Brazil’s premiere life changing lottery, Mega Sena is not only one of the most popular lotteries in the country but also is a way the country can raise funds to help fight poverty and educational funds. Mega Sena has awarded billions of prizes since 1961, but also has changed many lives of Brazilians over the years.
Mega Sena is the biggest lottery game in Brazil. The game is run by Caixa Econômica Federal Bank, which has been running federal lottery games for decades, so Mega Sena players experience a very smooth gaming experience that is as entertaining as it is potentially life-changing. The aim of this popular lottery, as well as giving all players a thrilling chance to win staggering sums of money, is to raise funds for a variety of worthwhile social programs in the country, including several that are specifically geared toward providing educational services. The social benefits of the Brazillian lottery help players to feel good about participating on a regular basis, and if they win a jackpot prize by doing so they feel.
Mega Sena is Brazil’s leading lottery, known for its impressive jackpots which are mentioned side-by-side with some of the world’s biggest lotteries. The lottery features a unique drawing format and a special annual super draw (Mega da Virada) which attracts fans worldwide.
Mega Sena History
The Caixa Economica Federal Bank has operated Mega Sena since 1961, channeling part of the lottery’s proceeds towards programs for social and cultural advancement. The highest payout in Brazil-Mega Sena occurred in 1999 when a single lottery winner from Salvador won a R$64.9 million (US$35 million) jackpot.
Drawings are conducted twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The drawings consist of picking balls from 2 spinning spherical cages. They are picked in pairs, in order to form a 2 digit decimal number from 01 to 60. The first cage has balls ranging from 0 to 5 for the first digit, and the other one has balls ranging from 0 to 9 to be used in the second digit. In the event of the number 00 showing up, it will be replaced by the number 60 for prize purposes. When 6 unique 2 digit numbers are drawn, the drawing is concluded.
Contestants may bet in the range of 6 to 15 numbers, out of 60, and scoring 4, 5 or 6 points will grant prizes. Bet prices escalate depending on how many possible groups of 6 numbers exist within the numbers chosen, so they vary between R$2.00 for 6 numbers (only 1 game possible) to R$10,010.00 for 15 numbers (5005 games possible). The chances of winning the biggest prize when placing a minimum bet are 1 in 50,063,860.
Contestants can choose to play a “Surpresinha” entry, which will generate their numbers randomly. They can also opt to enter these numbers for 2, 4 or 8 consecutive draws in advance.
Raw prizes correspond to 46% of raw income from bets. Out of this figure:
- 35% will go to people who scored 6 numbers.
- 19% will go to people who scored 5 numbers.
- 19% will go to people who scored 4 numbers.
- 22% will accumulate for a special drawing occurring once every 5 times.
- 5% will accumulate for Mega Da Virada, the special New Years drawing
Income tax will deduct 13.8% from all the previous items. The net value for prizes is actually 32.2% of lottery earnings.
Winners have 90 days to claim their prizes. Prizes below R$800 can be claimed at a lottery house. Prizes above R$800 must be claimed at the Caixa Econômica Federal bank. If the 90 day period expires, prize money is transferred to the national treasury and invested in educational programs.
To play, select 6 numbers from a guess range of 1-60. Players can choose to fill in the lottery’s three line form with manually selected numbers (Natural Selection), randomly selected numbers (Quick Pick), or numbers saved in a theLotter.com account (My Numbers). In addition, Mega-Sena offers systematic forms of 7, 8,9, 10, and 11 numbers which enable players to create all possible combinations of their selected numbers and increase the likelihood of winning a prize.
In contrast to other lotteries, Mega Sena’s guess set is drawn from two separate drums. At the lottery drawing, the six winning numbers are pulled from two drums: the first containing numbers from 0 to 5, and the second containing numbers from 0 to 9. The 6 winning numbers are drawn in pairs, with one digit selected from each drum to form a 2 digit number between 1 and 60. If 00 is drawn, the selection is replaced by the number 60 for prize purposes.
The Mega Sena is played on Wednesday and Saturday at 19:00, local time in Brazil (22:00 GMT). The lottery closes an average of three hours prior to draw time, and results are available on theLotter.com at 7:30 GMT the following day.
Winning the Mega Sena
While odds of winning the jackpot reflect Mega Sena’s status as South America’s leading lottery, the lottery’s overall attractive odds make 1:154,518 players recipients of the lottery’s eye-catching second place prizes.
The lottery’s largest jackpot of R$ 64.9 million (US$ 35 million) was won in 1999. Other notable Mega Sena jackpots include: R$53.1 million (2008) and R$52.7 million (2007) and R$56 million (2005).
Mega Sena winners have 90 days from the day of the draw to claim their prizes. Prizes are paid out in a single lump sum payment, and winnings are tax-free. Prizes which remain unclaimed by deadline are turned over to the Brazilian National Treasury and divided amongst various local social and cultural initiatives.
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Mega Sena Statistics
With only three prize categories including the jackpot, Mega Sena winners benefit from a larger percentage of the prize pool with 35% of proceeds dedicated to the Mega Sena jackpot; 19% of the proceeds allotted to players who match 5 numbers; and an additional 19% reserved for players who match 4 numbers.
Mega Sena Anecdotes
New Year Super Draw – Every year, the Mega Sena da Virada lottery competes with other end-of-the-year draws in the United States and Europe with top prizes such as R$244 million (US$117 million) which was divided amongst three winners in 2012.
Lottery Winner Widow – Adriana Almeida, known as the Mega-Sena Widow, was found innocent of conspiring in the murder of her lottery winner husband in 2007. Almeida’s husband, ironically called Renne Senna, won R$52 million in Mega Sena in 2005 and was shot outside a bar two years after the windfall. Almeida and Senna began dating after Senna’s big win, and the widow was suspected of orchestrating the murder to inherit half of her husband’s wealth which is valued at R$100 million (US$54 million). Almeida was acquitted in December 2011, paving the way for her legal inheritance of the former Senna’s legacy.