6 Reasons Why the Lottery Is Better Than Blackjack, Even Though the Experts Say It Isn’t

Hand Holding Blackjack Cards on Left With Lottery Tickets on Right

Every gambling expert I’ve ever heard claims that blackjack is a far better option for gamblers than lottery games. And I understand why all of the experts make this claim. Lottery games have a high edge and low return, while blackjack has a high return and low edge.

The problem with this is that it doesn’t take everything that you need to consider into account. For example, sometimes it’s more important to conserve your money by risking less. And sometimes, you might want a chance to win millions instead of a few dollars.

Here’s a list of 6 reasons why the lottery might be a better option for you than playing blackjack.

1 – The Lottery Is Cheaper to Play

I don’t do this every week, but some weeks I buy a $2 lottery ticket every day. The two lottery games I play are the big draw games in the US, the Powerball and Mega Millions. Tickets for each of these are only $2 each.

When I play real money blackjack in a casino, I usually take at least $500. Even when I play online blackjack, I use at least $100. But I can play the lottery for $14 a week or less. And some weeks, I only buy a couple of lottery tickets.

Some weeks I play both blackjack and lottery games. But there’s no doubt that playing lottery games is much less expensive than playing blackjack.

If you look at this differently, you also lose less playing lottery games this way than you lose playing blackjack, even though blackjack has a much lower house edge.

Using round numbers, if the lottery has a 75% house edge and blackjack has a 2% house edge, it looks like you lose less playing blackjack. But if you buy $10 worth of lottery tickets every week, you lose $7.50. But if you bet $3,000 on blackjack hands, you lose $60.

Before you think you never bet $3,000 on blackjack, you need to understand that this is only 30 hands at $100 a hand or 150 hands at $20 a hand. In other words, at $20 a hand, it’s only about three hours’ worth of play.

2 – You Can Win a Lot More Money

Do you remember the highest amount of money you’ve ever won playing blackjack? Unfortunately, the odds are good that it’s either less than $1,000 or less than $10,000 if you’re a high roller.

Compare this to the top prizes in the big lottery games. The top prize is often over $100,000,000 and the second place prize is usually $1,000,000 or more.

The truth is that if you’re an expert card counter with a big bankroll, you can win more than $1,000,000 overtime playing blackjack. But $100,000,000 is probably out of reach.

Power Ball and Mega Millions Lottery Tickets

You also can’t start playing blackjack for $2 and have any chance to win millions. While the odds are stacked against you when you buy a $2 lottery ticket, the truth is that there is a chance that you can win. It’s not a good chance, but it’s not impossible.

Even if you’re a master card counter, you might still want to consider buying a lottery ticket from time to time. You can grind out small profits at the blackjack tables while still taking a shot at millions with a lottery ticket or two.

3 – It’s Faster to Play the Lottery

Everything in the world seems to be faster than it used to be. People want their food in two minutes or less, and they want to go through the bank drive-through instead of taking the time to go inside. You can even get groceries delivered right to your door, so you don’t have to go to the grocery store.

In some places, you can buy lottery tickets online, but even where you can’t buy them online, you have opportunities to buy them when you’re out. For example, most convenience stores sell lottery tickets, and you can buy them in many grocery stores and bars.

Most people have to buy gas at least once a week, so you can pick up your lottery tickets when you get gas. And you can purchase tickets for more than one draw so that you can buy all of your lottery tickets for the week at one time.

If you play blackjack in a land-based casino, you have to travel to the casino. The casino isn’t far away for some people, but for others, this can be an hour or more trip.

4 – It’s Easier to Find Lottery Games

I touched on this in the last section, but it’s much easier to find lottery tickets than blackjack games. I haven’t counted them, but I bet there are at least 50 places I can buy lottery tickets within 30 minutes from my house. And there are no places I can legally play blackjack within 30 minutes of my house.

You can play blackjack online in some areas, and this can be a good option. But there’s no comparison when comparing how easy it is to find lottery games to land-based blackjack games. And for many of the other reasons listed in this post, the lottery is still a better option than playing blackjack online.

Closeup of Blackjack Table

An issue with playing online blackjack that most gamblers don’t think about is how many hands you can play. It’s easy to play over 100 hands of blackjack every hour when you play online, which is about twice as many as you play in a land-based casino.

When you play twice as many hands in an hour, you risk double the amount of money in total. Or, if you look at this another way, if you bet half as much per bet playing online blackjack as you bet in a land-based casino, you still risk the same amount of money every hour.

5 – It’s Easier to Play Lottery Games

When you play blackjack, you should use strategy. If you don’t use strategy when you play blackjack, you lose more money than you need to lose. If you use a strategy card, it’s not even hard to play blackjack using strategy.

But even if you don’t use strategy when you play blackjack, you still have to think about what you’re doing. You have to make decisions on every blackjack hand.

On the other hand, it doesn’t take any effort or thought to buy a lottery ticket. And you buy the lottery ticket one time, and you can forget about it until you see the numbers.

When you play blackjack, you have to continue making decisions and thinking about things the entire time you play. As a result, it’s easier to play the lottery than it is to play blackjack.

6 – If You Win Once You Can Retire Forever

How many gambling activities can you do that give you the chance to win once and retire? Of course, the lottery is by far the best game to play if you want a chance to retire because the top prizes are so big.

If you win once while you’re playing blackjack, the most you can win is 1.5 times your bet. 1.5 times your bet is how much you win when you get a blackjack, and it pays 3 to 2. I guess technically, you can win more if you double down or split a pair, but this is still only two times your original bet, and you have to risk more to do it.

An Active Blackjack Table

You can also look at this differently. If you win the lottery, you’re going to have all of the time and money you need to play blackjack as often as you want in the future.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy grinding away at the blackjack table hour after hour. I like to win, so I count cards, but it’s still a long grind that wears you down mentally.

It might seem like a dream, but the lottery is the only gambling game I can think of that allows you to win once and retire forever. And people win the lottery all of the time so that it could happen to you.

In Summary

If the only thing you’re concerned with is the house edge, then blackjack will always be better than the lottery. But in the real world, you need to consider all angles when it comes to gambling.

It’s less expensive to play lottery games than to play blackjack, and some lottery games have much larger prizes than you can win playing blackjack.

Lottery games are also faster to play and more accessible to find than blackjack games. In addition, you don’t have to worry about traveling to the casino to play because you can pick up a lottery ticket any time you stop at a convenience store.