## Lottery OddsProbability puzzles require you to weigh all the possibilities and pick the most likely outcome.
What are your odds of winning the lottery?
## AnswerIt depends on how many numbers are in your game.In Ireland, there are 42 numbers (I think!) You have to pick the six winners as follows: The first ball can be any of the six: Your chance of getting the first ball is: 6/42 Next ball can be any of the 5 left, but the number of balls is gone down by one: 5/41 and so on. 4/40, 3/39, 2/38, 1/37 so its 6*5*4*3*2*1/42*41*40*39*38*37 =720/3776965920 That works out at 1/5,245,786 We pay 2euro for a chance to win maybe 2million euro (estimate) so you can see how the money is made. If one person wins, then chances are there are about 5 million people playing (statistically) 10 million euro raised. Although there are other prizes given out for match 5 numbers etc. For your lottery you can follow the same pattern to work out your odds! Hide ## What Next?
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