Launch Date

December 5, 1990

Modification Date

January 26, 2009

Game Objective

LOTTO is a numerical lottery game of chance. It requires the exact match of six (6) numbers (main numbers) drawn out of a series of forty nine (49) numbers ranging from 1 to 49, as well as a bonus number (seventh) which is drawn last, out of the remaining numbers in the 49-number series, which is required forthe second prize category, namely the new 5+1 category. Players can participate by marking single columns or using systems (full, standardised or combined).

Who wins?

There are five (5) prize categories. Every winning ticket, according to the predictions included, belongs to only one prize category:

a)     Winning tickets matching all six (6) main numbers (6er) belong in the first prize category (I)

b)     Winning tickets matching five (5) out of the six (6) main numbers and the bonus (seventh) number (5+1) belong in the second prize category (II).

c)      Winning tickets matching five (5) out of the six (6) main numbers (5er) belong in the third prize category (III)

d)     Winning tickets matching four (4) out of the six (6) main numbers (a quadruple) belong in the fourth prize category (IV)

e)     Winning tickets matching three (3) out of the six (6) main numbers drawn (a triple) belong in the fifth prize category (V).

Fund Distribution and Earnings per Winning Ticket

The total amount distributed as earnings in first prize category (I) is 20,37% of the gross pool fund of each draw, equally divided among the winning tickets of this category. The amounts paid as winnings per ticket in the other four (4) categories are fixed and stand as follows:

a)     For every winning ticket in the second prize category (II) the amount payable are fifty thousand euros (€ 50,000).

b)     For every winning ticket in the third prize category (III) the amount payable are one thousand five hundred euros (€ 1.500).

c)      For every winning ticket in the fourth prize category (VI) the amount payable are thirty euros (€ 30).

d)     For every winning ticket in the fifth prize category (V) the amount payable is one euro and fifty cents (€ 1.5).


When there are no winning tickets in the first prize category (I), then the amount corresponding to this prize category is not distributed and there is a rollover to the next draw at which time it is added to the amount distributed in the same prize category (JACK POT).

How much does it cost?

The amount per column, which consists of six (6) marked numbers for one draw, is € 0.50. Minimum participation is one (1) column perTicket.

Where can I play?

Valid tickets are sold exclusively in OPAP S.A. agencies.

End of participation

Entries stop at approximately half an hour before the designated draw time.


LOTTO draws take place on Wednesday andSaturday eveningson 22:00 and are broadcasted live by ΕΡΤ2  television channel. The winning numbers and distribution results are published on the website of OPAP S.A. just a few minutes after the completion of the draw. The results are also broadcasted in the agencies using the HORIZON system and can be obtained by placing a call to 14944 (OTE) .


General participation terms

·         Participation in draws/competitions takes place with the sole responsibility of participants and implies the full, absolute and unreserved acceptance of all relevant provisions of law in force as well as of the terms and conditions as they are defined every time by OPAP S.A.

·         Play slips are used only for the processing of players/participants' selections by the Central Processing Information System and do not constitute evidence of an Entry.A valid entry Ticket is issued only by the specific terminals when the appropriate amount due is paid.

·         Upon receipt of the Ticket the participant must check its validity and that it contains all the selections entered on the specific play slip.

·         OPAP S.A. is not responsible if, for any reason, elements of a Ticket are not entered in the Central Processing System or if those have not been safeguarded according to the provisions of law in force. In that case, the owner of the ticket is not entitled to any prize money or compensation.

·         The participant has the right to ask for the cancellation of his participation and the refund of the value of the Ticket only when this is permitted according to the terms and conditions as defined by OPAP S.A.

·         Within a period of six (6) days from the completion of the draw of the winning numbers, any interested party may submit an objection to OPAP S.A. if the Central Processing System does not recognize the winnings that result from the specific Ticket.

Claiming Prizes

·         Prizes are payable to the holder of a winning ticket. In case of loss of a winning ticket the player is not entitled to prize money or other form of compensation.

·         Prizes are paid either by authorized OPAP S.A. retailers, or by authorized Banks following the procedures established by OPAP S.A.

·         Upon prize payment, the corresponding taxes are withheld by OPAP S.A. according to the provisions of law in force.

·         After a period of three (3) months from the draw of the winning column any prize claim is void.

·         Tickets who are destroyed or 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.

·         OPAP S.A can issue a winnings receipt following the submission of a request.

Legal Framework

General Rules (Only Greek),   LOTTO Rules (Only Greek)

Printed Material

LOTTO Player Handbook (Only Greek)

History – Evolution of the Game

Lotteries made their first appearance in the Middle Ages, but LOTTO itselfappears for the first time in Italy in mid 1700 AD, under the name of "LOTTO DI GENOVA" with an initial combination of numbers ranging from "5 to 90".

In the next 100 years LOTTO spreads in Germany where it becomes very popular. LOTTO in its current form was established in Germany in 1955 and then spread all over the world in many varied forms.

LOTTO became very popular in the countries where it was played and the reason for that is the appeal of a large prize, combined to a relatively low participation cost, depending on the player's financial situation and wish.

In Greece, LOTTO was launched in December 5, 1990, and the column price then was 30 drachmas. From October 26, 1994 up until January 25, 2009, the price per column was € 0.15 and from January 26, 2009, the price per column was established at € 0.50.

In November 12, 1997, LOTTO was modified and renamed NEO LOTTO, and a new prize category was established (triples) as well as a new lowest prize of 100 drachmas (€ 0.30) for the winners of all prize categories.

In January 26, 2009, a new prize category (5+1), fixed prizes per winning ticket (for the 5+1, 5,4,3 prize categories) and the limit of minimal participation were introduced and the lowest prize of 100 drachmas (€ 0.30) for winners in all prize categories was abolished. Furthermore, today, the new redesigned play slip is in place offering players more options and the possibility to participate in consecutive and future draws.