Who Plays the Lottery More, Men or Women?

A huge jackpot prize is the main factor attracting people to play the lottery and frequently encourages those who have never previously played to purchase lottery tickets. But are all segments of the population attracted to the lottery to the same degree? Is it true that the poor play more than the rich? Do young people play more than their elders? Do the unemployed play the lottery more than those with jobs?

Who Plays the Lottery More, Men or Women?

What about the most basic question: who plays the lottery more, men or women? The answer to that question may surprise you.

Today, we are careful not to discriminate by gender. Men and women were created equal, after all, and it would not be politically correct to suggest otherwise. Even so, when it comes to playing the lottery, there appear to be slight behavioural differences between the sexes. As can be seen in the conclusions of studies conducted to learn about gambling habits and lottery gaming, which are summarized below, it appears that men play the lottery more than women.

“Males have higher levels of lottery play than females”

Males have higher levels of lottery play than femalesIn 2010, the Journal of Gambling Studies published a survey that reviewed gambling habits and lottery game play. The survey found, as could be expected, that the poor are more likely to buy lottery tickets than people who don’t have to worry about their finances. A second study in that same journal, published two years later, found that that lottery play was higher among minority groups and people in the lowest socioeconomic status levels.

According to the 2012 study, entitled Gambling on the Lottery: Sociodemographic Correlates Across the Lifespan, “males gambled on the lottery more than females (18.3 days in the past year for males, versus 11.7 days for females). Comparing the datasets of surveys conducted six years apart in the early 2000s, the study found that “gender was highly significant in predicting the amount of gambling on the lottery; males had a 64% increase over females in the number of days they gambled on the lottery.”

The finding that “males have higher levels of lottery play than females is consistent with gender-related findings for gambling as a whole and for other correlated behaviours, namely, alcohol and other substance use,” the study said.

“Men are more likely to play the lottery”

Men are more likely to play the lotteryA September 2013 article written by Dan Fergusson at customer intelligence provider Vision Critical presented 4 surprising facts about lottery players’ behaviour, attitudes, and experiences in the United States. One of the ‘surprising facts’ related to the difference between the sexes.

“In general, men are more likely to play the lottery (55% vs 42% of women), but we also found that men are more receptive to lottery online gaming,” the paper said. “18% of the lottery players we surveyed indicated that they are likely to purchase lottery tickets online, whereas only 12% of women are likely to do so.”

Lottery players are not always evenly split between men and women

In the United States, many surveys of lottery player demographics have been conducted on the state level and the results have not always been the same.

Florida Lottery’s Player Demographic Data for 2014 showed that players who had played any game were 51% male and 49% female. On the other hand, the California Lottery reported in 2015 that “lottery players are about evenly split between men and women” in the state.

Two studies, at least, have produced a different finding. Information published on the Mental Health PDX website said that according to the Oregon Lottery, 52% of its lottery players were women. A study conducted for the Vermont Lottery Commission showed that in 2008, 54.5% of the state’s lottery players were women. In 2012, the study reported that 51.8% of the players in Vermont were women.

An interesting finding was presented by the University of Houston in its Demographic Survey of Texas Lottery Players 2016. This survey* showed that while the participation rate in the state’s Lotto game was the same for men and women, in multi-state lotteries, it was much higher for men than women.

Lottery Participation Men Participation Women
Lotto Texas 65.1% 65.8%
Mega Millions 68.6% 60.6%
Powerball 68.3% 56.6%

*The survey was conducted among 1,685 Texas residents aged 18 years and older in the summer of 2016.

The average lottery player is male

According to research commissioned by the National Lottery Commission in South Africa, published in 2011, the average lottery player in that country was 35 years old, male, unemployed, with a primary school education, and earning less than minimal wage.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)* in Canada reported in 2017 that 43% of Ontario adults are “current lottery players”, which it defined as being someone who “bought a lottery ticket at least once in the past two months.” According to OLG, “Current lottery players are more likely than non-players to be age 35 or over, male, working full time outside the home, and to have slightly higher household income levels.”

