About Lotto in Switzerland
In Switzerland, all large-scale lotteries are run exclusively by two major operators – Swisslos for the German- and Italian-speaking territories, and Loterie Romande in the French-speaking territories. These two organizations are licensed and regulated by Comlot, a supervisory body tasked with overseeing gambling activities in Switzerland.
Both Swisslos and Loterie Romande operate a variety of different games of chance, including regular draw lotteries and instant win tickets. Two of the biggest games in the country – EuroMillions and Swiss Lotto – are offered by both lottery operators.
List of Swiss Lotteries
Marketed as Swiss Loto in the French-speaking regions, Swiss Lotto is the biggest national lottery in Switzerland. It adopts a familiar 6/42 format, with the addition of a bonus ball to lengthen the odds. Jackpots start at CHF1.5 million and rollover every draw until it’s won. There are 8 different prize tiers, comparatively good odds of winning, and two draws every week, so you have plenty of shots at taking home a prize.
To play, just pick 6 numbers from 1 to 42, and additional Lucky number from 1 to 6. If you match all numbers, you win. You can also try your luck with the free rePLAY feature or enable the Joker for more ways to win.
Swiss Lotto has draws every Wednesday and Saturday.
Rather unsurprisingly, EuroMillions is also played in Switzerland. The transnational game produces some of the biggest jackpots you’ll find in any lottery, so its popularity is undoubtedly earned.
To play, you have to choose 5 numbers from 1 to 50, plus 2 Lucky Star numbers from 1 to 12. If you match all your numbers, not only did you manage to beat 140 million to 1 odds, you also take home the massive grand prize – typically in the hundreds of millions in Euros.
There are also 12 other prize tiers to be won, and your chances of winning are actually better than in US Powerball, so you might want to check the game out if you haven’t already.
EuroMillions has draws every Tuesday and Friday.
Aside from the first two mentioned, there are no other games that is common to both Swisslos and Loterie Romande. The two lottery operators do have unique games of their own, though.
For Swisslos, a card game called Jass is available for play online, against real players. Bingo and their line of instant win games called Clix! are other options you can go for.
For Loterie Romande, more draw games like Loto Express, Magic 3, and Magic 4 are also offered on top of their own selection of instant games. No matter which Swiss territory you’re in, you’ll find a game that’s right for you.
Swiss Lottery Winners
Here are some interesting stories of lottery winners from Switzerland:
- The record for the biggest jackpot in Swiss Lotto history goes to the December 17, 2016 drawing for CHF70 million. The prize was split between 3 winning tickets.
- On the other hand, the biggest jackpot ever won by a single ticket was CHF48.6 million. This was for the Swiss Lotto drawing back in the August 23, 2014. Coincidentally, this is also the second-largest jackpot the lottery has ever reached.
- The biggest ever lottery winner from Switzerland won CHF183 million from a EuroMillions Superdraw back in December 2018. The lucky winner was the sole winning ticket-holder for that draw but their identity has not been revealed.
- Interestingly, a man named Andreas Bürkli almost won CHF1 million in a special televised Swisslos draw in December 2018. His name was announced as the winner, but because he was unable to pick up his phone after the operator tried calling him, he lost his claim to the prize.
Interested in other similar stories? You can read our article on The Biggest Lottery Winners and Where They Are Now for more historic wins.
Can lottery winners stay anonymous in Switzerland?
Yes. Switzerland allows all lottery winners to keep their privacy and remain anonymous.
Switzerland Lottery Information
Odds of Winning Swiss Lotteries
Here’s a comparison of how the two biggest lotteries in Switzerland stack against each other.
|Odds of Winning the Jackpot||Odds of Winning Any Prize||Cost of One Line|
|EuroMillions||1 in 139,838,160||1 in 13||CHF3.50|
|Swiss Lotto||1 in 31,474,716||1 in 31||CHF2.50|
Swiss Lotto Tickets and Age Restrictions
In Switzerland, you can buy lottery tickets from any authorized Swisslos or Loterie Romande retailer. You can also play online or through any of the official mobile apps available.
All players must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Can overseas players play Swiss Lotto online?
Only residents of Switzerland are legally able to play Swiss lotteries online. However, you can make use of a third-party concierge like theLotter to bypass this limitation. They’ll buy your lottery tickets for you, and even help you claim your prize if they can’t do it themselves. It’s a great service that we wholly recommend checking out.
Taxes in Swiss Lotteries
Lottery winnings are considered taxable in Switzerland. For prizes CHF1 million and above, 35% is withheld. This policy was enacted in January 1, 2019. Prior to this, prizes above CHF1,000 were already taxable.
Prizes up to CHF1,000 can be claimed immediately at authorized retailers and sales outlets.
For larger prizes, you must go directly to the lottery operator to claim your prize.
If you played online, smaller prizes are automatically credited to your account.
Prizes must be claimed within 26 weeks after the relevant draw.
Get in Touch with Swiss Lottery Operators
You can get in touch with the lottery operators in Switzerland through the following details:
Swisslos Contact Details and Links
- Telephone: 0848 877 855
- Office Address: Swisslos Intercantonal Lottery Lange Gasse 20 4002 Basel
- Online Contact Form
Loterie Romande Contact Details
Swiss Lotto Apps
You can download officially supported apps for your iOS and Android devices to enjoy your favorite Swiss lottery games wherever you go. Both Swisslos and Loterie Romande have multiple apps to cater to your needs. Each one is designed for specific games.
You can buy tickets, check results, and do much more with any of their mobile apps.