How to Play the Lottery in Your Country


Regardless of your country, chances are you have heard of the lottery. The oldest lottery in the world is the Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij. Other notable lotteries include the French National Lottery and the Italian National Lottery. Learn about these games, and how to enter them. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of winning! Listed below are the most popular types of lotteries. To find out how to play, follow these steps.

Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is the oldest running lottery

Founded in 1726, the Staatsloterij in The Netherlands has been awarding prize money for more than 330 years. In 2010, the company guaranteed 4.3 million prizes per month. Unlike other lotteries, the Staatsloterij only draws the Jackpot and prizes based on sold ticket numbers. These results are then reported to the public and approved private operators. In the Netherlands, the Staatsloterij is the oldest continuously-running lottery in the world.

Italian National Lottery

The Italian National Lottery draws three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Players must select six numbers from a pool of one to ninety to win the Super Jackpot. Three ways to play are available, including Quick play, which automatically chooses numbers according to the players’ favourites. While winning the jackpot is not likely, winning a prize in Italy is impressive for all of Europe. The highest jackpot amount was EUR 177,8 million in 2010.

French National Lottery

The French National Lottery is a lottery that was started in France to help the country’s disfigured veterans. In 1996, a lottery player from the south of France won the jackpot. That was the first time a French lottery player had won the jackpot. The French lottery office is responsible for overseeing the games. Players have 60 days to claim their prize, and all prizes are paid out in lump sums. The Francaise des Jeux (French lottery office) invests the proceeds in good causes and public initiatives. It also sponsors the professional cycling team FDJ.

Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij

The Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is one of the oldest continuously running lotteries in the world. It was first held in 1445, and is still run by the Dutch government. In the Low Countries, lotteries were a way to raise money for the poor, and the Dutch praised them as a painless taxation method. Today, the Staatsloterij draws winners on the tenth of every month.