OLG showed the difference in lottery participation by gender as follows:

Sex Current Players in Ontario Non-Players
Male 51% 47%
Female 49% 53%

*The survey interviewed 300 random Ontario residents each month during the course of 2017.

The annual Health Survey for England (HES)* found that in the year 2012, participation in the National Lottery accounted for the majority of total gambling activity in the UK and participation rates were higher for men than women.

Activity Participation Men Participation Women
National Lottery 56% 49%
Scratchcards 19% 20%
Other lotteries 14% 14%

*The survey interviewed more than 8,000 adults in private households around England over the course of 2012. The percentages show the participation rate of the surveyed group in the activities.

“Males tended to gamble more frequently than females on … lottery-type games”

Perhaps the most exhaustive study on the subject was published by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation in Australia, published in November 2014. The conclusion of “A comparative study of men and women gamblers in Victoria”, was that “males tended to gamble more frequently than females on most gambling forms, including … lottery-type games …  although they were less likely than women to gamble on raffle/sweeps/competitions and bingo.”

Males tended to gamble more frequently than females on ... lottery-type games

Some of the findings of the study showed that the behavioural attitudes toward gambling were exactly the same for men and women. The highest gambling participation for both genders was in lottery-type games.

The top three gambling activities were the same for males and females according to the Victorian study. In first place was Lotto, Powerball, and the Pools (males 46.31%, females 47.47%), followed by raffles, sweeps, and other competitions, and race betting.

Women are more likely than men to play scratchcards

The Victorian study concluded that men play the lottery (draw games) more than women, however, a different conclusion was reached regarding scratchcards (instant lottery games). Women were more likely than men to participate in scratchcards, bingo, and raffles, according to the study.

“Younger women were more likely than older women to participate in … scratch tickets [and] older women were more likely than younger women to take part in lottery-type games,” the study said. The same conclusion was reached when comparing younger men to older men.

The study also considered the nature of the differences between the sexes, stating that in general, “men prefer strategic forms of gambling (blackjack, cards, sports betting, race wagering), whereas women prefer non-strategic forms such as slot machines, video poker, and bingo.”

According to another Australian survey, conducted by the Queensland Government in 2012, “female gamblers preferred lottery and bingo more than male gamblers, although men were more likely than females to prefer all other forms of gambling.”

Another survey worth mentioning is the national prevalence survey conducted in the UK in the early 2000s, which found differences in gambling expenditure by gender. Men were seen as losing more on the lottery (£1.81 vs. £1.33) and women were found to be winning more on bingo (£2.75 win vs. £3.32 loss).

Why do men and women play the lottery differently?

The Victorian comparative study of men and women gamblers determined that “men were significantly more likely than women to gamble for social reasons or for general entertainment, while women were more likely to gamble for charity or because gambling relieved stress, loneliness, and boredom.”

These differences are apparent in online gaming habits. Men seem to be drawn to gambling websites that offer sports betting and poker, while online bingo appears to be more popular with women.

While it’s possible that personality traits traditionally associated with masculinity such as courage, independence, and assertiveness may account for some of these differences, it’s hard to reconcile them in the modern world where traditional masculine mannerisms and attributes can now be associated with women, and vice versa.

Why do men and women play the lottery differently?

Everyone plays the lottery more, when the jackpots are big

It is interesting to note that the majority of surveys show that men play the lottery more than women, however the differences are not that great. This finding seems to be correct not only for the surveys conducted in the United States, but also for those conducted in South Africa, Canada, and the UK. It will be interesting to see if there are any changes in behavioural differences between the sexes in future surveys.

Statistics aside, whenever lotteries offer incredible prizes we all, regardless of gender, age, and financial standing, rush to buy lottery tickets. Participation in the lottery is open to everyone and when it’s possible to play online, purchasing tickets to the biggest lotteries in the world it’s just a click away.

When lottery jackpots are huge, we all play the game and fantasize about winning. We play the lottery with hopes that our dreams will soon come true and these dreams are shared by everyone, men and women alike.


A Mini Lotto at a Mini Price

The Mini Lotto is the newest addition to theLotter family of offerings. It is the 2nd Polish lottery offered on theLotter.com and the 4th lottery with daily drawings.

