Lotto myths busted – The truth about’s winning

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When it comes to gambling, money plays a not insignificant role. Whether in the casino, the home poker group or the state lottery: gigantic sums attract players like magnets. However, with this large group of success-hungry high rollers always comes a certain amount of charm. An own subculture around winning develops and myths and rumors about the correct strategy or chances of winning arise. In our article we show you common lotto myths and clarify which of them are true and which are just lies and lies.

Myth #1: Force luck with the same numbers over and over again

Luck is a fleeting concept that has amazed mankind since the dawn of time. Plato incorporated it into his philosophy and created a universal concept of happiness that many people still cling to today. However, this is more about the emotional construct of “luck” than actual luck in the sense of a statistically measurable quantity that records how often one celebrates successes in a competitive scenario.

Because the two concepts merge to a certain extent, many players resort to rituals and traditions to force luck. Lucky numbers, for example, are part of everyday life for many people. Both in established lotteries and new casinos, they consistently rely on the same numbers or. their favorite lucky number and hope to win with it in the distant future – of course a mistake.

Behind every lottery there is always a random number generator that outputs a random number value regardless of the number of players, the size of the jackpot and other external factors. Accordingly, it makes no difference whether you bet on consecutive numbers, completely random numbers, your own date of birth or always your own lucky number: Chance remains chance. Theoretically, you would have to play infinitely often to break the formula and win with your own numbers.

Myth #2: It is more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery.

Again and again one hears this iconic saying of Lotto skeptics. The question is: Is this probably best known myth also true?? According to the U.S. Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning are currently 1 in 600.000. No bad quota, would stand at the end not skin loss, but a main prize.

The German state lottery reveals in an official report that the chance of winning a jackpot with six correct numbers and a super number is currently 1:139.838.160 stand. So it is much more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the big money. On the other hand, it can be argued that even small winnings count to the category “Won the lottery” and therefore the probability should be significantly higher.

Myth #3 The smaller the jackpot, the better the odds

This is also a widespread myth. However, a proportional relationship between the size of the jackpot and the chance of winning cannot be observed. Within a lottery, the chances are always the same, regardless of whether 20 million euros or 200 million are waiting for the winner.

However, it must also be said that smaller gaming groups, such as the lottery in Austria, have significantly fewer players in comparison and thus the chances of winning also increase. The downer, however, is the fact that this usually means that the prize money is also smaller.

Myth #4: More than one big win is not possible

“If you win big once, you don’t stand a chance of winning again.”Also this saying one hears again and again. However, as with the first myth, the same applies here: Luck cannot be forced and thus also cannot be controlled. So it is quite possible to hit the million dollar jackpot more than once: just extremely unlikely.

Luck remains the decisive factor, so you should play the lottery mainly as a nice hobby and not hope to earn a living with gambling. Ultimately, the lottery is also primarily about entertainment. So the motto is to stay loose and be happy about even the smallest amounts of money.