Published: April 19, 2022

Is the French Loto one of the easiest lotteries to win?

There are many lotteries around the world but the French lottery offers better winning opportunities. Why is it so?

There are several factors and variables to consider when weighing up the easiest lotteries to win. Having the right information at hand can make this pursuit a touch more straightforward.

With many lotteries dotted around the world, from Europe and the United States to South America and South Africa, there are several draws and their implications to wade through.

Above many others, though, the French Lotto has to be one of the easiest to win. First up, the France lottery is top of the pops when it comes to winning any prize. The odds of this happening are one in six, which compares very favourably alongside other draws such as the UK Lotto, Spanish Lotto and Australian Lotto, which have odds of one in 9.3, one in 10 and one in 12, respectively, of winning any prize.

If you are looking for lotteries with the most competitive odds of winning the main prize, then the French Lotto again comes into the picture. This time, it’s not necessarily at the top of the list – that is reserved for Poland’s Mini Lotto at one in 850,000.

Further down the list, however, you will find the French Lotto. It’s nicely nestled between the ninth-placed German Lotto (one in 15 million) and Brazil’s Quina Lotto (one in 24 million). The French Lotto, indeed, caps the top 10 with odds of one in 19 million of winning the main prize. This jackpot sum for the French Lotto prize, in case you were wondering, sometimes extends as high as the equivalent of R300 million-plus (approx. USD $20 million-plus). The exchange rate from euro to rands certainly helps the South African spend in this instance.

If one in 19 million still sounds like a lot, then find some context in the main prize odds of other major lotteries around Europe and the globe. The Spanish Lotto is placed at one in 31 million and the Oz Powerball at one in 76 million. For astronomical odds of winning a main prize, look to the US Powerball at one in 292 million and Italy’s SuperEnalotto at a whopping one in 620 million. Now the French Lotto’s one in 19 million doesn’t seem too bad after all, hey?

For another reason as to why the French Lotto is one of the easiest to win, you can look at the frequency of the draws. It happens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. That’s three times per week. Most other lotteries only happen once or twice a week. The quicker frequency doesn’t necessarily increase the chance of winning a prize, but it certainly ups the number of times you can try in any given week. The number of opportunities effectively compound when tallied across a month or year.

You won’t often find, if at all, a lottery that happens at the start, in the middle and towards the end of the week. It’s another reason why this French lottery is so popular with so many people around the country and the rest of the world.

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