|A proliferation of e-mails – frequently with the heading “CONGRATULATIONS” -- notifying the recipient that they have won a prize in an Illinois Lottery e-mail lottery. The e-mail includes a link to the Illinois Lottery’s website as alleged proof that the e-mail is legitimate. THIS NOTICE WAS NOT SENT BY THE ILLINOIS LOTTERY. In fact, the Illinois Lottery NEVER notifies winners by e-mail. If you receive an e-mail of this type, even one accompanied by an official looking claim form, be suspicious.
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The chances of winning a lottery jackpot are determined by things like: the count of possible numbers, the count of winning numbers drawn, whether or not order is significant and whether drawn numbers are returned for the possibility of further drawing.
In a typical 6 from 49 lotto, 6 numbers are drawn from 49 and if the 6 numbers on a ticket match the numbers drawn, the ticket holder is a jackpot winner - this is true regardless of the order in which the numbers are drawn.
The odds of being the jackpot winner are approximately 1 in 14 million (13,983,816 to be exact). To put these odds in context, suppose one buys one lottery ticket per week. 13,983,816 weeks is roughly 269,000 years; In the quarter-million years of play, one would only expect to win the jackpot once.