German Lotto FAQ
It is easy to play the German Lotto and get in on the excitement and action. Simply go to a registered lottery retailer and fill out a game slip for the German Lotto. The slip will ask the player to pick six numbers between one and forty-nine. The slip will also ask you to pick one bonus number between one and ten. The object is to try to pick the numbers that will show up when the lottery drawing occurs.
The cost of a ticket to play the German Lotto is just €1 per ticket (+ handling fee). Any player may purchase as many tickets as he or she would like. That player may also choose to play the same numbers for multiple drawings for the cost of another ticket per drawing if he or she chooses to do so.
The drawing for the German Lotto game occurs twice weekly every Wednesday and Saturday night. Make sure to have your tickets purchased at least one hour in advance of the drawing as this is when the cut-off to purchase tickets for that drawing is.
The odds of winning in the German Lottery are approximately 1 in 31 when it comes to winning any prize at all. Obviously, the higher the prize amount, the harder it is to win. A breakdown of the odds to win various prizes is as follows:
- Jackpot: 1 in 139,838,160
- 6 Main Numbers: 1 in 15,537,573
- 5 Main Numbers Plus Super Ball: 1 in 542,008
- 5 Main Numbers: 1 in 60,223
- 4 Main Numbers Plus Super Ball: 1 in 10,324
- 4 Main Numbers: 1 in 1,147
- 3 Main Numbers Plus Super Ball: 1 in 567
- 3 Main Numbers: 1 in 63
- 2 Main Numbers Plus Super Ball: 1 in 76
This gives you an idea of what it takes to win the various prize combinations available. It is not easy to win at all, but the higher up you go, the less your odds.
It is important to pay attention to how old you have to be in order to play any particular lottery game. The answer for this game is 18 years old.
Unlike lotteries held in many other parts of the world, the winnings from a lottery in Germany are actually tax-free. The amount that you see that you have won is really the amount that you will receive as a result of being a winner. It is a nice bonus on top of winning the money in the first place!
This game has two minimum jackpot numbers that depend upon what day of the week a player is playing. The Wednesday drawing of this game has a minimum jackpot of 1 million Euros while the minimum jackpot for Saturday is 3 million Euros. Those jackpots increase if there are no winners for any given drawing.
Anyone wishing to play the German Lotto game must be in Germany to purchase the ticket. They are only sold at retailers within the country.