Lottery Reviews from lotteries and lotto games around the world including US Lotteries, European Lotteries and emerging Asian Lotteries. Includes a summary of how to play and the odds of winning the jackpot.
Lotteries provide an excellent cover for scammers looking to defraud unfortunate individuals by allowing them to tempt their victims with the promise of huge cash jackpots. Criminals will attempt to persuade innocent people to hand over cash or personal details by pretending that doing so will net the victim a huge windfall.
Stories about people falling victim to these scams are reported alarmingly often, so here are some tips for spotting potential lottery scams and advice on what to do if you have been targeted. Read more
Eurojackpot was launched as a rival to EuroMillions in March 2012 and is played by 18 nations across Europe. The jackpot starts at €10 million but often rises much higher due to rollovers and is allowed to build to a maximum of €90 million. Read more
El Gordo Navidad has been running in Spain since 1812 and has become famous for offering a prize pot of over €2 billion. Also known as the Spanish Christmas Lottery, it is held on the 22nd December and often sees large groups of family and friends club together to buy the tickets, which sell for €200. Players can also opt to buy a tenth of a ticket, which means that they will receive a tenth of any prize that it might win. Read more
Mega Sena is Brazil’s biggest lottery, raising huge amounts of money every year for educational projects and providing players with huge jackpots too. Read more
Canada’s Lotto Max is drawn every Friday night, with ticket holders attempting to match the seven main balls drawn from a possible 49 in order to win the jackpot, which begins at CA$10 million. There is also a Bonus Ball drawn, which boosts the value of certain prizes if it is matched. For each CA$5 play, ticket holders choose one line of numbers and receive another two that are randomly generated. Read more
Australia has a number of different lotteries for you to play, with barely a day going by without the chance to win big money on one of the games. Oz Lotto is drawn on a Tuesday, whilst Powerball is played on a Thursday evening and is the most popular lottery in the country with the biggest prizes. There are also Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Lottos, which all offer the opportunity to become a millionaire. Read more
El Gordo is made up of several big money draws in Spain, including El Gordo Navidad which is famed for its gigantic prize pot, given away to lucky players once a year on the 22nd December. Other annual events include el Nino, which occurs in January and uses a similar system to El Gordo Navidad but with smaller prizes, and a summer draw in July. Read more
The South African National Lottery was launched in 2000, and by 2006 it was reported that 82 percent of the country’s population played lottery games at least once a week. There are a wide variety of draw games on offer: Read more
Irish Lotto has become a popular game for players around the world thanks to its combination of multimillion-Euro jackpots and attractive odds of winning when compared to many other big international lottery games. Read more
The Super Lotto Plus is a Californian lottery game that has been available to play since its launch in 2002. This game is run by the California lottery and plays out alongside the other lotteries in the state such as the Mega Millions and Fantasy 5. Draws for the Super Lotto Plus take place twice a week every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:57pm PST. One of the best things about the Super Lotto Plus is that in total there are nine prizes tiers available to win and the jackpot is always worth a minimum of $7 million. Read more
SuperEnalotto is an Italian lottery which has become one of the most popular games in the world since its launch in December 1997. A key factor behind SuperEnalotto’s success is the huge jackpots which are regularly available, while having three draws a week gives players lots of opportunities to win. Draws traditionally take place on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8pm local time, and are only occasionally pushed back a day for public holidays. Read more
Since its launch in June 1982, Lotto 6/49 has become one of the most popular lottery games played in Canada and was the first national game in the country to allow players to select their own numbers. Canada Lotto 6/49 is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation but each of the five provincial lottery organizations is individually responsible for running the game within their own territories. Read more
As one of the world’s largest lotteries, Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game played across 43 US states, plus the District of Columbia and US Virgin Islands. Although each jurisdiction participates as an independent entity, with rules and regulations varying between different jurisdictions, they all operate under the supervision of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).
Mega Millions was first played in 2002 but, in October 2013, the game underwent some of the biggest changes in its history. The starting jackpot increased from US$12 million to US$15 million, the ball matrix was changed and the prizes for each of the nine prize tiers were changed. The aim of these changes was both to breathe life back into the game and encourage bigger jackpots while bettering the odds of winning smaller prizes. Read more
Powerball is one of the biggest US lotteries and has created hundreds of multimillionaires since its first draw was held on 22nd April 1992. Since then there have been a number of changes, including the introduction of the Power Play in March 2001. In January 2016, the Powerball jackpot broke all lottery records when it exceeded $1 billion for the first ever time in its history. An incredible $1.58 billion top prize was split among three winning tickets, with Marvin and Mae Acosta from California, Florida's Nickel 95 Trust and Lisa and John Robinson of Tennessee winning $528.8 million each.
With a minimum jackpot of $40 million, a guaranteed $1 million for any player matching five main white balls and a total of nine prize tiers on offer, it’s easy to see why Powerball remains one of the most popular games on offer.
The Powerball game format has changed a number of times over the years. Read more about the Powerball Changes further down the page. Read more
As the UK National Lottery’s flagship game, UK Lotto has captured the hearts of millions of players. The game was launched in November 1994 and has undergone a few structural changes in the last two decades. A midweek Lotto draw was added in 1997 and the game changed its name to “Lotto” in 2002. The cost of a ticket increased from £1 to £2 in 2013, at the same time as the Lotto Raffle was introduced and Lotto Plus 5 game was removed.
In October 2015, the ball pool expanded to 59, a new prize tier was introduced for matching two main numbers and the supplementary Lotto Raffle draw became the Lotto Millionaire Raffle. Read more