The premiere Superenalotto of Italy is one of the country’s biggest and most anticipated lotteries that dates back to the 1950s has not only awarded many Italians with billions of prizes and changed the lives of many. The Italian SuperEnalotto is Italy’s premier lottery that boasts some of the most celebrated jackpots in the world. The lottery’s legendary prizes have contributed to “lottery tourism” from Europe and beyond and continue to draw international fans.
SuperEnalotto is a lottery that has been played in Italy since 3 December 1997. Draws take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM. The jackpots won are among the largest in the world, and the odds of winning one of the worst in the world.
‘Enalotto’ is a well-known Italian lottery which has existed since 1950’s. In 1997, SISAL moodified the ‘Enalotto’ lottery to create SuperEnalotto.
Until June 30, 2009 the six main winning numbers were taken from the first number drawn in Lottomatica’s regional Lotto draws for the cities of Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo & Rome (used in that order). The Venice draw was used as a “Jolly” number. If the first number of a city had been used before, then the second of the city’s draw was used – and so on. In this system there was a small probability that the numbers of two cities could be the same – in which case there would have been duplicate numbers and it would have been impossible to win the jackpot.
Since July 1, 2009 the numbers have been drawn independently of the Lottomatica draws. There is one single draw for the six winning numbers and the “Jolly” number and a second independent draw for the “SuperStar” number.
Playing the game
Tickets cost one Euro for two tries.
The object of the game is to match 6 numbers out of 90. Should a player match all of them, he/she wins the jackpot. Besides the jackpot, SuperEnalotto has five prize categories that players can win.
The “Jolly” number gives an additional chance to those who have matched 5 numbers. If they also match the “Jolly” number, they’ll win a higher “5+1” prize. The Jolly number only affects the second prizes and not the jackpot.
One must match at least 3 numbers to win. The odds of winning for each category are:
|6||1 in 622,614,630|
|5+Jolly Number||1 in 103,769,105|
|5||1 in 1,250,230|
|4||1 in 11,907|
|3||1 in 327|
The “SuperStar” number is an additional number which costs extra to play. Under the old rules it was taken from the National Lotto draw in Rome (Ruota Nazionale), under the new rules it is drawn in a separate draw independently from the 6 main numbers and the “Jolly” number. This means that the SuperStar number may be the same as another winning number. Matching it can increase the prize money by up to 100-fold or pay out a fixed amount even if the player fails to match any of the six main numbers.
For a nationwide lottery offering prizes in millions, SuperEnalotto is the most difficult game in the world in terms of hitting the jackpot judging by the odds mentioned above. The prizepool only consists of 34.648% of the sales, with about 54% going to the Italian state.
SuperEnalotto jackpots grow very high because there is no cap on them and no roll down of jackpots. The lottery is also appealing to players because winnings are not taxed and jackpot winners have the option for a lump sum or annuity payment.
When it began the minimum cost (for two tries) was 1600 Italian Lire, rising to 1900 Lire by the time the Euro was introduced in 2002. Today’s price, one Euro is equivalent to 1936.27 Lire.
To play SuperEnalotto, players choose six numbers from a guess range of 1-90. The bonus number (Jolly Ball) is drawn from the same drum as the regular guess set and is counted towards the second prize of 5+1 only. Players can choose to play a 5 line entry or select a systematic form which produces all possible entry combinations of 8, 9 ,10, or 11 numbers and increases the chances of winning a prize.
SuperEnalotto draws take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 19:00 PM GMT, and results are available on the site at approximately 20:00 GMT the same day.
SuperEnalotto has five prize categories, and to win the jackpot, all six numbers of the regular guess set must match the winning number selection. The bonus number (Jolly) is not required to win the jackpot and is counted towards the second prize only.
In Italy’s most popular lottery, SuperEnalotto jackpots have no cap, and there are no roll downs of jackpots. Like many Italian lotteries, there is a tax of 1.03% on winnings over €100, a 3.1% tax on winnings over €300, and a 6% on any winnings over €500.00. The SuperEnalotto’s jackpot winners can choose between an annuity (any structured fixed payments that are given over a specified period of time) or a lump sum (a one-time payment) when collecting their winnings from the SuperEnalotto headquarters.
The SuperEnalotto top prize starts at €1.3 million, and grows without a jackpot limit. In fact, the Italian lotto set the record for one of the longest rollovers of all time when in October 2010, after almost nine months unclaimed, a main prize of €177.8 million was won, setting Italy’s lottery record in the process. Back in 2009, a jackpot continued to roll over for more than seven months.
Rolling Over and Over… – In 2009, SuperEnalotto experienced a rollover of more than 7 months from the end of January and into August. The rollover became such a worldwide sensation that people flew to Italy just to participate in the SuperEnalotto although they could have skipped the plane ticket by buying a ticket online at theLotter.com. Finally, after months of waiting, the jackpot of €147.8 million was claimed by one man from Toscana, Italy. In 2010, a record jackpot of €177.8 million was set in Italy’s SuperEnalotto, after almost nine months of continuous rollovers.