Lotteria Italia is a game which only takes place once a year – on 6th January - but offers huge prizes. It isn't a numeric game such as Lotto or SuperEnalotto but rather a raffle, so the money is guaranteed to be won. The jackpot is €5 million and there are a host of other big prizes up for grabs.
Lotteria Italia 2019
Tickets for the 2019 Lotteria Italia went on sale on 12th September and the final draw took place on 6th January 2020. The theme of the tickets was based around the moon landing, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic lunar voyage in 1969.
Each entry cost €5, with a €5 million top prize up for grabs. There were also daily prizes of €10,000 to be won every day from 30th September until 13th December. The 2019 edition of Lotteria Italia was again combined with the Rai television programme Soliti ignoti – il ritorno.
To see the winning codes from the latest Lotteria Italia draw, go to the Lotteria Italia Results page.
How to Play
The game can work slightly differently each year but the key steps are usually the same. Here’s how the game works:
- Buy a Lotteria Italia ticket from an authorised retailer or online. Each entry costs €5.
- Each entry will contain a code consisting of one letter (sometimes two), followed by six digits.
- The draw takes place on 6th January and a host of winning codes are selected. If your code matches one of the winning codes exactly, you win the corresponding prize.
Lotteria Italia Prizes
The number of prizes to be given away in each draw is only decided on the day, when the revenue from ticket sales has been pooled together to create a prize fund. However, the jackpot is always guaranteed to be €5 million and the top five prizes have been the same in each draw since 2016. These top prizes are shown below.
|First Prize||€5 million|
|Second Prize||€2.5 million|
|Third Prize||€1.5 million|
|Fourth Prize||€1 million|
|Fifth Prize||€0.5 million|
Below this top set of prizes, more awards are also paid out in every draw. Prizes in the second category are normally worth €50,000 and prizes in the third are €25,000. The number of prizes in each of these categories depends on how many tickets have been sold.
When you buy a Lotteria Italia ticket, there will also be a section marked ‘Gratta qui’ (Scratch Here). Scratch this to uncover a second code consisting of ten digits. You can then submit this code into daily draws which run in the weeks leading up to the Lotteria Italia draw (between 30th September and 13th December for the 2019 edition).
You can send your code by calling 894444, sending an SMS to 4770470, or submitting it online. One code is then announced every day during a TV broadcast on a show linked to Lotteria Italia (since 2017 this has been Soliti ignoti – il ritorno). If you match the winning code, you receive €10,000.
How to Claim
To claim a Lotteria Italia prize, you must come forward within 180 days of the draw. You must have your winning ticket intact and be able to provide proof of your identity. You can visit any branch of the Intesa Sanpaolo bank or the Lottomatica prize office at Viale del Campo Boario 56 / D - 00154 in Rome.
History of Lotteria Italia
Lotteria Italia’s history dates back to the 1950s and has given players the chance to win magnificent prizes at the start of every year. It has been paired with one of the most popular television programmes on the Rai network since 1957. Chart how the lottery has changed below:
- 1957 - The first Lotteria Italia draw took place, combined with The Songs of Luck – Le canzoni della fortuna – television broadcast. Tickets had gone on sale the previous October, costing 500 lire, and the first prize was worth 100 million lire.
- 1986 - The value of prizes and the cost of a ticket had gradually risen over the years. In 1986, a top prize worth 1 billion lire was put up for grabs for the first time. Each entry cost 3,000 lire.
- 2000 - The final Lotteria Italia before Italy switched currency to the Euro was held. Tickets cost 5,000 lire and the jackpot was 10 billion lire.
- 2001 - After the switch to the Euro, tickets cost €2.58 and the top prize was worth €5 million.
- 2006 - The ticket price increased to €5, with the jackpot still €5 million. The ticket price and the top prize have remained the same every year since 2006.