With Christmas in July offers exclusively at theLotter and the occasional super draw thrown in for good measure, lottery fans should always expect the unexpected in lotto world! This week’s top five lotteries on theBig are scattered around the globe, from the USA, to Spain, around Europe and the UK with at least one thing in common: jackpots that outshine the competition and heat up the summer with huge prizes!
US Powerball High on the Charts Once Again
This week’s theBig list opens with the renowned US Powerball offering an $80 million jackpot for the approaching Wednesday draw on July 10th. The multi-state lotto is one of America’s favourite lotteries and holds the record for the world’s second highest prize ever with the Powerball’s biggest winning ticket of $590 million. The 84-year-old Florida resident, Gloria C. Mackenzie, is the wealthy owner of that May 2013 jackpot that broke the previous year’s $588 million record. Countless lottery players join the biweekly Powerball draws every Wednesday and Saturday by choosing five numbers and a sixth Powerball number from a smaller guess range for a chance at winning the $1 million second prize or the mammoth jackpot sum that always starts at $40 million.
Spain is back on the Map
One spot after the reigning Powerball, we can find the Spanish La Primitiva as #2 on both theBig and the Smart lists. It appears that 2013 is the year for La Primitiva record jackpots! The last time this Spanish lottery created a record-breaker was earlier this year in January with a €32 million first place prize and is now topping that with a €58 million jackpot. It seems the Spanish lottery is unstoppable and there’s no telling when it will stop rolling over. Lottery players are welcome to purchase a La Primitiva subscription on theLotter to guarantee not to miss future draws.
European Lotteries Mark Their Spot
The 3rd and 4th places on theBig are now taken by Europe’s EuroJackpot and Euromillions. This is one of the rare times in which the EuroJackpot has managed to get an edge on Euromillions with a €3 million lead. The EuroJackpot was created less than two years ago and already in April this year reached a €45 million top prize, half its jackpot cap. The Euromillions parted from €190 million in 2012, when it handed out the largest European lottery jackpot on the continent. A recent June 25th Euromillions draw was thought to perhaps surpass that record as the lottery continued to roll over seven consecutive times and reached a €185 million jackpot. On the lottery’s 51st draw of the year, two winners split the jackpot which was estimated at over €187 million, each taking home a close to €94 million top prize.
Sunny Lotteries Still HOT!
TheBig’s #6 and #7 are sunny lotteries, Florida and California state lotteries, with $34 million and $29 million jackpots, respectively. Both American lotteries are played twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday evening, and are won by matching six numbers. In the California SuperLotto the player’s guess includes an additional Mega number. The Florida Lotto produces some of the biggest US state lottery jackpots, including a $106 million top prize won in September 1990. If the jackpot isn’t won and continues to roll over, the lottery may break its record from more than 20 years ago!
Down under with an Ozzie Lottery
Coming up as #9 on both theBig and theSmart, the Australian Powerball offers eight tax-free prize categories. The many amazing prize options this lottery offers every Thursday draw and the lump-sum paid winnings, make the Australian Powerball one of the county’s most played lottos. Players choose six numbers from a 1-40 guess range and an additional Powerball number from a separate 1-20 guess range. There are almost two days remaining till the AU$ 20 million draw so lottery fans should hurry to purchase their tickets.
New Record for the Romanian Lotto 6/49
One of the newest faces to theBig is the Romanian Lotto 6/49 coming in at #10 and theSmart’s #8. The lottery has once again rolled over, reaching a new high RON 49.4 million jackpot and breaking its record RON 47 million top prize. Lotto 6/49 occurs biweekly on Thursday and Sunday evenings and is played by choosing 6 numbers from a 49 number guess range, as the lottery’s name implies. The game offers good winning odds beginning at 1:57 and four prize categories.
theLotter players are invited to view theBig and theSmart lists on a daily basis to play the highest and most cost-efficient lotteries available around the globe.