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Why Wednesday’s Lotto Odds Are More Favourable

Last Updated: Tuesday 24th October 2017, 09:32 am

Wednesday’s Lotto draw offers a great opportunity for players to try and pick up huge prizes. While the odds of winning in the main game are always the same, the chances of success are likely to be more favourable in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle tomorrow night. Here’s why:

How The Lotto Odds Work

In the main Lotto game, the goal is to match as many numbers as possible from 1 to 59. The size of the ball pool does not change from one draw to the next, and the number of entries into the draw has no impact on your chances of winning.

Lotto Raffle is different, as the number of codes in each raffle varies from draw to draw depending on how many tickets have been bought. If 8 million players have entered a Lotto draw, for example, you have a better chance of winning a Lotto Raffle prize than if 10 million players have entered.

In every regular draw, the Lotto Millionaire Raffle awards one prize of £1 million, with 20 additional prizes of £20,000 given away. Unlike the main Lotto draw, these prizes are guaranteed to be won as only the codes which have been assigned to tickets are entered into the raffle.

The odds of winning Lotto Raffle prizes therefore depend on the level of participation, and Wednesday’s draw is the perfect time to play.

Wednesday Is Best

The number of entries in a Lotto draw is always different, but more players typically take part on a Saturday than a Wednesday. The National Lottery has estimated that 14.4 million entries can be expected for a Saturday draw at the minimum jackpot, which is more than double the 7.1 million expected sales for a Wednesday draw at the same level.

Jackpot Size

The size of the jackpot is a crucial factor in determining how many players will take part. If the top prize is worth something approaching the £22 million cap, more players can be expected to enter Lotto draws than if the jackpot is low, whether it is a Wednesday or a Saturday night.

Lucky Dips

If a big jackpot has been up for grabs in the previous draw and there is a large amount of interest, it is likely to result in a lot of winners across all the different prize tiers. The reward for matching two main numbers is a free Lotto Lucky Dip, which in turn leads to more entries being registered for the next draw.

When the jackpot last Wednesday had to be won and five players ended up splitting £25 million, 1.2 million players also won free Lucky Dips. Saturday’s draw had a lower jackpot, at £3.5 million, and fewer participants ended up winning free Lucky Dips ahead of tomorrow’s game.

There’s Still The Jackpot

As fewer entries are therefore likely to be made into Wednesday’s draw, due to a combination of factors, the odds of winning are better than on many other nights. There is also the Lotto jackpot of £1.8 million to aim for as well as the Lotto Raffle prizes. You can play online to give yourself a chance of winning, or visit any authorised retailer. Good luck!

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