I know several people who have won hundreds of thousands. The two that I was referring to won millions, and that does happen. But it's unlikely to happen for me, largely because I rarely buy a lottery ticket. Buying a lottery ticket can make sense if you're not spending more than a few dollars a month on tickets. Most people can afford to spend even $10 a month without missing it, and realizing that they're unlikely to win anything from it. But spending every available dollar on lottery tickets might enhance your likelihood of winning but the odds are still very much against it.