The Germany Lotto is better known as the 6Aus49, which translates as “6 from 49” and stems from the format of the lottery, as players are asked to choose 6 numbers from a possible 49. The 6Aus49 is the biggest German Lotto and its sizeable jackpots, low odds and affordable tickets mean it has also proved to be very popular with players around the world. This lottery has existed since 1955, which means it is twice as old as the Irish Lotto and nearly 5 times older than the EuroMillions—it’s even older than the New York Lotto! So why has it lasted for so long, what does it have that other national lotteries don’t—what makes this Germany Lotto so special?
What is the Germany Lotto? A single ticket on the Germany Lotto costs just €1, making it cheaper than the majority of national and transnational lotteries in Europe. This lottery takes place twice a week and is drawn on Wednesday and Saturday at 6:25pm and 7:25pm respectively. Players need to choose a total of 6 main numbers from a possible 49, and a further bonus number from 0 to 9. Players can choose their numbers themselves or they can use the QuickPick feature to have them automatically and randomly selected for them. The jackpot is paid out when they land all 6 main numbers and a bonus number, but there are also sizeable payouts for players who get all 6 numbers without the bonus number.
Germany Lotto Jackpots and Records There is a minimum jackpot of €1 million on this German Lotto, which means the jackpot will never go below this amount. There is also a limit to the amount of times that this jackpot can rollover. As soon as it rolls-over a total of thirteen times then all additional funds will be used to increase the non-jackpot prizes. However, the relatively low odds on this Germany Lotto ensures that this is very rare. Low odds mean there is a greater chance of each jackpot being won, and this in turn means that the jackpot is usually won long before it can rollover this many times. The highest amount that the 6Aus49 jackpot has reached was €45.4 million, which was split between three lucky winners back in 2007. The largest amount to be won by a single ticket-holder was won 14 months earlier when a player scooped a jackpot of €37.7 million.
Germany Lotto Odds The German Lotto uses a similar format to the EuroMillions, which is why the jackpot odds for these two lotteries are very similar. The odds of a single ticket winning the 6Aus49 jackpot are 1 in 139 million, while the odds of winning the smallest prize are 1 in 76. This is paid out to players who land 2 main numbers and the bonus number, but technically there is a greater chance (1 in 63) of securing the second highest prize, which is paid out to players who get 3 main numbers.
For a full list of 6Aus49 odds, see below: Jackpot (6+1) = 1 in 139.838.160 Second Prize (6) = 1 in 15.537.573 Third Prize (5+1) = 1 in 542.008 Fourth Prize (5) = 1 in 60.223 Fifth Prize (4+1) = 1 in 10.324 Sixth Prize (4) = 1 in 1.147 Seventh Prize (3+1) = 1 in 567 Eighth Prize (3) = 1 in 63 Ninth Prize (2+1) = 1 in 76