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Scams and frauds

Lotteries, like any form of gambling, are susceptible to fraud, despite the high degree of scrutiny claimed by the organizers. Numerous lottery scams exist.

Another form of scam involves the selling of “systems” which purport to improve a player’s chances of selecting the winning numbers in a Lotto game. These scams are generally based on the buyer’s (and perhaps the seller’s) misunderstanding of probability and random numbers. Sale of these systems or software is legal, however, since they mention that the product cannot guarantee a win, let alone a jackpot.

There have also been several cases of cashiers at lottery retailers who have attempted to scam customers out of their winnings. Some locations require the patron to hand the lottery ticket to the cashier to determine how much they have won, or if they have won at all, the cashier then scans the ticket to determine one or both. In cases where there is no visible or audible cue to the patron of the outcome of the scan some cashiers have taken the opportunity to claim that the ticket is a loser or that it is worth far less than it is and offer to “throw it away” or surreptitiously substitute it for another ticket. The cashier then pockets the ticket and eventually claims it as their own.

The BBC TV series The Real Hustle showed a variation of the lottery scam in which a group of scammers pretended to have won a lottery, but was prevented from claiming the prize as the person who wrote the name on the back of the ticket was supposedly out of the country on that date. They were able to persuade a stranger to put up money as collateral in order to share in the prize pool.

On some occasions, the actual lottery draw itself has been compromised by fraudsters. The 1980 Pennsylvania Lottery scandal involved weighting balls in . In the Hot Lotto fraud scandal software code was added to the Hot Lotto random number generator allowing a fraudster to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year.

In 2003, Mohan Srivastava, a Canadian geological statistician, found non-random patterns in “Tic-Tac-Toe” tickets sold by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. “Tic-Tac-Toe” was pulled off the shelves, and became the first game ever recalled by the OLG.

Europe[edit]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

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Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 outside 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 outside 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium's Loterie Nationale / Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

History

The National lottery was introduced to South Africa on 11 March 2000. At the time it was run by Uthingo.

After a marketing effort that aimed to reach 80 percent of South African homes directlymore than 800,000 tickets were sold in the first day of availabilityNearly R70 million worth of tickets were sold in the first three weeks of operation.

In October 2002 operator Uthingo suggested a daily lottery to supplement the weekly draw. The concept, called Keno, was rejected by the trade and industry ministry in March 2003.In November 2003 the Lotto Plus game was launched, acting as a supplementary weekly lottery available on the purchase of a primary lottery ticket, with an entry fee of R1.

In July 2006 the Gidani consortium, featuring Greek company Intralot as a technical partner, was judged the preferred bidder to operate the lottery for seven years starting April 2007. The operating licence was awarded in October 2006.In March 2007 the Pretoria High Court set aside that award on application by incumbent Uthingo, finding that the failure to adequately investigate the shareholders in some bidding consortia left room for conflicts of interest.

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Following the final draw by incumbent Uthingo, the lottery was indefinitely suspended in April 2007.

In September the operating licence was awarded to Gidani again.When ticket sales re-opened in October more than 200,000 tickets were sold within the first three hours. Gidani introduced scratch cards, but they were discontinued for several months when they lost their licence to Ithuba.

In 2015, Lotto licences were awarded to ITHUBA. In 2015, 2 new games were introduced by Ithuba: EAZiWIN, an instant win game consisting of four types of indigenous inspired games; Morabaraba, Fafi Fortune, 4 Leave Wina and Popa Only and PowerBall Plus.

Europe[edit]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

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Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 out 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 out 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium's Loterie Nationale / Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

Payment of prizes[]

Winnings (in the U.S.) are not necessarily paid out in a lump sum, contrary to the expectation of many lottery participants. In certain countries, mainly the U.S., the winner gets to choose between an annuity payment and a one-time payment. The one-time payment (cash or lump sum) is a “smaller” amount than the advertised (annuity) jackpot, even before applying any withholdings to which the prize is subject. While withholdings vary by jurisdiction and how winnings are invested, it is suggested that a winner who chooses lump sum expects to pocket 13 of the advertised jackpot at the end of the tax year. Therefore, a winner of a $100,000,000 jackpot who chooses cash can expect $33,333,333.33 net after filing income tax document(s) for the year in which the jackpot was won.

Lottery annuities are often for a period from 20 to 30 years. Some U.S. lottery games, especially those offering a “lifetime” prize, do not offer a lump-sum option. According to some experts, choosing the annuity is better than opting for the lump-sum, especially for those who lack investment experience.

In some online lotteries, the annual payments are only $25,000, with a balloon payment in the final year. This type of installment payment is often made through investment in government-backed securities. Online lotteries pay the winners through their insurance backup. However, many winners choose lump sum, since they believe they can get a better rate of return on their investment elsewhere.

