SuperEnalotto

  • Next Estimated Jackpot EUR 23,000,000
  • Italy
  • 08/22/2017 18:00:00
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SuperEnalotto was created in 1997, although the Italian lottery 'Enalotto' has existed since the mid-20th century. It has low ticket prices, huge prizes, but a low chance of winning - making it a lottery in the truly traditional sense of the word.

For €1, the player gets two tickets. The aim is to match six numbers from a pot of 1-90, at odds of over 620 million to one. Even the lowest prize for matching three numbers is a 327 to one chance. A Jolly number is also drawn, similar to a 'bonus' ball in other lotteries, and this affects only tickets that have matched five of the main draw balls, elevating them into a prize tier all of their own.

More recently, a Superstar number has been added to the SuperEnalotto draw - this is chosen from a secondary pot, and matching it alone, or in combination with another win, will boost the payout significantly. It costs an extra €0.50 to play the Superstar.

How to Play

Each €1 ticket buys two attempts at SuperEnalotto. On each line, the player must choose six numbers from 1-90, and match all six for a jackpot win. The Jolly number is drawn from the same pot and enhances a five-number win - there is no need to choose a Jolly number on the play slip.

Superstar adds €0.50 to the price, and you must select a single Superstar number from 1-90. Match this alone and you will win €5 at odds of 1 in 138. Match all six main draw numbers and the Superstar number, and you will receive the main draw jackpot plus a fixed bonus of €2 million.

Winnings are not capped, and never cascade down into lower prize tiers - meaning the jackpot can grow very high, which makes SuperEnalotto very popular despite the low chance of winning. It is also slightly more frequent than most international lotteries, with three draws each week at 08:00 p.m. CET on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Fast Facts

Date of first draw: 3rd December 1997

SuperEnalotto has some of the world's biggest lottery payouts - and some of the lowest odds of winning.

Trivia

SuperEnalotto didn't even have its own draw until June 2009. Before that date, the six winning numbers were chosen from the regional lottery draws of Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Rome, with the Venice draw providing the Jolly number. In the case of the same number being drawn in two different locations, the later lottery's second ball would be used instead, or its third or fourth and so on. This still left a slim chance of the same number coming out twice in the SuperEnalotto results, which would have made it literally impossible to win.

The biggest payout to a single player was on August 22nd 2009, when one ticket claimed the jackpot of nearly €150 million. A bigger jackpot of almost €180 million paid out in October 2010, but this was won by a syndicate of 70 people.

Prize Tiers

Only the second prize tier is affected by the Jolly number. The total prize fund for each draw consists of about a third of ticket sales, plus any jackpot rollover from previous draws.

Match Odds Prize (% of Total Prize Fund)
6 1 in 622,614,630 17.4%
5 + Jolly 1 in 103,769,105 13%
5 1 in 1,250,230 4.2%
4 1 in 11,907 4.2%
3 1 in 327 12.8%
2 1 in 22 40%

Superstar Prize Tiers

Superstar prizes come in two forms - either a fixed sum on top of the prize from the main draw (e.g. the jackpot plus €2 million extra) or as a multiplier of the original win, for matching three, four or five main numbers.

Match Odds Prize
6 + Superstar 1 in 56,035,316,700 €2 million
5 + Jolly + Superstar 1 in 9,339,219,450 €1 million
5 + Superstar 1 in 112,520,716 25x
4 + Superstar 1 in 1,071,626 100x
3 + Superstar 1 in 29,404 100x
2 + Superstar 1 in 1,936 €100
1 + Superstar 1 in 303 €10
0 + Superstar 1 in 138 €5