In the above break down of Investment / Gambling spectrum, needless to say Lottery’s EV (Expected Value) is the lowest. Its EV is always negative, according to business insider, the $450 million Powerball Jackpot lottery’s EV is – $1.37 per ticket. Means you lose average $1.37 when you buy a $2 ticket, so the loss accounts for 68% out of your investment. This terrible negative return level applies to basically all lotteries.
Straight-up bets, also known as the moneyline, are picks that are made on one club triumphing over the other. If Manchester City is playing Watford, in order to make a moneyline wager you’d need to pick one of those clubs to win. If you choose Man City and they do win, you’d win your moneyline bet. If the inverse happens and Watford wins, you’d lose your moneyline bet.