Lottery Jackpots are the top prize all of us are aiming for when we buy lottery tickets. However, jackpots, rules and rollovers vary depending on which lottery draw you’re playing, and so here, we give you a rundown on the most popular lottery jackpots around the world and the things you need to know if you’re playing for them!
Australian Lottery: Now the Oz Lotto or Australian Lottery offers several lottery draws, with jackpots ranging across the draws. Do remember that all of the Oz lottery jackpots are different and rules for playing change from game to game too.
Euromillions Lottery: The Euromillions jackpot is up for grabs twice-weekly, every Tuesday and Friday evening. Base jackpots for the Euromillions start at €15 million, but the top prize has been known to top €100 million as rollovers are common. There is also a jackpot cap on the Euromillions, last set at €185 million, should the jackpot reach this then any remaining funds roll down to the next prize tier.
Irish Lottery: The Irish Lottery is one of the most popular lottery draws around the world. Irish Lottery jackpots are up for grabs every Wednesday and Saturday evening and base jackpots start at a guaranteed €2 million. Rollovers are common and the top prize on the Irish Lottery has been known to reach €18 million.
Lotto 6/49 Canada: The Lotto 6/49 is a twice-weekly lottery draw taking place in Canada. Lotto 6/49 jackpots start at a base $3.5 million and record jackpots on the lottery draw have been known to exceed $50 million.
Mega Millions Lottery: The Mega Millions is one of two multi-state US lottery draws. Jackpots are up for grabs every Tuesday and Friday evening, and while base jackpots are just $12 million, rollovers are common. The top prize on the Mega Millions Lottery regularly reaches nine-figures and the record jackpot on the lottery is over $300 million! Mega Millions jackpots must also be taken either as a smaller lump-sum payment, or over 26 years as annuity payments. Mega Millions jackpots are also subject to tax.
National Lottery UK: The main National Lottery draw is the UK Lotto and this jackpot goes up for grabs every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Base prizes vary from £2.2 million on Wednesday evening to £4.4 million at the weekend. Lottery rollovers are not uncommon and top prizes have been known to reach £22 million. There is a rule in place that states, UK Lotto jackpots cannot roll more than four times, in the event of no winner on the fourth rollover, the jackpot fund will be split between 5+1 winners.
Powerball Lottery: The Powerball Lottery is the other multi-state American Lottery draw and jackpots for this are up for grabs every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Base jackpots for the Powerball Lottery are $20 million, but have been known to exceed $200 million, as rollovers are common. Just like the Mega Millions Lottery, players must choose annuity payments or a lump sum and Powerball Lottery wins are also subject to taxes.
SuperEnalotto Italy: The SuperEnalotto jackpot is one of the most difficult in the world to win. Base jackpots start low, and climb slowly but as rollovers are so common on the Italian Lottery, top tier prizes regularly smash €100 million, making it one of the richest lottery draws in the world.