SuperEnalotto is a well known lottery draw from Italy that has operated since its launch in December 1997.
The draw is based upon its predecessor – Enalotto – which had run for nearly 50 years, since its launch in 1950. SuperEnalotto is famous for its ‘lottery tourism’ trade, which sees players travelling to Italy from across Europe and beyond to buy tickets when the jackpot starts to soar.
SuperEnalotto is one of the few major world lottery draws to take place three times per week, with draws every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at around 20:00 (CET). The biggest advantage of having three draws per week, as opposed to just two is that the jackpot grows 50% faster.
To play the Italian lottery you must choose six numbers from a pool of between 1 and 90. To win the jackpot you must match all six main lottery balls against the six numbers on your ticket. Like the South African Lotto draw, SuperEnalotto features a Jolly Number, which is used in the same way as a bonus ball but this extra drawn ball is only used to decide the winners of the second prize tier, in a similar fashion to the UK Lotto but unlike our own Lotto draw, which offers three extra prize tiers.
What can I expect to win?
Owing to the fact that no SuperEnalotto prizes are fixed in value, we cannot tell you how much you will win per prize tier but we can tell you what the average prizes are for each prize tier, giving you a better idea of what you can win. Below you will find the average prizes paid out for all tiers including the jackpot, compiled using the average prizes recorded for the SuperEnalotto by Sisal, the Italian lottery operators.
|Numbers Matched||Average Payouts (€)|
|6||€1,300,000 (starting jackpot)|
|5 + Jolly Number||€311,000|
SuperEnalotto payouts – chances of winning
Because of the 6/90 matrix used for the SuperEnalotto, the chances of winning the jackpot are relatively slim at over 1 in 600 million, when compared to draws such as our own Lotto draw (1 in 14 million), EuroJackpot (1 in 60 million) or Mega Millions (1 in 175 million). However, because of these long odds, the SuperEnalotto jackpot is capable of climbing to huge sizes, with the record jackpot standing at a massive €177,800,000, which was won in October 2010. The jackpot starts in value at €1,300,000 and grows without any sort of a cap or limit, which could lead to the Italian lottery giant setting a new world record for the biggest jackpot if it rolls over enough times.
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Share of Prize Pool*|
|6||1 in 622,614,630||17.4%|
|5 + Jolly Number||1 in 103,769,105||13%|
|5||1 in 1,250,230||4.2%|
|4||1 in 11,907||4.2%|
|3||1 in 327||12.8%|
|2||1 in 22||40%|
Winning the SuperEnalotto jackpot
If you manage to defy odds of over 600 million to 1 you will win all of or at least a share of what can be one of the biggest lottery jackpots in the world. As with most leading lottery draws, if more than one player matches all six main lottery balls drawn, the jackpot is divided equally between all winners.
Due to the very long odds of winning the jackpot, it is not uncommon for the SuperEnalotto jackpot to rollover and over for months and months on end, with its longest stint lasting over 8 months! In the jackpot’s early days, you can expect it to climb at around €500,000 per draw but as the jackpot climbs so does the rate of increase per draw, leading to huge jumps once the jackpot has reached €100,000,000 or more.