We’ve put together a list of the most popular lotteries being played online and around the world. Some of these we’re sure you’ve heard of, but others may be new to you. Take a look at these games that made our top 10 list. We also provide link to teach you how to play each game, how to buy tickets online, get the latest draw results from each and give you extensive information resources with FAQ and customer support.
1. Mega Millions
Marketed as The Big Game following its founding in 2002, what would later be known as the Mega Millions has grown to become one of the most lucrative lotteries in the world. Players all over the country can play by buying tickets from it 44 participating states and territories within the US, while players worldwide can buy tickets online using tick concierge services. Jackpots for this 6-ball lottery has a seed amount of $15 million and has seen jackpots rise to half a billion dollars on more than one occasion. Featuring an additional prize multiplier called the Megaplier, this game can increase secondary prizes by as much as 5 times. The Mega Millions offers prizes in nine different divisions and is drawn every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 23:00 EST
2. US Powerball
Started in 1988, the Powerball lottery is big news in the states when it comes to nationwide lotteries. With a seed jackpot of $40 million, this 6-ball lotto game also features the biggest lottery jackpots in the world with amounts that have reached in excess of $500 million on more than one occasion. Power Play options are available on purchased tickets that can multiply secondary prize values by as much as 5 times. Tickets are available in 45 US states and territories, while players from all over the world can play by purchasing tickets online through an online lottery ticket service. Numbers for the Powerball are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 23:00 EST in Florida, awarding prizes to participants in nine prize divisions.
Established in 2012, the Eurojackpot lottery is a transnational lottery game with a substantial European following. The game itself offers a minimum jackpot of €10,000,000 which can be rolled over up to the maximum amount of €90,000,000. Twelve prize tiers exist in all. The 7-ball lottery is drawn each week in Helsinki on Fridays at 21:00 EET. More than a dozen countries in the EU participate in the Eurojackpot, including Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. You too can play by buying tickets online through a lotto ticketing service.
A transnational lottery game, the EuroMillions was played primarily in France, Spain and the UK following is founding in 2004. Now, it is shared by more than a dozen countries throughout Europe, including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France (including overseas regions and collectives), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. The game offers a minimum jackpot of €15,000,000, but reaches well over €100,000,000 regularly. 13 prize divisions ensure good odds players will walk away from the game with some form of prize as well. Special Event and Super Draws are held once or twice a year and offer fixed jackpots ranging from €100-€130 million.
5. Oz Lotto
The Oz Lotto is one of the most popular lotteries in Australia with millions of players participating from all over the world. The lottery is officiated by Tatts and is drawn every week on Tuesdays in New South Wales. The 9-ball lottery offers seven prize divisions and a minimum jackpot of $2 million, but can jackpot prizes can reach into the seven-figures quite often. The largest prize ever for the Oz Lotto was $112 million. Tickets can be purchased from retail locations throughout Australia, while tickets can be bought from online ticket services from anywhere in the world.
6. AU Powerball
Modelled after the famous US Powerball, the Australian Powerball is similar in many respects. Another popular Australian lottery officiated by Tatts, the Australian Powerball is a 7-ball lotto game and offers participants the potential to win in eight prize divisions. The game is drawn once weekly on Thursdays at 21:30 AEST with a $6 million jackpot prize available to players among the many secondary prizes. A Power Hit option can be added to any ticket which increases the chance of winning prizes by playing every possible Powerball number during the draw.
7. Lotto 649
A 7-ball lottery officiated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the Canadian Lotto 649 has been around since 1982 and offers players a $5 million minimum jackpot. The maximum this prize can reach after a series of rollovers is $50 million. There is a guaranteed prize of $1 million thanks to the Encore feature, which acts like a raffle for every participating ticket. With seven prize divisions there are plenty of opportunities to win. The largest prize ever awarded in the Lotto 649 was $63.4 million and was won in 2013.
8. LOTTO MAX
This Canadian lottery game was first established in 2009 and saw its first winner a week later. With a total of nine numbers drawn, the minimum jackpot that is made available to players is $5 million which can rise to a maximum of $50 million. There are draws weekly on Friday at 22:15 EST. Seven prize divisions exist and offer plenty of room for cash to be won by players all over the world. The Maximillions add-on offers $1 million prizes in the form of a raffle that is attached to each participating ticket.
This Italian lottery is drawn three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 19:00 GMT. The 6-ball lottery has five prize divisions available to players. The game features a special, sister lottery game, SuperEnalotto Superstar, which offers an additional number to increase the overall jackpot by €2 million and the secondary prize by €1 million. The Superstar can even increase other secondary prizes by as much as 100 times.
10. El Gordo
The El Gordo de la Primativa lottery is one of Spain’s premier lotto games and has been in play since 1812. As part of the Spanish La Primativa lottery, this game has awarded some of the biggest jackpots in the history of numbers games. Numbers are drawn Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:30 GMT. The reintegro number is added to all tickets automatically and is needed to qualify for the big jackpot. Jackpot prizes start at €2 million and have gone up to €72.6 million with a Christmas lotto record of more than €500 million
While these are our top 10 picks for best lotto games to play around the world, there are dozens and dozens more that can be played from the comfort of home. Ream more about other lottery games you can play and buy tickets online at OCA News.