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Lotto is one of several Maltese lottery games, with a variety of different ways to play.

Draws take place once a week on Saturdays at 19:45 local time. If Saturday is a public holiday, the draw takes place the preceding Friday instead or the following Monday. Ticket sales close one hour before the draw takes place.

Entry costs €2.00 for the traditional Quaterno Plus element of the game, with players having a choice between €0.50, €1.00, €2.00 or €3.00 for the Lotto draw.

To play Quaterno Plus, choose five numbers between 1 and 90, or go for a Quick Pick for randomly generated numbers.

System Entry is available for the purchase of additional sets of numbers to increase the chances of winning, albeit for a higher ticket price.

In addition to playing the traditional lottery game, wagers can be placed on a specific set of numbers. Each of these games has a different name, with players marking their choice on the ticket.


  • Prima: choose one number
  • Ambo: choose two numbers
  • Terno: choose three numbers
  • Terno-Ambo: choose three numbers, which go into the draw as one Terno plus three Ambo combinations, with the wager split across each element.


Quaterno Plus has a minimum jackpot of €250,000, with the jackpot increasing by a minimum of €10,000 each time due to this being a rollover lottery.

The maximum jackpot for the Lotto game is 3,500 times the stake for matching three numbers, for example, resulting in a win of €10,500 for a €3.00 stake.

Matching two numbers wins 215 times the stake, while matching a single number wins 60 times the stake.

Odds and Prizes

The odds of winning the main jackpot in the Quaterno Plus game are 1 in 784,808, which are excellent odds for a lottery, albeit for a modest prize.

The odds of winning the top Lotto prize are 1 in 11,748.

Players can win at seven different prize tiers across both games.

Quaterno Plus

Prize Category Numbers Matched Winning Odds Winning Odds %
1 5 1 in 784,808 0.0001
2 4 1 in 7,656 0.01
3 3 1 in 236 0.4
4 2 1 in 165 0.6


Prize Category Numbers Matched Winning Odds Winning Odds %
1 3 1 in 11,748 0.009
2 2 1 in 400 0.25
3 1 1 in 90 1.11

Payout and Taxes

Players have up to 60 days to claim Lotto winnings, which are paid out as tax-free lump sums.

Who Can Play Lotto?

Players must be at least 18 years of age to play Lotto.

Tickets are available from authorized lottery outlets across Malta and Gozo.

Lotto tickets are not currently available to players from overseas.

History of Lotto

Launched on July 10, 2004, Lotto is operated by Maltco Lotteries under licence from the Maltese Gaming Authority.