Switzerland may be one of the richest countries in the world, but even its citizens like to dream about winning millions overnight. The game that provides them with an opportunity to turn these fantasies into reality is Swiss Lotto, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday night.
The Swisslos Swiss Lotto held its first draw in 1970, and by 2009 it had already made more than 500 millionaires from Switzerland and abroad. The Switzerland lottery has a small guess range and eight prize divisions, which afford players exceptional winning odds.
Just like many other popular games Multilotto players know and love, Switzerland’s lottery uses two sets of drums and you only have to take a few simple steps in order to play:
1. Pick 6 main numbers between 1 and 42 from the first drum.
2. Pick 1 additional “Lucky number” between 1 and 6 from the second drum.
3. Check Swiss Lotto results after the draw is held, and see if you’re the latest jackpot winner.
You can get your hands on the jackpot by beating the odds of 1: 31.474.716 - the minimum amount you can scoop by matching the six main numbers and the bonus numbers starts at CHF 1.500.000 (almost €1.400.000). There are also seven additional prizes of smaller value. Unlike some multistate lottery games popular in Europe, Lotto Schweiz doesn’t have a jackpot cap – rollover occurs whenever the top prize isn’t won, and it keeps growing until someone comes along and manages to match all the winning numbers.
Since its inception in 1970s, Swiss Lotto went through many format changes (most recently in 2013 when it assumed its current form) but it always proudly held the title of the favourite game in this country. Over the years, it produced around 700 millionaires, including the winner of the record-breaking jackpot worth CHF 48.000.000 (€44.500.000), which was won in August 2014.
Like many other lotteries, Lotto Schweiz generates a lot of money for charitable causes and is considered one of the most important cultural and sports sponsors in Switzerland.