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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

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

CountryLotteryWinning numbers
AustralianWednesday Lotto11 13 15 19 21 28 31
AustriaLotto8 10 17 19 24 34 43
BelgiumLotto12 21 26 28 40 42 10
BrazilQuina9 35 55 69 70
CanadaLotto 6496 8 25 39 46 47 28
ColombiaBaloto7 13 25 26 31 32
FranceLoto3 11 30 33 35 2
GermanyLotto14 18 19 25 35 46 0
GreeceLotto8 16 26 27 33 42 38
IrelandLotto10 14 26 37 42 47 2
MexicoMelate5 21 37 40 46 56 31
New ZealandPowerball3 15 22 28 35 39 29
South AfricaLotto12 19 23 30 42 48
SpainBonoLoto12 14 18 24 25 41 5
SwedenViking Lotto5 6 13 18 19 33 1
SwedenLotto1 4 5 7 14 18 24
SwitzerlandLotto3 4 22 28 36 41 4
UkraineMegalot14 16 19 31 33 34 6
UkraineSuper Loto12 19 23 30 42 48
United KingdomLotto4 12 38 46 57 59 8
United KingdomThunderball7 31 34 35 36 2
United KingdomLotto HotPicks4 12 38 46 57 59
United StatesPowerball4 8 19 27 34 10

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