The Icelandic national lottery is set for one of its biggest jackpots to date, following six rollovers.
Tonight’s draw is one of the competition’s most highly anticipated for years.
The jackpot has not been won by anybody for the last six weeks and is therefore about seven times bigger than normal. The top prize is set to be around ISK 80 million (USD 713,300/EUR 514,270).
That is a lot of money to most people and would be very welcome by anyone – although it is a tiny amount compared to lotto jackpots in most countries. Especially on a seven-week rollover!
Icelanders regularly joke about their lottery, making up headlines like “Jackpot Winner Blows It All on Second-Hand Car”. The national lottery company is a major charitable donor to sports in Iceland, however – especially to the national Olympic committee.
The biggest ever prize was ISK 139 million, which was split between two lucky winners last December. Before that, the largest ever jackpot was ISK 82 million.
The national Icelandic lottery, Lottó, requires players to select just five numbers from 40, instead of the more usual six from 49 – thus increasing their chances of winning. But those hoping to win larger prizes can also play the pan-Nordic and Baltic Viking Lottery on Wednesdays and the Eurojackpot lottery on Fridays. All three games are run by Íslensk Getspá and benefit charitable causes.
Tickets for tonight’s draw are on sale until 18.40.