The Polish Lotto
In addition to the fact that the Polish brought science, music and vodka to the world, they also boast of having one of the oldest national lotteries in the world – The Polish Lotto. Originally referred to as the Duzy Lotek until October 2009, the Polish Lotto which was created in 1957 is Poland’s most popular lottery game. It was founded by a Polish State Treasury Organization – Totalizator Sportowy, created in 1956.
Today, this lottery boasts of creating a number of millionaires which has increased its popularity. Even though the lottery cannot compare with the major lotteries in Europe such as the Irish Lotto, the SuperEnaLotto and many others, it certainly has gained its popularity in Poland so much so that 50% of the country’s residents play the lottery. In addition to the fact that the lottery has a guaranteed minimum jackpot of 2 Million Polish Zloty (£340,983), the lottery also features three drawings every week which are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
How the Polish Lotto is played
The Polish Lotto is a 6/49 lottery game like many other lottery games in the world. This lottery game is played via the selection of six numbers from a pool of numbers ranging from 1 to 49. Each ticket costs 3 Polish Zloty ($0.8) and the cheap nature of the game has made the game a favorite among the people of the country and even internationally as the lottery is also played internationally via any trusted and renowned online lottery service provider. To play the lottery, players can either choose their numbers themselves or opt for a Quick Pick which gives the system the authority to automatically generate and pick random numbers for the player. Also, players can play a maximum of 10 drawings in advance with the price of the ticket contingent on the number of drawings played.
In addition to the standard six numbers which players are obligated to select to participate in the lottery, players can also play using a number of different options. These include:
The Super Chance
This is a bonus game played side-by-side the Polish Lotto. The Super Chance is a seven-digit number which is automatically generated for every ticket. For an additional cost of 2 Zloty, a player can activate this option such that he/she participates in the Super Chance draw which is held at the same time as the Polish Lotto draw. A plyer who successfully matches all the seven digits of the Super Chance number is entitled to an additional prize of 2 million Zloty ($507,510).
Polish Lotto Plus
Players can also activate the Polish Lotto Plus option. For an additional 20p, a player can activate this option on each ticket. By matching all the six Lotto Plus numbers draws, a player is eligible to win an additional amount of 1 million Zloty (£170,000)
Winnings and Prizes
As has been mentioned above, draws are held every week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:15 PM (CET). The minimum guaranteed jackpot amount is 2 million Zloty which is rolled over in the event that it isn’t won. The jackpot is won when all six balls drawn are matched by a player. The odds of doing this stand at 1 in 13.98 million. The second prize is won by matching 5 of the 6 numbers drawn. The third prize is won when 4 numbers are matched correctly while the last tier prize is won when the player matches 3 of the 6 numbers. The amount for the second to fourth tier prizes are decided based on the total amount of ticket sales. Al prizes, including the jackpot, are handed out in cash lump sums. However, winners of the jackpot must claim their winning at the Totalizator Sportowy headquarters.
The largest ever Polish Lotto jackpot was 60 million Zloty ($15.22 million) won in 2016. Before that, the highest jackpot amount was 35.23 million Zloty.
The Polish Mini Lotto
The Polish Mini Lotto has earned its name as the world’s cheapest lottery game. The lottery game which plays for 25p a play was started in March 1976. The Polish Mini Lotto uses a 5/42 game matrix and draws are held six times every week from Mondays to Saturdays. With a jackpot odd of 1 in 850,668, it is the lottery with the lowest jackpot odds in the world. However, given that the cost of playing this lottery is very low, it is no surprise that the jackpot prize is just as low. The jackpot prize for the Mini Lotto as well as other prizes is contingent on the sales of tickets and as such, does not have a guaranteed minimum jackpot amount.
Playing the Mini Lotto and Winnings
Because of the small prize amounts that this game has, many players choose to use the combination play then playing this game so as to increase their chances of winning since the combination play option covers more number combinations. However, with this option, the cost of the ticket depends on how many numbers the player chooses.
The game is a 5/42 game meaning that players have to choose five numbers from 1 to 42 to participate in the lottery draw each day. The draws for the Mini Lotto are held every day at 9:40 PM (CET) from Mondays to Saturdays. During the draws, five balls are drawn from a pool containing balls numbered from 1 to 42. The jackpot is won when a player successfully matches all of the five numbers drawn. If there is no jackpot winner, the jackpot amount is rolled over to the next draw. The jackpot amount is approximately €70,000 which is subject to increase depending on the sale of tickets and the amount of times the jackpot is rolled over. Also, there is a second prize which is won when a player matches 4 of the 5 balls drawn. The odds of winning the second prize is 1 in 4,598 with a prize amount of approximately €24,000 which can increase or decrease depending on the number of tickets sold. The third and last tier prize with an odd of 1 in 128 is won when a player matches 3 of the 5 balls drawn. The prize amount is approximately €5.