Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lotto Chance of 76.7m to 1

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lotto Chance of 76.7m to 1

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Byline: HAMISH BROOME hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

EVER dream about winning that upcoming $30 million lotto jackpot?

There's nothing like a hyped-up lottery to get you in the mood for retiring rich, and perhaps finally buying that dream home.

But have you ever asked just how likely you are to win the thing?

What are the chances your $2 investment will offer a decent return?

Southern Cross University statistics lecturer Dr Nicola Jayne has confirmed it's not just improbable, but almost impossible.

Winning the first six numbers in the oft-jackpotting Powerball is already an unlikely one in 3.8 million, but it's nailing the key seventh number - the Powerball - that lengthens the odds to one in 76.7 million.

And Dr Jayne said she rarely forked out the small change for a lotto ticket.

"The concept of probability is something we as humans don't deal with well," Dr Jayne said.

"We understand a toss of the coin, but when you get into the millions it becomes impossible to comprehend. …

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