Melate Retro is a very popular revived version of Melate, the country’s main
national lottery game.
Melate Retro draws are held twice weekly on Tuesdays and
Saturdaysat 21:15 local time. The draws take place at
the Pronosticos offices in Mexico City, with results being announced on
national television and radio shortly after the draw.
Entry into Melate Retro costs MXN 10 per ticket. To enter,
choose six numbers between 1 and 39, or go for a Melático to
play with randomly generated numbers. Also, an “Adicional” number is
automatically drawn, applicable for secondary prizes only.
Melate Retro also has a Coperacha option in which players enter tickets in
groups of five with family and friends. Each Coperacha ticket is worth 20% of
the prize, with each ticket holder able to claim their 20% independently.
Players can also go for a combination entry, selecting up to 10 numbers as
multiple combinations. This enhances the possibility of winning, but
significantly increases the cost of a ticket.
Also, Advance Play lets players enter up to nine draws at a time.
Melate Retro has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of MXN 5
As in the main Melate game, Melate Retro has no rollover or jackpot cap, and
in spite of the relatively good odds of winning this jackpot, regular rollovers
see jackpots that are far higher than the minimum guaranteed prize.
The highest ever Melate Retro jackpot was MXN 44,657,863 on
November 24, 2015.
The odds of winning the Melate Retro jackpot are 1 in 3,262,623, and
although these are great odds for a lottery game, prizes are somewhat lower
than in many other global lotteries.
Melate Retro has seven different prize tiers.
Lottery prizes in Mexico are subject to 7% tax at source for all players,
with participants from abroad needing to check local tax laws to find out if
winnings need to be declared at home.
All Melate Retro prizes are paid out as lump sums only, with players having
up to 60 days to make their claim.
Players in Mexico must be at least 21 years of age to buy
Melate Retro tickets are available to Mexican residents from over 9,000
authorized lottery retailers across the country. Unfortunately, entry is not
available via the official Melate Retro website.
Players from around the world can play Melate Retro online via selected
Lottery Agent websites.
The first Melate Retro draw took place on June 1, 2010, launched so that
participants could play the original version of the popular Melate draw, which
has undergone many changes over the years.