How the Lottery Process Works

How the Lottery Process Works


The lottery is a game where winners are selected through a random drawing. It is also a form of gambling that has been regulated by state and federal governments. Americans spend over $80 Billion on lotteries each year – that’s an average of more than $600 per household!

Many people are drawn to the lottery with promises that they will change their lives for the better if they can just win. But that hope is based on covetousness, which God forbids in the Bible (Exodus 20:17; see also Ecclesiastes 5:10). Instead, lottery players should focus on their end goal – whether that’s paying off debt or saving up for a down payment.

There’s no definitive way to know which tickets will result in a win, but knowing how the lottery process works can help improve your odds of winning. In this infographic, a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers CPA and Mergers & Acquisition Specialist has created a tool that helps lottery players purchase tickets with the highest odds of winning. Each row represents an application, and each column shows the position that application was awarded in the lottery (from first on the left to one hundredth on the right). The color of each cell indicates how many times that application was awarded its column’s position.

If the colors are close to each other, it is likely that the lottery process is unbiased. But if the colors are far apart, it is probably not unbiased.