8 Jul 2016

One in 25 million chance of Lotto win

5:57 pm on 8 July 2016

Don't waste too much time coming up with cunning strategies to win this weekend's big Lotto prize, as a statistician says there's no real way to maximize your chances.

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The chances of winning the Lotto jackpot are one in 25 million. Photo: 123rf

It has jackpotted to $40 million and must be won on Saturday.

Auckland University statistician Russell Millar said if 40 million tickets are were sold, the chance of nabbing the top prize is about one in 25 million.

"If you play five lines of powerball in a week, basically you're ten times more likely to die in a road crash that week, than you are to win powerball."