One of Europe’s oldest played lotteries, the SuperEnalotto is the most popular and successful lottery played in Italy. The draws take place at 8pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night, offering some great prizes. If the jackpot isn’t won then it rolls over to the next draw as many times as needed, with no cap on the jackpot value. This allows for some great prizes and is one of the big appeals of the game.
In order to play, you simply pick six numbers from a choice of 1 – 90, and if those numbers match the winning selections then the jackpot is won. There is also a ‘Jolly Number’ that is drawn, which gives players a chance to win a bigger consolation prize (by matching 5 numbers with the Jolly Number) if they miss out on the jackpot.
Please find a breakdown of the prize categories in the table below:
|1||6||1 in 622,614,630|
|2||5 + 1 (Jolly Number)||1 in 103,769,105|
|3||5||1 in 1,250,230|
|4||4||1 in 11,907|
|5||3||1 in 327|
|6||2||1 in 22|
There are six prize categories in total, including the new possibility of winning a prize by matching two numbers.
The distribution of the prize fund to each category is as follows:
17.40% to prize category one
13.00% to prize category two
4.20% to prize category three
4.20% to prize category four
12.80% to prize category five
40.00% to the new prize category six
The SuperEnalotto is responsible for creating thousands of millionaires, and the biggest win was seen in October 2010 when a Tuscan couple won a huge €178 million jackpot. They spent €28 million of this on a Tuscan villa formerly owned by Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi.
There have been a variety of winner’s tales from millions being spent on works of art to a car enthusiast who spent €8 of his prize money building his own dream collection of cars.
Francesco Da Lorimer however, who won €18 million in 2008, is an example of a winner who was more modest with his new found riches. Following his success, the photocopier technician bought a two bedroom flat while continuing his day job.
Another instance of winning money being used more humbly is the husband and wife who won €30 million in 2010 and donated €10 million of this to Italy’s five biggest charities. Whichever path you wish to choose, the sums of money available can undoubtedly change the lives of yourself as well as others.
The SuperEnlotto was launched in December 1997 by private company ‘SISAL’, and is a modification of the well known Italian lottery game ‘Enalotto’ which has been around since the 1950’s. As well as making the jackpot uncapped, allowing for unlimited rollovers to create prizes of huge value, the game has also seen other changes over the years. After initially holding city based regional draws, this was changed to national draws which resulted in increased funds and in turn more prizes for the participants. The implementation of this rule saw the overall jackpot increase by around 300%, having a significant impact.
Until the 30th of January 2016, if there was no winner of the jackpot then the value of the top prize would grow by 1 million per week, however now, with the new changes, it will grow 2 million per week. Due to this, the average amount of the jackpot is expected to go from €39 million to €110 million instead.
The amount which will be distributed in prizes is 60% of the sales compared to 34.6% which was the previous amount.
The SuperEnaLotto boasts a proud history and has awarded some of the highest ever cash jackpot awards. This is reflected by the amount of eager players that line up at retail outlets on a weekly basis to play the game.