Mega-Sena

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The Mega-Sena is the largest lottery in Brazil, held by the Caixa Econômica Federal bank.

Drawings[edit]

Drawings are conducted twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The drawings consist of picking balls from 2 spinning spherical cages. They are picked in pairs, in order to form a 2 digit decimal number from 01 to 60. The first cage has balls ranging from 0 to 5 for the first digit, and the other one has balls ranging from 0 to 9 to be used in the second digit. In the event of the number 00 showing up, it will be replaced by the number 60 for prize purposes. When 6 unique 2 digit numbers are drawn, the drawing is concluded.

Betting[edit]

Contestants may bet in the range of 6 to 15 numbers, out of 60, and scoring 4, 5 or 6 points will grant prizes. Bet prices escalate depending on how many possible groups of 6 numbers exist within the numbers chosen, so they vary between R$2.00 for 6 numbers (only 1 game possible) to R$10,010.00 for 15 numbers (5005 games possible). The chances of winning the biggest prize when placing a minimum bet are 1 in 50,063,860.

Contestants can choose to play a "Surpresinha" entry, which will generate their numbers randomly. They can also opt to enter these numbers for 2, 4 or 8 consecutive draws in advance.[1]

Prizes[edit]

Raw prizes correspond to 46% of raw income from bets. Out of this figure:

  • 35% will go to people who scored 6 numbers.
  • 19% will go to people who scored 5 numbers.
  • 19% will go to people who scored 4 numbers.
  • 22% will accumulate for a special drawing occurring once every 5 times.
  • 5% will accumulate for Mega Da Virada, the special New Years drawing (see below

Income tax will deduct 13.8% from all the previous items. The net value for prizes is actually 32.2% of lottery earnings.

Winners have 90 days to claim their prizes. Prizes below R$800 can be claimed at a lottery house. Prizes above R$800 must be claimed at the Caixa Econômica Federal bank. If the 90 day period expires, prize money is transferred to the national treasury and invested in educational programs.

Beneficiaries[edit]

The other 54% of lottery income is spent on costs and then redistributed to several social programmes.

Mega da Virada[edit]

A special drawing called Mega da Virada is held on New Year's Eve every year. The drawing is extremely popular among Brazilians because of its large jackpot. Regular Mega-Sena draws throughout the year put aside 5% of the proceeds for Mega da Virada. Record Mega da Virada jackpots include R$194.3 million in 2010 and R$144.9 million in 2009.

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