Participants in the lottery need to have a lot of luck. Predicting the right numbers is solely based on fate. This is what lotteries are all about. Take the Dutch Lotto, for example. As a player you have to predict the right numbers to win a big prize. People all over the world love to take a gamble and Lotto is incredibly popular. Almost every country organizes an own version, and so does the Netherlands.
The Dutch Lotto history
The Dutch Lotto was established in 1957. In that year it organized the Toto for the very first time. However, it took until 1974 before the first Lotto draw was organized. Nowadays the Dutch Lotto works together with another well-known lottery called the Staatsloterij. Since April 1, 2016 both organizations work together as ‘The Dutch Lottery’. Other games of chance are part of the organization as well, including the Toto, Eurojackpot and het Miljoenenspel.
Support to charities
Dutch Lotteries give a lot of support to charities. The Dutch Lotto is one of them. It especially focuses on sports. Actually, 37 percent of the total revenue is donated to the sport organization NOC*NSF. It supports top sport in the Netherlands. Another part of the revenue is meant for the ‘Stichting Aanwending Loterijgelden Nederland’. This foundation gives an incredible amount of money to hundreds of charities and sport federations. Among them are the Diabetes Fund, the Brain Foundation and the Kidney Foundation. By supporting many charities the Dutch Lotto wants to give back something good to society. Good job!
Choose your lucky Lotto numbers
Not all the lotteries of Lotto are the same. Most of the time there are some small differences, like the range of numbers you could choose from. Sometimes it’s 1 to 25, but 1 to 50 is also a possibility. It’s the same case for the bonus. Whereas some lotteries use a number, others prefer a colour. The maximum prize of the Jackpot and other prize categories could be different as well. The Dutch Lotto uses the numbers 1 to 45 to choose from. Instead of a bonus number you have to pick an extra colour. You win the Jackpot when all the numbers and the colour are predicted correctly. However, there’s also prize money for players who have it partially right.
How to participate Dutch Lotto
It’s really easy to participate in the Dutch Lotto. You only need to buy a ticket in one of the Lotto sellingpoints. The Primera is a good shop to do so. You’ll find this store in many Dutch places. You receive a sheet to play. However, in the past few years more people have been playing the Dutch Lotto online or with an app. The biggest advantage is the fact that your prize money will be added to your account immediately. Otherwise you need to go to the store. Besides that, as a player you receive an automatic message when you’ve won.
Tickets for the Dutch Lotto
Luckily, tickets for the Dutch Lotto are not every expensive. A ticket for just one prediction costs 2 euros. So everyone can participate as much as they want. Perhaps you like this game so much that you want to play it more often. A subscription might be a good choice. Or buy a bundle that gives the possibility to participate in several draws. Sometimes you even enjoy a nice discount with a bundle of benefits. For example, you can play seven times and pay for only six.
Prize money and several categories
You can play in as much draws as you want. The amount of money you win depends on the right numbers and the colour. The Dutch Lotto uses nine prize categories in total. You’ll be added to the first category if you’ve predicted all the numbers correctly but the wrong colour. No worries, because you still win main prize of 1 million euros! Category 2 is meant for the players who predicted 5 correct numbers and the right colour. They’re the lucky winners of 100.000 euros. You’ll end up in the lowest prize category with two correct numbers. Sometimes you’re not the only winner in the highest categories. In that case the winners have to share their prize money.
Amount of Jackpot money
It’s entirely up to you how much number combinations and colours you want to predict. The more numbers you have, how bigger your chance of winning. The amount of Jackpot money depends on several factors. For example, it’s much higher when there wasn’t a hit last time. The Dutch Lotto Jackpot includes at least 7,5 million euros. Every time there’s no hit 400.000 euros will be added.
Time for Lotto SuperSaturday
The Dutch Lotto thinks that the weekend is the best time for a draw. Every Saturday at 11.00 p.m. at the Dutch television channel SBS it’s time to have fun. You could also read the results on the internet or teletext. The last Saturday of the month is even more special. It’s called the ‘Lotto SuperSaturday’, and includes two draws on just one day. It’s entirely up to you if you want to participate in both draws or just one.
The Number Game
The Dutch Lotto does not only organize a normal draw every Saturday. There’s also a special draw called ‘het Cijferspel’, which means ‘The Number Game’ in English. This is a game with six numbers. It gives you an extra chance to win money. The only thing need to do to participate is to buy a lottery ticket of 1 euros. During this number game a computer picks six Lotto numbers. You even have a chance of winning a great prize when you’ve predicted just one number correctly. Some people have won 100.000 euros or 200.000 euros in the past, but of course lower prizes are more common.
Prizes in lower categories
You only have to share the prize money in the highest categories. The prizes besides the Jackpot, main prize and second prize always offer the same money. For example, the third prize is 1000 euros and 2 euros in the lowest category. Of course the chance of winning just a few euros is much higher than a Jackpot hit. Of course you never know if Lady Fortune will help you! She was definitely there when someone won 36 million euros in 2010. However, don’t forget that in the Netherlands you need to pay gambling tax of 29 percent for prize money higher than 449 euros.
Winning chance in the Dutch Lotto
The winning chances of the Dutch Lotto depends on several factors. For example, buying several lottery tickets will increase your chance of winning. The average chance of winning in this lottery is about 1:5.7 per ticket. Of course this percentage will increase if you have more tickets. Most participants win a prize in one of the lowest categories. For example 2, 25 or 50 euros. You have a chance of 1:6,6 to win one of these prizes. Of course the chance of winning the Jackpot is very low: 1:48.870.360. You still don’t know if it will be a special day in the lottery though, because some Jackpot hits did take place in the past.