Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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It appears for the first time in Italy in mid 1700s, under the name of "Lotto di Genova", with an initial combination of numbers ranging from "5 to 90". 
In the next 100 years, LΟΤΤΟ spreads in Germany and establishes its current form in 1955.
The appeal of a large prize, combined with a relatively low participation cost, made it one of the most popular games.

Standard systems offer you the ability to fill in fewer columns compared to those needed for a full system, while choosing the same amount of numbers. In total, there are 25 standard systems.

There are 7 free-standing systems, which can be played on any area of the play slip and are distinguished by the fact that the required potential successful predictions should be 6. The rest of them can only be used for permutations systems. 
The system code is marked in the "Codes" Field.
For more information you can visit Standard Systems section. 

The success rate in standard systems, once the predictions are verified, is not 100% as in full systems, but is related to the standard system you have chosen.

For more information you can visit Standard Systems section. 

According to the Hellenic Data Protection Authority, the publication of any details regarding the big winner, without the said person's consent, is not allowed. Respecting our players’ rights, we don’t disclose any details relating to the big winner.

You may send any complaints via email at complaints@opap.gr or you can contact us by phone on 18280*. 

Draw Process

Yes. Live draws can be watched by anyone interested (contact us at least 1 day in advance, on 210 5798888).

Winnings

Winnings are paid either through OPAP stores, after presenting the winning ticket, or by authorized banks, following the procedures established by OPAP S.A.

Note: Tickets who are lost, destroyed, altered or in any other case, cannot be validated and retrieved from the Central Processing System, are not valid and are not entitled to any prizes or any other claim for compensation by OPAP S.A.
 

Ticket redemption, for winnings up to 100.000€, may be carried out in any OPAP store as well as in OPAP S.A.'s offices in Athens and Thessaloniki. 

For amounts exceeding 100.000€, the payment request can only be issued at our offices in Athens, in order to protect the player’s identity. In any case the player does not wish to proceed to our offices, the redemption process may be carried out by an authorized lawyer.
 

Winnings certificate (for both OPAP S.A. and Hellenic Lotteries S.A.) is issued upon request.
The submission process can be completed through our website. For more information you can visit winningscertificates.opap.gr 

There is a progressive tax applying to the winnings of each slip per draw*, according to the following tax scale:

• winnings up to 100€ - Tax-free 
• winnings: 100,01€ to 200€ - Tax rate: 2,5% (on the amount exceeding 100€)
• winnings: 200,01€ to 500€ - Tax rate: 5,0% (on the amount exceeding 200€)
• winnings: 500,01€ to 2.500€ - Tax rate: 10,0% (on the amount exceeding 500€)
• winnings over 2.500€ - Tax rate: 20,0% (on the amount exceeding 2.500€)

*Regardless of the number of draws each slip participates in, the tax applies on the net winnings resulting from each draw separately, after subtracting the cost of the slip for the corresponding draw respectively.

Note: After a period of 3 months from the winning column draw, any prize claim is void.