Occasionally, you see massive lotto jackpots. On New Years Eve, the pot was around the $30 million mark. The higher the jackpot gets, the more tickets are sold.
It's a very strange form of gambling. Most people probably pay around $20 for a lotto ticket, and have a 1 in 2,036,265 chance of winning the jackpot. And even when you do, it's likely you'll have to share it with a number of other people. In the New Years Eve 2010 draw, 19 people shared the Division 1 prize!