Vikinglotto was Europe’s first multi-national lottery, and when it started in 1993 there were five participating countries: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway. The game has grown steadily throughout its history, with Estonia becoming the sixth country to join in 2000. Latvia and Lithuania both joined in 2011 and Slovenia became the latest nation to join in November 2017.
Every participating country contributes to a shared jackpot, and with such a large player base the top prize starts at €3 million and can grow quickly up to a maximum of €35 million. Each country contributes €0.16 from every line sold to fund the jackpot and second prize tiers, as well as the Booster Fund, which is used to ensure that the minimum jackpot amount can always be offered. The remaining €0.84 revenue from each line goes into the prize fund in each country.
For countries that use a different currency, the exchange rate on the day of the draw is used to determine how much they need to pay in to ensure their contribution is equal.
Select a country from the map below to view more information about the biggest prizes and winners in 2018
Game Rules in Each Country
The main Vikinglotto game is played in a similar way across all of the participating countries. Players choose six numbers plus a Viking number and win prizes by matching them with those drawn in the lottery. However, there are key differences between each nation. Prizes differ from country to country, with the exception of the jackpot and second tier amounts, and each lottery provider decides how it will distribute its own share of the prize fund. The cost of playing, minimum age and ticket cut-off times also vary.
Some countries offer supplementary games that can be played alongside Vikinglotto. Finland’s ‘Plus’ number gives players a random number and if it matches the one generated on the night of the main Vikinglotto draw, any prizes won are multiplied by five times their original value, up to a maximum of €1 million.
The Joker is one of the most common add-on games. This involves players trying to match a chosen set of numbers with a series of randomly generated numbers in the exact same order. The Joker is played in all countries that participate in Vikinglotto except for Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia.
To find out more information on country specific rules visit the How to Play page.