Portugal - Totoloto
Totoloto is a Portuguese lottery game with relatively good odds of winning a
Totoloto draws take place twice a week on Saturdays and
Wednesdays at 19:00 local time.
Totoloto costs EUR 0.90€ per ticket, although there are
additional ways to play. The traditional way of playing Totoloto is by
selecting six numbers, firstly a set of five numbers between 1 and
49, followed by a “Lucky Number” between 1 and
Players can also place “Multiple” Totoloto bets to increase their chances of
A “Multiple” is when six and 11 main numbers are chosen instead of the
traditional five. Each combination of five numbers becomes an entry into the
“Multiple” can also be played with four numbers only, with these four
numbers appearing on each line, followed by the remaining 45 numbers added to
each line. As many as 45 lines can be entered, with a total Totoloto entry
potentially costing EUR 0.90 x 45 = EUR 40.50!
The Totoloto jackpot does not have a rollover or jackpot cap, with possible
jackpot winnings being enormous. The highest Totoloto jackpot ever won was
EUR 18,957,598 on October 28, 2015.
The odds of winning the Totoloto jackpot are 1 in 24,789,492, with the odds
of winning any Totoloto prize being 1 in 7.
Totoloto offers a total of six prize tiers and a guaranteed minimum jackpot
of EUR 1 million, in addition to having a fixed payout of EUR 0.90 for players
who match the lucky number only.
Totoloto payouts are as lump sums only. Players who buy a Totoloto ticket at
authorized retailers can claim in-store prizes of up to EUR 150, with online
players receiving their winnings as direct payments.
Winners with physical tickets are paid by direct bank transfer for prizes of
up to EUR 5,000, with winners of higher amounts needing to verify their ID in
Totoloto winnings are subject to 20% tax, with players having a maximum of
90 days after the draw to claim their prizes.
Players must be at least 18 years of age to play Totoloto.
In Portugal, Totoloto tickets can be bought from authorized lottery retailers,
with Portuguese nationals and players from around the world also having access
to Totoloto online.
The first Totoloto draw took place on March 31, 1985. Totoloto is run and
administered by Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, a charity with historical
links to the Catholic Church. The organisation is a private entity overseen by
the Portuguese government, most often by the Portuguese Ministry of Social