The Lotto is more than fifty years old. It was introduced in the Netherlands in 1961. The basic rule of this lottery has always been the same. You win when your ticket numbers match with those that appear during the draw. Some things have changed over the years though. A couple of months ago Lotto has changed some rules, which benefits its players. What are these new rules?
A bigger chance to win at the Lotto
Everyone likes to win the Jackpot, but only a few are lucky enough. You do have a bigger chance to win now because Lotto doesn’t use six Jackpot colors anymore. This means that your chance to win the Jackpot is six times bigger! Of course the chance that you win one of the other prizes is more likely. Think about 100, 500 or 1000 euros, for example. This is the positive result of an extra draw of another number.
How to win the Lotto?
Not everything has changed and some parts of the Lotto have been the same for decades. Every lottery participant plays with 6 numbers, hopefully their lucky ones. These numbers are chosen out of a 1-45 range. You also need to have an extra number out of 39. If all these numbers match with those from the draw you’re the lucky Jackpot winner. You never have to work again, because the Jackpot is worth at least 2,5 million euros! Did you have a few matching numbers and the extra number? Then people can congratulate you too, because a few thousand euros are added to your bank account. Less good news is that the gambling tax is still in place. It means that you need to pay taxes for a prize about 449 euros.
Where to buy a Lotto ticket?
The changes make participating in the Lotto very tempting. You can buy tickets at the store or online. A ticket costs 2 euros and if you really like to participate taking a subscription is a very good idea. In that case you take place in multiple draws.
Play with more numbers in the Lotto System
Did you know that it’s also possible to play with more than six numbers? Only the so-called ‘Lotto System’ offers this possibility. In that case you play on saterday with at least seven numbers, up to 12. You can pick your favorite numbers yourself. Choose your birthday or lucky number, for example. If you find it too difficult to choose, the computer can do it for you as well. You play with all the possible combinations of your numbers. This is made possible by the computer, which uses the amount of numbers you’ve chosen to calculate the amount of Lotto tickets. It’s interesting to know how many tickets you get for a certain amount of numbers. Take a look at the following scheme:
How many numbers do I have? Number of lottery tickets
Prize categories, lottery tickets and numbers: an overview
Lotto has six prize categories in total. You win the most when you end up in the sixth and highest category, and less in the lowest category. Of course the winning odds are different in every category. The winning odds depend on two factors, namely amount of numbers you have and the lottery tickets. The odds are different when you’ve have 9 numbers and 84 tickets than with 11 numbers and 462 tickets, for example. Use the following scheme and find out what your winning chances are, depending on the numbers and lottery tickets:
How many numbers? 7 8 9 10 11 12
How many lottery tickets? 7 28 84 210 462 924
6 numbers and extra number 45.379.620,00 5.672.452,50
6 numbers 1.194.200,53 306.619,05 105.045,42 43.218,69 20.222,65
5 numbers and extra number 199.033,42 51.103,18 17.507,57 7.203,11
5 numbers 10.758,56
4 numbers and extra number 4.303,43
800,35 423,71 245,12
4 numbers 358,62
3 numbers and extra number 268,96
3 numbers 30,74
2 numbers and extra number 40,99 28,63 21,4
16,85 13,84 11,76
2 numbers 6,03 5,21 4,68
Take a gamble with Lotto 4/5
Lotto organizes several exciting games. It’s one of the reasons for its popularity, because every game gives you a chance to win money. Take Lotto 4/5 for example. 4/5 game forms are only sold in the store by the way. During this lottery game you can participate with four or five numbers. Pick these numbers yourself or let the computer do the work. You can also choose your own bet between 1,50 euros and 22,50 euros. Take a look at your budget and never spend more money than you can miss. This game uses 45 balls in total and 6 them are drawn. Your prize money is determined by the amount of matching numbers and your bet. Unlike the standard Lotto draw, there’s no extra number. Always take a look at the prize scheme of a lottery game before you start playing. The prize scheme of Lotto 4/5 is as follows:
When you play with five numbers:
How many correct numbers out of five? What do you win? Winning odds
Five Your bet x 8000 1:203.262,50
Four Your bet x 400 1:2.088,44
Three Your bet x 20 1:82,44
When you play with 4 numbers:
How many correct numbers out of four? What do you win? Winning odds
Four Your bet x 2000 1: 9.933,00
Three Your bet x 50 1:191,02