Loteria Nacional is a popular raffle game played in Ecuador.
Draws are held three times a week on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays at 18:00 local time. Tickets can be purchased
right up until the draw is made, with sales resuming immediately afterward.
Tickets cost $10 for the Monday and Friday draws and
$20 for the Wednesday draw; however, players can participate
for as little as $1.00, but only win 1/10th or 1/20th of
To enter Loteria Nacional, purchase a ticket from a lottery vendor or buy
one online. Players who buy a physical ticket get a random five-digit number
printed from 00000 to 99999, with online players getting a visual
Due to the format of Loteria Nacional, only 100,000 entries are available
for each game, so even though there are three draws a week, hurry up!
Loteria Nacional does not have any secondary games or chances to win prizes
on top of the main draw.
Loteria Nacional has a fixed jackpot of $200,000 for the
Monday and Friday draws, and $500,000 for the Wednesday
The format of Loteria Nacional means that all prizes are won during every
draw, with no rollovers or roll downs.
The theoretical odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 100,000, with the odds
of winning secondary prizes improving slightly because another number is drawn.
The chances of winning vary depending on the number of tickets sold.
Loteria Nacional gives players over 9,000 chances to win prizes across 13
different tiers, with a total prize fund of $402,300 for the Monday and Friday
draws and $796,600 for the Wednesday draw.
Players have three months to claim Loteria Nacional winnings, with those who
play online automatically being credited into their account.
Prizes are paid out as lump sums only, with winnings over $500 taxed at 14%
and deducted at source.
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy Loteria
Nacional tickets, purchasable online or from authorized lottery retailers
Loteria Nacional is currently not available to players from abroad.
Launched back in 1894, Loteria Nacional is one of the world’s oldest lottery
games, operated by Guayaquil Junta de Beneficencia, a charitable organization
that administers a number of public services in Ecuador.