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Vikinglotto (formerly known in Denmark as Onsdags Lotto, "Wednesday Lotto", as Víkingalottó in Iceland, and as Vikingų Loto in Lithuania) is a partnership between the national lotteries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia (in 2017) and Belgium (in 2020). Vikinglotto started in 1993 and was the first of its kind in Europe.
Tickets and draws
Tickets can be purchased from authorised retailers or online in each of the ten participating countries. The cost per combination varies in each member country, ranging from just €1.00 in Latvia to 90kr. (approximately €0.71) in Iceland up to €10.00 in Belgium.[better source needed]
For every line or combination a player enters into the draw, they must select six main numbers, which can be any distinct integers from 1 to 48. Then, they must also pick one bonus number, known as the Viking number, from between 1 and 5 (previously 8).[better source needed]
In the past drawings, two bonus numbers and one special number were drawn, but these were replaced by the Viking number in May 2017.[better source needed]
During the draw, six main numbers are drawn from 1 - 48 and the additional Viking number is drawn from a separate pool of 1 - 5 (again previously 8). As the Viking number is drawn from a different pool, the same number could appear twice in a single draw - once as a main number and once as the Viking number.[better source needed]
The Vikinglotto jackpot starts at €3 million and can grow to a maximum of €25 million (previously €35 million). The jackpot and the second prize are shared between all participating countries on a pari-mutuel basis, and all contribute to the prize fund for these two tiers. Smaller prizes are determined nationally, using the remaining funds from ticket sales. This arrangement differs from EuroMillions and Eurojackpot, where all prize categories are common to all participating countries.
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- Danske Spil (in Danish)
- Eesti Loto (in Estonian and Russian)
- Íslensk Getspá/Getraunir (in Icelandic)
- Veikkaus (in Finnish, Swedish, and English)
- Norsk Tipping (in Norwegian)
- Svenska Spel (in Swedish)
- Latvijas Loto (in Latvian and Russian)
- Olifėja (in Lithuanian)
- Vikinglotto Loterija Slovenije (in Slovenian)
- Vikinglotto (in Dutch)
- Vikinglotto (in French)