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|Spain - EuroMillions||€ 95 Million|
|U.S. - Mega Millions||US$ 40 Million|
|Italy - SuperEnalotto||€ 26.4 Million|
|Canada - Lotto Max||C$ 25 Million|
|Europe - EuroJackpot||€ 22 Million|
|U.S. - Powerball||US$ 20 Million|
|Canada - Lotto 649||C$ 17 Million|
|Poland - Lotto||zł 13 Million|
|Switzerland - Lotto||CHF 12.1 Million|
|Spain - La Primitiva||€ 5.4 Million|
The biggest ever jackpot happened in Powerball in the United States in 2016, January 13th with amount $1,586.4 million! Three tickets shared the prize. A second grand prize was Mega Millions with "only" $656 million (3 tickets). The biggest ever win with a single ticket was on behave of $590.5 million jackpot in US Powerball won by the 84-year old woman in 2013.
In 2010, 30th October, the winning ticket worth 177.7 million euro was shared by 70 players!
Most popular Lotteries around the world
There are many lotteries of many types around the world. This kind of gambling is in some places banned by governments. Often, only unofficial lotteries are outlawed by governments. This type of gaming needs special licenses issued by the country of origin. There is World Lottery Association that represents interests of state-authorized lotteries around the globe.
You can play over one hundred different draw based games worldwide. Many of them are available on the internet to play. Most keen players live in the USA and Europe. There are many players in Asia too. African lotteries also started to gain many players last few years.
Because of that, the most popular lotteries are located in the USA and Europe. US Powerball and Mega Millions generates the biggest jackpots in the world. In Europe, the biggest lotteries are these organized by many countries together: Eurojackpot and Euromillions..
The USA doesn't have a national lottery, instead, its existence is subjected to the laws of each jurisdiction (state's law). These lotteries are legal from the 19th century. Nowadays the most popular Powerball is available in 44 states, Mega Millions in 43 states. There are several states in the USA without a lottery game! Another major lottery in the US is Hot Lotto, which was hacked a few years ago due to the fact that draws were computerized, not mechanical. Major revenue comes from selling scratch cards In 21 century many Lotto offices try to make their games available online.
Canada for many years had many twists concerning gambling laws. First lotteries were not truly legal. Nowadays Canada has three major lotteries operating under the national law. These are Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max (known as Lotto Super 7 till 2009) and daily Grand. these lotteries are arranged by a consortium of all regional commissions. In addition, territorial governments have their own draw games.
In Australia, there are both private and national licensed lotteries operating legally. It concerns either state or territory level jurisdiction. Tatts Group operates under government license in each state (exception - Western Australia). You can play an Australian lottery online with the use of resellers services.
Germany is mainly known for a multi-jurisdictional game called Eurojackpot and organized in many countries of Europe. The largest jackpot in Germany was 90 million euro in Eurojackpot. German national lottery has also its own games like Lotto 6aus49, Super6, Spiel77.
History of Lottery
Even in ancient Rome, the emperors were arranging something we can call a lottery. For example, Caligula was known for making a lottery from rich Romans arrested possessions. However, Augustus was the first to sell tickets. Lotteries with tickets were arranged at big feasts, and the prizes were great - houses, boats and very expensive jewelry.
The first lottery appeared in Europe in the Netherlands in 1400. It was arranged to raise money for the city. The idea of random draws with good causes survived until now. This type of gambling spread in the US when between 1776 and 1820 Congress gave licenses to more than 70 lotteries. Throughout the centuries these games caused many scandals but also happiness to the players. What is interesting real Lotto and Keno games originated in China!