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The origins of Japanese Lottery games go back to the 17th Century but the Japan Lottery games of today began shortly after World War 2 in October 1945 when the Japanese government formed the very first State Lottery & called it Takarakuji宝くじ – which when literally translated means Fortune Lottery or Treasure Lottery.

The very first Japanese Lottery – Takarakuji – tickets were issued by the Japanese government on October 29th 1945.

Early Loto Japan – Takarakuji – games were so popular as the prizes on offer not only included cash but essential items and supplies such as high quality cotton cloth, pocket watches, saccharin, bicycles and sewing machines as well as whisky, cigarettes, horses and dairy cattle and even houses – all much sought after items in the post-war ecconomy.

A bit later in the 1960s – Lottery Japan prizes even included automobiles and luxury travel options.

In 1964 regional Japan Lottery organizations formed the Japan Lottery Association giving rise to the Japanese Lottery – Takarakuji – games of today which are sold by 6 regional organizations.

Japanese Lottery games come in 3 main types – the raffle ticket type such as the massive Japan JUMBO Draw, the number selection type such as LOTO6 and the scratch card variety.

The Mizuho Bank has a special relationship with the Takarakuji lotteries and is commissioned by the government to handle the operation of these Japanese Lottery games.

Some of the major Japanese Lottery games available include the world famous Japan JUMBO Draw – known as the richest Asian Lottery – Numbers, MiniLoto – and the Takarakuji that we will be looking at more closely here – the very popular weekly LOTO6

Lottery Japan Loto 6Overview

The LOTO 6Takarakuji – is a traditional jackpot lottery game from the Japanese Lottery and had been played across Japan for over 10 years – with the first LOTO 6 draw taking place back in October 2000.

This followed on from the successful launch of other popular Japan Lottery games – Numbers – in October 1994 and MiniLoto in April 1999.

LOTO 6 jackpots start off at an impressive ¥100 Million and rise each week that they are not won resulting in some huge Japenese Lottery jackpots.

The LOTO 6 was – in fact – the very first Japanese Lottery game to use a carry-over – or rollover – feature.

Draws for the LOTO 6 take place twice every week on Mondays and Thursdays between at 19.00 and are held at Dream House in Tokyo.

You can check the LOTO6 Results each week in numerous ways – either via the link above or in Japan itself – at Mizuho Bank Lottery Corner, on Japanese TV Asahi at 9.50 pm Thursdays and in a number of Japanese newspapers.

Loto 6How it Works

The LOTO 6 from the Japanese Lottery uses a matrix of 6/43 – which means that when playing the LOTO 6 – you need to select 6 numbers out of a range of numbers from 1 to 43 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be a LOTO 6 jackpot winner.

In addition to the 6 main numbers – a 7th number is drawn – the Bonus number which determines prizes on the 2nd level.

So, there are 4 further ways on which you can win on this Japan Lottery – with other cash prizes to be won if you match either 5 of the numbers drawn plus the Bonus number, 5 main numbers, 4 main numbers or even just 3 of the main numbers.

If no-one matches all 6 numbers correctly and there is no jackpot winner – the LOTO 6 enters a Rollover – or Carry-Over situation. This means that if the jackpot not won it is carried over to the following week’s jackpot. This can result in some huge LOTO 6 jackpots up to an incredible ¥4 Billion.

A Quick Pick facility is available when playing Lottery Japan – Takarakuji – games. This means that you can get the computer terminal to select all your LOTO6 numbers for you if you wish.

So, playing the LOTO 6Takarakuji – from the Japanese Lottery is simple…just select your own 6 numbers or let the computer generate them automatically for you using a random number generator.

The cost of playing the LOTO6 is ¥200 per game.

Loto 6Who Can Play?

The same as most world lotteries – in the past – only citizens living in Japan itself were allowed to play in any of the Japanese Lottery games – including the LOTO 6.

You used to have to purchase your Japan Lottery tickets from an authorized retailer based in Japan – due to Japanese laws that restrict the sale of Loto Japan tickets to its own domestic market.

These days – though – this is not an issue as there are a good number of online lottery ticket sales companies such as TheLotter who are both authorized and genuine and will purchase your lottery ticket on your behalf whether you live inside or outside of Japan.