You don’t have to be in Poland to play the Poland Mini Lotto. Play from anywhere! It offers great jackpot prizes every day of the week, no matter where you are. There is no cap, so the chance of a larger jackpot is high.

The largest jackpot win was in December 2015, when a winning ticket holder from Nakło nad Notecią claimed a prize of 366,518 ‎zł.

Like other global lotteries, revenue generated by ticket sales are used to benefit local programs. A portion of each Mini Lotto sale is used to fund Polish sports and cultural activities throughout the country.

Why Play Mini Lotto?

* Affordable tickets

* Moderate guess range

* Daily drawings

* Good odds

How to Play Mini Lotto

Choose five (5) numbers ranging from 1 to 42. If you match all 5, then the jackpot is yours! Mini Lotto has a standard range of numbers, so the odds of a complete 5-number match are good.

Players who successfully match 3 or 4 numbers win fantastic secondary prizes.

Draws are every night at 21:40 local Polish time.

Purchase your Mini Lotto tickets now!

Introducing Italy MillionDAY

From Italy, the land of ‘La dolce vita,’ comes an exciting new daily draw lottery, the MillionDAY! Why play Italy MillionDAY online? Well, there are 1 million reasons to play in the form of a fixed, guaranteed €1 million jackpot!

Italy MillionDAY

Italy MillionDAY Snapshot

  • Inexpensive tickets
  • Fixed, guaranteed €1 million jackpot
  • Daily draws, daily chances to win
  • Great winning odds

How to Play Italy MillionDAY

Players choose five numbers from a guess range of 1 through 55. If a player matches all five numbers correctly, they’ve won a guaranteed €1 million jackpot! Regardless of how many players match all five numbers correctly, each winning ticket is guaranteed to receive €1 million. In addition to the jackpot, there are three other prize divisions for matching four, three, and two of five numbers correctly. Draws take place daily at 19:00 local time in Italy giving players daily chances to become a millionaire.

Is today your day to win €1 million? Let’s find out, play Italy MillionDAY today!


Why US Mega Millions Lottery Jackpots Multiply Exponentially

It may be critical for a serious lottery player like yourself to know the reasons why the US Mega Millions lottery jackpots grow exponentially because your decision to play and the way you decide to play may be affected by it. Take a look at Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot of $118 Million, for example. It is by no means historic, however you can’t deny that it is quite a hefty sum and you want to make sure you are in the running for the grand prize.

You might even be wondering why these jackpots get so high when they start off at a “mere” $40 Million and yet the highest Mega Millions jackpots in history reached a whopping $656 Million in this very manner, for example. Well, it’s no secret that the US Mega Millions grows by a minimum of $5 Million per draw each time the jackpot rolls over. If a game is played and no one wins, the money rolls over until all of the numbers are matched and a winner is declared. Friday’s jackpot of $161 Million rolled right over to Tuesday’s gem of a jackpot at $174 Million. This makes people want to play more. The higher the jackpot; the more people want to participate. Rollovers create a lottery frenzy.

Lottery Accessibility Keeps the Jackpot Growing

Other factors involved in the growth of these ginormous jackpots have to do with their accessibility. There are so many ways to play and so many venues for purchasing tickets. Purchasing lottery tickets online has become increasingly popular. With online lottery ticket purchasing it’s convenient, plain and simple. There is no commute involved. One can access lotteries from several different countries. You may even be able to increase your chances of winning by being offered the availability to play in a syndicate group. Mere accessibility cause these jackpots to grow.

The Mega Millions lottery is available in 44 US States plus Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands. It wasn’t always that way, however. When one jackpot reached a record $363 Million in the year 2000 people started to focus in on multi-state games. Jackpot rules also changed guaranteeing bigger jackpots. As the interest grew so did participation. So the jackpots soar and the tickets sell.

Play Now!

Who knows? You could be the winner of the next $118 Million Mega Millions jackpot. Don’t miss out on your chance to share in this Mega Millions jackpot. Buy tickets for Mega Millions online to be part of this bountiful jackpot.


New Brazilian Lotteries Are Now Available!

