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The winner of a 110 million yuan ($17 million) jackpot in Yunnan province, China, didn't want to be identified.
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The winner of a 110 million yuan ($17 million) jackpot in Yunnan province, China, didn’t want to be identified.
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All the lotteries around the world that you didn’t win yesterday

By Christopher Groskopf

Three players will split the record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot in the United States. It is statistically certain that you aren’t one of them.

There is more bad news. At least 23 other national lotteries drew numbers yesterday. You didn’t win any of those, either.

Except in cases of extraordinary jackpots, you usually only hear about the lottery operated wherever you live. It’s easy to overlook that there are national lotteries running all over the world. In addition to the giant drawing in the US, lottery numbers were drawn on Jan. 13 in Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, and Ukraine, just to name a few.

The World Lottery Association (WLA)—yes, that is a real organization—has 144 lottery-running member organizations, operating in 77 countries. Their 2014 annual report surveyed 73 of those lotteries. Total sales were $188.6 billion in 2013 dollars. Of that, $51.9 billion was spent on mandated “good causes” (education, sports, etc.) or turned over to the local treasury. The balance was paid out to players, funded the lottery operations, or pocketed by the operators.

Of course, none of those other lotteries are offering a payout in the billions of dollars. A winner of the Euromillions would only take home €81 million ($88.3 million). Swiss Lotto players would have to make do with 12.5 million francs ($12.4 million). South Africans, facing a severe economic crisis, were offered a paltry 3.5 million rand ($0.2 million).

If you missed out on your local lottery craze, don’t fret. Sites such as theLotter allow you to play the odds in dozens of countries. You can even buy shares in bulk ticket purchases, where any winnings are divided among the shareholders.

Wherever you are, you too can indulge in the pleasure of a statistically insignificant chance at a large cash payout. Enjoy!

January 13 lottery results

Country Lottery Winning numbers
Australian Wednesday Lotto 11 13 15 19 21 28 31
Austria Lotto 8 10 17 19 24 34 43
Belgium Lotto 12 21 26 28 40 42 10
Brazil Quina 9 35 55 69 70
Canada Lotto 649 6 8 25 39 46 47 28
Colombia Baloto 7 13 25 26 31 32
France Loto 3 11 30 33 35 2
Germany Lotto 14 18 19 25 35 46 0
Greece Lotto 8 16 26 27 33 42 38
Ireland Lotto 10 14 26 37 42 47 2
Mexico Melate 5 21 37 40 46 56 31
New Zealand Powerball 3 15 22 28 35 39 29
South Africa Lotto 12 19 23 30 42 48
Spain BonoLoto 12 14 18 24 25 41 5
Sweden Viking Lotto 5 6 13 18 19 33 1
Sweden Lotto 1 4 5 7 14 18 24
Switzerland Lotto 3 4 22 28 36 41 4
Ukraine Megalot 14 16 19 31 33 34 6
Ukraine Super Loto 12 19 23 30 42 48
United Kingdom Lotto 4 12 38 46 57 59 8
United Kingdom Thunderball 7 31 34 35 36 2
United Kingdom Lotto HotPicks 4 12 38 46 57 59
United States Powerball 4 8 19 27 34 10