The Austria Lotto was introduced in 1986, shortly after a law known as the Austrian Gaming Act was passed to allow its creation. The first draw occurred in September of that year and in the three decades since then it has helped to create countless millionaires in Austria, while also drawing attention from lottery players outside the country.
Known as the Osterreichische Lotterien, the Austria Lotto has also served as a launching pad for many other native lotteries, including the Small Number Lottery, the Class Lottery and the Letter Lottery, all of which are offered by the country’s official lottery organisation.
What is the Austria Lotto?
Austria Lotto tickets consist of 6 numbers between 1 and 45, with players aiming for one of 8 different prize tiers. Players can also choose a single bonus ball to boost their chances of securing a big win. There is no tax placed on any Austria Lotto winnings and the jackpot is paid out as a single cash sum, as opposed to an annuity.
The Austria Lotto is draw twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday at 16:30GMT, with tickets available for purchase right up to the morning of the draw.
Austria Lotto Jackpots and Records
The highest ever Austria Lotto jackpot was €10 million, an amount that it has reached on two separate occasions, once in 2008 and then again in 2011. The second highest jackpot is €7.5 million, an amount that was won in October 2009.
This is not a lottery jackpot that regularly enters 8 or 9 figures, but it’s still one of the biggest national lotteries in Europe and one that offers some of the most accessible odds and prize structures of any lottery.
The minimum Austria Lotto jackpot is set at €1.5 million, but the average jackpot is close to €5 million. Official statistics suggest that the Austria Lotto has paid out enough money over the last few decades to make every single Austrian a major prize winner more than 50 times over!
Austria Lotto Odds
The odds on the Austria Lotto are very reasonable, and 1 in every 16 tickets will win a prize of some sort. The jackpot returns odds of 1 in 8.1 million, and requires all 6 main numbers, while the second highest prize requires 5 main numbers and the bonus ball and returns odds of 1 in 1.3 million.
The prizes begin when players land the bonus ball on its own, but only the top three prizes typically pay more than €1,000 (the actual amount depends on the prize pool) and this requires 5 main numbers.
Play Austria Lotto
Most national and transnational lotteries allow players from all countries to join and always have done. The Austria Lotto never used to allow non-Austrians to join, but they changed the laws fairly recently and now you can play regardless of your nationality and country of origin.
You can only buy physical tickets to the Austria Lotto in Austria, but there are many unofficial lottery vendors selling tickets online. The majority of these are fully licensed and regulated, giving players the chance to play the Austria Lotto wherever they are in the world.