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SuperEnalotto is a popular lottery in Italy that has been played since December 1997. The original national lottery, Enalotto, had been around since the 1950s and was modified by the Sisal Group years later to create SuperEnaLotto.
The lottery’s jackpots are among the largest in the world and the odds of winning the SuperEnaLotto is the lowest in the world.
SuperEnalotto draws take place three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets cost € 1 per play.
Players pick 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 90. To win, all 6 numbers must match the 6 drawn numbers. There are 6 prize divisions and the odds of winning any cash prize by matching at least 2 numbers is 1 in 21. The odds of winning the SuperEnalotto is 1 in about 622 million.
SuperEnalotto uses the Powerball format with an added number (red ball) that gives players an extra chance to match the 5 drawn numbers. It’s called the Jolly number and only affects the second prize tier. If a player matches the Jolly number, they win a higher 5+1 prize.
SuperEnalotto is operated under license by the Sisal Group. The lottery organisation is regulated by Italy’s top authorities and is mandated to promote the sustainable development of the lottery and gaming industry. It holds a position of leadership in the management of various gaming products in the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency portfolio.
Sisal Group, together with Sisal Entertainment Group, has been instrumental in the process of legalising gaming and betting in Italy. The lottery organisation has earned its license to operate SuperEnalotto and other popular betting games through tenders.
The most recent tender was officiated in July 2019 and the lottery concession was once again granted to the Sisal Group. The new concession has a duration of nine years.
Sisal Group is responsible for administrating the following:
Sisal Group works through a distribution network that consists of over 50 000 retail outlets in two ‘brick and mortar’ channels:
The biggest SuperEnalotto jackpot was won in August 2019. One lucky player won € 209 160 441 million (about US$ 228.7 million today). The top prize not only topped SuperEnalotto records, but it’s also the biggest jackpot ever awarded by any European lottery to date.
This massive SuperEnalotto payout beat the lottery’s previous record-breaking jackpot of €177.7 million (about US$ 194 million today) that was won in October 2010 by a 70-member syndicate.
Sisal Group administers SuperEnalotto and contributes millions of Euro every year to charitable causes in Italy from profits made from ticket sales.
Since SuperEnalotto was launched in 2009, the Group has committed to supporting community programmes with the aim of promoting social sustainability. Sisal Group works closely with a number of different causes involving projects related to public education, arts and culture, sports and scientific research.
The sectors that the Sisal Group regular contribute funds to are:
It is possible to bet on SuperEnalotto in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. This means you can now buy tickets online for SuperEnalotto in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office.
SuperEnalotto draws take place three days a week and is fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular throughout Italy. You cannot buy a ticket for SuperEnalotto from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online and/or using the SuperEnalotto mobile app.
The easiest way to access SuperEnalotto in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.
Step-by-step guide to betting on SuperEnalotto in South Africa
SuperEnalotto is a 6/90 game. Tickets cost €1 for two plays. For a small additional cost, players can pick a SuperStar number. It’s not a bonus ball but provides players to multiply the cash amount for the second cash prize.
Adding SuperStar costs only €0.50 more per combination. SuperStar is a number draw game that multiplies SuperEnalotto cash prizes anything up to 100 times.
Players pick 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 90 numbers. One draw selects the 6 winning numbers and the Jolly number. A separate draw selects the optional SuperStar number.
To win the SuperEnalotto, players must match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers. The odds of winning any cash prize is 1 in 21 and the odds of winning the SuperEnalotto jackpot is 1 in over 622 million.
SuperEnalotto draws take place three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Find an authorised SuperEnalotto retail outlet near you.
Choose your lucky numbers. You can manually pick your lucky numbers or use Quick Pick to randomly generate 6 numbers for you.
Choose add-on features that offer you a chance to win instant cash or participate in multiple draws with the same numbers.
Check your betslip is correct, hand it over to the cashier and pay for your ticket.
Sign the back of your ticket and then put it somewhere safe so you don’t lose it.
