What's the very best lottery in Europe? It doesn't take a genius to answer this question correctly. It's EuroMillions. If you didn't know that right off the bat, either you have been living under a rock for the past twenty years or you've just woken up from a coma.
With prizes often well over 100 million euros, you can't afford not to know this lottery. The reason the jackpots get so high is that the EuroMillions lotto is what's known as a trans-national lottery. It is run by a number of different states at the same time. More states means more players, more players, means more money in the pool.
Today' participating countries are the UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland, Andorra, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein and Monaco. The best part of a lottery divided among nations? No tax (unless you live in Switzerland, unfortunately). The second best part? It's that you don't actually have to be living in any of these countries to participate.
Even though you technically don't have to live in an EuroMillions designation, you can't actually play unless you have a ticket. And you can't have a ticket unless you buy one from a kiosk. And the only kiosks that sell EuroMillions tickets are located in the countries which take part in the EuroMillions lotto. Quite a catch-22, if there ever was one.
Luckily, the internet makes everything easier. You can order your pizza online. You can stream seedy anime TV shows online. And yes, you can play the lotto online too. There is such a thing as a concierge service out there. It's areal thing. The best one of the lot is undoubtedly LotteryMaster.
It's a service that allows you to buy your ticket by clicking on the boxes that correspond to the numbers you want. You pay the fee. And some person is dispatched to go buy your ticket for you. He will fill out the numbers at an official kiosk and come back to the office to scan in your ticket for you and provide you with your receipt of purchase. Your ticket then goes into a strongbox and if you win, the money simply goes directly into your account. It's as easy as that.
Easy. Buy every number combination in existence. Say there are 176 million number combinations and the jackpot is 200 million euro. If you're the only winner, by using this method you have guaranteed yourself a cool 24 million euro profit margin. Foolproof and guaranteed.
There are only two problems with this scenario:
1) You have to have 176 million euro to play with. I'm not certain if the bank will give you that kind of a loan if you tell them it's for the lotto. Let's take a gamble and assume you have a lenient lender.
2) You need to fill in all the tickets individually. That's a lot of tickets. If you can fill in two tickets a minute 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you'll be done in about 167 years.
Of course, you could subdivide the labor among 166 of your friends and cut the hours to a normal workweek, which is 2000 hours. If you took 1/167 of the work load, which is 8700 hours, you would be done in about 5 years.
You will win, that's a guarantee, but you will have to share your 24 million euro profit with your friends, leaving you with 143,712,000 euros. Divide that by your five years of labor, and you will have earned a bit less than 30,000 euros a year. Not a bad bit of money for work is relatively easy, being little more than a data entry job in a room with 166 of your closest friends.
I'll leave it up to you to decide if this method is for you.