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Bingo 5

Bingo 5 is Similar to Loto 6, Loto 7 and Mini Loto, but with a twist !

Players select EIGHT numbers from 1 to 40, choosing a number from eight separate boxes from a three-by-three grid.

A Bingo 5 ticket costs JPY 200.

The TOP PRIZE is JPY 5,550,000.

There is no carry over for Bingo 5 due to the relatively easy winning odds.

Draws take place every Wednesday.

How to Play Bingo 5?

To play Bingo 5 in Japan, select eight numbers from box A on your ticket from 40 possible numbers.

Players must select one number from EACH of the eight boxes .

See the table below as an example of someone who makes two bets: Box A and Box B.

Bingo 5 Table

Box A Box B
1 2
3
4 5
6 7
8
9 10
11 12
13
14 15
1 2
3
4 5
6 7
8
9 10
11 12
13
14 15
16 17
18
19 20
FREE 21 22
23
24 25
16 17
18
19 20
FREE 21 22
23
24 25
26 27
28
29 30
31 32
33
34 35
36 37
38
39 40
26 27
28
29 30
31 32
33
34 35
36 37
38
39 40

Box A

In Box A, numbers 1, 8, 13, 20, 21, 29, 33 & 36 are chosen.

You will win 5,550,000 JPY if you form EIGHT lines.

In Box A, lines are formed as follows:

1 8 13
20 FREE 21
29 33 36

Line 1 = 1, 8 & 13 (from top left to top right).

Line 2 = 20, FREE & 21 (from middle left to middle right).

Line 3 = 29, 33 & 36 (from bottom left to bottom right).

Line 4 = 1, 20 & 29 (from top left to bottom left).

Line 5 = 8, FREE & 33 (from top middle to bottom middle).

Line 6 = 13, 21 & 36 (from top right to bottom right).

Line 7 = 1, FREE & 36 (diagonally from top left to bottom right).

Line 8 = 29, FREE & 13 (diagonally from bottom left to top right).

Box B

In Box B, numbers 3, 10, 14, 16, 23, 27, 31 & 38 are chosen.

The same applies as with Box A, with the formation of eight possible lines available.

Multiple tickets and future draws

You can purchase multiple tickets for multiple future draws if you wish.

If you want to buy two or more tickets with the same amount of bets and numbers:

  • Use the column second farthest to the right, as shown on your ticket.
  • Select between 2 and 10 for the number of tickets you wish to purchase.

If you want to choose the same sets of numbers for future draws.

Fantastic! You can do this too.

  • Use the column to the very farthest right on your ticket.
  • This time, choose between 2 and 5 for the number of future draws.

Odds and Prizes

The odds of winning Bingo 5 prize category 1 are 1 in 390,625.

The odds of winning Bingo 5 prize category 2 are 1 in 24,414.

The odds of winning the main prize in Bingo 5 are considerably easier than in Loto 6 or Loto 7 and similar to Mini Loto. Payouts are relatively low!

Prize Category Winning Amount (JPY) Amount of Winning Lines Winning Odds
1 5,550,000 8 1 in 390,625
2 300,000 6 1 in 24,414
3 45,000 5 1 in 8,138
4 18,200 4 1 in 2,035
5 2,500 3 1 in 313
6 700 2 1 in 59
7 200 1 1 in 7

Note the drastic drop in winnings from eight to six lines!

There are no special prizes for seven winning lines.

There are no bonus numbers in Bingo 5.

Payouts and Taxes

Lottery winnings in Japan are paid out as lump sums only, with players having up to 12 months to claim their winnings from authorized lottery retailers or participating banks.

Players who buy tickets at an ATM in Japan will have their winnings directly paid into a respective bank account.

Japan DOES NOT TAX lottery prizes!

Additional taxes for gifting 1.1 million JPY or more in winnings to friends or relatives do apply for the 1st prize of JPY 5,550,000.

Players from abroad should check local tax laws to find out if they need to pay tax at home.


Who Can Play Bingo 5?

Anyone can play Bingo 5 in Japan,but only genuine residents of Japan can claim or collect lottery prizes!

To qualify as a legitimate resident you must reside in that country for an uninterrupted period of one full tax year (January 1 through December 31).

Not Japanese then? Never mind, you can still play Bingo 5 for fun!

Where Can I Play Bingo 5?

Bingo 5 tickets are usually bought at authorized Takarakuji booths - an authorized retailer across all of Japan - as well as from the official website and even at selected ATMs.

Participants must be at least 20 years of age.

Fun fact: Chapter 23 of the Criminal Code of Japan states that gambling is a banned activity! But special laws allow football pools, public sports and - you got it -LOTTERIES.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can multiple people win the 1st prize?

Yes, of course, and this does happen occasionally.

The JPY 5,550,000 jackpot for forming eight lines will be split between all lucky winners.

How many times can the jackpot carry over?

The Bingo 5 jackpot does not carry over due to the relatively easy winning odds.

It is comparatively easy to win a prize in Bingo 5, but the payouts are not that great. If you’re looking for higher winnings at tougher odds, try Loto 6 or Loto 7.

Can I bet more than once?

Yes, you definitely can.

If you wish to make a single bet, choose numbers from Box A only. For two bets, choose Box A and Box B. A maximum of two bets can be made on the same ticket.

Is the winning amount always the same?

Actually, NO it isn’t!

The top prize of JPY 5,550,000 is classified as a theoretical amount because it depends on the amount of sales and the number of winning tickets sold.