Statistics and curiosities of the biggest lotteries in the world

Who does not dream of winning the jackpot? Nowadays, you can easily participate in the lotteries from all over the world and, as you know, they can come in all shapes and sizes.

That's why we did some research for you; so, before playing, you will be aware of some numbers and statistics about the most important lotteries. When did they start? Which are the luckiest countries or regions? And, of course, the jackpots: where have the biggest lottery prizes been won? All these questions and more will be answered in this article. Aren't you just a little bit curious?


United States lotteries


Powerball stats and facts


  1. Powerball history

    The Powerball lottery began in 1988 as Lotto America. In April 19th, 1992 it changed the name to Powerball with the first drawing of April 22th. When it was launched, the Powerball lottery became the first game to use two drums.


  2. Powerball lucky States

    The absence of a jackpot cap makes Powerball one of the world's most popular lotteries. 

    In fact, the number of non-US players is growing, due to the possibility to play international lotteries online. For example, on December 2017 a Colombian woman won a Powerball prize of $50.000 playing online from her country. Though this is a recent trend and the majority of jackpots in Powerball history have been won on United States territory,

    Now, let’s take a look at the table below to discover the luckiest US States for the this lottery. 

    State

    Jackpots won

    Starting Year

    Indiana

    39

    1992

    Missouri

    31

    1992

    Minnesota

    22

    1992

    Pennsylvania

    18

    1992

    Kentucky

    18

    2002

    Data retrieved from April 1992 to May 2018


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    In January 13th, 2016 the jackpot was raised to $1.58 billion, breaking the record for the world's biggest lottery prize! It was won by three winning tickets. The tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee. The amount for each winning ticket was nearly $528.8 million.


  4. Lottery curiosity

    Lots of people are curious about how the lottery actually makes its money. Broadly speaking, many believe that the lottery keeps all the profit but it is not true. Indeed, the Powerball lottery puts 50% towards paying winners in the various prize categories, 40% to good causes and charity, and 10% to the retailer who sold the winning lottery ticket.


Mega Millions stats and facts


  1. Mega Millions history

    The Mega Millions lottery began on August 31st, 1996 as the Big Game with only six participating States of America: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia. The name was changed in May 2002 to Mega Millions and New York and Ohio became member States. Also the game matrix and prize amounts were changed. 


  2. Mega Millions lucky States

    Everybody's always talking about Powerball, but Mega Millions is another important American lottery that offers record-breaking jackpots! 

    Have a look at the table below to discover the luckiest States for this lottery. 

    State

    Jackpots won

    New York

    42

    California

    29

    Ohio

    19

    Michigan

    17

    Georgia

    15

    Data retrieved from May 2002 to May 2018 (total of 203 jackpots won)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    The largest jackpot was won in March, 2012 by the winning ticket which was sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. The jackpot prize had a total amount of $656 million! 

    Now let’s check out the other incredible jackpots. 

    Jackpot value

    Date

    Winning tickets

    State

    $656 Million

    3/3 2012

    3

    Kansas, Illinois, Maryland

    $648 Million

    12/17 2013

    2

    California, Georgia

    $536 Million

    7/8 2013

    1

    Indiana

    $533 Million

    3/30 2018

    1

    New Jersey

    $451 Million

    1/5 2018

    1

    Florida

    Data retrieved from draws until May 2018 (total of 203 jackpots won)


    A New Jersey man claimed in April 2018 his $533 million Mega Millions jackpot, giving him the 10th largest lottery jackpot in history.


  4. Lottery curiosity

    You can not only become millionaire with the jackpot, but also the second prizes can be as high as $5 million if the player has purchased the optional Megaplier (a $1 additional purchase available in most States). Mega Millions is the only jackpot game with second prizes of this amount. Since they changed the games matrix on October 19th, 2013 there have been 657 Match 5 winning tickets worth $1 million or more in 5 years! 

