Picture this – You’re sitting at your computer and checking your lotto ticket numbers on the lottery’s website. First number matches. Cool. Second number matches. You’re getting somewhere. Third number matches. Nice. Fourth number matches. Wow! Fifth number matches. Oh my gosh, this could be good. Last number misses. D’oh!
Has this scenario ever happened to you? Have you ever missed winning the lottery by just one number? It’s actually not as rare as you think. This happens to thousands of people every year.
Let me give you an example of the sheer number of people that missing winning a jackpot by just one number. In Canada, the most popular game is Lotto 649. To win the jackpot, you have to match 6-out-of-6 numbers. On any given draw, it’s normal that no-one wins the jackpot. Sometimes one person wins the jackpot, sometimes two. But do you want to know how many people get 5-out-of-6-numbers? It’s usually anywhere from 50 to 100 people. Lotto 549 is played twice a week in Canada and that means, in any given year, about 5000 to 10,000 people in the country miss winning the lottery by just one number. that’s a lot of people.
It’s not just in Canada that so many people get close to winning the jackpot without actually winning it. For example, in Florida, it’s common that about 20 people get 5-out-of-6 numbers in the Florida Lotto each draw. Florida Lotto is drawn twice a week, so we’re looking at more than 4000 Floridians getting close to winning the lottery every year. And that’s just one game in one state. Imagine what the number would be if we counted all the close-calls in all of the states.
That’s why I’m writing this today – If this close-call phenomenon has ever happened to you, you should know that you are not alone. It happens to far more people than you can imagine.
Some people are more than happy to match 5-out-of-6 numbers in the lotto. After all, matching that many numbers usually results in a prize of a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. That’s money in your pocket that you didn’t have prior to the win. Other people, however, are not happy about. After all, they were just one number away from winning a life-changing amount of money, perhaps millions of dollars. What do you think? Would you be happy about being one number short of a jackpot?