List of Swiss Lotteries
Marketed as Swiss Loto in the French-speaking regions, Swiss Lotto is the biggest national lottery in Switzerland. It adopts a familiar 6/42 format, with the addition of a bonus ball to lengthen the odds. Jackpots start at CHF1.5 million and rollover every draw until it’s won. There are 8 different prize tiers, comparatively good odds of winning, and two draws every week, so you have plenty of shots at taking home a prize.
To play, just pick 6 numbers from 1 to 42, and additional Lucky number from 1 to 6. If you match all numbers, you win. You can also try your luck with the free rePLAY feature or enable the Joker for more ways to win.
Swiss Lotto has draws every Wednesday and Saturday.
Rather unsurprisingly, EuroMillions is also played in Switzerland. The transnational game produces some of the biggest jackpots you’ll find in any lottery, so its popularity is undoubtedly earned.
To play, you have to choose 5 numbers from 1 to 50, plus 2 Lucky Star numbers from 1 to 12. If you match all your numbers, not only did you manage to beat 140 million to 1 odds, you also take home the massive grand prize – typically in the hundreds of millions in Euros.
There are also 12 other prize tiers to be won, and your chances of winning are actually better than in US Powerball, so you might want to check the game out if you haven’t already.
EuroMillions has draws every Tuesday and Friday.
Aside from the first two mentioned, there are no other games that is common to both Swisslos and Loterie Romande. The two lottery operators do have unique games of their own, though.
For Swisslos, a card game called Jass is available for play online, against real players. Bingo and their line of instant win games called Clix! are other options you can go for.
History of The Veikkaus Lotto
Finland has a long lottery history and in fact, the first lotteries were already being organized in the 1940s. The Finnish government licensed the games, regulating the way people play and win. Known also as Veikkaus Lotto, the Finland Lotto was launched in 1970 with the first draw taking place on January 3rd 1971. The Lotto game’s popularity soon spread and this Finland Lottery 7/39 is a traditional jackpot and today, it’s the flagship game offered by Oy Veikkaus Ab. History tells us that the biggest jackpot won so far was in 2004 when a cool 5.7 million euro was won by a family who matched all the numbers when Finland lotto results were announced.
How Does Swiss Lotto Work?
Swiss Lotto utilizes a 6/42 + 1/6 format, which means you must choose six main numbers from a possible guess range of 1 to 42, plus an additional number from a guess range of 1 to 6. To win the top prize, you must match all six main numbers, as well as the additional number. There is a total of eight prize tiers, with the lowest tier requiring only three numbers matched to be won.
Meanwhile, if no one wins the main jackpot in a draw, it will simply carry over to the next drawing. Unlike some lotteries, Swiss Lotto does not have a rollover cap—which means jackpots can keep on growing until somebody wins. Even better, the smallest jackpot you can win here is a cool CHF1,500,000.
Swiss Lotto also gives you the option to activate the Joker—a separate six-digit number that allow you to win additional prizes. It works like this: players must match at least 2 consecutive numbers—ordered left to right—to win. If you match all six digits, however, you will win a separate jackpot worth several millions.
Another additional game is the rePLAY. Unlike the Joker, the rePLAY is free and is played automatically. On every ticket, you will find a single-digit number (from a selection range of 1 to 13)—this is your rePLAY number. If you match the number drawn, then you will win a free Quick Tip entry.
The Odds of Winning
Swiss Lotto offers some favorable odds, especially when compared to mega lotteries. And, like I said before, if compared with lotteries of a similar scope, Swiss Lotto’s still impresses for the most part. Check out the quick breakdown below:
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|6 + 1||1 in 31,474,716|
|6||1 in 6,294,943|
|5 + 1||1 in 145,716|
|5||1 in 29,143|
|4 + 1||1 in 3,331|
|4||1 in 666|
|3 + 1||1 in 220|
|3||1 in 44|
So What Happens if You Win?
