How many numbers must be matched and the number pool available to choose from both affect the probability of winning a lottery game that is decided by a random drawing.
To win the jackpot in a 6/49 lottery, for instance, you need to pick 6 winning numbers from a pool of 49. The odds improve as both the number of possible matches and the total number of possible numbers increase.
If you put the names of every person in Istanbul into a hat (a very tall hat) and then pick yours at random, the odds are about the same as winning a 6/49 jackpot, which is 1 in 14 million.
Lotteries and raffles have differing odds. The chances of winning a raffle depend on the total number of participants. The odds of winning a lottery are always the same, regardless of how many people enter.
Betting odds and lottery odds are distinct from one another. There are approximately even chances of winning and losing when placing a wager on a sporting event. You effectively get back twice as much as you risk.
There is a one in 292 million chance that you will win the jackpot if you bet on the lottery. If you do end up winning, you can choose to receive either a lump sum payment or installment payments over 20 or 30 years. It's then subject to taxation. With sports betting, you may just walk up to the counter, hand over your ticket, and collect your winnings.