Death in earthquake six times more likely than winning the Euromillions jackpot

Tuesday evening’s Euromillions draw has a jackpot of 130,000 million euro. But how great is the chance that you or anyone else for that matter could become a multi-millionaire thanks to the transnational lottery? VRT Radio 2 worked out what the probability is of winning Europe’s biggest cash prize. The result will come as a disappointment to those of you hoping to become very, very rich thanks to the luck of the draw. It would appear that it is six times more likely that there would be an earthquake in Belgium than of someone winning the jackpot on Euromillions.   



Each time there is a big money rollover jackpot there is a rush to the newsagents and other lottery selling points by people dreaming of becoming extremely rich. However, the chance of these dreams becoming reality are just 139,838,160 to 1.   

·        It is six times more likely that you will die in an earthquake in Belgium than that you will win Euromillions

·        It is 4 times more likely that in a blind draw during a game of cards you will draw the ace of hearts, the ace of spades, the ace of diamonds and the ace of clubs one after another than that you will win the Euromillions jackpot.  

Despite it being so unlikely that you will win the jackpot, hundreds of thousands of us buy Euromillions lottery tickets in the hope of doing so. After all the previous winner also faced the same odds yet still scooped the jackpot.   

Can you shorten the odds?

Are there some lucky numbers that are drawn more often than others? Do you stand more chance of winning if you play with the same numbers every week?   

The answer to these frequently asked questions is of course no. At each draw every combination of numbers and stars stands exactly the same chance of being the winner. This can be 1,2,3,4,5 or the winning combination for the previous draw.   

However, if there is a pattern in the numbers you choose, for example 5,10,15,20,25, there is more chance that you will have to share the jackpot with another if you win. This is because others will have chosen the same paten to their choice of numbers (in the case of the example cited above multiples of 5), meaning that if these numbers are drawn there is a greater chance that there will be multiple winners.      

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