All Swiss Lotto prizes are paid out in lump sum form and, for prizes below CHF1,000,000, are tax-free. For prizes that go beyond this threshold, there is a 35% income tax deduction. Of course, if you live in another country, your local tax laws, if any, will apply as well—which means you might be facing twice the deductions.
UK Lotto FAQ
The UK Lotto is a lottery offered in Great Britain. Players have tickets consisting of 6 numbers, and a drawing is held in which 6 numbers are drawn. If a ticket issued during that drawing cycle matches all 6 numbers, that ticket wins the jackpot.
Once all 6 numbers have been drawn, a bonus ball is drawn, which gives players who matched 5 out of 6 numbers a chance to win more money.
To play the UK Lotto, you’ll need to buy a ticket. The ticket will consist of 6 numbers from 1 to 59, and you can potentially win cash prizes depending on how many of your numbers match. An additional chance to win money is offered via the Lotto Millionaire Raffle, a code printed onto the UK Lotto Ticket.
If you win the jackpot by matching all numbers, you’ll win the jackpot, which is variable from drawing to drawing. Additionally, you can win a number of cash prizes for partial matches.
The full prize structure is:
- Match all 6 Numbers – Jackpot
- Match 5 Numbers + Bonus Ball – £50,000* (estimated)
- Match 5 Numbers – £ 1,000 (estimated)
- Match 4 Numbers – £100 (estimated)
- Match 3 Numbers – £25 (fixed)
- Match 2 Numbers – Free Lotto Lucky Dip (fixed)
There is not a hard number figure guaranteed for the UK Lotto starting jackpot. Usually, jackpots starting from the beginning on Wednesday are around £2 million, and jackpots beginning on Saturday are around £4 million. But the exact values are dependent on ticket sales.
Also, if a jackpot rolls over, the jackpot amount will be considerably higher.
The UK Lotto will continue to roll over if no jackpot matching ticket is sold until it hits £22 million. At this point, it can roll over one final time. On the following draw, the jackpot must be won, and if nobody matches the full six numbers, the full amount of the jackpot prize pool will go to the next winning tier.
A UK Lotto Millionaire Raffle code is randomly generated for each ticket, consisting of four letters and eight numbers. On the night of a drawing, one of the codes is drawn, and the matching code’s ticket holder wins a £1 million prize, with an additional 20 codes drawn to create 20 £20,000 winners.
Every once in a while, there will be special drawings held, with more and larger prizes awarded via the Millionaire Raffle.
The UK Lotto is open to all British citizens who wish to buy a ticket, as well as any non-UK citizen who wishes to buy a ticket through an online concierge service. The concierge service will buy your ticket and send you a scan, and then process any winnings you might be due.
More information about ordering a UK Lotto ticket online can be found on the UK Lotto official site.
Residents of the UK 16 years old and older can play the UK Lotto. If you’re outside the UK, you’ll need to be 18 years or older to play.
The UK Lotto draw takes place each Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday drawings are at 8 pm Greenwich Mean Time Zone, and Saturday drawings are 8:30 pm GMT.
Ticket sales for UK Lotto close at 7:30 pm GMT on the night of Wednesday or Saturday. After the drawing is completed, ticket sales for the next drawing begin.
A ticket for the UK Lotto is £2.
The odds of winning any of the various prizes in the UK Lotto are as follows:
- Matching all 6 Numbers – 1 in 45,057,474
- Matching 5 Numbers + Bonus Ball – 1 in 7,509,579
- Matching 5 Numbers – 1 in 144,415
- Matching 4 Numbers – 1 in 2,180
- Matching 3 Numbers – 1 in 97
- Matching 2 Numbers – 1 in 10.3
The deadline for claiming a UK Lotto prize is 180 days from the date of the drawing. After that point, any prizes not claimed are allocated to the UK National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which funds charitable projects across the UK.
For residents of the UK, UK Lotto winnings are tax free. However, if you’re not a resident of the UK, it’s possible that you will owe taxes on any UK Lotto winnings to your local government.
Consult with your local government to determine whether and how much taxes you owe on UK Lotto winnings.
