Lotto is Costa Rica’s only traditional lottery and one of the country’s most
popular draw games.
Draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and
Saturdayevenings at 19:30 local time. Tickets can be
purchased up to 15 minutes before the draw, with sales resuming immediately
Tickets cost CRC 600.
To play Lotto, participants must choose five numbers from 0 to
40. Alternatively, players can choose a Gallo Tapado (Quick Pick) for
randomly generated numbers.
For an additional CRC 400, players can enter the Revancha (Revenge) draw using
the same numbers chosen for Lotto. Revancha has the same format and prize
structure as the main game, with an uncapped jackpot in the event of rollovers,
but with smaller secondary prizes.
Lotto doesn’t have a minimum guaranteed jackpot, which is
instead dependent on ticket sales; however, Lotto has no rollover or jackpot
caps, with the jackpot frequently reaching significant sums. Each time the
jackpot fails to be won, it increases by a minimum of CRC 5 million for the
The biggest Lotto jackpot to date was CRC 1 billion in August 2018.
The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 1 in 749,398, and although these
are fantastic odds for a lottery game, other global lotteries offer better
prizes at similar odds.
Players can win prizes at three additional tiers in addition to the jackpot.
Prizes at all secondary tiers are fixed, with prizes established at:
Players have up to 60 days to claim Lotto winnings. Prizes of less than CRC
10,000 can be claimed directly from any lottery retailer, while winners of
higher value prizes must get in touch with the lottery operator.
All prizes are paid out as lump sums, with 10% tax being deducted by the
operator at source and the advertised amount being paid out in full. As such,
prize winners do not need to declare winnings for tax purposes.
Players must be at least 21 years of age to buy Lotto
tickets, which are available from authorized lottery vendors across Costa
Winning numbers and further game information are available from the official
website and mobile app, but tickets are not sold on these platforms.
Lotto entry is not currently available to overseas players.
While lotteries have been played in Costa Rica since the early 1800s, Lotto
is a relatively new game that has only been around since 2014. Like all
lotteries in Costa Rica, Lotto is operated by Junta de Proteccion Social, which
distributes its proceeds to a variety of charitable causes.