Happy New Year! 2014 has now officially come and gone, but not without leaving its mark on the lottery world. It was an exciting year jam-packed with extra-ordinary jackpots, big wins, exciting new features and big lottery events.
2014 created many memorable lottery moments and changed the lives of many. Let’s take a look back at the lotto highlights of 2014!
2014 Started in Style with Loteria del Nino
What better way to kick off the New Year than with the world-famous Loteria del Nino. This Spanish lottery raffle is the New Year’s follow-up to the renowned Loteria de Navidad and is played across Spain and all over the world. The draw happened on January 6th 2014 and the total prize pool was €560 million! The first-division prize, or ‘El Gordo’, was worth €2,000,000 per ticket (€200,000 per share) and the winning ticket code was bought in Monforte de Lemos (Lugo).
France EuroMillions Launches My Million Raffle
To honour its 10 year anniversary, France EuroMillions added a bi-weekly raffle, to correspond with the regular lottery draws. This new raffle, called My Million raffle, followed close on the heels of the EuroMillions UK Raffle launch. Since the launch of My Million raffle, one player wins a guaranteed €1 million at each raffle draw. This draw happens on the same day as each France EuroMillions lottery draw, but is completely separate from the regular lottery draw - each ticket has a separate raffle code that is pre-printed on the ticket.
US Powerball Top Jackpot Win for 2014
The year’s top jackpot of $425.3 million was won on February 19th, 2014 by B. Raymond Buxton from California. The numbers for this winning Powerball lottery ticket were 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and Powerball 34.
EuroMillions Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!
Happy 10th Anniversary to EuroMillions! This massive pan-European lottery celebrated its 10 year anniversary on February 13th, 2014. Over its decade-long history, EuroMillions managed to create some very satisfied multi-millionaires, including Adrian and Gillian Bayford (who won €190 million in 2012) and Chris and Colin Weir (who won €185 million in 2011).
theLotter Releases iPad Lottery Results
Following the successful launch of theLotter’s iPhone app, theLotter introduced an all-new feature in February 2014. From this date on, players could now check lottery results for free, straight through their theLotter iPad app.
Mega Millions Creates Two New Mega Millionaires!
March was the month of making millionaires! After 20 rollovers, the Mega Millions jackpot managed to reach an epic $400 million in early 2014. The jackpot was finally won in March by two fortunate players - one from Florida and the other from Maryland. The winning numbers that earned them this massive prize were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and Mega Ball 7. Will any of these prove to be lucky numbers in 2015?
Easter and a New Lotto Feature!
April was Easter-time! And to add to the festive feel of the month, theLotter launched some exciting new features! The play page on our site was updated to make playing the world’s biggest lotteries even easier and more automated. theLotter also added more systematic form options to even more lotteries than before! Systematic forms allow players to use every possible combination of their chosen numbers, to improve their odds of winning!
theLotter Beats National Lottery Odds
When it comes to exceptional winning odds, the Spanish lottery raffles take the bull by the horns and lead the way. And the Loteria Nacional Extra monthly raffles are no exception with their 1:3 odds of winning a prize. In May 2014, theLotter beat these incredible winning odds! One in every 2.5 players who bought shares for the Loteria Nacional Extra May draw through theLotter won a prize! That’s remarkable odds. One in every 1.6 the shares sold at theLotter for this raffle was a winning share!
This just goes to show that you don’t need to be from Spain to play and win one of the famous Spanish raffles. All you need to do is buy raffle tickets online at theLotter, because theLotter players are even luckier than the locals!
theLotter Speaks Hungarian
Üdvözöljük a theLotter.com oldalán! theLotter launched in Hungarian in June 2014, bringing its total number of languages to 14! From this date on, Hungarian players around the world could now use the site in their own language, and receive sales and promotions in Hungarian too!
Loteria de Navidad Ticket Sale Launch
Christmas came early in 2014! In July, Loteria de Navidad (the Spanish Christmas Lottery) ticket sales officially opened six months before the December 22nd draw. The total prize pool for this exceptional Spanish raffle is €2.24 billion so ticket shares sell like hot cakes! Loteria de Navidad is the annual Spanish raffle that is played every year by the majority of the Spanish population, as well as by players from all over the world.
New York's Cash4Life Launches at theLotter
New York’s Cash4Life lottery joined theLotter in August 2014, pushing theLotter’s list of lotteries up to 45. This list has since grown to 49 of the top lotteries from across the globe. The Cash4Life lottery has 9 prize categories and incredible winning odds of 1:13. Draws happen twice per week, every Monday and Thursday evening. The jackpot is fixed at $7 million and there are loads of prizes to be won.
Finnish Player Wins Record-Breaking EuroJackpot Prize
Finland was one of the European countries that founded EuroJackpot, so it’s only fitting that a player from Finland won the record EuroJackpot prize of €61.2 million. This lucky lotto player from Espoo in Southern Finland matched all the winning numbers and took home the ultimate prize. The previous EuroJackpot record was €57.3 million, which was won by a Finnish syndicate of 10 players. Since EuroJackpot launched in 2012, this is the fourth win for Finland.