The largest UK Lotto jackpot ever was a £66,070,646 jackpot, which came on a drawing held on January 9th, 2016. Two winning tickets were issued, and so two players split the jackpot, winning just over £33 million each.
A little more than one month later, on February 13th, a single ticket won £32.5 million.
Swedish Lotto FAQ
The Swedish Lotto is a lottery offered in Sweden. Players have tickets consisting of 7 numbers and a drawing is held in which 7 numbers are selected. If one of the tickets sold for that drawing matches each of the 7 numbers, that ticket wins the jackpot. Partial matches are also eligible to win prizes.
To play the Swedish Lotto, you’ll need to buy a ticket. The ticket will consist of 7 numbers from 1 to 35 and a Joker number. You can win different prizes, the individual prizes determined by how many of the numbers match up. It’s worth noting that the Swedish Lotto offers some of the best odds, even though there are 7 numbers on a ticket. This is because each number is only 1 to 35, while in most other large lotteries the number range is significantly higher.
In addition to the main lottery, the Swedish Lotto offers something called the Extra Game, a way of both winning money outright regardless of your results in the main lottery, and also a way to multiply your winnings in the main lottery.
The jackpot prize in the Swedish Lotto is variable, as the jackpot value rolls over to the next drawing if no winning ticket is issued. In addition to the overall jackpot, a number of other prizes for partial matches of numbers exist.
One thing to note is that unlike many lotteries, the lower prize values are not fixed, but instead are dependent on ticket sales. The below values are estimates.
The full prize structure is:
- Match all 7 Numbers plus 2+ matches in Extra Game – Jackpot
- Match 7 Numbers – €150,000* (estimated)
- Match 6 Numbers plus Joker Number – €3,400* (estimated)
- Match 6 Numbers – €360* (estimated)
- Match 5 Numbers – €13* (estimated)
- Match 4 Numbers – €2.3* (estimated)
If you choose to play the Extra Game, you’ll also select a 7 digit number. This is your Extra Game number. When the main lottery numbers are drawn, a 7 digit number will also be created.
Depending on how many exact matches your Extra Game number has with the one created by the Swedish Lotto, you can either win money outright, or else multiply your winnings from the main lottery.
A couple of examples to make things clear:
Let’s say your Extra Game number is 9753135. The Extra Game number drawn is 1743221.
You match twice, 9753135. You don’t win the main Swedish Lotto, but for getting two matches in the Extra Game you win a prize of €7.22.
Let’s say your Extra Game number is 9753135. The Extra Game number drawn is 9758135.
You match six times, 9753135. You win €111 in the main Swedish Lotto, and now you also win €22,300 from the six matches in the Extra Game. All in all, you win €22,411.
Please note that extra game matches must be in the exact same spot of the number. Having a 1 in the 5th position does you no good if a 1 is drawn in the 2nd position.
Also, you must buy the Extra Game option on your ticket to win the absolute grand prize, as this is won by matching all 7 numbers in the main Swedish Lotto and also having at least 2 matches in the Extra Game.
The Swedish Lotto doesn’t have a set number that the jackpot is guaranteed to meet or exceed.
In the even that a given jackpot rolls over, the next drawing’s jackpot will be significantly higher.
If no jackpot matching ticket is sold, the Swedish Lotto will continue to roll over. Swedish Lotto jackpots can reach into tens of millions of dollars.
The Swedish Lotto is available for any Swedish citizens who want to purchase a ticket. Additionally, anyone can buy a ticket to play the Swedish Lotto online. A number of third party sources exist for purchasing Swedish Lotto tickets.
The Swedish Lotto drawing happens twice each week, each Wednesday and Saturday evening. The Wednesday drawing is at 6:20 pm Central European Time Zone, and the Saturday drawing is at 8:00 pm CET.
A ticket for the Swedish Lotto without the Extra Game is €1.11. The Extra Game costs €1.11 extra, so a ticket to Swedish Lotto plus the Extra game is €2.22.