No need to wait until Carnival – you can play two exciting Brazilian lotteries any time of the year! These newcomers to the rich line-up at theLotter have unique game features that are bound to attract lottery fans from across the globe.

Get ready to samba!

Why Play Brazilian Lotteries?

** Inexpensive tickets

** Small guess range

** Unique game features

** Great winning odds

How to Play Lotofácil

Lotofácil is a bit different from most lotteries. To play the game you choose fifteen (15) numbers from a 1-25 guess range. That’s a lot of numbers to choose! The odds of winning the jackpot, which starts at R$1.7 million and if not won, keeps on rolling with no jackpot cap, are incredible. You can also win prizes by matching 14, 13, 12, and 11 numbers.

Draws are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You don’t want to miss a single draw!

Purchase your Lotofácil tickets now!

How to Play Dia de Sorte

Dia de Sorte translates as “lucky day” and you can get extremely lucky when you play this calendar-themed lottery game from Brazil. To play, select 7 numbers (days of the week) from a guess range of 1-31 (days in a calendar month) as well as an extra number from 1-12 (months of the year).

The extra number corresponds to the month chosen in each Dia de Sorte draw. On theLotter, when you choose “1” you are actually choosing “January”, and so forth. In the lottery results, not only are the main numbers announced but also the winning month.

The Dia de Sorte jackpot typically starts at R$500,000 and keeps rolling over until there is a winner. In addition to the jackpot there is a wide range of secondary prizes you can win.

Draws are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Make sure to play every draw!

Purchase your Dia de Sorte tickets now!


International Syndicate Scores Oz Lotto Win!

Twenty two (22) of our players from around the world purchased shares in an Oz Lotto draw and together they scored an impressive Division Two prize!

The Oz Lotto syndicate was just one number short of winning the AU$50 million jackpot up for grabs in the draw!

Oz Lotto Win by the Numbers

Lottery: Oz Lotto

Date: 31 July 2018

Draw #: 1276

The winning numbers: 1 7 10 13 25 26 40

Supplementary numbers: 31 38

Number of players in the winning syndicate: 22

Number of lines played: 60

The fourth line on the Oz Lotto syndicate’s ticket: 1 7 10 13 25 31 40

Prize won: AU$24,937.50 ($18,476.14 )

By matching 6 main numbers and a supplementary number, the syndicate was entitled to Oz Lotto’s 6+1 Division Two prize. It turned out that the syndicate’s ticket was the sole winner of that prize, while there were no winners of the jackpot in the draw. To win the Oz Lotto jackpot, you need to match all 7 numbers chosen from a 1-45 guess range.

Syndicate Winners from Across the Globe

The 22 winners of the Oz Lotto prize come from 19 different countries, with every continent on the globe represented except for South America and Antarctica. The winning players are from Canada (2); Russia (2); Ukraine (2); and one each from Australia; China; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Italy; Lithuania; Malaysia; Malta; Mauritius; New Zealand; Romania; and Thailand. Some of the players are veterans at theLotter.com while others have only joined in the last few weeks.

The syndicate’s prize was divided equally among the winners. Each winning player received a prize of AU$1,133.52. It’s important to remember that like all Australian lotteries, prizes in the Oz Lotto are paid out tax free.

Playing lottery syndicates online at theLotter gives you a chance to play more lines at a fraction of the cost. No matter what lottery you choose to play, you’ll be teamed up with avid lottery fans from across the globe and together you’ll have an improved chance of winning lottery prizes.

Want to be among the next group of players sharing an Australian lottery prize? Join an Oz Lotto syndicate today and you could be among the big winners in the next draw!

Join the many winning syndicate players! Read the story of our US Powerball syndicate that won $106,300 in prizes, including two 3rd Division prizes of $50,000!

Saturday Lotto Superdraws and Megadraws

The Saturday Lotto is one of the biggest Australian lotteries and its Superdraws and Megadraws have fans in an uproar every single time. These event draws bring huge jackpots that raise the stakes significantly. With a few Superdraws per year and the big Megadraw at the end of the year, the Saturday Lotto knows how to keep its fans hooked. In this article, you will find out all about the fantastic Superdraws and Megadraws so you can be ready for the next event draws and be part of the fun.