Check the official website for SuperEnalotto or the mobile app to check if your lucky numbers have been drawn.
Claim any cash prize either from your closest lottery retail outlet if it isn’t a large amount or from an official SuperEnalotto claim centre is you’ve won the jackpot or a big cash prize.
Quick Pick is the easiest way to pick your 6 lucky lottery numbers for SuperEnalotto. When you mark the Quick Pick box on your betslip (or tell the cashier to select it), the lottery terminal automatically generates 6 random numbers for you for the draw.
The Quick Pick random number generator for a lottery draw game has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked for one play, the terminal resets itself to generate a fresh batch of completely random number for the next play.
Players generally opt to use Quick Pick because it saves them the bother of coming up with their own set of unique numbers.
The Jolly number is an extra bonus ball in the SuperEnalotto game. It comes into play if you match 5 of the 6 drawn numbers from the main pool of 1 to 90 numbers. The Jolly number only affects the second prize tier and not the SuperEnalotto jackpot.
The Jolly number is draw from the same pool of numbers as the SuperEnalotto main draw. Unlike Powerball, players do not select an extra bonus number on a bet slip. The Jolly number is drawn from the 84 remaining balls after the 6 lucky numbers are drawn.
Players who match 5 out of the 6 drawn numbers plus the Jolly number win cash prizes that are allocated to the dedicated ‘5+Jolly’ prize tier. It’s known as SuperEnalotto 5+1.
SuperStar is an optional number that players can pick for a nominal extra cost of €0.50. The SuperStar number is an extra number but not a bonus ball like you get in the Powerball or Mega Millions games.
SuperStar was introduced to give players a chance to earn bigger cash prizes. The SuperStar number is drawn from a pool of 7 to 15 and the cash prizes won correlate with each separate SuperStar number.
The SuperStar number is selected from a separate ball machine with a pool of 1 to 90 numbers. The SuperStar draw takes place straight after the main SuperEnalotto drawn.
How the SuperStar draw works
Select a SuperStar number when you fill in your betslip and pay an additional fee of €0.50 per play. You don’t actually pick a new number like the Powerball, only indicate that you want to play SuperStar.
The SuperStar number is drawn from a pool of 1 to 90 numbers but it’s drawn from a separate drum straight after the main draw.
If the SuperStar number matches one of the 6 numbers you picked for the main SuperEnalotto game, you are guaranteed to win a cash prize.
The SuperStar game only affects the other prize tiers and not the SuperEnalotto jackpot.
Players have the option of using Hidden SuperStar (SuperStar Nascosto) which is the same feature as Quick Pick.
What prizes can you win with SuperStar?
SuperStar prizes start at a minimum of €5 for only matching the SuperStar number. Cash prizes increase in value depending on how many main numbers a player matches in the SuperEnalotto draw.
If a player matches 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers and one of those numbers is the SuperStar number, the player wins an extra €2 million on top of the massive advertised jackpot payout.
If a player matches 5 out of the 6 drawn numbers and the Jolly number and one of those numbers is the SuperStar number, the player wins an extra €1 million on top of the advertised Match 5 + SuperStar prize.
These two prize options are known as the SuperBonus prizes.
If there are multiple winners in the two main SuperStar prize tiers, the prize stated is shared equally. In exceptional circumstances, if the value of prizes won exceeds both the prize pool and reserve fund, winnings may be lower than advertised.
Let’s look at what you can win if you play SuperStar with SuperEnalotto:
|Numbers matched||Average prize won||Odds of winning
|Match 6 + SuperStar||Match 6 prize + € 2 million|
€ 75 million average prize winnings
|1 in about 56 million|
|Match 5 + Jolly + SuperStar||Match 5 prize + € 1 million|
€1.6 million average prize winnings
|1 in about 9 million|
|Match 5 + SuperStar||25 x Match 5 prize|
€ 1 million average prize winnings
|1 in about 112 million|
|Match 4 + SuperStar||100 x Match 4 prize|
€34 900 average prize winnings
|1 in about 1 million|
|Match 3 + SuperStar||100 x Match 3 prize|
€2 715 average prize winnings
|1 in 29 404|
|Match 2 + SuperStar||€ 100||1 in 1 936|
|Match 1 + SuperStar||€ 10||1 in 303|
|Match 0 + SuperStar||€ 5||1 in 138|
SuperEnaMax is the latest global lottery game launched by the Sisal Group in Italy. It offers high cash value minimum prizes and frequent draws.
