UK The first item on Alison Forshaw's shopping list was a new carpet, after she tore it to hide her syndicate's winning ticket. The syndicate of eight nursery nurses from Greater Manchester won 98,838 (GBP) and as the leader, Alison was nominated to look after the winning ticket. She decided to rip the corner of her bedroom carpet and hide the ticket until she could collect the prize winners cheque.
Use our Lucky Dip Lottery Number Generator to help pick your lottery numbers (you will need your browser to be Java enabled).
Pick how many numbers you want from 1 to 10 (default is 6), then give it a number range (default is 49) and then
press 'Generate numbers'.
Your randomly generated numbers will appear below!
Try it - it's just for fun.
Note: The numbers produced here are random and are not in any way matched to any predictive 'system'.
Every lottery draw is unique. Whatever happened in the last draw or any other draw has no effect on the next draw. The lottery machine doesn't remember what happened before, neither do the lottery balls. That's what makes it a lottery - the organisers ensure that every draw is totally random.
So, if everything is random, what are the odds of picking that winning combination?
In a typical Lotto game with six balls for example, you have to pick the correct six numbers from 50 possible balls in any order to hit the jackpot.
The odds of picking one correct ball are 8.33:1
The odds of picking all six balls correctly are 13,983,816:1
To put this into perspective
Your chances of being struck by lightning are 2,000,000:1
A pregnant woman has a 705,000:1 chance of giving birth to quadruplets.
Someone eating an oyster has a 12,000:1 chance of finding a pearl inside of it. Everyone uses a different system for picking their lottery numbers. Some choose birthdays, their age, addresses, years, phone numbers, etc, some use prediction systems based on past results and others rely purely on luck.
But really, the only way to increase your chances is to buy more tickets.
Use this lottery number generator for
UK National Lottery 6 balls from 49
US Powerball 5 balls from 53
US Mega Millions 5 balls from 56
Euro Millions 5 balls from 50
Oz Lotto 7 balls from 45
Canada Lotto balls 6 from 49
French Loto 6 balls from 49
German Lotto 6 balls from 49
Italy Superena 6 balls from 90
Irish lotto 6 balls from 45
South Africa 6 balls from 49
Switzerland 6 balls from 45
and virtually any other of the world's lotteries!
Since being a winner will make big changes for me, I would the same for others.
Keesha, Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago
If I win the lottery. Firstly I buy a home for my parents and after money spend in poor student education, for good condition hospital in India. For pollution and others social work in India and world. All happy in world.
Heeraram, Barmer, India
I will keep some money for the future of my son, plan another baby, donate to charities and help the downtrodden and go and visit places all across the globe. Will also like to give some money to my mother, who brought me up with a lot of difficulty. Would also like to own a dream house and a dream car.
Rajashree Mustafi, Kolkata, India