What Are the Superdraws and Megadraws?

The amazing Superdraws and Megadraws are event draws hosted by Tattersall’s Saturday Lotto that offer players much larger jackpots that are impossible to miss. Superdraws typically come with first prizes worth AUD20 million, and Megadraws with an even larger prize of AUD30 million. Saturday Lotto fans should watch out for these amazing lottery events because these prizes are larger than life.

When Are the Next Superdraws and Megadraws?

According to the latest news, the next Saturday Lotto Superdraw is scheduled for June 23rd. In the well-known Superdraw tradition, the jackpot for this event draw will be worth at least AUD20 million, so save the date! You can play Saturday Lotto on theLotter  to be part of the great event.

As for the next Megadraw, it is expected to be announced for the last days of December 2019 or the very first days of 2020. The jackpot for the biggest Saturday Lotto event of the year will be worth a whopping AUD30 million, so you simply cannot miss it!

Saturday Lotto Superdraws and Megadraws FAQ

In this section of our article, we have gathered the Superdraw and Megadraw questions that we’ve received most often. We will provide answers for each of them, but if there is anything else you would like to know, feel free to write your questions in the comments section.

How Do You Play Superdraws and Megadraws?

Superdraws and Megadraws are special lottery events that come with more excitement and bigger prizes, but the gameplay rules are identical to those for regular draws. You can go to our Saturday Lotto page to find out all about how to play the game.

Do the Superdraw and Megadraw jackpots depend on the amounts of the previous Saturday Lotto first prizes?

No, the augmented amounts of Superdraws and Megadraws (AUD20 million/ AUD30 million) are guaranteed for each event draw regardless of the amount of the previous Saturday Lotto jackpots. So, every time a Superdraw or Megadraw is announce, you can be sure that the jackpot will be a celebratory one.

Are there special tickets for Superdraws and Megadraws?

No, Superdraws and Megadraws do not have special tickets, only special prizes. Playing for the Superdraw or the Megadraw is just like playing for a regular Saturday Lotto draw, only with bigger stakes.

What happens if there is no jackpot winner for Superdraws and Megadraws?

Saturday Lotto does not have a fixed jackpot and it rolls over to a higher amount every time it is not won. Fortunately, the Superdraw and Megadaw jackpots also abide by this rule, which means that if it is not won, the first prize for the following draw will be even bigger. But, according to the statistics of these event draws, the jackpots are usually claimed within the same draw.

How often are the Superdraws and Megadraws held?

Saturday Lotto hosts Superdraws once every few months and every time, the jackpot is worth at least AUD20 million. Considering the frequency of these event draws from the last few years, there are 6 or 7 Superdraws each year.

As for the Megadraws, which come with a AUD30 million jackpot, these are traditionally held once a year, round New Year’s Eve. However, there have been years when the Saturday Lotto has held two Megadraws in the same year, so there is a chance of that happening again in the future.

What is the difference between Superdraws, Megadraws, and regular Saturday Lotto draws?

The only difference between the regular Saturday Lotto Draws, Superdraws, and Megadraws is the jackpot amount. The gameplay format is identical, as well as the draw system, which makes these event draws all about the jackpot. This is precisely why they usually gather significantly more players than regular draws.

The Previous Saturday Lotto Superdraws

Below we have listed the Saturday Lotto Superdraws of the past few years, along with the number of jackpot winners, and the winning numbers for each draw.

Date Jackpot Winners Winning Numbers
Feb 10th 2018 AUD21 Million 14 2 7 16 23 24 44 25 8
Mar 24th 2018 AUD20 Million 15 10 19 23 30 33 39 17 34
Oct 28th 2017 AUD21 Million 7 1 13 17 38 40 44 22 31
Sept 2nd 2017 AUD20 Million 12 16 17 21 22 23 44 2 30
July 29th 2017 AUD20 Million 19 28 30 31 34 42 43 4 25
June 24th 2017 AUD21 Million 15 1 5 13 29 32 43 38 40
May 13th 2017 AUD21 Million 8 1 16 21 30 35 40 2 7
Mar 25th 2017 AUD21 Million 5 16 20 23 28 35 39 4 27
Feb 18th 2017 AUD20 Million 15 21 25 28 30 33 37 3 36
Oct 29th 2016 AUD21 Million 11 15 20 23 33 39 42 22 36
Sept 3rd 2016 AUD21 Million 11 7 23 28 32 36 40 39 41
July 30th 2016 AUD20 Million 15 27 32 33 37 40 45 22 38
June 18th 2016 AUD22 Million 14 1 2 13 20 39 44 4 7
May 7th 2016 AUD21 Million 10 1 3 14 24 31 35 8 17
Mar 19th 2016 AUD21 Million 19 8 10 16 24 28 31 2 4
Feb 13th 2016 AUD20 Million 17 2 8 25 27 28 43 6 32

