You’re more likely to get struck by lightning than win a jackpot? Only the winner benefits from the lottery? Small jackpots equal better odds?
Have you heard any of these myths before? We sure have! Whether it’s a comment on an article or a message on Facebook, it might even be players calling our Customer Support agents to chat about lightning, our players are looking for answers. So today we’re here to debunk the top 3 lottery myths we’ve been hearing.
Myth #1: You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery
This one gets first place because it’s the one we hear the most. We’re looking at the statistics to answer this one for us.
The US National Weather Service states that in your lifetime, the odds of being struck by lightning is 1 in 600,000. At a glance, yes, this myth does seem true when compared to lottery odds, where you have a 1 in 292 million chance to win the US Powerball. The odds of being struck by lightning does seem higher, but bear with us for a moment.
In 1996 Iowa Lottery commissioner, Ed Stanek, proved this to be a myth. Stanek announced that in 1995, 1,136 people won a million dollars and more in lotteries. In the same year, 91 people were killed by lightning.
Sometimes players forget that the lottery jackpot is not the only amount available to be won, matching any amount of numbers can make you a winner and matching 5 winning numbers can still make you a millionaire.
The final verdict: stay indoors when there’s a thunderstorm and play online lotteries instead!
Myth #2: lotteries are only for the poor
Critics love to pull this one out the bag everytime they talk about lotteries. They go as far as calling it a “regressive tax”, saying that it’s often lower-income residents playing lotteries. Surely this can’t be true? Let’s look at it this statement more closely.
Playing any lottery is an individual decision and completely voluntary, whereas government tax is not. Studies have also shown that it is often middle-class citizens playing lotteries because they can afford it and are more likely to spend more too.
The final verdict: Myth! Lotteries appeal to everyone around the world. Simply take a look at frequent lottery players like George Clooney, Madonna and Paris Hilton, just to name a few. These names definitely don’t fall under the ‘lower-income’ bracket.
Myth #3: the only person who benefits from a lottery is the jackpot winner
If you keep up to date with the PlayHugeLottos.com news section, you’ll know that this one isn’t true. Yes, it is true that the number of people walking away with the jackpot is very small, often it’s only 1 person - that’s just what a lottery is. However, the number of people who actually benefit from the lottery is much larger than that.
In a recent article, we explained how Mega Sena was doing more than just turning people into millionaires. Did you know that lotteries donate a percentage of ticket sales to various organizations like healthcare, charities, social programmes and a host of other campaigns?
The final verdict: people from all around the world are benefiting from lottery-funded programmes. Whether it’s kids, infrastructure or veterans, it’s more than just the lottery winner walking away as a winner.
We’re sure you’ve heard some other myths over the years. Share them with us in the comments section below and who knows, it might make it into our next article.