The lottery is a common game with numbers. Based on lucky guesses and winning odds, lotto games are a source of dreams and hopes all around the world. Any time one jackpots reaches a certain height, people rush in to buy lotto tickets online or offline, making plans of what they with do with the potentially won money. When trying to make up a top 10 of the best lotteries in the entire world, the first difficulty comes with choosing the criteria. Should it be about the prizes? Should it be about the winning odds? Well, we decided to go with the first option and here are the top 10 lottery games distributing huge prizes on a regular basis:
1. US Mega Millions
Obviously, the American lotteries will come right on top as their prizes are huge, especially when talking about the Mega Millions and Powerball – the US lotto two giants. Mega Millions’ name should sound familiar even if you are not a lotto fan as this game has just distributed the 2nd largest prizes in the lottery’s history – $648 million, won on two tickets. Moreover, the world record is written under the same name and it stands at an amazing $656 million height, being won on three tickets in March 2012.
2. US Powerball
What makes the second largest American lottery so special? Its strength? It’s dynamism? Its prizes? The answer is all of them. When US Powerball changed the rules of the game back in January 2012, this game got even better than it used to be: its initial jackpot was doubled, the guess range got smaller, and the Power Play became a fixed multiplier able to double the Powerball’s 2nd prize to $2 million. After a crazy year 2013, when Powerball has been making the headlines with regular 9 digit prizes on display and a record-breaking $590.5 million jackpot prize in May, this American’s lottery’s officials promise some more changes in January 2014.
An undisputed leader of all European lotto games, EuroMillions is a multinational game that reunites lottery organizations from different countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and U.K.). EuroMillions offers top prizes that can go as high as €190 million – the record the European champ has reached so far. Occasionally, the multinational lotto game organizes special draws called EuroMillions Superdraw, when the jackpot jumps to €100 million irrespective of its amount for the previous draw.
4. EuroMillions UK
Based on the classical EuroMillions lottery game, the UK version adds even more excitement as its draws also include a raffle. The EuroMillions UK tickets contain a code that has to match the one of the respective draw in order to be a winner. Each winning code brings £1 million to the owner of the ticket it is printed on. EuroMillions UK special draws mean extracting a number of such codes, usually 100, thus making 100 millionaires in one single night.
A lottery draw that happens once a year, Loteria de Navidad is actually a raffle. The best thing about this game is that it offers a total fund prize of €2.24 billion. Maybe this could explain its popularity! Indeed, this Spanish lottery game is so popular that it was integrated in the country’s Christmas traditions so deeply that it is a custom to buy Loteria de Navidad tickets as Christmas present.
The youngest European lottery, Eurojackpot is gaining more and more popularity every day. In certain countries, Eurojackpot is even more popular than EuroMillions. Moreover, EuroJackpot has more participating countries as the leading European lottery: 14 countries are reunited in the young lotto game’s draw (Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) and this is also where its tickets are sold in lotto kiosks.
7. Powerball Australia
A champion in its home country, Powerball Australia is an easy to play lottery game based on the very well-known US Powerball format. Its jackpots cannot be compared to the ones the American lottery distributes, but nor do its winning odds. Although its top prizes got as high as AU$80 million, the chances to take an Australia Powerball jackpot home are a lot bigger than when playing against 175 million odds in the American version of the game.
8. La Primitiva Spain
The Spanish lottery La Primitiva has been gaining momentum during this year 2013. Its weekly draws that take place on Thursdays and Saturdays have been important events during this game’s peak times, when its jackpot reached record levels like €24.92 million in 2005, €26 million in 2007, €32 million in 2013 and €66.6 million in August 2013.
9. Loteria National Monthly Raffles
Spanish people like the lotteries and the Spanish National Lottery is aware of that. This is why it offers plenty of interesting games and monthly raffles that make multi-millionaires and also contribute to specific causes like the Red Cross, the National Library, etc.
The Italians could not miss the top 10. Not when they have such a popular game as SuperEnalotto. Its jackpot grows slowly for months until it reaches amazing levels. The latest mega SuperEnalotto jackpot was distributed this summer and it made a total of 57 jackpot winners.