Lotto

Lotto

Italian Lotto is a lottery game whose history dates back hundreds of years. Results consist of ten regional draws and a national draw, with five numbers drawn from each wheel. Lotto is drawn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 20:00 and 20:30 CET.

The ten regional wheels are named after the following cities:

BariBari
CagliariCagliari
FlorenceFlorence
GenoaGenoa
MilanMilan
NaplesNaples
PalermoPalermo
RomeRome
TurinTurin
VeniceVenice

The largest prize available is €6 million, which you can win by choosing and correctly matching five numbers from a €1 bet, although a host of other prizes are available depending on how you play.

Play Lotto

How to Play Lotto

Follow these steps to play Lotto:

Select one to ten numbers from a ball range of 1 to 90.

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Choose which of the 11 wheels you would like to bet on. It is possible to select more than one wheel. There is also an option to bet on all wheels (excluding the National wheel).

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Select the type of bet you would like to place from the following options:

Type of BetHow You Win
EstrattoCorrectly predict one number.
Estratto DeterminatoCorrectly predict one number and the position in which it is drawn.
AmboCorrectly predict two numbers.
Ambetto

Predict two numbers, match one exactly and match either the previous or following number of the other to win.

For example, if you predicted 35 and 42, you would win if any of these combinations appeared:

  • 34 and 42
  • 35 and 41
  • 35 and 43
  • 36 and 42

If you select consecutive numbers, for example 35 and 36, you would win if either of these combinations appeared:

  • 34 and 36
  • 35 and 37

If you choose 1, the adjacent numbers are 90 and 2.
If you choose 90, the adjacent numbers are 89 and 1.

TernoCorrectly predict three numbers.
QuarternaCorrectly predict four numbers.
CinquinaCorrectly predict five numbers.

It is also possible to choose multiple types of bet on the same ticket (providing the types of bet chosen do not conflict with one another).

View a table of all possible winning combinations based on the numbers chosen and type of bet selected.

Specify how much you would like to bet. The total cost of the bet must be at least €1.00, up to a maximum of €200.00 (in €0.50 increments).

To play Lotto you must be at least 18 years old. Players who are below the minimum age will not be permitted to play or claim any prizes won.

Draws take place between 20:00 and 20:30 CET on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Ticket sales for each draw close 30 minutes earlier at 19:30 CET, then reopen for the next draw one hour after all draws have concluded (around 21:30 CET).

Lotto Bet Type Combinations

The more numbers you choose when betting on Lotto, the greater your chances of matching the numbers drawn in the result. The following table provides a list of all possible winning combinations based on the numbers chosen and the type of bet selected:

Numbers
Chosen
Type of Bet
Estratto [1]Ambetto [2]AmboTernoQuaternaCinquina
11-----
2241---
331231--
4424641-
5540101051
66601520156
778421353521
8811228567056
991443684126126
101018045120210252

[1] Also valid for Estratto Determinato bets.

[2] Ambetto combinations shown based on non-consecutive numbers being chosen.

Lotto Prizes

Lotto Prizes

The prize awarded in Lotto depends on how many numbers you selected and the type of bet you chose. The largest prize available to win is €6 million, which requires you to play and correctly match five numbers from a €1 Cinquina bet, at odds of 1 in 43,949,268. The maximum amount that can be paid out from a single ticket is also €6 million, so take this into consideration when placing multiple bets or waging larger amounts.

The following table lists all of the prizes available in Lotto (based on a €1 bet):

Numbers
Chosen
Type of Bet
EstrattoEstratto DeterminatoAmbetto [1]AmboTernoQuarternaCinquina
1€11.23€55.00-----
2€5.61€27.50€65.00€250.00---
3€3.74€18.33€21.67€83.33€4,500.00--
4€2.80€13.75€10.83€41.66€1,125.00€120,000.00-
5€2.24€11.00€6.50€25.00€450.00€24,000.00€6,000,000.00
6€1.87€9.16€4.33€16.66€225.00€8,000.00€1,000,000.00
7€1.60€7.85€3.10€11.90€128.57€3,428.57€285,714.28
8€1.40€6.87€2.32€8.92€80.35€1,714.28€107,142.85
9€1.24€6.11€1.81€6.94€53.57€952.38€47,619.04
10€1.12€5.50€1.44€5.55€37.50€571.42€23,809.52

[1] Ambetto prize amounts shown based on non-consecutive numbers being chosen.