In some countries, lottery winnings are not subject to personal income tax, so there are no tax consequences to consider in choosing a payment option. In France, Canada, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Finland, and the United Kingdom all prizes are immediately paid out as one lump sum, tax-free to the winner. In Liechtenstein, all winnings are tax-free and the winner may opt to receive a lump sum or an annuity with regard to the jackpot prizes.

In the US, federal courts have consistently held that lump sum payments received from third parties in exchange for the rights to lottery annuities are not capital assets for tax purpose. Rather, the lump sum is subject to ordinary income tax treatment.

Some people hire a third party to cash the lottery ticket for them. This can be done to avoid paying income taxes, hide the winnings from being seized for child support, or for money laundering of profits from illegal activity; some jurisdictions investigate overly frequent “winners” and may freeze payments to prevent these abuses.

In jurisdictions where public disclosure is required for winners to claim their prizes, some winners may hire an attorney to set up a blind trust for them so they can claim their prize and remain anonymous. This is done so that winners can avoid scams, jealousy, and other disadvantages that can come with winning a lottery jackpot.

Mega Millions / Powerball Lottery News

Thursday, July 26, 2018

12:39 am – Powerball: There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Powerball drawing, but 1 lucky player from Florida matched the first 5 numbers for a ,000,000 prize. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, the drawing video, and all other data about this drawing, see the Powerball Drawing Detail page.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

  • 11:07 pm – Powerball: The Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Powerball drawing has taken place, and the results are 02 – 18 – 41 – 44 – 64 , and the Powerball is 26 . The Power Play number is 2 . To see all the ways your ticket can win a prize, please go to the Ways To Win Powerball page, or you can use the Powerball Search page to type the numbers on your ticket and have the USA Mega computer search the past results. We will announce the number of big winners in this drawing, the states they came from, and the next jackpot within the next couple of hours, here on USA Mega. Good luck!
  • 9:40 am – Winning ticket for 2 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in California . A winning ticket to the 11th-largest U.S. lottery prize ever was sold at a liquor store in San Jose, California.
  • 1:38 am – Mega Millions Jackpot Winner! There was one 2 million jackpot winner from California in the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Mega Millions drawing. More details to follow after the winner comes forward to claim their prize.
  • Also, 8 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a ,000,000 prize: 1 from Arizona, 2 from Massachusetts (1 with Megaplier), 1 from Michigan, 1 from Minnesota, 2 from New Jersey, and 1 from Texas (with Megaplier). For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, a list of the California pari-mutuel prize amounts, the drawing video, and all other data about this drawing, see the Mega Millions Drawing Detail page.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Retired Games

Mix & Match

Mix & Match was drawn on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For each Mix & Match ticket, players received three lines of five numbers each; one play cost $2. Five numbers from 1-50 were drawn. There were multiple ways of winning. Players could have matched the 5 numbers across a three line set to win up to $5,000; or matched all five numbers on a single line to win $200,000. The game was retired on August 22, 2014.

Lotto Poker

With a cost of $2 per play, Poker Lotto is a combination of both instant and draw games. All picks are computer generated “quick picks”, as the first half of the game is won by the player being “dealt” a winning poker hand on their ticket. (Pair of Jacks or better, grand prize $5,000). Regardless of a win or loss on the instant game, the player’s ticket is eligible for the nightly draw, where the player’s cards must match at least 2 of the drawn cards in order to win. (Grand prize $250,000). Poker Lotto began selling tickets on August 25, 2013. The game’s end date is unknown.

Europe[edit]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

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Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) It is the largest prize won by a UK winner in European EuroMillions in GBP., won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 out 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 out 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium's Loterie Nationale / Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

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Fat[edit]

Spain’s Extraordinary Christmas Giveaway (Spanish Christmas Lottery) is generally considered to be the world’s largest lottery game, with the largest first prize/jackpot. In 2012, the first prize was €720 million (then US$941.8 million; $1.058 billion in 2020 dollars). The total prize pool in 2012 was €2.52 billion (US$3.297 billion; $3.704 billion in 2020 dollars). The tickets for this drawing have pre-printed five-digit numbers, with each set of numbers sold multiple times in series. For example, a ticket with the number “00001” was printed 180 times under different series numbers. Moreover, each series is divided into 10 tenths (tenths in English), which are the individual tickets available for purchase. This results in the top prize being split by a very big number of winners usually from different regions of Spain. The 2011 top prize of €720 million was paid out as €4 million (US$5.2 million) to each of the 180 tickets (or €400,000 for each tenth) with the number 58268. In 2016, the total prize pool was $2.310 billion (US$2.414 billion)

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Europe[]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 out 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €42.6 million (US$50.3 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 out 49, won on 10 October 2020.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium's Loterie Nationale / Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.
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