New Features at theLotter
theLotter is always looking for ways to make our players’ online lottery experience even easier and more enjoyable. So in September, theLotter streamlined our sign-in and log-in process. New players could join theLotter in one quick-and-easy step. theLotter’s iPhone app was improved too, to make playing it global even more convenient.
The new updates also added an extra security layer to theLotter’s already safe site. All the pages on the site switched to HTTPS for that added online protection.
EuroJackpot Adds Two New European Countries
The big news in the European lottery world was that two more countries joined EuroJackpot. On October 10th 2014, EuroJackpot added Hungary and Czech Republic to its list of countries. The more countries, the higher the prizes, so players across the globe welcomed the new members with open arms. Even if you’re not from one of the 16 participating European countries, you can play EuroJackpot online through theLotter.
EuroJackpot also tweaked some of its rules, for example the guess range for the additional numbers was increased from 1-8 to 1-10.
Swiss Lotto Goes Live at theLotter
Yet another lottery was added to theLotter’s repertoire of the world’s finest lotteries. Swiss Lotto gives players fantastic winning odds thanks to its small guess range and eight prize divisions. The first Swiss Lotto draw on theLotter happened on October 22nd, and ticket sales boomed!
EuroMillions €190 Million Jackpot Won by Portuguese Player!
Friday, October 24th was a very lucky day for one Portuguese lotto player. This anonymous winner grabbed the jaw-dropping, mouth-watering EuroMillions jackpot of €190 million! Or maybe it was a syndicate of players. Because the identity of the ticket-holder was never revealed we will never know for sure, but one thing we do know is that this player is now rich beyond his or her (or their) wildest dreams! The winning ticket was sold in the Portuguese district of Castelo Branco at the Sobedis store in the Alegro shopping mall. The lucky numbers that earned the prize were 3, 9, 20, 30, 42, and Lucky Stars 1 and 6.
EuroMillions UK Launches UK Millionaire Maker
October was a busy month for the pan-European lotteries. EuroMillions UK followed up EuroJackpot’s big announcement with an announcement of its own!
The EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle was relaunched as UK Millionaire Maker on October 31st. The rules generally stayed the same for this raffle, which has always been drawn coinciding with each EuroMillions UK draw. Each EuroMillions UK lottery ticket has its own unique raffle code, and one ticket-holder wins £1 million at each raffle draw, guaranteed!
UK Millionaire Maker, though, adds some more excitement into the mix with its Mega Friday special draws, On the last Friday of every month, UK Millionaire Maker holds its Mega Friday. In this special draw, multiple raffle codes win prizes as well as a special promotional offering.
The first Mega Friday was on Friday, October 31st and, in honour of the launch, 25 EuroMillions UK players won £1 million each! They were also rewarded with a 5-star luxurious trip to Makepeace Island in Australia.
Mega Millions Sets New Record
Mega Millions set a new record in November 2014. One ticket-holder from New York won the $321 million jackpot! Even though this isn’t the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever won, it is the largest jackpot won in this lottery by a single lotto ticket! The winning numbers were 9, 15, 24, 39 and 41, as well as Mega Ball 1.
California SuperLotto Plus Turns 30!
California SuperLotto Plus was born on November 6th, 1984 so this popular state lotto turned 30 years old in November, 2014. The biggest jackpot ever won for this lottery was $193 million, which was won in 2002. California SuperLotto Plus also offers Mega Millions and Powerball.
Happy 20th Anniversary UK National Lottery
November was a month of anniversaries! The UK National Lottery celebrated its 20 year anniversary on November 19th, 2014. After 20 epic years, this lottery has created many millionaires and changed the lives of many through its National Lottery Good Causes Fund.
theLotter Launches Online Lottery Syndicates
The big news in the online lottery world was the launch of theLotter’s online lottery syndicates! On November 24th, theLotter’s syndicates went live with four different syndicate types for the world’s top lotteries, and even more have been added since. A lottery syndicate is a group of lotto players who pool their money, buying many lottery tickets together. They split the costs and the wins and everybody gets a better chance of winning!
To end the year off with a bang, there were a whole lotto exciting events happening in the lottery world!
Greece Lotteries Go Live at theLotter
On December 8th, theLotter launched two new lotteries on the site – Greece Joker and Greece Lotto. These two popular Greek lotteries have no jackpot caps, so the prizes can roll over to exorbitant amounts! theLotter players can also play systematics for Greece Joker and Greece Lotto.
Loteria de Navidad Hands Out €2.24 Million in Prizes!
Topping the December popularity charts was the annual Loteria de Navidad. With its gigantic prize pool of €2.24 billion, it’s no wonder that this Spanish raffle was the talk of the town! The draw happened on Monday, December 22nd, and players across Spain and all over the world earned riches galore! theLotter players became big winners too and experienced incredible winning odds of 1:7, an exact match for the odds of the official Spanish Lottery!
We Have a Winner!
All in all, 2014 was a winner in the lottery world, and created many memorable lotto moments. What was your lottery highlight of 2014?
There is a whole lot more in store for lotto fans in 2015. The only way get involved and to be a part of lottery history is to buy lotto tickets. This could be your year of luck and good fortune, as long as you're in the game, that is!