(German Christmas Lottery)

Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie, which translates to German Christmas Lottery, is a game which takes place once a year and gives participants an opportunity to play for wonderful prizes at far more favourable odds than many other big draws around the world. Germany’s first Christmas lottery officially launched in November 2017, when tickets went on sale for the inaugural draw the following month.

Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie gives players five ways to win, whilst guaranteeing that every tenth ticket wins a prize, and was inspired by the 200-year-old Spanish Christmas lottery Gordo de Navidad. The game is even run by the Navidad Foundation, a non-profit organisation which gives back to various charities across Germany.

Tickets & Draw Times

The first Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie draw will take place on 26th December 2017. The draw will be held in the evening, during a special television show on SAT.1 which will begin at 19:40 CET and will be hosted by popular presenter Matthias Killing. Tickets went on sale in early November and will remain available until 14:00 CET on 26th December.

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Weihnachtslotterie Results

The winning numbers will become available on the Results page after the first draw has taken place on 26th December 2017.

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How to Play

Tickets for the Weihnachtslotterie cost €20. Players can take part online and just have to decide how many entries they would like. They will then be given a randomly-generated five-digit code, giving them a number somewhere between 00000 and 99999.

Unlike a traditional raffle, there are an unlimited amount of tickets available in Weihnachtslotterie. Once all 100,000 number combinations have been used, a new ‘series’ will start. As many series will be sold as is necessary, so it is likely that multiple ticket holders will have the same number.

However, it does not matter how many players have the same number on their ticket. Prizes are not shared between all the winning participants, with the full advertised amount guaranteed for everyone with matching tickets.

There are five different ways to win, as shown in the table below. In the top four tiers, players have to match exactly the five-digit codes drawn to win the corresponding prize. However, players who match just the final number of the first prize will also receive €20. For example, if the winning number for the first prize is 12345, any player whose final number is 5 will receive €20.

Prize Tier How to Win
First Prize Match the five-digit code exactly
Second Prize Match the five-digit code exactly
Third Prize Match the five-digit code exactly
Fourth Prize Match the five-digit code exactly
Fifth Prize Match the same last number as the first prize
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Prizes & Odds

Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie prizes range from €20 for matching just the last number of the first prize code, right up to €300,000 for matching the full five-digit winning number in the top tier.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 100,000, while the odds of winning any prize are better than 1 in 10.

A prize fund of €649,000 per series is guaranteed, ensuring that 32.4% of the money raised from ticket sales will be returned to players.

The number of prizes available in each tier, and a breakdown of all the prize amounts, can be found in the table below.

Prize Tier Total Number of Prizes Prize Value
First Prize 1 €300,000
Second Prize 2 €25,000
Third Prize 20 €2,500
Fourth Prize 200 €250
Fifth Prize 9,950 €20
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Good Causes

While the Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie gives away thousands of guaranteed prizes in every draw, the main purpose of the game is to raise funds for good causes. As the Navidad Foundation which runs the Christmas Lottery is a non-profit organisation, it can focus on distributing the money that is not given out in prizes to various worthwhile projects, and the following three groups were selected as beneficiaries ahead of the first draw in 2017.

As well as the three main beneficiaries, the Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie donates money to the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a group set up by Dr Auma Obama to support young children, while up to 1,000 sports clubs in Germany stand to receive €1,000 from the Navidad Foundation.

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