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World lotteries by size of their highest ever jackpot (in £m)

Highest jackpots comparedHere's our comparison of the biggest ever jackpots by lottery. This first chart compares them, apples with apples, in the one currency whereas the next chart to the right (or below on mobile!) shows the highest jackpot values in their local currency.


Clearly, the record still to beat is the US Powerball though the Megamillions is not far off.

World lotteries by size of their highest ever jackpot (mill. of local currency)

The only downside to this latest Powerball jackpot is that it is now even harder to get people excited when a jackpot reaches a mere few hundred million. Good news for the jackpot hunters mind, as they will face better chances of not sharing these big jackpots in the future.

Highest jackpots compared


Target jackpot size for world lotteries to achieve positive RTP

RTP or Return to Player is the measure of what value of all stakes is returned to players when they play a lottery. If you remember, especially from our detailed reviews of each lottery, this will vary by lottery and also by draw. Most lotteries are set up to return a fairly low 50-60% 'of stakes as 'standard'. This means that for every dollar or pound we spend, the lottery organisation aims to keep 50c or 50p etc. It is a fair chunk to be sure especially when compared to some other gaming products. But lotteries do tend to transfer a large portion of this cash over to the good causes. Their margin is what goes into state coffers to fund education etc, or is distributed to charities in some manner. Sadly, they don't run lotteries to make us money! Yet.... sometimes, their jackpots do get to the level where their value plus the value of all other prizes, if they're all paid out, are worth more than the sum of all the stakes on that draw. This is positive RTP, or at least the basis for positive RTP.

Target jackpot size for positive RTP

Yet.... sometimes, their jackpots do get to the level where their value plus the value of all other prizes, multiplied by the likelihood of their being won, are worth more than the sum of buying one of each ticket. This is positive RTP, or at least the basis for positive RTP.

It's not quite as simple though as saying that, if there's say $10m in prizes to be paid out and you bought every ticket for less than $10m that your RTP must be positive - for a couple of reasons.

First off, the advertised $10m jackpot here, may actually be worth just $7m or so as a 'cash' payment (which most people end up taking). Some lotteries advertise the 'annuity'  value of a $10m jackpot, that is only $7m or so in real cash terms. Second, some states or countries charge taxes on big wins, which again reduces the value of the jackpots. And thirdly, there's often a good chance of sharing a jackpot, especially when it starts to roll over and people get more interested. That's because ticket sales increase with the hype, or jackpot fever, that is generated. When jackpots start to roll over, they are easier to publicise by the lottery, the media too are always hungry for the jackpot chasing dreams stories too. And as a result, lots of people start to play, jackpots get bigger and bigger, often exponentially, which is good for increasing jackpot size but not so good for your chances of not sharing the booty.


In this diagram we have taken into consideration tax and the chances of sharing into account and have also excluded lotteries where their maximum jackpot caps mean that positive value cannot be found. We did though ignore any reduction for an annuity option and assumed that players would sensibly choose this option (not that it would matter much to you, had you won!). The result is still a fair few lotteries which, a couple of times a year, can make real financial sense. 


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Average ticket sales per draw by lottery

Ticket sales ebb and flow depending on the size of the jackpot, day of the week and even the time of year. We have attempted to calculate an 'average' by lottery here. It's not 100% accurate but won't be far off. Whilst the US Powerball hit 600,000 tickets in one draw, on an average draw, the German Lotto 6 aus 49 is number 1. For a better understanding of ticket sales by lottery, see the individual Lotto review pages.

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Average ticket sales per capita per draw by lottery

We thought it might be interesting, not only to see which lottos were the biggest but how this compared to the populations where those lotteries were offered. Note that this chart does not look at total sales of an organisation's draws and games but just the relevant lotto itself. 

Ticket sales per capita per draw comparison of world lotteries

You might get the impression from this that the New York Lottery organisation isn't doing too well versus some other Lottery operators. This isn't the case - they do in fact perform very well in terms of overall sales. What they don't do so well here, in this example, is run a good state 'Lotto' product.

Average sales per capita per draw by lottery

Simlar to the tickets chart above, this graph takes the analysis one step further and discounts the cost of tickets. As you will have noticed on the individual Lotto review pages, the cost of a lotto ticket can vary considerably. So this chart evens all of that out by converting ticket sales into a common currency for comparison purposes. Hats off to Canada's Lottomax on this one - probably due in large part to their 3 line minimum purchase. Note that there are some lotteries not covered in our analysis that perform even better (e.g. Korea, Singapore etc.)

Lottery ticket sales per capita per draw


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Average ticket sales per capita per week by lottery

And taking this then one last step further forward, what does it look like in terms of average sales per head of population per 'week', as opposed to per draw? Here we need to discount the fact that some lotteries only offer 1 draw per week and others up to 3. This sorts the men from the boys in terms of which lotteries seem to do best and where the biggest Lotto players live. Whilst the US has most of the awards for jackpot sizes, sales per capita per week of either their state or multi-state Lottos aren't up there at the top. 

Sales per capita per week by lottery

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