Greece - Joker
Joker (ΤΖΟΚΕΡ) also known as the Greece Powerball is a popular national lottery game played in Greece.
Tickets cost €0.50, draws taking place in Athens three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 22:00 Eastern European Time (EET). Ticket sales close at 21:30 EET.
To enter Joker, choose five numbers between 1 and 45, plus an additional ‘The Joker’ number between 1 and 20. Players can also take a Quick Pick for a set of randomly generated numbers.
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.
Odds and Prizes
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.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||5, plus The Joker||1 in 24,435,180||0.000004|
|2||5||1 in 1,286,062||0.00008|
|3||4, plus The Joker||1 in 122,176||0.0008|
|4||4||1 in 6,430||0.02|
|5||3, plus The Joker||1 in 3,133||0.03|
|6||3||1 in 165||0.6|
|7||2, plus The Joker||1 in 247||0.4|
|8||1, plus The Joker||1 in 53||1.9|
Payout and Taxes
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.
Who Can Play Joker?
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.
History of Joker
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 games online.