Every lottery player has a favourite lottery that excites and delights them. Some players choose lotteries based on where they are from, others choose a lottery based on the odds of winning, and some choose a lottery to play based on its popularity. With hundreds of lotteries available around the world, we thought we’d shed some light on some of these millionaire-makers and where they are from.
Powerball - the American Giant
Powerball is arguably one of the world’s most well known lotteries in the world. This American lottery game has been around since 1992 and has delighted players with its gigantic jackpots on offer. The game is actually much older than that and was originally named Lotto America which began in 1988. Various countries host their own versions of Powerball as their country-specific lottery.
Lotto 6/49 - The first Canadian lottery
Launched in June 1982, Lotto 6/49 was one of Canada’s first official lotteries that allowed players to choose their own numbers. Previously, Canadian players were only able to buy tickets with preselected numbers already printed on them in games such as Loto Canada, Olympic Lottery and Superloto. The introduction of Lotto 6/49 changed the way lotteries were played in Canada forever with more lotteries offering players the chance to choose their own numbers going forward.
Lotto - established by the New Zealand Lottery Commission
Lotto is the oldest lottery game that was established in New Zealand. Started in 1987, this lottery boasts a jackpot prize of NZ $4 million. The New Zealand Lottery commision (trading as Lottery New Zealand) has also brought New Zealand players games like daily Keno (which is drawn four times a day), Bullseye and online scratchcards named Instant Kiwi.
Gosloto 7/49 - The Russian Giant
Gosloto is a Russian partly state-run lottery with tickets available at outlets across the nation. A private company called Orglot Ltd runs the lottery but has the full support of the Russian government. It’s a relatively new lottery compared to others on this list with its first draw starting in September 2005. The lottery is widely known for the funds it generates that goes towards the construction and development of sports programmes across Russia.
Tjoker - Greece’s Joker
Tjoker is Greece’s most popular lottery by far promising “winning beyond the imagination”. Known commonly as “the joker” due to its bonus ball, with the same name, this game was started in 1997. The Tjoker causes quite a stir in Greece when jackpots are high with people crowding local sellers to get their lottery tickets.
Mega-Sena - Brazil’s most loved lottery
In 1996, Mega-Sena was started by the Caixa Econômica Federal bank. Draws take place twice a week and what makes this lottery different from others is that players stand a chance to win a percentage of the advertised jackpot amount based on their matching numbers. The draw also offers players a chance to buy a "Surpresinha" entry, which is an entry where the numbers are randomly selected, much like a Quick Pick.
Lottery games from Olifeja in Lithuania
In Lithuania, one organisation operates all lotteries namely, Olifeja. They offer a lottery named EuroJackpot as well as other games like the Viking Loto and Tele Loto. Olifeja was established in 1992 and the organisation offers quite a lot of comprehensive information on their website with regards to historical winners and payouts.
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