German Lottery Sales Increase Significantly

Published July 11, 2020 by Sol FH

German Lottery Sales Increase Significantly

Over the first half of 2020, German lottery sales up 4.2% setting a new record high for the European country.

Even with the Covid-19 pandemic raging war across the globe, with Germany one of the hardest countries, new numbers show that the German public is taking things in stride, at least when it comes to playing the Germany state lottery. The Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock (DLTB) revealed that lottery sales in the first half of 2020 rose 4.2% to €3.75 billion.

The Lotto 6aus49 was the most popular game, which accounted for €1.78bn of sales, which is almost half the six months total. The Eurojackpot was the biggest increase as it saw a rise of more than 35% to €815m. Lastly, the GlücksSpirale was also up 5.0% to €121.6m.

Jürgen Häfner, the current DLTB chair, and Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz managing director said the strong six months performance highlighted the popularity of lottery games in Germany, even with the novel coronavirus pandemic forcing most lottery sales shops to shut temporarily.

He also said that this increase was also due to players taking ticket sales online, and, by purchasing multi-week tickets. Lastly, the growing jackpot size had people looking to be the one to win. 

Häfner continued by saying that around 40% of state lottery revenue was repaid to the government in taxes and duties, totaling €1.5bn.

“That means more than €8.2m flows to state budgets every day,” Häfner said. “That is money without which many things would not be possible in Germany.”

In the second half of 2020, the DLTB will be launching a new version of Lotto 6aus49, with the first draw to be held on September 23rd.

The new format will see ticket prices increase by €0.20, allowing for bigger jackpots and a faster-growing prize pot. 

Online lottery tickets have made it much easier to get in on the biggest lottery games from Europe, and other games across the globe. 

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