title: How to Win the Lottery

 

The UK lottery uses 49 numbered balls and you choose six on your lottery card.

The probability of drawing one of your six numbers with the first ball is 6 in 49. There are six "favourable outcomes" in a total of 49 possible outcomes.

The table shows the probability of hitting the jackpot.

 

 

Ball
Probability of having number
 

Ball 1

6 in 49

Multiply the individual probabilities together:

6/49 x 5/48 x 4/47 x 3/46 x 2/45 x 1/44
= 1/14,000,000

Jackpot chance is animation: Jackpot Chance is 1 in 14 million

Ball 2

5 in 48

Ball 3

4 in 47

Ball 4

3 in 46

Ball 5

2 in 45

Ball 6

1 in 44

Shorten the odds

What is the probability of winning the jackpot in a lottery that has 10 numbered balls and you need only choose the first 3. Good luck!

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