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European lotteries


EuroMillions stats and facts


  1. EuroMillions history

    The idea of organizing such a big European lottery at first came out in 1994. But due to many political, cultural and bureaucratic factors, it took 10 years to launch EuroMillions lottery, and finally on February 13th, 2004 there was the first EuroMillions draw.


  2. EuroMillions lucky countries

    The most successful EuroMillions players in Europe are in France. For 14 years they managed to hit 87 jackpots out of 387 in total. It is possible that French people are very good at gambling and buy more tickets than other nationalities - thus, having even more chances of winning. Or maybe, it is just a matter of luck.

    Check out the 5 luckiest countries for the EuroMillions lottery.

    Country

    Jackpots won

    France

    87

    Spain

    85

    UK

    72

    Portugal

    67

    Belgium

    30

    Data retrieved from February 2004 to May 2018 (total of 387 jackpots won)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    Based on statistics, 34 out of 387 EuroMillions jackpot winners, from its start until 2018, purchased their lucky lottery tickets in February. So, if you believe that future can be predicted based on past results, February may be a lucky month to buy your golden ticket!


  4. Lottery curiosity

    Every time you play EuroMillions lottery, communities all over the Europe benefit. Indeed 28% of money gained from tickets sales goes as contribution to charity funds and for good causes. 


EuroJackpot stats and facts


  1. EuroJackpot history

    The rules of EuroJackpot lottery were modified over the years. The jackpot could not roll over more than 12 times, but this turned out to be too limiting, and in February 2013 the rollover limit was removed and replaced with a Jackpot Cap of €90 million. Another change was about the matrix for the Euro numbers, that was extended from 1-8 to 1-10 in October 2014.


  2. EuroJackpot lucky countries

    As it turns out, the luckiest players of EuroJackpot lottery are in Germany. In the first 6 years of the lottery, from 2012 to 2018, one third of the jackpots winners, 19 out of 55, were German players.

    Let’s see the 5 luckiest countries for the EuroJackpot lottery. 

    Country

    Jackpots won

    Germany

    19

    Finland

    8

    Denmark

    4

    Norway

    3

    Spain

    1

    Data retrieved from August 2012 to May 2018 (total of 55 jackpots winners)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    On Friday, January 6th, 2017 the winning numbers of EuroJackpot with a jackpot value of €90 million were guessed by five players! It was a record winning sum for this lottery. Each of the lucky ones received €18 million, thus dividing the total prize of €90 million.


  4. Lottery curiosity

    According to 2018 statistics, 4 million players around the world become winners of prizes from different categories each month, and since the start of the game there have been more than 180 million winning tickets.


La Primitiva stats and facts


  1. La Primitiva history

    La Primitiva is one of the oldest Spanish lotteries. It started in 1763 by the names of Lotería Real or Lotería por números. In 1812 with the introduction of the Lotería Moderna (currently Lotería Nacional), it was named La Primitiva, but in 1862 was suppressed. Almost 100 years later, in 1985 it came back as La Primitiva. 


  2. La Primitiva lucky regions

    According to statistics of the recent years, the luckiest players of La Primitiva in Spain are from Catalonia (21 jackpot winners in 2 years).

    Check the list of the luckiest Spanish regions since 2016.

    Region

    Jackpots won

    Catalonia

    21

    Andalusia

    16

    Madrid

    12

    Valencia

    12

    Galicia

    10

    Data retrieved from January 2016 to April 2018


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    On the draw of 23rd October 2010, a jackpot of approximately €3 Million had to be split among 47 winners! All of them had the same idea and played with the combination 7, 8, 10, 20, 30, and 40, so each of the lucky winners had to take home just €57.581,10. 

    In 2015, instead, a single player from Barcelona made history in La Primitiva by taking home a jackpot of €101.7 Million, which is until today the biggest jackpot ever won with this lottery. 

    Here’s a look at the biggest jackpots of La Primitiva history and how many players have won it.

