The World’s Biggest Lotteries


Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is the oldest running lottery

The Staatsloterij is the oldest running lottery in the world, dating back to 1445. It is a popular form of taxation in the Netherlands, raising funds for charities and poor people. The Dutch lottery pays out millions of Euros in prize money every month. In the past, jackpots have reached EUR 37 million.

Lotteries are games of chance, and some governments ban them, while others endorse them and regulate them. The Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is one of the oldest running lotteries in the world, and has given out more than EUR 188 million to charities since its establishment in 1665. The concept of a lottery has its roots in the ancient Han Chinese, where lotteries were popular for raising funds to build public roads and fortify towns.

New South Wales has one of the largest lotteries in Australia

In the early twentieth century, New South Wales was plagued by a financial crisis. The Bank of Van Diemen’s Land was closed and there was a desperate need to find money for the state’s hospitals. As a result, a government-approved lottery was developed, called the Grand Lottery. It offered a wide range of prizes, including cash and real estate. However, one lucky winner was later sued by a friend over his ticket purchase. In 1931, the New South Wales State Lottery was launched, which was intended to relieve the financial burden and fund medical facilities.

The New South Wales Lotteries are owned and operated by the New South Wales Government. The games are distributed throughout the state by a network of agents. Last financial year, the Australian lottery industry contributed $1.6 billion to various community initiatives, including hospitals, disaster relief, education, and health research.

Spanish state-owned Loteria Espanola

Spanish state-owned Loteria Espanol is the country’s largest lottery, and it attracts millions of players every week. The lottery is conducted by a state-owned company, Sociedad Estatal Loterias y Apuestas del Estado, which reports to the Ministry of Finance. It oversees the operation and marketing of all games.

The Spanish lottery is held on December 22nd. There are two types of draw: one for regular players and one for non-residents. In the regular Loteria Espanola, ticket holders select six numbers from a pool of 49, and the winning numbers are drawn by computer from the pool. The prize money is split between the winners and others with the same numbers. Players may opt to buy a single ticket or a series of multiple tickets. Each ticket costs 1.17 euros, while two tickets cost 2.35 euros. If you’re a regular player, you can also join the lottery’s club. This service offers 182 combinations for 5.95 euros.