Wisconsin Lottery has a fantastic lotto game called Badger 5. Why is it so fantastic? There’s a couple of reasons. First, it has awesome odds of winning. I mean, relatively awesome odds, when compared to other lotteries. Second, the prizes are decent, too.
To win the Badger 5 jackpot, you must match 5 out of a possible 31 numbers. The odds of matching all 5 numbers are approximately 1-in-170,000. Ok, so it’s not actually easy to win the jackpot in the game, but compare it to the most popular format in lotto games – the 6/49 format. A 6/49 game has odds of winning that are approximately 1-in-14-million. That’s a big difference. By removing one number to choose and and eighteen less numbers to choose from, the Badger 5 game drastically improves the odds of winning.
Now, the games that have better odds of winning normally offers lower prize amounts. That’s reasonable considering that lotteries need to make a profit as well. The Badger 5 game is no different – The prize amounts are lower. Nevertheless, there are attractive prizes. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and if nobody wins it, it grows. There are times when the jackpot could soar above the $100,000 level and that’s a pretty good prize, considering the odds.
Consider this example: The most popular Wisconsin Lottery game is Powerball. The Powerball jackpots are massive and it would be wonderful to win them. However, it is virtually impossible to win the Powerball jackpot because the odds of winning it are approximately 1-in-195-million. Thus, if you buy just one Powerball ticket and just one Badger 5 ticket, you are approximately 1,147 times more likely to win the jackpot on the Badger 5 ticket. That’s why it’s a pretty good game to play!