Joker (ΤΖΟΚΕΡ) is a popular national lottery game played in Greece.
Tickets cost €0.50, withdraws taking place in Athens
three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
To enter Joker, choose five numbers between 1 and 45, plus
an additional ‘The Joker’ number between1 and
20. Players can also take a Quick Pick for a set of randomly generated
Joker also has a ‘system entry’ feature, with players choosing up to 15 main
numbers that are then entered into the Joker draw as multiple combinations.
This can vastly increase the probability of winning a prize, but also increases
the cost of entry.
Joker does not offer any additional games or opportunities to win prizes
beyond the main draw itself.
Joker offers a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €500,000, with
no rollover or jackpot cap.
The highest ever Joker jackpot of €19.2 million was won in 2010, shared by
three ticket holders.
The odds of winning the Joker jackpot are 1 in 24,435,180.
Although these odds are good in comparison to many other global lotteries,
the jackpot is relatively small.
Players can win prizes at eight tiers.
Joker prizes can be claimed up to three months after the draw.
All prizes are paid out as lump sums. Winnings of between €100 and €500 are
subject to income tax of 15%, with prizes over €500 taxed at 20%.
Players who participate in Joker from abroad should check local tax laws to
find out if winnings need to be declared.
Joker tickets are on sale at authorized lottery retailers across Greece. The
minimum age to buy a Joker ticket in Greece is 18.
Participants in Greece and elsewhere can enter online via the official
website or through Lottery Agent websites.
Players in Greece can also play using the official app.
The Joker lottery was launched on November 16, 1997.
Joker is operated by OPAP, a part state-owned and privately-owned business
with exclusive rights to run lottery and sports betting in Greece.
Until 2018, it was not possible to play Joker or any other Greek lottery