Gotta be in it to win it! Oz Lotto is now up to 100 million dollar for next weeks draw. Pictured Jenni Sharpe of Goonellabah news agency. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Gotta be in it to win it! Oz Lotto is now up to 100 million dollar for next weeks draw. Pictured Jenni Sharpe of Goonellabah news agency. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

45,000,000:1? We'll take those odds.

EVERYONEhope may as well give up on winning next weeks record Oz Lotto Jackpot according to Lismore local Tim Whalan, because he's already bought the lucky ticket.

After Tuesday's $70 million Oz Lotto draw failed to find a first division winner the jackpot now stands at a record $100 million.

It is the ninth successive week the main prize has failed to go off and has sent aspiring millionaires across the region scrambling to get their lucky tickets

Mr Whalan said despite only having only a one in 45 million chance at winning the major prize, he was still confident about his chances.

"I didn't know the odds was that bad, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to win anyway," Mr Whalan said.

Mr Whalan said when not if he won the major prize he would invest some of it and then take the family on a holiday.

Mr Whalan said while he wasn't a regular Lotto player the chance of snaring the $100 million prize was too good to not buy a ticket.

According to Lotto officials the guaranteed division one prize pool is largest amount ever offered in an Australian Lotto.

In Tuesdays draw 21 people won more than $53,000 each, sharing the division two prize of more than $1.1 million.

Jenni Sharpe from Goonellabah newsagency said the $100 million prize had brought in customers from far and wide all hoping to change their lives.

"Yesterday afternoon we had queues right the way out the door," Ms Sharpe said.

"They all say they've got their fingers crossed and we tend to get a lot of people saying they have the winning numbers."

While no one in Australia matched the seven lucky numbers of last Tuesday night's draw more than 1.9 million Australians won minor prizes sharing in a total prize pool of $39.4 million.

Mathematicians have calculated the chances of winning the jackpot with a single ticket is as low as one in 45 million, which equates to more than a 99.9% chance of not winning.

The odds mean that Australians have a better chance of dating a supermodel, being struck by lighting or winning an Olympic medal.

Despite the extremely rare chance of winning the major prize, it is estimated that 75% of Australians will play in any given year.

While next weeks record draw is a first for Australia the total prize pool is only a fraction of the $US656 million record prize pool offered in the US earlier this year

The $100 million Oz Lotto draw will coincide with Melbourne Cup day celebrations with some punters dubbing the day "the jackpot that stops a nation".

Despite the attraction of winning the major prize there is also a darker side to the light hearted event.

Not-for-profit organisation Beyond Blue state that more than two million Australians are affected by problem gambling.

Beyond Blue state that there is a strong link between problem gambling and mental health problems with nearly three out of four people with a gambling problem are at risk of developing depression.

If you are concerned about your gambling, you can contact the gambling helpline in your state or territory, the Salvo Care Line or Gambling Help Online.

 

Lotto players have a better chance of:

Having your car stolen (1 in 142)

Injury from mowing the lawn (1 in 3,623)

Getting a hole in one in golf (1 in 5000)

Injury from fireworks (1 in 19,566)

Dating a supermodel (1 in 88,000)

Being struck by lightning (1 in 576,000)

Winning an Olympic medal (1 in 662,000)

Being killed by lightning (1 in 2,320,000)

Spotting a UFO today (1 in 3,000,000)



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