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SuperEnalotto is an Italian lottery with a heritage that can be traced back to the 1950s, when Enalotto began. The game got its 'Super' addition in 1997 and has a few quirks - three draws a week, and two bonus balls, the Jolly number which is drawn from the same pot as the main balls, and a second pot for the SuperStar number.

Each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8pm CET, six main balls are drawn from 1-90, followed by the seventh Jolly ball. A separate SuperStar ball is drawn from its own pot of 1-90, giving you 14 different possible ways to win a cash prize and meaning that the SuperStar ball could be the same number as one of the main balls.

A single SuperEnalotto ticket costs €1.

If there’s a question about SuperEnalotto that you need answering, take a look at the FAQ section which can be found at the bottom of this page.

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How to Play

To win the main SuperEnalotto draw, you must choose six main balls from 1-90 and match all six, with the odds of doing so at about 1 in 622 million. There are prizes for matching two, three, four or five balls too, and a bonus prize if you match five and the Jolly, which is a seventh ball drawn from the same pot. For an extra €0.50 you can also enter the SuperStar game, in which one ball is drawn from a second pot of 1-90, and prizes range from €5 for matching just the SuperStar number, to a €2 million bonus on jackpot prizes from the main game.

Why to Play

Overall, SuperEnalotto has good odds at about 1 in 20 to win any prize, and you only need to match two balls to win something. A healthy 60% of all proceeds from ticket sales go into the prize fund, which puts the game ahead of other lotteries that favour a 50/50 split between prizes and operating costs, profits or charitable donations. With three draws a week, there are plenty of opportunities to enter SuperEnalotto, and although the jackpot odds are a little higher than other games at just under 1 in 622 million, the potential payouts are huge for a national lottery.

Supplementary Games

SuperEnalotto has two bonus balls, but only one of these is a supplementary game as such. A standard ticket includes six numbers, and to win you must match two to six of these. If you match five numbers, there is the chance to boost your prize by matching the sixth Jolly number, which is picked from the remaining 84 balls in the first pot.

The true supplementary game involves the SuperStar number. It costs an extra €0.50 on the standard ticket price, and can only be played in addition to a standard SuperEnalotto line, not as a completely separate game. The SuperStar's ball set also ranges from 1-90, though you only guess one of these. Match it in addition to any number of main balls to win a prize - right up to a €2 million bonus on six-ball jackpot wins, at odds of 1 in 56 billion.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

SuperEnalotto prizes are calculated as a percentage of the total prize fund, which adds up to 60% of all ticket sale proceeds. Just under a quarter of all the money from ticket sales is paid out to people who match two main balls. An 8.4% share is also withheld for paying out on instant win prizes when tickets are purchased.

As a result of the game changes that came about in February 2016, if you match the four numbers on the ticket’s magic square, you are entitled to claim a prize worth €25.

SuperEnalotto’s odds range from a relatively favourable 1 in 22 chance to match two main balls - and about 1 in 20 to win any cash prize - up to odds of 1 in 622 million to win the jackpot or 1 in 56 billion to win the SuperStar jackpot. Together, these odds add up to a well-balanced game with lots of winners of lower prizes, but also very big rollover jackpots.

Remember, 40% of the prize fund - just under a quarter of all proceeds from ticket sales – is paid out to people who match two main balls, which is a pretty good rate of return.

Match Share of Prize Fund Average Payout Odds
6 17.4% Jackpot 1 in 622,614,630
5 + Jolly 13% €311,000 1 in 103,769,105
5 4.2% €32,000 1 in 1,250,230
4 4.2% €300 1 in 11,907
3 12.8% €25 1 in 327
2 40% €5 1 in 22

SuperStar

You can also play the SuperStar supplementary game, and this pays prizes for matching the SuperStar number on its own or one of the main balls, as well as boosting the payouts for the existing prize levels listed above.

Match Prize Odds
6 + SuperStar Jackpot + €2 million 1 in 56,035,316,700
5 + Jolly + SuperStar Original prize + €1 million 1 in 9,339,219,450
5 + SuperStar Original prize x 25 1 in 112,520,716
4 + SuperStar Original prize x 25 1 in 1,071,626
3 + SuperStar Original prize x 100 1 in 29,404
2 + SuperStar €100 1 in 1,936
1 + SuperStar €10 1 in 303
SuperStar only €5 1 in 138

Payment Options

Smaller prizes up to €520 can be claimed at participating lottery retailers, or up to €5,200 at the exact store where the ticket was bought. Up to €52,000 can be claimed at certain specific locations, with payment via bank transfer. Prizes larger than this can be claimed in person at the lottery's offices in Milan or Rome within 90 days of the draw, after which time the full prize amount is handed over to the authorities as a tax payment.

History

SuperEnalotto dates back to the 1950s when the Enalotto lottery began in Italy, and only got the 'Super' part of its name in 1997. Until 2009, there wasn't a specific SuperEnalotto draw, but instead the winning numbers consisted of the first balls drawn in the regional lotteries of Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Rome, along with the first ball of the Venice lottery draw to give the Jolly number. As of July 2009 though, a separate draw has taken place to decide the winning SuperEnalotto numbers, and there is now a careful process starting at 6:30pm CET on the evening of a draw, in which technical checks and tests are carried out, the ball sets are removed from their safe, and a carefully scrutinised draw is made at 8pm CET.

The odds of a jackpot win mean the payouts can be huge. The highest payout of all was €177,729,043 in October 2010, although this was shared among a syndicate of 70 players. A payout of €147.8 million was won in August 2009 by a single player, who became the game’s largest individual winner.

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Where to Play

SuperEnalotto is an Italian lottery, open to anyone aged 18 or over. Tickets can be bought in person at retailers in Italy, as well as online. Ticket sales close at 7:30pm CET on the evening of a draw - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - and reopen again after the draw at about 8:30pm CET. It's worth being aware if there is an Italian public holiday coming up, as draw times may occasionally be postponed or even brought forwards to avoid clashing with a holiday.

Where the Money Goes

After all deductions, the amount that is actually paid out to winners is about 38% of total ticket sales. About 5% goes to lottery operators Sisal as profit, 8% goes to the ticket retailers and 6% goes to tax as described above. Payments are also made to the Italian horse racing industry and the country's Olympic Committee, and unusually any winnings that are not claimed after 90 days are not put back into the prize fund or given to worthy causes, but are paid over as 100% tax.

FAQs

When is SuperEnalotto drawn?

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8pm CET.

Should I play SuperStar?

The supplementary game adds €0.50 on to the standard ticket price, but introduces new ways to win and bigger prizes up to a €2 million bonus on jackpot wins. It adds eight more possible win combinations to the standard six from the main draw, helping to keep each draw exciting right up until the SuperStar ball itself is drawn.

What deductions are made to my prize money?

Any tax due under the 6% rule mentioned above is deducted before your prize is paid, so you receive the full amount you are entitled to keep.

There are also small commission fees on large prizes, of about €1 on prizes of €100-300, €3.10 on prizes up to €1,000, €6.20 on prizes up to €5,200, and €5.16 on prizes up to €52,000. These fees are payable when you collect your prize.

Finally, if you miss the 90-day prize claim period, your entire prize will be surrendered in the form of tax.

What is the magic square?

Each SuperEnalotto ticket features a magic square with four numbers. If four of the numbers you’re playing with in the main SuperEnalotto draw matches all four of the numbers in the square, you win a prize of €25 without the draw having to have taken place.

How old do I need to be to play SuperEnalotto?

Anyone wanting to take part in the SuperEnalotto game must be 18 or over.

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