Lotto 6 aus 49 (also called German Lotto) is considered as one of the most popular European lotteries. Its Jackpots are overwhelming (across Europe, though) and may boast by giving away more than €5 billion in prizes every year!
It was dated back to 1955 before being combined with another lottery from Germany called the Deutscher Lotto-und Totoblock in 1974.
So, nowadays German Lotto is the most established lottery that offers good Jackpots, many additional draws, and good prizes. It is being run by the government of Germany, and some part of the ticket price goes to good causes within the borders of that country.
Lotto 6 aus 49 has the simplest rules. To enter the draw, you need to choose 6 ordinary ball numbers and one supplementary number.
The main goal of that lottery (as of any lottery in the world) is to match these numbers that you choose with the winning ones. The more numbers you match, the bigger your prize will be!
If you want to rely on a pure luck, or just do not want to choose numbers yourself, then the “Quick Pick” option is just for you. The computer will generate random numbers and fill your ticket with these them!
German Lotto draws are held every week on Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesday draws are held at 18:25 CET (17:25 GMT), while the Saturday draws begin at 19:25 CET (18:25 GMT). Official lottery sales stocks get closed at 17:00 GMT on Wednesday and at 18:00 GMT on Saturday, so hurry up to get your lucky ticket!
Players who reside in Germany, may watch the draw on local channels, while online players may find videos of drawings on the Internet.
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This lottery offers a guaranteed minimum Jackpot of €1 million, while that sum changes to €2 millions for weekend draws!
There is one feature Lotto 6 aus 49 has: its Jackpots may roll over for only 13 times. If there is no winner, the Jackpot will be split between all 2nd prize tier winners of that lucky draw.
To win the Jackpot, a player must match all six winning numbers and a supplementary ball called SuperBall in one’s ticket correctly.
There are no limits for a Jackpot in German Lotto, so the sum of a Grand Prize may grow significantly for you to hit it one day. By the way, current record Jackpot of Lotto 6 aus 49 ever won is €45,4 million. So, there is a clear tendency for ever-growing Jackpots and soon the players will be witnessing bigger prizes won!
German Lotto has nine prize tiers each according to the number of numbers matched. Odds of winning any prize in this lottery are calculated like 1 in 31, while odds for hitting the Jackpot are much higher - 1:139.838.160.
Below you may see the odds for winning the prize in every in Lotto 6 aus 49 category.
|Prize Tier||Odds of winning|
|6 numbers + Superball (Grand prize)||1 in 139.838.160|
|6 numbers||1 in 15.537.573|
|5 numbers + Superball||1 in 524.008|
|5 numbers||1 in 60.223|
|4 numbers + Superball||1 in 10.324|
|4 numbers||1 in 1.147|
|3 numbers + Superball||1 in 567|
|3 numbers||1 in 63|
|2 numbers + Superball||1 in 76|
|Any prize||1 in 31|
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There are three extra draws that are offered along with German Lotto - Spiel77, Super6 and GlücksSpirale (“Lucky Spiral” in English). Apart from playing the main draw and trying to match as many winning numbers as possible, you may also take part in an extra draw and try your luck there!
Spiel77 (or Game77) is the first of these three additional draws. According to the rules of this draw, all digits of your serial number on the ticket must be matched in the same order with the winning number.
Spiel77’s Jackpot starts at a point of €177.777 and exceeds even one or two million euros. Apart from the grand prize, it has six other prize tiers with fixed prize amounts. You may win the second prize by just matching six last numbers of the serial numbers, to win the prize of €77.777!
Super6’s rules are pretty much the same to the rules of Spiel77. However, in that game only 6 numbers are drawn and correspond to the last 6 digits of the serial number in your ticket. They also must be matched in fine with the winning number’s order. There are also six prize tiers in that additional draw, and a guaranteed Jackpot starts from the mark of €100.000.
The last additional draw is called GlücksSpirale (or a “Lucky Spiral” in English). This draw takes part once a week on Saturday. As well as the other additional draws, it is based on a serial number in your ticket. To win, you must do pretty much the same as in two previous draws - just match the digits of the number in your ticket in the same order with the winning one. If you match the last number of LuckySpiral, you will get a prize of €10! If you match all of the 6 digits in the right order, you will win a sum of €100.000. But if you are a lucky one and match all seven numbers in the correct order, you will get a sum of €10.000 that will be paid to you every month for 20 years!
Lotto 6 aus 49 is a European lottery with a good set of additional draws. Even though its winning odds are not so good - every 31st ticket is winning - additional draws add some spice into playing. Even if you do not win in a regular draw, you will be able to hit the Jackpot of one of the additional draws!
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