I have a lottery-playing friend who is going to Rome (with his family) early in September and the other day he asked me about Italy’s big money game, SuperEnalotto.
“How do I play?” he asked me.
He’s not the only one to ask me about this game…which produces some of the biggest jackpots in Europe. Far outpacing, it seems to me, Euro Millions…which in itself rolls over a lot.
So, OK…for those of you who don’t follow the game, which holds drawings three times a week, here goes:
SuperEnalotto, at least the most recent version, has been around since 1997.
This version is an updated version of the original Italian Enalotto game that was played in the 1950s.
So there is a big and long history here.
The Italian government, by the way, receives a little over 50% of all lottery proceeds from tickets purchased. Pretty hefty cut, I’d say. Most lotteries in Europe take about 30 percent.
There are 90 balls in the lottery draw, which leads to gigantic rollover jackpots.
You can buy tickets online, which I think has increased the popularity of the Italian SuperEnalotto.
It is also tax free and paid in one big lump sum.
The same thing that generates huge rollover jackpots is also responsible for unfavorable odds of winning.
Your odds of winning the Italian SuperEnalotto are one in 622,614,630.
To play costs one Euro for two tries.
In order to win the jackpot prize, a player must match (6) numbers between 1-90.
But even if you don’t match all six numbers, there are five prize levels altogether, which greatly increases your chances to win a prize.
In addition to the five prize divisions, there is also a jolly number drawn. If a player matches five numbers plus the jolly number, he or she will win a higher amount known as the 5 + Jolly Number prize.
The SuperStar number offers yet another way for players to win!
This number is drawn separately from the main lottery drawing of six numbers and the Jolly number and can be identical to another winning number. It costs extra to play the SuperStar number, but if you match it your winnings may be increased 100-fold or you may win a prize with a fixed payout regardless of whether or not you matched any of the main six numbers.
You must match at least three numbers to win a prize in the SuperEnalotto.
The minimum prize jackpot is $1.3 million Euros.
The SuperEnalotto is played every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8pm, Italian time.
To date, the largest prize was $247,943,104, in U.S. dollars.
So those are the basics.
I play the game. And most certainly, whenever I am in Italy…one of my favorite countries…I LOVE Italy, I always play.
Hell, it’s a cheap bet. Crazy odds. Big rewards.