SuperEnalotto Celebrates 20 Years Since its First Jackpot Win

SuperEnalotto Celebrates 20 Years Since its First Jackpot Win

Having reached its 20th birthday just before Christmas, SuperEnalotto can now celebrate two decades since it crowned its first jackpot winners. The prize was split between a syndicate in Poncarale in the province of Brescia on 17th January 1998.

First SuperEnalotto Jackpot Win

SuperEnalotto launched on Wednesday 3rd December 1997, when it took over from the old Enalotto game. Whereas the outgoing lottery used a football pools-style system for predicting the range from which the winning numbers would come, SuperEnalotto required players to pick six numbers from 90, matching all six to win the jackpot.

The new game was an instant hit and sales grew a staggering 1,000% in the months following the launch. Fans only had to wait a little over a month for the first jackpot win, when the group from a town boasting just 5,000 inhabitants claimed 11.8 billion lira (around €6 million).

The winners clubbed together to play a 300,000 lira (€150) system entry, but only one of them ever went public with their success. Alfonso Comini admitted in the years after the win that he had been part of the SuperEnalotto syndicate, and the new owners of what was the Pergola bar, where the winning ticket was sold, say that he still plays SuperEnalotto with them to this day.

Ten Years Later

As fortune would have it, ten years later to the day, there was another SuperEnalotto jackpot win, when a player from Ospedaletto d'Alpinolo (Avellino) picked up €33.5 million on 17th January 2008. As there is no draw on Wednesday 17th January 2018, the feat will not be repeated, but it could spell success for one lucky SiVinceTutto player. 

Current SuperEnalotto Jackpot

The jackpot for Thursday’s SuperEnalotto draw is worth €86.4 million and you can become the latest winner by purchasing tickets at authorised retailers across Italy, or you could choose your numbers online now. Good luck!

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Last Updated: Wednesday 7 March, 2018 at 15:16
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