Lotto is Germany’s longest-running and most popular national lottery game,
being one of several played across the country.
Entry costs €1.00, withdraws taking place twice
weekly on Wednesdays at 18:25 local time and on Saturdays at
To enter Lotto, choose six numbers between 1 and 49. There
is also a “Super Ball” number that is always chosen at random, plus the “Quick
Tip” option to randomly generate the six main numbers.
Players can also enter the Spiel 77 and Super 6 games. Each Lotto ticket has
a random seven-digit number printed onto it, with the last digit corresponding
to the randomly selected Super Ball number. For players entering Spiel 77 and
Super 6, the final digit becomes the Spiel 77 number, with the last six digits
being used for Super 6.
Entry to Spiel 77 is an extra €2.50, while Super 6 is an
Lotto offers a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €1 million for
its Wednesday draw, and €3 million for its
While there is no jackpot cap, there is a rollover cap of 13 draws. If the
Lotto jackpot is not won after the 13th draw, the prize rolls down to the next
The biggest Lotto jackpots in history are:
The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 1 in 139,868,160.
These are long odds when considering the relatively small jackpots on offer
in comparison to other global lotteries.
Lotto players can win prizes at nine tiers, with the odds of winning a prize
being 1 in 31.
Lotto winnings are paid out as lump sums, with no annual payment option.
No taxes are levied on Lotto winnings in Germany, but those playing from
elsewhere should check local laws.
Lotto tickets are on sale from authorized lottery kiosks across Germany.
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy a ticket.
Players both in Germany and overseas can also enter online via the official
Lotto website or through Lottery Agent websites.
The first Lotto draw took place on October 9, 1955, making it one of the
world’s longest-running lottery games.
Until June 1986, players chose seven numbers from a total of 38, which was
then updated to the six-from-49 format still in use today.