FAQs

Below are the most common questions about playing Vikinglotto, covering everything from how to play the game to where to find the latest results. If you have a question that is not covered here, our Information pages will have the answer.

When do Vikinglotto draws take place?

Draws take place every Wednesday shortly after 20:00 CET at the Norsk Tipping headquarters in Hamar, Norway.

Which countries participate in Vikinglotto?

There are nine participating countries. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland were the five founding nations in 1993. Estonia then became the sixth nation to join in 2000, followed by Latvia and Lithuania in 2011 and Slovenia in 2017.

When do ticket sales close?

The deadline for ticket sales varies by country. See the table below for a list of ticket cut-off times:

CountryTicket Sales Close
Norway18:00 CET
Finland 19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
Denmark 17:55 CET
Sweden 18:00 CET
Iceland 16:00 GMT (17:00 CET)
Lithuania 19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
Slovenia 18:00 CET
Estonia 19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
Latvia 19:00 EET (18:00 CET)

Is there a minimum jackpot?

The minimum guaranteed jackpot is €3 million.

How much does it cost to play?

See the table below for the cost of playing in each country:

CountryCost per Line
Norway6 kr
Finland€0.80 + €0.40 for Plus number
Denmark6 kr – minimum two lines
Sweden10 kr
Iceland90 kr
Lithuania€1.50 for two lines
Slovenia€1.10
Estonia€1.00
Latvia€0.80

What age do you to have to be to play?

You must be at least 18 years of age to play in seven of the nine participating countries. You can play from 16 years of age in Estonia and Lithuania.

How do I play Vikinglotto?

Choose six main numbers between 1 and 48 and one Viking number between 1 and 8. The Viking number can be the same as a main number. See the How to Play page for more details.

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets by visiting an authorised retailer in any one of the nine participating countries. Alternatively, you can enter online by visiting a lottery concierge service.

You can also register for a ‘player card’ to buy lottery tickets in Norway, Finland and Sweden.

How do I register for a player card?

In Norway, visit an authorised Vikinglotto retailer and ask to register for a player card. You will need to produce a Norwegian bank card, driver’s license or passport as proof of identity, as well as providing personal details such as your name, address and bank account details. You can also register online through the website of lottery provider Norsk Tipping.

In Finland, you must register for a Veikkaus player card online, providing your Finnish personal identification number and bank account details. This information will then be checked with the Population Register Centre to confirm that you are a Finnish citizen.

If you’re playing in Sweden, you can also register for a player card online by visiting the website of lottery provider Svenska Spel. You must be able to provide proof of identity, such as a driving license or passport, as well as your name, contact information and details of a Swedish bank account.

Can I enter online from outside the nine participating countries?

Yes, lottery concierge services give players around the world the opportunity to play Vikinglotto. Just check the lottery service you are using accepts players from the country you are in and follow the on-site instructions to buy tickets safely and securely. You can either choose your own numbers or use a Quick Pick to generate a random selection. You can also enter draws in advance.

How does the Joker game work?

The Joker is an additional game that you can enter alongside Vikinglotto, giving you more chances of winning a prize. It involves matching a series of winning numbers in the exact order they are drawn.

Six countries have their own version of the Joker draw. It is not possible to play in Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia. Visit the Joker page for more information about the game.

Can I play system games?

Yes, systems can be used to increase your chances of winning by allowing you to cover all number combinations from a certain range. You can find out more information on the System Games page.

How do I win the jackpot?

You can win the jackpot by matching all six main numbers and the Viking number. The jackpot and second prize tier are shared among the nine participating countries, but the lower prize tiers are set by each individual country. Visit the Prizes page for more information.

How long do I have to claim a prize?

Claiming prizes depends on which country you played in and the amount you have won. The table below shows how long players from each country have to claim. Visit the How to Claim page to find out more about collecting winnings.

