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Myths & Facts

Understanding the facts behind several common myths about playing the Lottery will help you play smart.

Myth: “My lucky touch or winning strategy will help my gameplay.”

Fact: This is not true. There’s no way to influence the outcome of a game. Winning tickets and winning numbers are completely random. There’s no guarantee of a return on any ticket — play for fun, not funds.

 

Myth: “If I buy five losing tickets in a row, the next ticket is more likely to be a winner.”

Fact: This is not true. You have an equal chance of winning or losing with every ticket of the same kind. Don’t chase your losses.

 

Myth: “If there’s a smaller jackpot, I have better odds of winning.”

Fact: This is not true. No matter the size of the jackpot or quantity of people playing the game, the odds for each game remain the same. Remember, the Illinois Lottery is a game of chance.

 

Myth: “If I play the same numbers each time in a draw game, my chances of winning increase.”

Fact: This is not true. Each draw is random, and your chances of winning always remain the same. If you play the same numbers each game, they have the same chance of hitting or missing every time you play. Remember, don’t overdo it and take a break.

 

Myth: “To have a problem with gambling, you have to gamble all the time or gamble more than you can afford to.”

Fact: This is not true. Problem gambling covers all gambling behavior and patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or work pursuits. Learn more about problem gambling. Remember to be smart and play smart.

 

Myths

Facts

“My lucky touch or winning strategy will help my gameplay.”

This is not true. There’s no way to influence the outcome of a game.
Winning tickets and winning numbers are completely random.
There’s no guarantee of a return on any ticket — play for fun, not funds.

“If I buy five losing tickets in a row,
the next ticket is more likely to be a winner.”

This is not true. You have an equal chance of winning
or losing with every ticket of the same kind. Don’t chase your losses.

“If there’s a smaller jackpot, I have better odds of winning.”

This is not true. No matter the size of the jackpot or quantity
of people playing the game, the odds for each game remain the same.
Remember, the Illinois Lottery is a game of chance.

“If I play the same numbers each time in a draw game,
my chances of winning increase.”

This is not true. Each draw is random, and your chances
of winning always remain the same.  If you play the same numbers
each game, they have the same chance of hitting or missing
every time you play. Remember, don’t overdo it and take a break.

“To have a problem with gambling, you have to gamble
all the time or gamble more than you can afford.”

This is not true. Problem gambling covers all gambling behavior
and patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family
or work pursuits. Learn more about problem gambling.
Remember to be smart and play smart.

Myth: “My lucky touch or winning strategy will help my gameplay.”

Fact: This is not true. There’s no way to influence the outcome of a game. Winning tickets and winning numbers are completely random. There’s no guarantee of a return on any ticket — play for fun, not funds.

 

Myth: “If I buy five losing tickets in a row, the next ticket is more likely to be a winner.”

Fact: This is not true. You have an equal chance of winning or losing with every ticket of the same kind. Don’t chase your losses.

 

Myth: “If there’s a smaller jackpot, I have better odds of winning.”

Fact: This is not true. No matter the size of the jackpot or quantity of people playing the game, the odds for each game remain the same. Remember, the Illinois Lottery is a game of chance.

 

Myth: “If I play the same numbers each time in a draw game, my chances of winning increase.”

Fact: This is not true. Each draw is random, and your chances of winning always remain the same. If you play the same numbers each game, they have the same chance of hitting or missing every time you play. Remember, don’t overdo it and take a break.

 

Myth: “To have a problem with gambling, you have to gamble all the time or gamble more than you can afford to.”

Fact: This is not true. Problem gambling covers all gambling behavior and patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or work pursuits. Learn more about problem gambling. Remember to be smart and play smart.