Odds of Winning

Odds of Winning

The following table shows the odds of winning for each bet type.

Bet TypeOdds of Winning
Estratto1 in 18
Estratto Determinato1 in 90
Ambetto1 in 100.32*
Ambo1 in 400.5
Terno1 in 11,748
Quaterna1 in 511,038
Cinquina1 in 43,949,268

[1] Ambetto odds of winning based on the selection of non-consecutive numbers.
The selection of consecutive numbers has odds of winning of 1 in 200,33.

How to claim Lotto

How To Claim

Italian Lotto players must collect any prize they have won within 60 days. The claiming procedure depends on how much you have won and how you have played.

Tickets Purchased at a Retailer

  • Prizes up to €543.48 can be redeemed at any authorised retailer.
  • For prizes between €543.48 and €2,300, the prize must be claimed at the same retailer where the ticket has been purchased.
    Once validated, you will be allowed to cash your prize or book the payment from another retailer.
  • For prizes between €2,300 e €10,500, the prize can be claimed at any authorised retailer where you can book the payment by choosing your preferred payment method.
  • For prizes over €10,500, the claiming process must be carried out by an official lottery representative or at a branch of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo.

Tickets Purchased Online

  • Prizes up to €10,500 are credited directly to your gaming account, where you will be able to cash them following the website's instructions.
  • For prizes over €10,500 you have to book the payment at any Intesa Sanpaolo branch or at the Lottomatica main office in via Campo Boario 56/D, 00154 Rome. In both cases you will need to have with you:

    • The ID code that uniquely identifies the winning game (found in the Play Detail section)
    • A valid ID card
    • Your tax code
City Wheels

Lotto City Wheels

There are ten regional wheels used in Lotto draws, each named after cities across the country. Before June 2009, each regional draw took place in its corresponding city (with Rome also hosting the National draw), but since then they have been consolidated into one of three locations; Milan, Naples or Rome.

The following table lists all 11 Lotto wheels and the location from which they are drawn:

Lotto WheelDraw Location
BariNaples
CagliariRome
FlorenceRome
GenoaMilan
MilanMilan
NaplesNaples
PalermoNaples
RomeRome
TurinMilan
VeniceMilan
NationalRome
History

History of Lotto

Games of chance have existed in some format in Italy for hundreds of years, and the origins of Lotto can be traced back to Genoa in the 16th century. Five city officials would be selected at random from 120 eligible noblemen, and people would bet on the outcome. The number of candidates was later reduced to 90, and a more structured version of the lottery developed as numbers were used instead of names.

Arguments about the legality of betting raged for some time, but eventually a Lotto game which was fully regulated and approved by the government was introduced in Venice in 1734. Draws only took place two or three times a year at the start, before becoming fortnightly events in 1807.

Lotto was finally included in the state budget on Sunday 27th September 1863, then later expanded to incorporate another five city draws by Royal Edict in January 1864. Draws were made weekly (every Saturday) in 1871 when the Rome wheel was added, then three years later, the Bari wheel in 1874. Cagliari and Genoa wheels were added in 1939, concluding the ten city wheels still used to this day.

A second weekly draw was introduced in 1997 (first Wednesday draw 12th March 1997), then more big changes were made in 2005.

The National wheel, drawn in Rome, made its first appearance on Wednesday 4th May 2005. The game changed to its current schedule of three draws a week the following month, with the final Wednesday draw being held on 15th June 2005. From Tuesday 21st June 2005, draws began to take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

WheelYear Introduced
Bari1874
Cagliari1939
Florence1863
Genoa1939
Milan1863
Naples1863
Palermo1863
Rome1871
Turin1863
Venice1734
National2005

Lotto Bets

From the start of the weekly draws in 1864, there were just three possible Lotto bets; Ambo Semplice (selecting two numbers), Terno (three numbers) and Quarterna (four numbers). From 1891, the option to bet on Estratto Semplice (one number) was added and the bets remained the same until a bet on five numbers, Cinquina, was introduced on Saturday 8th July 1933.