The odds of winning each of the possible prizes for the Swedish Lotto are as follows:
- Match all 7 Numbers plus 2+ matches in Extra Game – 1 in 337,915,578
- Match 7 Numbers – €150,000* 1 in 6,724,520
- Match 6 Numbers plus Joker Number – 1 in 240,161
- Match 6 Numbers – 1 in 40,027
- Match 5 Numbers – 1 in 847
- Match 4 Numbers – 1 in 59
The Swedish government does not have an income tax, so any winnings from the Swedish Lotto are not taxed at all.
International players playing Swedish Lotto through online services should check with their home country’s government to determine whether they owe their own government taxes on the winnings.
The biggest jackpot ever won in Swedish Lotto history was a jackpot win in April of 2013, which was worth about €25,000,000.
Several other large jackpots have been won:
- €22,500,000, in 2010
- €14,000,000, in 2011
- €13,000,000, in 2011
USE BALANCED WHEEL SYSTEMS
Balanced Wheeling Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 5), play scientific combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee.
Balanced Wheels force all the winning numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.
It’s true that the more numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning
numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum
number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers
in your game. For the best way to win Swiss Lotto, wheel less than about 26 of the numbers.
Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize.
You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of lotto numbers.
THE BEST WAY TO WHEEL ALL THE LOTTO NUMBERS IN YOUR GAME
Any one wheeling
system that covers ALL the numbers in the game is too spread out, making the win
guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in
the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages
137 to 142 in the Lottery Master Guide.
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How to WIN Swiss Lotto
ODD-EVEN LOTTO NUMBER TIPS
When you select your lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and
even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only
one percent of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two
odd and four even, or four odd and two even, or three odd and three even. One of
these three patterns will occur in 83 percent of the drawings.
HIGH-LOW LOTTO NUMBER TIPS
Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a
number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In a
42-number game like Swiss Lotto, numbers 1 to 21 would be in the low half, and numbers 22 to 42
would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring
only 1 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means
two high and four low, or four high and two low, or three high and three low.
Winning lotto number groups with these three patterns occur in 82 percent of all drawings.
LOTTERY NUMBER GROUP STRATEGIES
Look at a list of past winning numbers for the Swiss Lotto game you play, and you’ll see,
more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For
example, in the combination 5-14-17-32-38-42, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying
Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra
LOTTERY GAMES SKIPPED STRATEGIES
List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of
the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each
skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Lotto numbers that
are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)
LOTTO NUMBER SUM ADVICE — PLAY A BALANCED GAME
After you choose six numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure
that the sum of the six numbers adds up to somewhere between 100 and 158. Sums that
fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.
REPEAT HITS LOTTERY TIPS
In Switzerland Lotto 6/42+1/6, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the
last drawing 59 percent of the time.
HOT NUMBER LOTTERY SECRETS
Numbers that have been out (losers) for four games or less account for about
half of the winning numbers drawn. Losing numbers
that have been out
ten games or less account for 80 percent of all the winning numbers. This tells
us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at
least one long shot in your group of 6.
COLD NUMBER LOTTERY SECRETS
It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a
number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it
for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it
finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be
Swiss Lottery Winners
Here are some interesting stories of lottery winners from Switzerland:
- The record for the biggest jackpot in Swiss Lotto history goes to the December 17, 2016 drawing for CHF70 million. The prize was split between 3 winning tickets.
- On the other hand, the biggest jackpot ever won by a single ticket was CHF48.6 million. This was for the Swiss Lotto drawing back in the August 23, 2014. Coincidentally, this is also the second-largest jackpot the lottery has ever reached.
- The biggest ever lottery winner from Switzerland won CHF183 million from a EuroMillions Superdraw back in December 2018. The lucky winner was the sole winning ticket-holder for that draw but their identity has not been revealed.
- Interestingly, a man named Andreas Bürkli almost won CHF1 million in a special televised Swisslos draw in December 2018. His name was announced as the winner, but because he was unable to pick up his phone after the operator tried calling him, he lost his claim to the prize.
Interested in other similar stories? You can read our article on The Biggest Lottery Winners and Where They Are Now for more historic wins.