Swedish Lotto FAQ
The Swedish Lotto is a lottery offered in Sweden. Players have tickets consisting of 7 numbers and a drawing is held in which 7 numbers are selected. If one of the tickets sold for that drawing matches each of the 7 numbers, that ticket wins the jackpot. Partial matches are also eligible to win prizes.
To play the Swedish Lotto, you’ll need to buy a ticket. The ticket will consist of 7 numbers from 1 to 35 and a Joker number. You can win different prizes, the individual prizes determined by how many of the numbers match up. It’s worth noting that the Swedish Lotto offers some of the best odds, even though there are 7 numbers on a ticket. This is because each number is only 1 to 35, while in most other large lotteries the number range is significantly higher.
In addition to the main lottery, the Swedish Lotto offers something called the Extra Game, a way of both winning money outright regardless of your results in the main lottery, and also a way to multiply your winnings in the main lottery.
The jackpot prize in the Swedish Lotto is variable, as the jackpot value rolls over to the next drawing if no winning ticket is issued. In addition to the overall jackpot, a number of other prizes for partial matches of numbers exist.
One thing to note is that unlike many lotteries, the lower prize values are not fixed, but instead are dependent on ticket sales. The below values are estimates.
The full prize structure is:
- Match all 7 Numbers plus 2+ matches in Extra Game – Jackpot
- Match 7 Numbers – €150,000* (estimated)
- Match 6 Numbers plus Joker Number – €3,400* (estimated)
- Match 6 Numbers – €360* (estimated)
- Match 5 Numbers – €13* (estimated)
- Match 4 Numbers – €2.3* (estimated)
If you choose to play the Extra Game, you’ll also select a 7 digit number. This is your Extra Game number. When the main lottery numbers are drawn, a 7 digit number will also be created.
Depending on how many exact matches your Extra Game number has with the one created by the Swedish Lotto, you can either win money outright, or else multiply your winnings from the main lottery.
A couple of examples to make things clear:
Let’s say your Extra Game number is 9753135. The Extra Game number drawn is 1743221.
You match twice, 9753135. You don’t win the main Swedish Lotto, but for getting two matches in the Extra Game you win a prize of €7.22.
Let’s say your Extra Game number is 9753135. The Extra Game number drawn is 9758135.
You match six times, 9753135. You win €111 in the main Swedish Lotto, and now you also win €22,300 from the six matches in the Extra Game. All in all, you win €22,411.
Please note that extra game matches must be in the exact same spot of the number. Having a 1 in the 5th position does you no good if a 1 is drawn in the 2nd position.
Also, you must buy the Extra Game option on your ticket to win the absolute grand prize, as this is won by matching all 7 numbers in the main Swedish Lotto and also having at least 2 matches in the Extra Game.
The Swedish Lotto doesn’t have a set number that the jackpot is guaranteed to meet or exceed.
In the even that a given jackpot rolls over, the next drawing’s jackpot will be significantly higher.
If no jackpot matching ticket is sold, the Swedish Lotto will continue to roll over. Swedish Lotto jackpots can reach into tens of millions of dollars.
The Swedish Lotto is available for any Swedish citizens who want to purchase a ticket. Additionally, anyone can buy a ticket to play the Swedish Lotto online. A number of third party sources exist for purchasing Swedish Lotto tickets.
The Swedish Lotto drawing happens twice each week, each Wednesday and Saturday evening. The Wednesday drawing is at 6:20 pm Central European Time Zone, and the Saturday drawing is at 8:00 pm CET.
A ticket for the Swedish Lotto without the Extra Game is €1.11. The Extra Game costs €1.11 extra, so a ticket to Swedish Lotto plus the Extra game is €2.22.
The odds of winning each of the possible prizes for the Swedish Lotto are as follows:
- Match all 7 Numbers plus 2+ matches in Extra Game – 1 in 337,915,578
- Match 7 Numbers – €150,000* 1 in 6,724,520
- Match 6 Numbers plus Joker Number – 1 in 240,161
- Match 6 Numbers – 1 in 40,027
- Match 5 Numbers – 1 in 847
- Match 4 Numbers – 1 in 59
The Swedish government does not have an income tax, so any winnings from the Swedish Lotto are not taxed at all.
International players playing Swedish Lotto through online services should check with their home country’s government to determine whether they owe their own government taxes on the winnings.
The biggest jackpot ever won in Swedish Lotto history was a jackpot win in April of 2013, which was worth about €25,000,000.
Several other large jackpots have been won:
- €22,500,000, in 2010
- €14,000,000, in 2011
- €13,000,000, in 2011
Not without criticism
According to the Swiss public (non-state) SRF television, the Swiss spend about 500 million francs, of which 300 million go to the lottery fund, which is then divided between 26 cantons of Switzerland. Where does the money go? Data for the last five years for 11 cantons show, what only 5% of the total amount of money, received through lotteries, goes to the income of small public associations, associations and unions (on average, these are amounts less than 10 thousand. francs). A third of the money is paid (tranches in the amount of at least 1 million. francs) such cultural institutions, like theaters, museums and concert halls.
Particular criticism is caused by the fact, what, according to Swiss news TV program Rundschau, money goes to projects not so, so to speak, "Obvious". for example, only for the construction of the building of the Museum of Fine Arts Zurich (Kunsthaus Zurich) spent on lotteries 30 million francs. In the canton of Aargau, the state-owned transport company Postauto (PostBus) received from the same sources 1,5 million. Swiss francs for your own "research project".
And if you fill out the lottery ticket form with your left hand?
In the same canton 250 000 Swiss "lottery" francs went to the celebrations marking the election of Doris Leuthard to the Swiss government, to the Federal Council. “The reason for such abuse was the lack of supervision over the spending of funds., and also the propensity of the cantons to use assets, accumulated through lotteries, in "self-service" mode, - points out Fabian Schnell (Fabian Schnell), expert of the liberal think tank Avenir Suisse.