is the Health Lottery?
Many countries throughout the world have introduced a state lottery system which is used to raise funds for the government, charities or a combination of both. They have proved popular and many pay out prizes in excess of £1m, making millionaires the whole world over. Everyone dreams of winning, but the odds against winning the biggest prizes (the jackpot) are stacked against you.
The Health Lottery actually predates the UK National Lottery (UK Lotto), as it originates from the National Health Service Lottery which had an abortive launch in 1988 (6 years before the launch of the UK National Lottery). The original National Health Service Lottery was actually declared illegal, but eventually, the Health Lottery was relaunched in 2011.
Currently, around 20% of the ticket price from the Health Lottery is donated to good causes. In contrast to the National Lottery, the Health Lottery has to be structured as 51 different society lotteries, each representing at least one local authority area in England, Scotland and Wales. Each week, the monies raised are allocated to a different society (in rotation), and the distribution to good causes is then undertaken by the society concerned in conjunction with the People's Health Trust charity.
The main concept of the Health Lottery is very similar to the UK National Lottery - although here for each £1 line, you select 5 numbers from 50 and the draw consists of five balls being released at random, plus a bonus ball. Prizes are awarded for matching 3,4 or 5 of the main balls; with further prizes for matching 2, 3 or 4 of the main balls plus the bonus ball.
The chances of winning the main prize by matching all 5 main balls is around 1 in 2 million (compared to the chances of winning the National Lottery's jackpot of around 1 in 14 million).
The prizes are also fixed for the Health Lottery, ranging from £10 for matching just 2 numbers and the bonus ball, to much larger numbers for matching all 5 main numbers (depending on the number of tickets sold).
The Jackpot - 5 Numbers
(Prize in excess of £25,000)
5 numbers are drawn at random from the set of integers between 1 and 50, which means there are 50!/(5!*(50-5)!) combinations of numbers - this means that the jackpot chance is 1 in 2,118,760 or approximately 1 in 2 million.
4 Numbers + Bonus Number
You are still matching 5 numbers from the 1 to 50 set as above, but you can now do it in 5 different ways (by dropping each of the main numbers in turn), therefore the chance is 1 in 2,118,760/5, which works out as 1 in 423,752.
4 Numbers (Prize: £250)
Firstly, let's take the case of the first 4 of your numbers matching and the last number not matching.
In this single case (where each set of chances relies on the previous event occurring):
Chance that your 1st number matches
a winning lottery number is 1 in 50/5.
Chance that your 2nd number matches a winning lottery number is 1 in 49/4.
Chance that your 3rd number matches a winning lottery number is 1 in 48/3.
Chance that your 4th number matches a winning lottery number is 1 in 47/2.
Chance that your 5th number doesn't match a winning number is 1 in 46/(46-1) [because there is still 1 unmatched winning number].
Now you need to accumulate all those
chances by multiplying them together:
1 in (50/5)*(49/4)*(48/3)*(47/2)*(46/45) which is 1 in 47,084.
Now this is the chance for that single case occurring, but there are 5 combinations of matching 4 from 5, so you divide the answer by 5 to get 1 in 47,084/5 or 1 in 9416.7.
3 Numbers + Bonus Number
You are still matching 4 numbers from the 1 to 50 set as above, but you can now do it in 2 different ways, therefore the chance is 1 in 9416.7/2, which works out as 1 in 4,815.
3 Numbers (Prize: £20)
Follow exactly the same scheme as the 4 match above to get these figures:
1 in (50/5)*(49/4)*(48/3)*(47/44)*(46/43) (which is 1 in 2239.7) for a single case.
There are 10 combinations of 3 from 5, so the chance of a 3 match is approximately 1 in 2239/10 or 1 in 224.
2 Numbers + Bonus Number (Prize: £10)
You are still matching 3 numbers from the 1 to 50 set as above, but you can now do it in 3 different ways, therefore the chance is 1 in 224/3, which works out as 1 in 76
The chance of you winning any of the above prizes is approximately 108 to 1 (much higher than that of the National Lottery).
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