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SuperEnalotto: Review of 2016

As 2016 nears its end, lottery fans across the world will watch in hope as the final few SuperEnalotto draws of the year take place. Despite only one player successfully scooping the jackpot in the past 12 months, there have still been plenty of talking points and big prize winners whose lives have been significantly improved thanks to huge prize wins.

The year began with the SuperEnalotto jackpot continuing to increase following a winless run that stretched back to Thursday 16th July 2015, when a single ticket holder from Acireale, Sicily, pocketed €21.8 million. The top prize had crept passed the €30 million mark, sparking excitement amongst ticket holders as each and every player dreamed of winning big in the New Year.

February was certainly a thrilling month for fans of the country's most popular lottery as a number of changes were introduced. The changes included a faster growing jackpot, instant win prizes of €25 and a brand new prize tier in which players were required to match only two main numbers, increasing the chances of winning from 1 in 318 to 1 in 20. The jackpot continued to grow as players tried desperately to get their hands on the top prize.

Spring came and went, and still the SuperEnalotto jackpot continued to climb, reaching the €90 million mark in early June. By the end of the month, the prize pot was worth a colossal €100 million, a total that had only previously been seen four times in the game’s history. Despite the total rolling for over 11 months, a winner of the nine-figure sum could not be found.

As July dawned, there was only one question on the lips of ticket holders: “Will the SuperEnalotto jackpot reach a year of rollovers?” This was soon answered as the top prize increased ever further, eventually making it to the €115 million mark and becoming the fourth largest prize since the game’s inception. The focus was now on whether the jackpot total would ever break into the top three biggest prizes ever won by SuperEnalotto players.

As the wait continued for a jackpot winner, a number of changes were being made to SiVinceTutto. These alterations, which included draws on a weekly, rather than monthly, basis and players being required to pick 12 numbers rather than six, still only matching six to win, saw odds of winning a prize decrease to 1 in 6, while the top prize, which had never previously been won, now boasted odds of just 673,825 to 1.

The SuperEnalotto jackpot continued to roll into October, eventually looking as if it would rival the largest sum ever won in the game’s history, a €177.7 million windfall secured by a syndicate of 70 players on the 30th October 2010. However, almost six years to the day since this famous victory, a player from Vibo Valentia in Calabria became the first player in over 15 months to claim the top prize, scooping a sensational €163.5 million. The lucky player also matched the SuperStar number to pocket an additional €2 million, overcoming odds of 1 in 56 billion in the process.

As the final few days of the year are played out, SuperEnalotto players are praying that they will be the next big winner of this world famous lottery game. The jackpot currently stands at a very impressive €64.3 million, a total that would certainly improve any Christmas time. Tickets for tonight’s draw are available to buy online or from any authorised retailer through the country.

22nd December 2016

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