    Jackpot value

    Date

    Winning tickets

    City

    €102 Million

    11/15 2015

    1

    Barcelona

    €71 Million

    2/22 2014

    2

    Seville, Biscay

    €67 Million

    7/30 2016

    1

    Cuenca

    €66 Million

    10/3 2013

    1

    Seville

    €46 Million

    11/23 2017

    1

    Galicia

    Data retrieved from draws until April 2018


  4. Lottery curiosity

    Since 1993, this lottery has another modality called El Gordo de la Primitiva. Nowadays, it plays every Sunday and has a minimum jackpot of €5 million. 

    Also, the Special Category (6 numbers + Refund) and an additional game named the Joker, were added to La Primitiva in 2012. 


SuperEnalotto stats and facts


  1. SuperEnalotto history

    The origins of the Italian game SuperEnalotto actually go back to the 1950s, since it is related to another lottery called Enalotto. It took several years, until 1997, before Enalotto changed into “SuperEnalotto”, but finally the first SuperEnalotto draw took place on December 3rd, 1997. Another important change for the lottery happened on July 2nd 2009 when it became autonomous, replacing the regional number system based on Lotto draws in favour of results drawn from its own dedicated ball machines. Rome is chosen as the venue to host the draws.


  2. SuperEnalotto lucky regions

    When it comes to the different regions of Italy, which one is the luckiest in SuperEnalotto lottery? According to data collected from his debut in 1997 until 2018, Campania is at number one with 18 jackpot winners, even though it is just in third place in terms of number of inhabitants. 

    Find out the positions of the other regions in the table below. 

    Region

    Jackpots won

    Campania

    18

    Lazio

    16

    Emilia-Romagna

    12

    Puglia

    10

    Veneto

    9

    Data retrieved from December 1997 to April 2018 (total of 2.807 draws)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    The Italian SuperEnalotto holds the record for the largest jackpot paid out in Europe by a national lottery, with the single winning ticket worth €177.7 million (approx. $215 million) on Saturday, 30th October 2010. 

    This record-high SuperEnalotto jackpot was won by a syndicate of 70 players with a ticket bought in Milan. Instead, the largest prize claimed by an individual is the €163.5 million  (approx. $198 million) won on Thursday, 27th October 2016 by a player from Vibo Valentia, in the region of Calabria, in southern Italy. But there is more: on that occasion, the winner not only matched the six main SuperEnalotto numbers, but also the SuperStar to increase the jackpot by €2 million, overcoming odds of 1 in 56 billion.

    Find out the top 5 largest jackpot winnings of SuperEnalotto lottery. 

    Jackpot value

    Date

    Winning tickets

    City (Region)

    €178 Million

    10/30 2010

    1

    Milan (Lombardy)

    €164 Million

    10/27 2016

    1

    Vibo Valentia (Calabria)

    €148 Million

    10/22 2009

    1

    Bagnone (Tuscany)

    €140 Million

    2/9 2009

    2

    Parma (Emilia-Romagna), Pistoia (Tuscany)

    €130 Million

    4/17 2018

    1

    Caltanissetta (Sicily)

    Data retrieved from draws until April 2018 (total of 2.807 draws)


  4. Lottery curiosity

    SuperStar is an optional number that you can select in addition to your six main numbers. This option costs an extra €0.50 per entry and gives you more chances to win bigger prizes. The SuperStar number is drawn from a separate ball machine ranging from 1 to 90.

    SuperStar prizes start from a minimum of €5 for matching just the SuperStar number, and increase in value depending on how many main SuperEnalotto numbers you match. For example, if you match all six main numbers and the SuperStar, you will receive an extra €2 million in addition to the jackpot. This is known as the SuperBonus prize.



So now, dear players, the world of lotteries has no more secrets for you! Curiosities, lucky numbers, statistics and odds: everything can be helpful to live your dream. And the best way to do this? Easy, playing on EuroMillions.com!

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