Lotto (ΛΟΤΤΟ) is the main national lottery game in Greece.
As with other Greek lottery games, tickets cost €0.50.
Lotto draws take place in Athens twice a week on Wednesdays
and Saturdays at 20:00 local time.
To enter Lotto, choose six numbers between 1 and 49.
Alternatively, online players can go for a Quick Pick for a set of randomly
generated numbers, printed as ‘Lucky Dip’ on tickets.
Lotto can also be played using system entries, consisting of up to 16
numbers entered into the draw as multiple combinations. This can greatly
improve the chances of winning a prize, but also increases the ticket
Lotto does not have any additional games or other ways to win beyond the
main game itself.
Lotto offers a minimum jackpot of €300,000, but because
there is no rollover or jackpot cap, the jackpot can grow significantly
The biggest Lotto jackpot reached €7.5 million on January 20, 2010.
The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 1 in 13,983,816. These are long
odds given the modest starting jackpot, with global lotteries offering similar
odds but typically having starting jackpots in the millions.
Players can win prizes at five different tiers.
All lottery prizes in Greece are paid out as lump sums.
All prizes over €100 are subject to tax, with prizes from €100 to €500 taxed
at 15%, and winnings over €500 taxed at 20%.
Players entering Lotto from abroad automatically have tax deducted from
their winnings, but should check local tax laws to find out if prizes are
subject to further taxation at home.
Winners have three months from the date of the draw to claim their
Players of at least 18 years of age can buy Lotto tickets from authorized
retailers across Greece.
Players in Greece can play online via the official website or by using the
Lotto app, while participants from abroad can play via the official website or
on authorized Lottery Agent websites.
Lotto was launched on December 5, 1990, today being one of several popular
lottery games played across Greece.
Until 2018, Lotto was only available to Greek citizens, after which, it and
other Greek lottery games became available online.