SuperEnaMax was launched in 2014 and is based on the SuperEnaLotto format. The SuperEnaMax draw is on the same nights as SuperEnalotto.
A SuperEnaMax winning ticket holder is a guaranteed minimum jackpot of about €5 million. The jackpot rolls over by £5 million for each draw that it is not won for 10 subsequent draws.
If the jackpot rolls over and is not won up to its 11th draw cycle, it can reach a top jackpot amount of £125 million. At this point, the jackpot funds roll back down again and the draw cycle starts again.
To win the SuperEnalotto jackpot, a player must match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers from the main pool. The odds of this is 1 in about 622 million.
But there’s more!
A massive second prize is available for any player that matches 5 out of 6 numbers from the main draw plus the Jolly number (bonus ball).
SuperEnalotto has 6 prize tiers and there are multiple ways to win cash prizes, particularly if you play SuperEnalotto with SuperStar which offers 14 prize tiers.
In the first draw, 6 numbers plus the Jolly number is selected. The SuperStar number is drawn afterwards in a separate draw.
What is Instant Win?
For every SuperEnalotto ticket sold, 1 in 500 ticket holders receive an Instant Win prize of € 25.
Instant Win is available to both retail and online players and is played when you buy your ticket. It’s an add-on game offered by the lottery organisers and does not affect the winning prizes for the main SuperEnalotto draws.
How to play SuperEnalotto online
Sisal Group launched a mobile app for SuperEnalotto which is free and easy to use. It’s available for iOs and Androids and you just need to register an account with an AAMS-approved retailer to play SuperEnalotto on the mobile app.
How much does it cost to buy a ticket for SuperEnalotto?
Each SuperEnalotto game costs € 1 for two plays. This includes the Jolly number draw.
For an additional € 0.50 you can play SuperStar with SuperEnalotto.
How old must you be to play SuperEnalotto ?
In South Africa, players must be 18 years and older to purchase and redeem SuperEnalotto tickets online through a licensed betting service such as Betway.
In Italy, players must be 18 years and older to bet on SuperEnalotto.
When does the SuperEnalotto draw take place?
SuperEnalotto is drawn on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The draw takes place at 20h00 Italy time (GMT+2).
Ticket sales close at 19h30 (GMT-4) on draw nights.
The only time this schedule changes is due to public holidays. If a draw cannot be moved to the previous or following day without creating further clashes in the draw schedule, some draws may be brought forward in order to accommodate an additional draw during the next week.
How much is the SuperEnalotto jackpot?
SuperEnalotto starting jackpot (minimum advertised) is € 2 million. It rolls over up to 11 cycles and regularly grows well over the € 100 million mark.
If no-one matches 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers to win the jackpot, the big prize rolls overs to the next draw. The prize money that would have been paid out to a lucky winner(s) is added to the prize pool for the next draw.
Lucky winners have the option of receiving their winnings in annuity payments (annual instalments) or a discounted cash lump sum.
How many prize divisions does SuperEnalotto offer?
SuperEnalotto has a total of 15 prize tiers including Instant Win and SuperStar options with overall odds of winning a prize approximately 1 in 16.
