Every country has its national lottery with a large jackpot, unique rules, and atmosphere. We propose to get acquainted with the best world lotteries, the popularity of which has long gone beyond the borders of the country.
1. MEGA Millions
The Mega Millions is the all-time record-breaking lottery in the world when it comes to jackpots. The minimum size of the top prize is $40 million and increases by $5 million with each draw. Thus, it often reaches billion-dollar values. For example, the largest win in the Mega Millions was $1.537 billion.
Held twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To win the top prize, you must correctly guess 5 out of 70 regular balls and 1 out of 25 special (mega) balls. There are a total of 9 prize categories in the game. Guessing the mega-ball is enough to get the minimum prize.
Powerball is one of the most famous lotteries in the U.S. and is a tradition for Americans to play on Thursdays and Sundays. This lottery has given the world many millionaires and even multi-billionaires. The record jackpot was hit in 2016 and was $1,600,000,000!
The starting jackpot starts at $20 million and each drawing increases by $2 million, provided that none of the players failed to guess all six of the cherished balls. The minimum payout is just one Powerball out of 26 possible. There are only 69 regular balls in the game.
EuroMillions has been running in many EU countries for over 10 years. International draws are held twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays in Paris.
The jackpot is €17 million at the minimum and €250 million at the maximum from February 1, 2020. 5 top 50 balls and 2 special balls out of 12 possible will win the jackpot. A distinctive feature of EuroMillions is a record number of prize categories. There are 13 of them, and to win the minimum prize it is enough to guess two main balls.
SuperEnalotto has been running three drawings a week for the past 15 years. The record jackpot is €178 million, and the minimum cannot be less than €1.3 million.
This Italian lottery has a total of 90 balls, six of which need to be guessed to win the top prize. There are up to 2 balls to win the top prize, and there are 6 prize divisions.
5. France Lotto
Lotto France has been played since the days of King Francis I in 1505, and it has never lost its popularity. Perhaps it’s the record high odds of winning – 1k16.
Draws are released three times a week, and you can be a winner in 10 categories. The minimum that a major winner can expect is €2 million, and the maximum france lottery prize is capped at €36 million.
The EuroJackpot is a relatively young European lottery that only began operations in 2012, but it has already gained the trust of players around the world. The jackpot is €10 million and every draw increases by €2 million if there is no winner. This continues until the jackpot reaches a top line of €90,000,000, after which it drops to a minimum line again.
Drawing only takes place once a week – on Fridays. There are 50 regular and 10 special balls. To win the top prize, 5 regular and 2 special balls must be guessed, and there are 12 categories of payouts in all.
7. Oz Lotto
Oz Lotto is Australia’s first nationally-run lottery and traces its history back to 1994. It draws every Tuesday and the smallest lottery jackpot winner is $2 million. The biggest jackpot of the Green Continent lottery was recorded in the amount of 100 million.
To become the big winner of the draw, you must correctly predict the fall of 7 balls out of 45 possible. In total, players are eligible to win prizes in seven categories.
8. Powerball Australia
This is one of the most important lotteries for Australia, with the first drawing held back in 1996. The original lottery was a complete prototype of the American Powerball, but then the rules changed slightly. To hit the jackpot here you need to guess not 6, but 8 balls (7 regular + 1 super-ball).
The maximum jackpot was fixed at 80 million Australian dollars, and the minimum never falls below 3 million.
9. SuperLotto Plus
SuperLotto Plus has been held for 34 years in the sunny state of California. Its absolute record was $193 million, divided among three winners in 2002. According to the rules, the minimum jackpot can’t be less than $17 million, and in case there is no main winner, each draw increases by 1 million.
The draw is held on 47 regular balls and 27 special balls. To become a millionaire, you need to correctly predict 5 numbers in the main game and 1 special ball, and you can win prizes in 9 categories.
10. Lotto 6 aus 49
The name of this German lottery speaks for itself. To win the top prize, you need to correctly guess 6 out of 49 main game balls and one out of 10 special game balls.
The top prize of €45,400,000 is the Lotto absolute record. This is even though the starting jackpot is only €1 million.