Vikinglotto

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Vikinglotto
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Vikinglotto countries in Europe (2020)

Vikinglotto (formerly known in Denmark as Onsdags Lotto, "Wednesday Lotto", and as Víkingalottó in Iceland) is a cooperation between the national lotteries in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia (in 2017) and Belgium (in 2020).[2] Vikinglotto started in 1993[1] and was the first of its kind in Europe.[citation needed]

Tickets and Draws[edit]

Draws are held at 20:00 CET every Wednesday evening and they take place at Norsk Tipping in Hamar, Norway.[better source needed]

Tickets can be purchased from authorised retailers, or online, in each of the ten participating countries. In Belgium tickets can be purchased online only. The cost per combination varies in each member country, ranging from just €0.80 in Latvia and 90kr. (approximately €0.71) in Iceland up to €10.00 in Belgium.[better source needed]

Play[edit]

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, players had to select two additional numbers (Lucky Numbers) 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]

Prize Structure[edit]

The Vikinglotto jackpot starts at €3 million and can grow up 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 at a national level, using the remaining funds from ticket sales. This arrangement is different from EuroMillions where all prize categories are common to all participating countries.

Belgium offer the most prize tiers, with nine different ways to win. The lowest prize in this country is awarded for matching just two main numbers. Sweden offers the fewest chances to win with just five prize tiers available. Players here must match at least three main numbers to earn a prize.[better source needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Meyer, Gerhard; Hayer, Tobias; Griffiths, Mark, eds. (2009). Problem Gambling in Europe: Challenges, Prevention, and Interventions. Springer. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-387-09485-4 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Nicolas Robineau. "Lancement de la loterie Viking Lotto en Belgique". Tirage-Gagnant..

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