CountryClaim Period (from date of winning draw)
NorwayPrizes less than 10,000 kr – paid automatically into player card account*
Prizes of 10,000 kr or more – paid automatically into registered bank account
FinlandWith player card - Paid automatically into registered bank account*
Without player card – 1 year
DenmarkPrizes less than 200 kr - 90 days. Prizes of 200 kr or more - 1 year
SwedenPrizes not claimed within 60 days are transferred into the registered bank account*
Iceland1 year
Lithuania60 days
Slovenia90 days
Estonia90 days
Latvia30 days

*Players in Finland, Norway and Sweden can register for a player card when purchasing a Vikinglotto ticket, both online and in stores. Any prizes won are then automatically paid into either the player card account or directly into the registered bank account.

Do I have to pay tax on winnings?

Only Latvia and Slovenia tax lottery winnings, but you should double-check the tax laws in the country where you entered the game. Tax rules and regulations vary depending on where you are playing from in the world. Visit the Tax page for more information.

Are all the numbers drawn from the same pool of balls?

No. The eight main numbers between 1 and 48 are drawn from one pool of balls and the Viking number between 1 and 8 is drawn from a separate pool of balls. This means that the Viking number drawn can be the same as one of the main numbers.

Does the jackpot roll over if it isn’t won?

Yes, the jackpot rolls over to the next draw if it isn’t won, up to a maximum of €35 million.

Is there a jackpot cap?

There is a jackpot cap of €35 million which is also in place for the second prize tier. If the jackpot is not won after reaching the cap, any additional funds over €35 million are transferred down to distribute among the winners in the second prize tier. The prize amount for the second tier can never be higher than the jackpot amount, and you can never win over €35 million.

Where can I find the latest results?

The latest numbers can be found on the results page. You can also check your local or regional television channels or visit an authorised ticket retailer to check the winning numbers.

Where does the money that Vikinglotto generates go?

The distribution of revenue is different in each country, but all participating countries contribute €0.11 from every ticket sold to fund the jackpot. They also each contribute €0.018 from every ticket sale to the shared second prize and €0.032 to the Booster Fund. Remaining revenue is then distributed at the discretion of the individual lottery providers, but it is primarily used to fund the lower prize tiers.

Many of the participating countries also donate a portion of their profits to good causes and charities. Norway, for example, uses all of the profits from their lottery games to fund sports, culture and humanitarian organisations in the country. Sweden uses its profits to help fund sports at all levels, from grassroots organisations to professional teams. Find out more on the Good Causes page.

What are the odds of winning the jackpot?

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 98,172,096.

How does the Booster Fund work?

€0.032 from every line of Vikinglotto numbers sold goes into a Booster Fund shared between all countries. This fund is used to ensure that there is always enough money for the guaranteed €3 million minimum jackpot. For countries that don’t use euros, the exchange rate on the day of the draw is used to determine how much they need to pay in to contribute an equal share. Visit the Prizes page for more information.

How many prize tiers are there?

The number of prize tiers varies between each country as each nation sets its own structure, with the exception of the jackpot and second prize tiers. The number of tiers for each country can be found on the Prizes page.

How do I claim a prize?

The claim process varies by country. In Norway, prizes of less than 10,000 kr are automatically paid into your player card account. Prizes of 10,000 kr or greater are transferred directly to your registered bank account. In Finland, if you have registered for a Veikkaus card, all prizes including the jackpot are automatically paid into your bank account. If you played Vikinglotto without a Veikkaus card, you must visit an authorised retailer, partner bank or the Veikkaus lottery headquarters to receive your prize, depending on how much you won.

Other countries require you to initiate the claim process. In Sweden, if you have not claimed your prize after 60 days, it will be transferred to your registered bank account. More details can be found on the How to Claim page.

When did the first draw take place?

The first draw took place on 17th March 1993.

What is Vikinglotto Plus?

For an additional €0.40 stake, players in Finland can opt to play the Plus number, which can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times, adding up to €1 million to the original value of the prize. If you match just the Plus number you win €5.

Can I play Vikinglotto Plus from anywhere?

No. Vikinglotto Plus can only be played in Finland and cannot be played in any other country.