About German Lotteries
All major lotteries in Germany are operated by DLTB, or Deutscher Lotto-und Totoblock, an association of 16 different lottery companies from all over the country. DLTB promotes and conducts various games of chance and sports betting activities.
The DLTB is comprised of the following lottery companies:
|Baden-Württemberg||Staatliche Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Württemberg|
|Bavaria||Staatliche Lotterieverwaltung in Bayern|
|Berlin||Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin|
|Brandenburg||Land Brandenburg Lotto GmbH|
|Bremen||Bremer Toto und Lotto GmbH|
|Hamburg||LOTTO Hamburg GmbH|
|Hessen||Lotto Hessen GmbH|
|Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||Verwaltungsgesellschaft Lotto und Toto in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH|
|Niedersachsen||Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH|
|Nordrhein-Westfalen||Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG|
|Rheinland-Pfalz||Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH|
|Sachsen-Anhalt||Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt|
|Thüringen||Lotterie-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH Thüringen|
The 16 companies act independently, but together, they deliver the same lottery experience to all players and regions in Germany.
List of German Lotto Games
German Lotto 6aus49, or simply Lotto, is DLTB's flagship lottery. It features a 6/49 + 1/9 matrix, which means you simply pick 6 numbers from 1 to 49, plus an additional number called the Superzahl from 1 to 9, to enter a drawing. During the draw, 7 numbers are randomly chosen, and if you match them all, you win the jackpot!
Lotto is also a rollover lottery, so you can expect the minimum jackpot of €1 million to grow to much higher levels. There are 8 additional prize tiers you can win, though the odds of winning any prize are comparatively low. Still,
Lotto 6aus49 has drawings every Wednesday and Saturday evening. On Wednesdays, the draw is at 6:25 PM, while on Saturdays, draws take place at 7:25 PM.
Eurojackpot was initially launched in response to the popularity and success of EuroMillions. Today, however, it has established itself as a contender for the title of ‘Biggest European Lottery.'
A transnational lottery that is available in 17 countries and counting, Eurojackpot sets itself apart by offering better odds of winning. The game is designed to be easier to win, so while the jackpot does roll over like other big games, you won't see the same astounding sums of money that is typical at this level. Still, with a starting jackpot of €10 million that caps at €90 million, you won't see us complaining.
To play, just pick 5 numbers from 1 to 50, plus 2 bonus numbers from 1 to 10.
Eurojackpot has draws every Friday at approximately 8:00 PM.
Translated to English as Lucky Spiral, Germany's GlücksSpirale differs itself from its counterparts in that it's the only German lottery to offer annuity prizes – or monthly installments, to be more accurate. The top prize is a choice between €10,000 per month for 20 years or a lump sum of €2.1 million.
GlücksSpirale has draws every Saturday at 8:00 PM.
Keno is also available in Germany. Their version is slightly different from most iterations. You choose between 2 to 10 numbers from 1 to 70. Every draw, 20 numbers are randomly picked and depending on how many numbers you played, and how many you match, you can win up to €1 million.
Keno has draws every day at 7:10 PM.
German Lottery Draw Times and Schedule
|Lotto 6aus49||Wednesday, Saturday||6:25 PM (W), 7:25 PM (S)|
|Keno||Every day||7:10 PM|
German Lottery Winners
- Eurojackpot's maximum prize ceiling of €90 million has been reached (and won) several times in the past. One such instance was in October 14, 2016. The massive jackpot was awarded to one lucky winner from Germany who remains anonymous.
- The second-largest jackpot won in Germany amounted to €84.8 million. This sole winner also chose to remain anonymous. They won the Eurojackpot drawing on July 29, 2018.
Can lottery winners stay anonymous in Germany?
Yes. Lottery winners in Germany can choose to maintain their anonymity.
More Information on German Lotteries
German Lottery Tickets and Age Restrictions
You can purchase lottery tickets for German Lotto, Eurojackpot, GlücksSpirale, and Keno from any authorized retailer. Some regions will have games that are specific to that locality alone.
Online play is available to players who are physically within Germany. If you wish to play from overseas, you might want to check out a third-party service like theLotter – our favorite place to play world's biggest lotteries online.
Players must be at least 18 years old to enter any of the games.
Lottery Tax in Germany
Lottery winnings are not considered as income in Germany, and are thus non-taxable.
However, if you take the prize out of Germany, your local tax laws may apply.
Prizes for Lotto and other games must be claimed within 13 weeks after the relevant draw.
Get in Touch with Germany Lotto
You can reach DLTB representatives through any of the channels listed below. You can also go to the Lotto.de page to find contact details for specific regions in Germany.
- Telephone: +49 261 9438 2000
- Email: [email protected]
- Address: Partner LOTTO Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH Ferdinand-Sauerbruch-Straße 2 56073 Koblenz