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SuperEnaLotto Review

SuperEnaLotto

SuperEnaLotto is the national lottery in Italy and is one of the most popular lotteries in the world due to the massive jackpots on offer. Three draws are held for this lottery every week on Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays and tickets are priced at €2 per line of numbers with jackpots starting at €1,300,000

The Italian lottery has a long history; launched in 1950 as the Enalotto it was subsequently taken over by private Italian company, Sisal S.p.A. after a successful bid in 1998, emerging in its new avatar as SuperEnaLotto.

Players have to match 6 numbers out of 90 to win the Lotto game which has seen many changes over the years. Up until June 2009, the six main winning numbers consisted of the first number drawn in the cities of Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Rome and used in that order. The Lotto also has a ‘Jolly’ number and the first number drawn in the Venice Lotto would be used as the Jolly. However, there was a possibility that two cities may draw the same number making it impossible to win the jackpot bringing about a change to the gaming system.

Since July 2009, a more conventional method of drawing numbers is used with one single draw for the six winning numbers and the ‘Jolly’ number and a second independent draw for the "SuperStar" number which was introduced in 2006. Like most lotteries, there are several prizes to be won with SuperEnaLotto. The Superstar number is paid for separately and if this number wins the prize, the amount can increase 100 times.

In total, each Lotto draw has five prizes. If a player can match 5 main numbers and one Jolly number they win the second tier prize, the third prize is won when 5 numbers are matched and the fourth level prize is a match of 4 numbers. Match three numbers to win the fifth tier prize.

The SuperEnaLotto has one of the highest odds of winning; on an average, one in 622 million players win the lotto jackpot, having said that, the jackpots are much higher than most. At the time of this writing, the current lottery jackpot was worth €92.2 million. The odds of winning the second prize are dramatically lower and one in 327 players win the fifth tier prize.

The biggest SuperEnaLotto jackpot ever won was on August 22, 2009 by a ticket holder in Bagnone who won a massive €147,807,299. Other big wins have included a jackpot of €100,756,197 in Catania in October 2008 and one in May 2005 worth €71,767,565 which was won by ten customers in a bar in Milan.

When it started, the SuperEnaLotto was only available to residents of Italy however its increasing popularity has made it available to players outside Italy using online lottery methods. With jackpot as massive as €92 million, it is no wonder that the Italian lotto is one of the biggest in the world.

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Reviewed by Kim Watson on 27 June 2010 for Online Keno

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