The first SuperEnalotto draw was held on Wednesday 3rd December 1997, but its heritage can be traced back to the 1950s, when its popular predecessor Enalotto launched in Italy.
These are the important events in SuperEnalotto’s history that have helped shape the game into the lottery we know today.
Enalotto was originally created as a football pools-style 1X2 game, where the results were based on the first number drawn from each Lotto city wheel in alphabetical order, plus the second numbers from the Naples and Rome wheels. Players would need to mark ‘1’, ‘X’ or ‘2’ in each of the 12 ordered boxes to enter the draw, depending on the numbers they expected to be drawn.
‘1’ earned a point if the number drawn was between 1 and 30, ‘X’ would earn a point if the number was between 31 and 60, and ‘2’ earned a point if the number drawn was between 61 and 90. Players won prizes for entries that totalled 10, 11 or 12 points.
Sisal acquired Enalotto in 1996, with the decision made to change its format to boost public interest and reverse diminishing sales. The new SuperEnalotto game required players to select six numbers from a range of 1 to 90. Draws still used numbers from Lotto, selected in a specific order from the city wheels of Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Rome, with Venice providing the Jolly number. If any number appeared more than once, the next number drawn from that city wheel was used to create a line of six unique numbers.
- 3rd December 1997
The First SuperEnalotto Draw
The numbers drawn were 20, 36, 39, 41, 72 and 76 with Jolly 88. There was no jackpot winner in the first draw.
Two months after the launch, SuperEnalotto was heralded a success, sales up 1,000%, reaching 50 million entries per draw as people queued at retailers for a chance to win the 12 billion Lire jackpots.
- 17th January 1998
The First SuperEnalotto Jackpot Winner
SuperEnalotto’s first jackpot winner claimed an 11.8 billion Lire prize after matching all six main numbers on Saturday 17th January 1998. The player bought their ticket in Poncarale, Brescia.
- 2nd January 2002
First Draw Using the Euro Currency
The first draw to have prizes paid in Euro was Wednesday 2nd January 2002, following the national distribution of Euro notes and coins in Italy the day before. The cost to play SuperEnalotto changed from 1,936 Lire to €1 (based on buying the required minimum of two entries).
From the time Italy had adopted the Euro as its official currency up until 2002, Sisal had been advertising both Lire and Euro amounts to help players become accustomed to the new currency. SuperEnalotto changed its primary advertised currency from Lire to Euro in December 2000, with the first draw displaying Euro prize amounts on Wednesday 13th December 2000.
- 28th March 2006
Introduction of the SuperStar
In an effort to create more prize winners, Sisal introduced the SuperStar, a supplementary number that would give players more chances to win bigger prizes. For an additional fee, players could also select a SuperStar from a range of 1 to 90, increasing the number of prizes that could be won from 6 to 14.
- 2nd December 2008
The First Match 6 + SuperStar Winner
This was the first time in history that a ticket had matched all six main numbers and the SuperStar (odds of 1 in 56,035,316,700). The €45 million jackpot, plus the €2 million prize for also matching the SuperStar, was won by a syndicate of 30 players in Rossano Stazione, Cosenza.
- 2nd July 2009
SuperEnalotto becomes autonomous, replacing the regional number system based on Lotto draws in favour of results drawn from its own dedicated ball machines. Rome is chosen as the venue to host the draws.
The last SuperEnalotto draw to be based on numbers drawn from Lotto was Tuesday 30th June 2009, with the first independent draw on Thursday 2nd July 2009.
- 30th October 2010
SuperEnalotto’s Biggest Ever Jackpot
In the autumn of 2010, the SuperEnalotto jackpot reached €177.7 million. On Saturday 30th October, a syndicate of 70 players, organised in Milan, successfully matched all six main numbers to win the jackpot. This amount is still the largest ever jackpot won in the history of SuperEnalotto.
- 2nd February 2016
Cost of a Ticket Increases with More Chances to Win
The price of a single ticket increased from €0.50 to €1, however, players were no longer required to buy a minimum of two entries. A new prize tier was introduced for matching two main numbers, which resulted in the overall odds of winning a prize improving from 1 in 318 to 1 in 20*. The Instant Win (Vincite Immediate) prize was also introduced, which meant players could win €25 by simply purchasing a ticket. A guaranteed minimum jackpot of €2 million was also introduced.
*Comparative odds based on a standard SuperEnalotto entry without the SuperStar option and excluding the chance of winning an Instant Win prize.
- 27th October 2016
Two Records Set
Leading up to the draw on Thursday 27th October 2016, there had been no SuperEnalotto jackpot winner since Thursday 16th July 2015. After 200 draws over 67 weeks, a single ticket purchased in Calabria matched all six main numbers to win €163.5 million. The winning ticket also matched the SuperStar, supplementing the jackpot with an additional €2 million prize.
This created the record for the longest interval between jackpot winners, and the record for the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket holder (the biggest ever jackpot won of €177.7 million was shared between a syndicate of 70 players). It was also the second time in history that someone had matched all six main numbers and the SuperStar.