In addition to the prize categories, which depend on the winning combination drawn, SuperEnalotto also offers rewards in the form of immediate wins. If the numbers played on SuperEnalotto include all those in the magic box on the receipt or online, you win an immediate prize of € 25.
|Numbers matched||Average prize amount per draw||Odds of winning
|Match 6 out of 6 numbers||Jackpot (starting € 2 million)|
17.4% of main prize fund
|1 in about 622 million
|Match 5 out of 6 +Jolly number||€ 595 168 average|
14% of main prize fund
|1 in about 104 million
|Match 5 out of 6 numbers||€51 187 average|
4.2% of main prize fund
|1 in about 1.25 million
|Match 4 out of 6 numbers||€ 355 average|
4.2% of main prize fund
|1 in about 12 000
|Match 3 out of 6 numbers||€ 27 average|
12.8% of main prize fund
|1 in 327
|Match 2 out of 6 numbers||€ 5.47 average|
40% of main prize fund
|1 in 22
Claiming SuperEnalotto prizes if you’ve bet on the game in South Africa is easy. The licensed betting service does it for you by guaranteeing the payout.
Players in Italy can claim smaller cash prizes from an authorised SuperEnalotto retail outlet and larger cash prizes from an authorised payment centre or the offices of the Sisal Group. Dedicated payment centres payout prizes up to the value of €52 000.
If you have bet online using the SuperEnalotto app, will receive their winnings in their bank accounts once the winning ticket has been validated. Prizes won by online betting are credited to a players online lottery account following the draw.
SuperEnalotto prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the draw date on the ticket. The methods available to claim your prize depend on how you played and how much you’ve won.
Prizes up to €1 million are paid within 30 days, prizes over €1 million are paid 91 days after the draw.
How many prize divisions does SuperEnalotto offer?
If you die before you receive the full value of your SuperEnalotto jackpot payout in the annual installments, the remaining money is paid out immediately to your estate.
The lottery organisation either pays out the remaining proceeds as accelerated payouts or as a discounted lump sum. This depends on the terms and conditions specified by the state where the deceased person bought his or her winning lottery ticket.
Are SuperEnalotto winnings taxed in South Africa?
Lottery prize winnings are not taxed in South Africa. Any money you win by betting on a lottery is considered capital in nature and is exempt from Income Tax. In addition, lottery prizes benefit from a special exemption from Capital Gains Tax which means no tax is payable on lottery winnings of any size.
Lottery winning are taxed in Italy.
There are 7 tax bands in Italy which apply to lottery payouts:
For most of the game’s history, SuperEnalotto was unique in that it did not have a dedicated drawing of numbers. Instead, 6 winning numbers were taken from the first numbers drawn from lottery games played in the cities of Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, and Rome. Since July 1, 2009, the numbers have been drawn independently for SuperEnalotto.
The history of the Italian SuperEnalotto stretches all the way back to the 1950’s when it was simply called “Enalotto”. Enalotto was originally created as a 1×2 game where players would mark either “1” or “2” in each of the 12 options depending on the numbers they expected to be drawn.
Almost 4 decades later on 3 December 1997, the Enalotto was reincarnated by Italian lottery operator SISAL to become SuperEnalotto. This was done through the innovative vision of Rodolfo Molo, the son of the SISAL founder.
Players would now choose 6 numbers between 1 and 90, and for the first time is Italian lottery history, the jackpot rolls over until someone wins it.
The revolutionary Italian lottery soon started producing jackpots that rivaled the size of big names such as US Powerball, Mega Millions and EuroMillions. Later, SuperEnalotto added an extra weekly draw to make it three-weekly draw instead of twice-weekly draw.
The Jolly number and SuperStar game were added later and this took SuperEnalotto to greater heights where players in Italy and around the world stand the chance to win multiple cash prizes as well as massive jackpots.
SuperEnalotto offers different draw games and multiple ways to win big cash prizes.
Let’s look at the popular draw games and what odds they offer players.
|Game||Odds of winning||Prize winning estimate
|SuperEnalotto||1 in 622 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at € 2 million)
Uncapped jackpot up to 11 cycles
|US Powerball||1 in 292 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
|Mega Millions||1 in 302.5 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
SuperEnalotto is a game of chance and there is no accurate way to predict the numbers that will be drawn each day. However, you can increase your chance of winning a lottery payout by being in the game more often.
