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In the United States , lotteries are run by 46 jurisdictions: 43 states plus the District of Columbia , Puerto Rico , and the U.S. Virgin Islands . In the US, lotteries are subject to the laws of each jurisdiction; there is no national lottery.
Everyone knows that the probability of winning the lottery is a pretty big long shot. How long, however, you probably never really thought about. Your actual odds of winning the lottery depend on where you play, but single state lotteries usually have odds of about 18 million to 1 while multiple state lotteries have odds as high as 120 million to 1. If you have ever thought you'd win the lottery, you're not alone. About one out of every three people in the United States think that winning the lottery is the only way to become financially secure in their life.