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The Netherlands Lotto can trace its origins back as far as 1961 when the government authorised the formation of the National Foundation Sporttotalisator (SNS) having already been involved with the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) with Toto betting on Football games since 1957.

The National Foundation Sporttotalisator (SNS) applied to the Dutch government to run Netherlands Lottery games in 1971 and this application was accepted in 1974 when the original Netherlands Lotto was first launched.

From 1993 until 2009 a Daily Netherlands Lotto called Lucky Ten was also part of the Lottery Netherlands portfolio alongside the main weekly Netherlands Lotto and the Football Toto on Lotto.nl.

May 1994 saw the launch of the first Netherlands Lottery Scratchcards by the National Instant Lottery (NIL) which had now been approved by the government.

Today – the Netherlands Lotto is run and organised by DE Lotto and the Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator and has a prominent online presence at Lotto.nl.

Dutch Lotto games offered by Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator include EuroJackpot, Lucky Day, Toto, Scratch Tickets and the principal NL Lottery that we shall be looking at here from Lotto.nl – the Netherlands Lotto

Netherlands Lotto Lotto.nl Overview

The Netherlands Lotto itself was first launched by Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator and DE Lotto on September 1st 1974 and has an online platform at Lotto.nl.

This popular Dutch Lotto game is a typical lotto jackpot type lottery with a twist that makes it slightly different from many of the most common World Lotteries.

Draws for the Netherlands Lotto take place once every week on Saturdays at 8pm CET except for the last Saturday in each month when 2 separate Netherlands Lotto draws occur giving Netherlands Lotto players 2 separate chances to win the jackpot. This double draw is known as the NL Lotto Super Saturday and takes place once a month.

The minimum jackpot that you can win on the Netherlands Lotto is a sizeable € 7.5 MILLION and from this starting point the top prize can rollover to some very sizeable amounts.

In fact – after each draw of the Lotto Netherlands where the jackpot is not won – it will increase in size every time by a further € ½ MILLION.

We are very pleased to have covered and reviewed the Netherlands Lotto and Lotto.nl in great detail here and highly recommend that you take a close look below at how it all works...

Netherlands Lotto How It Works

The Netherlands Lotto uses what is most commonly called a double or twin matrix of 6/45 + 1/6 which means that when you are playing the Dutch Lotto you will need to select 6 numbers out of a range of numbers from 1 to 45 followed by 1 extra lottery ball – the lotto Bonus Ball – out of a range of lottery balls from 1 to 6.

This is where the “twist” comes in as we mentioned earlier as this Netherlands Lottery differs slightly from most other world lotteries in that the Bonus Ball is not actually a number but a colour.

The Dutch Lotto Bonus Ball will be 1 of 6 colours drawn – from Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue or Purple.

To win the main lottery jackpot with Lotto.nl you will need to correctly match all of the 6 main lottery numbers PLUS the colour of the Bonus ball.

2 drawing machines are used for the draw procedure of the NL Lotto – firstly one to draw the 6 main lotto numbers from 1 to 45 – and secondly one that contains 36 balls with 6 of each different colour from which 1 coloured ball will be drawn.

There is an additional game that you can play with the DE Lotto – Netherlands Lotto – the Cijferspel. Playing with the Cijferspel option gives you the chance to increase your winnings by a further € 200,000 for an extra cost of € 1 on top of the standard ticket price of € 2.

In total there are 9 separate ways in which you can win on the Lotto Netherlands from Lotto.nl including the jackpot itself. You can even win by just matching 2 of the main numbers plus the coloured ball.

A Quick Pick facility is also available with Lotto.nl when you select your Netherlands Lotto numbers so that you can request that the computer uses its Random Number Generator to pick your numbers for you.

Netherlands Lotto Who Can Play?

You will only be able to play Netherlands Lotto games on Lotto.nl from within the Netherlands – as opposed to the majority of world lottery games that you can play from anywhere around the world via online lottery ticket sales companies which allow you to quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online.