You can do this in 4 ways:
Remember to check your daily ticket. It’s amazing how many lottery winnings are not claimed by players. Always write your name and number on the back of your ticket in case you lose it.
SuperEnalotto has the largest number field of any lottery in the world and thus, has the worst odds of winning at 1 in over 622 million. Regardless, the Italy lottery is an institution and played by hundreds of thousands of citizens and people around the world every year.
The SuperEnalotto jackpot is only capped after it’s 11th cycle. This means Italy’s most popular lottery game offers massive jackpots that compete with the major lotteries such as US Powerball, Mega Millions and Euro Millions.
There are 6 prize tiers including the big jackpot and another 14 prize tiers if you play SuperEnalotto with Super Play. Throw in instant cash prizes that can be won when you buy a lottery ticket at a retail outlet and you’ve got a lottery organisation that’s determined to put money in the hands of its players.
Over and above that, Sisal Group who administers SuperEnalotto, Super Play and all the other lottery games and scratch-off games in Italy are committed to uplifting the social fabric of the country. Billions of Euros have been donated to registered charities in the areas of education, arts and culture, sports and science.
There are many myths that circulate online that create the impression that players can elude the odds and win big cash prizes betting on lotteries such as the SuperEnalotto. Don’t be fooled by these myths and use common sense when betting on any lottery.
Here are 10 common lottery myths:
The odds of winning the SuperEnalotto jackpot is 1 in about 622 million per € 1 play. The odds are higher than other major lotteries in the world mainly because SuperEnalotto has such a large number field (1 to 90).
However, there are 5 other prize divisions and more ways to win cash prizes betting on SuperEnalotto. There are even more chances of winning cash prizes if you play SuperEnalotto with Super Play.
|Numbers matched||Odds of winning
|Match 6 out of 6 numbers||1 in about 622 million
|Match 5 out of 6 +Jolly number||1 in about 104 million
|Match 5 out of 6 numbers||1 in about 1.25 million
|Match 4 out of 6 numbers||1 in about 12 000|
|Match 3 out of 6 numbers||1 in 327|
|Match 2 out of 6 numbers||1 in 22
Odds of winning : SuperEnalotto with SuperStar
|Numbers Matched||Odds of winning
|Match 6 + SuperStar||1 in about 56 million
|Match 5 + Jolly + SuperStar||1 in about 9 million
|Match 5 + SuperStar||1 in about 112 million
|Match 4 + SuperStar||1 in about 1 million
|Match 3 + SuperStar||1 in 29 404
|Match 2 + SuperStar||1 in 1 936
|Match 1 + SuperStar||1 in 303
|Match 0 + SuperStar||1 in 138
SuperEnalotto is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by a legitimate lottery commission in Italy called the Sisal Group. This means you can play SuperEnalotto with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.
On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.
Operators of state lotteries such as SuperEnalotto will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.
How lottery scams work
Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.
You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.
The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.
People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.
Warning signs of a lottery scam
You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.
The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.
To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.
You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.
What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer
Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.
Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.
Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.
Italians have been enjoying their lottery games since they were introduced in the early 1950s and are super proud of their own SuperEnalotto. It competes with the Big 5 lotteries in the world in the size of its jackpots and offers players multiple chances to win cash prizes with exciting add-on games such as Super Play and Instant Win.
More importantly, the Italy lottery plays a vital role in supporting community programmes in Italy to ensure social sustainability and improve the lives of people of all ages.
Sisal Group operates the national lottery and a wide variety of other draw games, instant win games and scratch-off games and is dedicated to contributing funds in the area of education, art and culture, sports and science.
Each time a player bets on SuperEnalotto and pays over € 1 for his or her ticket, a portion of it goes to a community programme. SuperEnalotto is fun to play and the chance of winning the massive jackpots is what draws the crowds but it’s also nice to know that the Italy lottery gives back to the country.