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Luxembourg lotteries — possible winnings, laws and more

In this article we will tell you all about lotteries in Luxembourg, the rules of playing and winning lotteries, legal offices organizing lotteries and much more.

Last time updated
07.06.24

In Europe, the first lotteries were held in Roman times as entertainment at dinner parties. Guests were given tickets and the prizes were painted dishes. Over time, the lottery became a game of chance, with objects and money being drawn on tickets. It is in this form that lotteries have survived to this day.

Lotteries are legal in Luxembourg. But there are nuances.

18 years
The minimum age for gambling: people under this age have no right to participate
1 entity
Second, only one online gambling organization, the National Lottery (Loterie Nationale), has the legal right to run lotteries
3rd ranked
In 2008, Luxembourg ranked third in the EU in terms of gross gambling revenue per capita

The National Lottery of Luxembourg was first established in 1945, with the primary goal to aid post-war reconstruction efforts.

The legal landscape of lotteries in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, the primary legislation overseeing gambling activities is the Gambling Law established in 1977. The initial clause of this law clearly states that gambling is prohibited within the country, emphasizing the concern over its potential to lead to irrational and destructive behavior among participants. This strict stance reflects the government's commitment to safeguarding the well-being of its citizens and mitigating the risks associated with gambling.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for issuing licenses for activities such as lotteries, online betting, and casino games. However, it is important to note that permits for lotteries are exclusively granted when the event's purpose is to support public benefits, charitable causes, or projects related to fields like religion, science, art, education, sports, and tourism. This ensures that such gambling activities contribute positively to the community and support meaningful causes.

Luxembourg currently has two gambling operators:
Casino 2000 Montdorf
National Lottery
Land-based casinos
Online gambling

The exact amount of tax depends on the amount of income — Luxembourg has a progressive tax system. The more you earn, the higher your taxes. There is an upper limit: starting from an income of 200,000 euros per year, you will pay 42%, and this percentage will not increase even if you start receiving dozens of times more money.

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Popular lottery games in Luxembourg

Lottery games are a favorite among Luxembourg players both online and offline. Lottery tickets can be purchased at the following lottery centres. They usually vary in rules and the game itself, as well as the price of the ticket and possible winning sum.

Loterie Nationale: Agence Belle Etoile
Minimal bet — €2;
Open weekdays and SaturdayClosed in 21:00
The Loterie Nationale: Agence Belle Etoile is a major attraction for those seeking their fortune. It offers a wide range of lottery and gaming options. This is a hub of excitement and fun for those who want to try their luck in the world of gambling.
Rte d'Arlon, 8050 Bertrange, Luxembourg
+(352) 22 57 58 51
MON — THU, SAT
8:00 – 20:00
FRI
8:00 – 21:00
SUN
Closed
Loterie Nationale
Record winning — €17 million;
Open weekdays and SaturdayClosed in 17:00
The Loterie Nationale in Luxembourg offers a variety of opportunities to try your luck and potentially win life-changing prizes.
18, Rue Léon Laval, 3372 Leudelange, Luxembourg
+(352) 22 57 58 551
MON — FRI
7:30 – 18:30
SAT
8:30 – 12:30 and 13:00 – 17:00

The game operates on a 6/49 format, meaning participants choose six numbers out of a possible 49. Additionally, there are two supplementary games, Super 6 and Spiel 77, that players can opt to partake in for an enhanced gaming experience.

For those interested in trying their luck with the Lotto, entry forms can be conveniently validated through any authorized National Lottery agent or directly via the official National Lottery website.

The odds of winning the Lotto are 1 in 125,854,344.

How to play?

  1. Select 6 main numbers from 1 to 49.
  2. Pick 1 bonus number from 0 to 9.
  3. Buy a ticket
  4. Match the numbers to win the jackpot.
€14 000 000
the amount of the last jackpot drawn on August 23, 2023
€15 000 000
won by a Luxembourg resident and another player in February 2023

Additionally, Luxembourg offers the Extra Lux game as an optional add-on to EuroMillions, providing players with the opportunity to win extra prizes up to €100,000. This game involves matching a specific series of numbers from the EuroMillions ticket, with certain numbers discounted.

Beyond the excitement of the game, EuroMillions also plays a crucial role in supporting community projects across Luxembourg. Funds raised from ticket sales contribute to various social, cultural, and sports initiatives, demonstrating the lottery's commitment to giving back to the community. 

 The chance of winning EuroMillions is 1 in 139,838,160, the results are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.

How to play?

  1. Select 5 main numbers from 1 to 50.
  2. Select 2 bonus numbers from 1 to 12.
  3. Buy a ticket.
  4. Match the numbers to win the jackpot.
€83,000,000
the amount of the lottery jackpot that was drawn on August 25, 2023
€17 000 000
a minimum guaranteed jackpot that can grow to € 240,000,000

Scratch cards can be played online at Luxembourg lottery ticket sites: don't scratch the screen though, just click.

How to participate in the lottery in Luxembourg

Playing the online and offline lottery is elementary for both Luxembourg citizens and residents. The game is based on three simple actions.

Traditional
Traditional lotteries hold regular draws, and participants find out if they've won by checking the results during or after the drawing. In a traditional lottery, these are ✔ coming to the store ✔ buying a paper ticket ✔ entering the draw
Digital
Online lotteries have adapted to this format, often notifying players of the outcomes via email. Additionally, some online lottery platforms have embraced the live drawing experience, streaming the event in real time, similar to offline lotteries. This provides players with a transparent and immediate way to witness the drawing process and discover if they have won, all from the convenience of their own devices.In the digital version of the classic paper lottery, i.e. the online lottery, the steps are ✔ going to the website ✔ buying a digital ticket ✔ entering the online draw (if there is one)

Lottery proceeds not only go to charitable causes, social projects and community initiatives but also literally help fight the climate crisis. The People's Postcode Lottery has millions of players, and everyone who buys a ticket cooperates with Greenpeace and helps to preserve nature.

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Authors: Sergey
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