This means that you are now able to select your LOTO6 numbers online and purchase your tickets no matter where in the world you live.

This is great news of course if you live outside of Japan and want to play the Japan Lottery – LOTO6 – and ensure your entry into the next draw or simply want to have the ease and convenience of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the LOTO 6 Takarakuji, you can then easily check the LOTO6 Results here to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky Takarakuji winners.

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There are an estimated 15,000 Mizuho – Japan Lottery – ticket booths throughout the country.

Aside from the Japanese Lottery games – other popular forms of gambling in Japan include horse racing, yacht speedboat racing, bicycle racing and Mahjong.

You can catch up with the latest LOTO6 Results either via this website or in various newspapers or TV Channels within Japan.

Using this link – you can even look for any Past LOTO6 Results to check on any that you may have previously missed.

Loto 6 Record Jackpots

The LOTO6 jackpot begins at ¥ 200 Million each week and it can rollover – carry over – which it regularly does up to an incredible ¥ 400 Million.

By July 2006 – LOTO6 jackpots of ¥400 Million had been won on 15 different occasions.

Loto 6Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the LOTO6 – from the Japanese Lottery – are very comparable to other world lottery games and there are 5 different ways in which you can win.

Your odds of winning a LOTO6 jackpot by correctly matching all 6 main numbers are 1 in 6.09 million.

For one of the prizes on the 2nd tier – by matching 5 of the main numbers plus the bonus number – are 1 in 1.01 million.

For a prize on the 3rd tier – you are looking at odds of 1 in 28,224 for matching 5 of the main numbers and for a 4th tier prize for matching 4 main numbers – the odds are 1 in just 610.

To win a prize on the 5th and final level of the LOTO6 – your odds are a very good 1 in just 39.

Here is an easy-to-read table of the LOTO6 winning odds and prizes


Prize Divisions

By Matching Numbers

Winning Odds

Theoretical Jackpot


6 Main

1 in 6,096,454

¥100 MIllion

2nd Prize Level

5 Main Plus Bonus

1 in 1,016,076

¥1,500 Million

3rd Prize Level

5 Main

1 in 28,224

¥50 Million

4th Prize Level

4 Main

1 in 610


5th Prize Level

3 Main

1 in 39


Loto 6How are Prizes Paid?

If you are the lucky winner of a Japan Lottery – LOTO 6 – jackpot, you will be paid your winnings in the form of a cash lump sum. All Japanese Lottery prizes are paid out as cash.

Winners of the LOTO6 collect their winnings completely free of Japanese Government taxes – tax exempt – so if you win on the Jumbo Draw, you will pay no tax on your winnings.

You will need to claim your LOTO6 prize within 1 year of the day after the draw – if you do not claim your prize within this period – your Japan Lottery ticket will become invalid.

If you have won less then ¥50,000 – you should be able to collect your winnings from one of the Japanese Lottery retail counters.

If you are the lucky winner of a Japan Lottery prize of more than ¥50,000 – you will need to claim your winnings at one of the commissioned banks.

If you play lottery online however, you will not have to be concerned with any of this, as your authorized lottery ticket sales company – such as the TheLotter – will take care of all these details for you.

Loto 6Where the Money Goes

Major areas to benefit from profits realised by the sale of Japanese Lottery tickets – including the LOTO6 – are public works projects such as the construction of welfare facilities and public housing.

Japan Lottery profits are initially transferred to the local and municipal governments who have issued the tickets – a good percentage is put into the general accounts of major cities and each prefecture.

Takatakuji – Loto Japan – games have also raised funds for some major sporting events like the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, other events such as the 1970 Osaka World Exposition and to provide help with rebuilding programs after natural disasters such as the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.

In the early days – Japanese Lottery games were used to generate income for both local and national Japanese governments.

As well as providing great opportunities to win large sums of money – these days proceeds raised from playing any of the Japan Lottery games – including the LOTO6 – goes not only to local government organizations but also to various charities.

Another beneficiary of Takarakuji profits in Japan is the Jichi Medical School for medical care promotion in rural areas and welfare societies for the elderly who have benefited from the Rainbow Lotteries.

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