# How to Avoid Lottery Frauds

The game of chance has been around for thousands of years. Records of lottery slips dating back to the Chinese Han Dynasty (205 to 187 BC) show that it helped fund important government projects. The Chinese Book of Songs mentions the game of chance as “drawing wood and lots.”

## Probability of winning

You might be wondering how to calculate your probabilities of winning a lottery. While the likelihood of winning is 1 in a million, the odds of a lottery jackpot are not infinitely high. This number is determined by lottery mathematics, and is calculated using twelvefold ways and combinations without replacement. For example, in the 6/49 lottery game, you select six numbers from one to 49. If all six numbers match, the player wins the jackpot. The probability of winning the lottery jackpot is one in thirteen,983,816.

## Syndicates

Syndicates in lottery are groups of gamblers who pool their money in hopes of winning the lottery. Each member chipped in a small amount, hoping to share the prize money. Syndicates can have as many as fifty members, or as few as one person. Lottery syndicates are popular and can be a great way to bond with friends. If you want to join a lottery syndicate, you should wait until after speculation is over, before binding your ticket to anyone else.

## Scams

Lottery scams are advance fee frauds. The scam begins with an unexpected notification. The lottery has won a prize, and now you are supposed to pay a fee to claim it. Unfortunately, this scam is far too common and can be avoided by taking the right precautions. The following are some common ways you can be scammed: