For decades 6 aus 49, the German Lotto, has enjoyed its status as the most popular lottery in Germany. The name literally translates as six out of 49. So once you know the name of the game you already know how to play it – how's that for German efficiency?
Once the six numbers from 1 to 49 are drawn another bonus ball is drawn. This number corresponds to your pre-existing ticket (or serial) number. There are also up to three bonus games; with two raffle games drawn on Wednesdays and three drawn on Saturdays, for even more ways to win.
|Draw Day||Draw Time||Record Jackpot||Jackpot Odds||Prize Divisions||Cost per Game|
|Wednesday & Sunday||5.25pm GMT/6.25pm GMT||approx. $66.9 million||1 : 139,838,160||9||$1.50|
Who Can Play the German Lotto?
Players from Australia (excluding South Australian residents) can play the German Lotto at Lottoland.com.au. All players at Lottoland must be 18 years or older.
How Much Does it Cost to Play the German Lotto?
A basic six number pick costs just $1.50 for a chance to win from a total of nine prize divisions. The added raffle games cost extra, ranging in price from $2 to $8.
When Is the German Lotto Draw?
The 6 aus 49 German Lotto draw takes place each Wednesday at 6.25pm German time (5.25pm GMT) and Saturday at 7.25pm German time (6.25pm GMT). You can find the latest as well as previous Winning Numbers on our German Lotto Results page.
Is There a Difference Between the Wednesday and Saturday Draws?
No. Besides the fact that the Saturday draw is held an hour later than the Wednesday draw there is no difference in terms of numbers drawn or odds of winning, the draw mechanics are exactly the same. The only real difference to note is that the GlückSpirale bonus game is only drawn on Saturdays.
How Do I Play the German Lotto?
To play the German Lotto pick six numbers from a range of 1 to 49 inclusive by clicking inside the numbered grid on the main ticket area, or click the Quick+1 button for a random quick pick. A simple six-number pick like this will cost you just $1.50. You can play up to twelve tickets at a time. Clicking the +Rest button will enable quick picks for all twelve available tickets.
How Important Is the Lottery Ticket Number and How Is it Determined?
The lottery ticket number is an integral part of the German Lotto. On the physical printed tickets that they sell in Germany you will find this number pre-printed. They act much like the ticket's serial number and influence both the main game and the three bonus games.
At Lottoland we use the same number set and random number generation algorithm used on German Lotto tickets for our digital tickets. These are also independently audited to ensure they provide precisely the same number range and odds at all times.
How Does the Bonus Ball Work?
The Bonus Ball is drawn after the primary six numbers of the main lotto draw are drawn. The Bonus Ball is required to win the German Lotto jackpot and the number corresponds to the last number of your ticket number.
One advantageous option that Lottoland offers, that physical ticket players in Germany can't avail of, is the ability to select the last digit of your ticket number. So, in other words, if you do want to change your Bonus Ball number you can.
How Does the Spiel77 Extra Game Work?
Spiel77 – or Game77 in English – is the first of three available raffle draws. The game corresponds to all seven digits of your ticket number and the numbers must not only match, they also need to be in the same order as the drawn numbers to win.
Match all seven in the right order to hit the rolling jackpot, which starts at a minimum of €177,777 (approx. $264,700) and, with rollovers, often exceeds one or two million. There are also six other prize divisions to be won, with fixed values. Second prize is won by matching the last six numbers in the right order, to win €77,777 (approx. $115,800).
How Does the Super6 Extra Game Work?
Super6 works in pretty much the same way as Spiel77, but only six numbers are drawn. These numbers correspond to the last six digits on your ticket number. Once again you need to match the right numbers and they must be in the same sequence as those drawn. There are six fixed value prizes, starting with a guaranteed jackpot of €100,000 (approx. $148,900).
What Is the GlückSpirale?
The GlückSpirale (literally translated as "lucky spiral") is the last of the three German Lotto bonus games. The draw takes place on Saturdays only, so players should note that if they enable the GlückSpirale option for a Wednesday draw they will, in fact, add this option for the upcoming Saturday draw.
As with the other two bonus games the GlückSpirale is based upon your ticket number and you must match both the numbers and the order of their drawing to win. Simply matching the last number on the GlückSpirale will win you €10 (approx. $15). All prize divisions have fixed values. Getting the last six numbers in the correct order will win you €100,000 (approx. $148,900).
Most exciting of all, however, if you're lucky enough to match all seven numbers you will win a monthly prize of €7,500 (approx. $11,170) paid out each and every month for life. Just the ticket if you're looking for an easy and early retirement!
What Is a Subscription?
Subscriptions remove the hassle of buying repeat lines and the fear of missing out on that big jackpot win. Our Subscription feature allows you to set up a running bet or bets on a given lottery draw. The subscription is open ended and will run for as long as you want it too. You can opt out at any time and cancel the subscription in your player account. Please find more information here: How to cancel a subscription
What Does "Participation: When Jackpot Is" Mean?
This option allows you to only participate when the jackpot in the German Lotto is a set amount or higher. So if you choose $7 million, you will only enter the next draw when the jackpot is at a minimum of $7 million.
Why Are Two of the Extra Games Selected by Default?
Convenience. In Germany players almost always play the extra games, since they maximise their chances of winning and, since the majority of people who play this game at Lottoland are German, it makes the most sense to have it set up this way. The GlückSpirale is not added by default, however, as it is only drawn on Saturdays.
If you wish to disable the extra games and just play a standard $1.50 six number pick just untick the boxes underneath the main ticket area, on the bottom right hand corner.
How High Are German Lotto Jackpots?
The German Lotto has no jackpot cap which allows it to grow quite high. The current record jackpot is €45.3 million (approx. $66.9 million) making it the second highest jackpot of any national lottery in Europe. Only Italy's SuperEnalotto is higher, though its jackpot odds are nowhere near as favourable as 6/49.
What Are the Odds of Winning the German Lotto?
The German Lotto's success is due to the fact that it offers high jackpots and overall prize values at good odds, split out over nine different prize divisions. You can see full details of these prize divisions, and their odds, in the table below:
|Prize Division||Odds Of Winning|
|I (6 Correct + Bonus number)||1 : 139,838,160|
|I (6 Correct numbers)||1 : 15,537,573|
|III (5 Correct + Bonus number)||1 : 542,008|
|IV (5 Correct)||1 : 60,223|
|V (4 Correct + Bonus number)||1 : 10,324|
|VI (4 Correct)||1 : 1,147|
|VII (3 Correct + Bonus number)||1 : 567|
|VIII (3 Correct)||1 : 63|
|IX (2 Correct + Bonus number)||1 : 76|
|I-IX (min. 2 Correct + Bonus number)||1 : 31|
What Are The German Lotto Prize Divisions?
The main draw of the 6 aus 49 German Lotto offers a total of nine different prize divisions, with prize values and odds as per the table below:
|Prize Division||Odds of Winning||% Share of total prize money||Average Value|
|I (6 Correct + Bonus)||1 : 139,838,160||12.8%||€8,949,642.20|
|II (6 Correct numbers)||1 : 15,537,573||10%||€574,596.50|
|III (5 Correct + Bonus)||1 : 542,008||5%||€10,022.00|
|IV (5 Correct)||1 : 60,223||15%||€3340.60|
|V (4 Correct + Bonus)||1 : 10,324||5%||€190.80|
|VI (4 Correct)||1 : 1,147||10%||€42.40|
|VII (3 Correct + Bonus)||1 : 567||10%||€20.90|
|VIII (3 Correct)||1 : 63||44%||€10.40|
|IX (2 Correct + Bonus)||1 : 76||Fix||€5.00|
|I-IX (min. 2 Correct + Bonus)||1 : 31||100%||€15.70|
What Are The Prizes For the Bonus Games?
The German Lotto offers three different bonus games, each with their own specific prize divisions and odds, see the respective tables underneath for more information.
|Prize Division||To Win||Prize Value|
|Division I||All 7 digits||Min. €177,777.00 (approx. $264,700)|
|Division II||Last 6 digits||€77,777.00 (approx. $115,800)|
|Division III||Last 5 digits||€7777.00 (approx. $11,580)|
|Division IV||Last 4 digits||€777.00 (approx. $1,1570)|
|Division V||Last 3 digits||€77.00 (approx. $114)|
|Division VI||Last 2 digits||€17.00 (approx. $25)|
|Division VII||Last digit||€5.00 (approx. $7.45)|
|Prize Division||To Win||Prize Value|
|Division I||Last 6 digits||€100,000.00 (approx. $148,900)|
|Division II||Last 5 digits||€6666.00 (approx. $9,900)|
|Division III||Last 4 digits||€666.00 (approx. $990)|
|Division IV||Last 3 digits||€66.00 (approx. $99)|
|Division V||Last 2 digits||€6.00 (approx. $9)|
|Division VI||Last digit||€2.50 (approx. $3.70)|
|Prize Division||To Win||Prize Value|
|Division I||Last digit||€10.00 (approx. $15)|
|Division II||Last 2 digits||€20.00 (approx. $30)|
|Division III||Last 3 digits||€50.00 (approx. $74)|
|Division IV||Last 4 digits||€500.00 (approx. $744)|
|Division V||Last 5 digits||€5000.00 (approx. $7,445)|
|Division VI||Last 6 digits (2x)||€100,000.00 (approx. $148,900)|
|Division VII||All 7 digits (2x)||€7,500.00 per month (approx. $11,170)|
How Do I Improve My Chances of Winning the German Lotto?
Playing with regularity always increases your odds of wining though obviously it can take people many years of playing before they eventually win big. If you'd rather not wait that long then you should look at playing with System Entries. If you select more than the standard six numbers in the German Lotto you will enable this feature automatically. It will allow you to pick even more numbers; allowing for a maximum of 26 numbers in total to be entered into a single draw in all possible combinations, thus increasing your chances of winning exponentially.
The more numbers you pick the higher the price, however, which is precisely why system entries are particularly popular with lottery syndicates.
Why Should I Play the German Lotto?
The German Lotto offers the second largest national lottery jackpots in all of Europe for just $1.50. The game also offers three different bonus games, including the GlückSpirale, where you can win €7,500 (approx. $11,170) every month for life!