The main online lottery platform from where you can play the Dutch Lotto – as we have already mentioned – is Lotto.nl which is run by DE Lotto and Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator.

It is, however, possible to play one of the Netherlands Lottery games online from anywhere else including on Lotto.nl – the Multi National EuroJackpot – which was launched in March 2012.

You are easily able to Play EuroJackpot from whichever country you live in which is great news if you happen to live outside of the Netherlands and cannot play via the Lotto.nl website. One of the most respected organisations that sells lottery tickets online is TheLotter which allows anyone from around the world to take part.

As with the majority of lottery games around the world – you will need to be at least 18 years of age to play any of the Dutch Lotto games on Lotto.NL including the Netherlands Lotto itself.

Netherlands Lotto Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the Netherlands Lotto are pretty competitive when compared to most lotto games around the world.

The actual odds for winning the Netherlands Lotto jackpot are a very respectable – 1 in 8.14 million.

With 9 different ways of winning on Lotto.nl and being able to win by correctly matching only 2 of the main Dutch Lotto numbers plus the coloured Bonus Ball – this makes for a popular game to play.

Netherlands Lotto Results

The Netherlands Lotto is drawn by Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator and DE Lotto once every week on Saturdays at 8pm CET.

There are numerous methods you can use to check the most up to date Netherlands Lotto results and find out if you have become one of the lucky Dutch Lotto winners.

For a start – the Netherlands Lotto results will be broadcast on the Dutch TV Channel SBS 6 after every draw – as well as shown on NOS-Teletext 555.

You can also easily check the very latest Dutch Lotto results via the main company website – Lotto.nl – as well as by checking the various national and local newspapers in the Netherlands where the results will also be printed.

Netherlands Lotto Record Jackpots

The biggest ever jackpot to have been won on the Netherlands Lotto so far has been the € 20.8 MILLION won by a single lottery ticket holder on January 29th 2005.

Prior to this – the largest Netherlands jackpot was € 18.1 MILLION that was won in 2003 by a player from Elst in Holland.

Earlier Netherlands Lotto record jackpot figures have been the huge 21 MILLION Guilders jackpot win in 2001 by a Netherlands Lotto player from Amsterdam and then prior to that – a jackpot win that was 10.3 MILLION Guilders in 1996.

Netherlands Lotto How Prizes are Paid

All Netherlands Lotto prize money will be paid out by De Lotto and Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator upon the production of your winning lottery tickets.

For all NL Lotto prizes you have won that are up to € 50 – you will be able to collect your lottery winnings from any of the NL Lottery retailers.

Some of these Netherlands Lottery retailers have a slightly higher prize pay out limit of up to € 454 – so if you have won an NL Lotto prize up to € 454 you will be able to collect your NL lotto winnings from one of these retailers.

If you have won a Netherlands Lotto prize of up to € 5,000 – you will firstly need to fill in the relevant claim form and collect your lotto winnings from the DE Lotto HQ at Rijswijk, the Netherlands.

Likewise for prizes of € 5,000 or more – including the Netherlands Lotto jackpot – you will need to first contact DE Lotto before you claim your winnings from the DE Lotto HQ in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.

If you should have a Netherlands Lotto subscription then you won’t need to take any action as DE Lotto and Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator will automatically credit your Lotto.nl account with your Netherlands Lotto win within 10 working days.

Also – if you play lottery online on a game such as the Netherlands Euro Jackpot you will not need to do anything yourself as your authorised online lottery ticket sales company – like the TheLotter – will look after all of these details for you and pay your winnings direct.

Netherlands Lotto Where the Money Goes

Back in the earliest days – profits from the sale of Netherlands Lotto games were intended to Support the Dutch Soccer Association and later on – for the funding of sports generally.

These days Dutch Lotto profits are used to support a variety of good causes that benefit the people of the Netherlands which include health, social welfare, culture and sports.

In excess of € 80 MILLION is donated each year to these beneficiaries by the NL Lottery and Lotto.nl.


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