The chances of having a winning ticket is about 1 in 175 million. You actually have a better chance of getting into some type of accident, which clearly sucks. I personally believe that it all depends on what type of lottery you're playing and how much you are hoping to win. I usually have a winner when I buy those $1 scratch-off tickets from the corner store, but the prize is usually another dollar or a free ticket. The most I have ever won off of a lottery ticket is $250 and it was right before Christmas, so that was great.