EuroLotto: new super lottery in Germany?

Rechtsanwalt Martin Arendts, M.B.L.-HSG

Arendts Rechtsanwälte
Perlacher Str. 68
D - 82031 Grünwald (bei München)
According to Bild, the biggest German newspaper, the German state gaming operators want to refresh old plans to start a super lottery with jackpots of a least 10 million Euros and with a chance to win more than 100 million Euros. The plans disappeard, while the new Interstate Treaty on Gambling was discussed, but now seem to be retracked very seriously after the Treaty was signed into law. According to the newspaper article, the state operators want to file applications with the gaming authorities in April and hope to start the new lottery in autumn.

The new lottery will probably cost 2 Euros, significantly more than the normal lottery (0,75 Euro). Lottery drawings will be on Fridays, based on a 5 out of 50 system (and two more numbers out of eight).

EuroLotto would be a direct competitor of EuroMillions, offered since 2004 in nine European states (France, Spain, UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, as well as the non-EU member state Switzerland). According to Bild, EuroLotto will also be offered in nine states. Last year, the Scandinavian states, Estonia, the Netherlands and Italy were mentioned as possible partners of the German operators.