Fun Facts About Superdraw Winners

  • 2018 has brought us 29 Superdraw jackpot winners so far, but the number is expected to increase significantly by the end of the year.

  • There were 81 Superdraw jackpot-winning tickets in 2017, 97 in 2016, and 126 in 2015.

  • There are usually approximately 14 first-prize winners for each Superdraw.

  • There are at least 6 Superdraw per year, but there have been a few years that brought 7 Superdraws.

The Previous Saturday Lotto Megadraws

In the table below, you can find the complete list of Saturday Lotto Megadraws to date.

Date Jackpot Winners Winning Numbers
Dec 30th 2017 AUD30 Million 21 6 9 27 30 35 37 4 14
Jan 2nd 2016 AUD30 Million 15 3 10 31 40 44 45 37 38
Jan 3rd 2015 AUD30 Million 11 18 21 35 38 39 43 13 27
Jun 29th 2013 AUD30 Million 12 11 22 25 26 31 42 1 8
Dec 29th 2012 AUD30 Million 21 7 14 15 25 35 37 3 20
Jun 30th 2012 AUD30 Million 24 8 30 33 32 37 40 14 34
Dec 31st 2011 AUD31 Million 32 7 8 28 33 38 41 4 37
Jul 16th 2011 AUD30 Million 24 11 16 17 29 35 38 24 34
Dec 31st 2010 AUD30 Million 19 10 11 13 19 24 41 3 17
Jan 2nd 2010 AUD30 Million 18 5 12 16 33 34 42 30 32
Jan 3rd 2009 AUD30 Million 22 17 25 28 34 37 45 8 23
Dec 29th 2007 AUD30 Million 21 2 21 22 26 39 45 5 11
Dec 30th 2006 AUD33 Million 20 2 4 9 21 28 36 23 45
Dec 31st 2005 AUD32 Million 28 9 12 15 20 39 43 14 25
Dec 31st 2004 AUD31 Million 54 4 7 8 10 21 25 9 37
Dec 27th 2003 AUD30 Million 26 15 24 26 31 34 43 3 21
Dec 28th 2002 AUD28 Million 18 1 4 6 24 29 40 2 9
Dec 29th 2001 AUD23 Million 25 2 10 26 32 38 40 16 17
Dec 30th 2000 AUD22 Million 17 7 18 26 27 34 43 17 28
Dec 31st 1999 AUD21 Million 25 5 11 26 33 39 45 3 12

Fun Facts About Megadraw Winners

  • There have been 474 Saturday Lotto Megadraw jackpot-winning tickets up to date

  • AUD58 million have been paid in Megadraw jackpots

  • The very first Megadraw was held back in 1999 and the jackpot was worth AUD21 Million, which was shared by 25 winners.

  • The largest Saturday Lotto Megadraw jackpot was offered back in 2006 and it was worth AUD33 million. This amazing pot was shared by 20 lucky ticket-holders.

  • The most winners to ever claim a Megadraw jackpot were 54. They shared the AUD31 Million jackpot of 2004 and the fewest were 12, in 2013, when the pot was of AUD30 Million.

The Superdraws and Megadraws are the highlights of the Saturday Lotto year because they raise the jackpot stakes for Australia’s favorite lottery. We will keep you posted about the next Superdraws and Megadraws as soon as the official announcements are made. You can play Saturday Lotto on theLotter for these special events and maybe you will be one of big winners! Good luck!