Record Jackpot in SuperEnalotto Lottery

Some tasks in life are not very easy. Giving Boris Johnson a decent haircut comes to mind. When it comes to playing a lottery, it’s trying to win Italy’s SuperEnalotto jackpot.

The draw held on Saturday June 18 produced a rollover. That’s not very surprising because no one has won the SuperEnalotto jackpot since May last year and there are three draws every week. The next draw is on Tuesday June 21 and the jackpot is €225.2 million.

That figure is 5.2 euros higher than the largest EuroMillions jackpot ever won. Why is it so difficult to win the SuperEnalotto jackpot? Well, the simple answer is that there are 90 balls in this lottery. To win the top prize, you have to match the six main balls that are drawn.

With so many balls to choose from, that means the odds of winning the SuperEnalotto jackpot are incredibly high. The odds of being successful are 1 in 622,614,630 so you can see why it is so rarely won. When playing the EuroMillions draw, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160 and you need seven not six numbers to win.

The current SuperEnalotto jackpot is the highest in the history of the lottery. The previous record jackpot was the €209.16 million won in 2019. As is the case at present, the top prize had gone over a year without being won.

When the jackpot is finally won, the winnings (minus 500 euros) will be subject to a 20% tax. The winner(s) will have the option of receiving their windfall as a one-off lump sum or via annuity payments.

There is no limit as to how high the SuperEnalotto top prize can reach. Unlike some other lottery jackpots such as EuroMillions and EuroJackpot, there is no jackpot cap. That’s also the case with America’s Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots that have in the past reached over $1 bn.

Unlike the UK Lotto, Irish Lotto and EuroMillions, there is also no ‘must-be-won’ draw in SuperEnalotto. That’s perhaps surprising because it might be better to see some more regular jackpot wins rather than rollover after rollover.

The draw held on June 4 nearly saw the SuperEnalotto jackpot won. There was a second-tier win of €480,000 for matching five of the main balls and the Jolly (their version of the bonus ball). May 14 saw a €828,000 win but winning that jackpot remains an almighty difficult task.

It’s not the only big draw taking place on Tuesday June 21. The EuroMillions draw has a £122 million top prize. Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw failed to see any ticket win the enhanced jackpot.