Super Lotto

Super Lotto is organised by the China Sports Lottery and is drawn three times a week and, as with major international games like Powerball and EuroMillions, the main numbers and supplementary balls are dispensed from two different machines.

Players choose five main numbers and two supplementary numbers on a basic entry, claiming prizes for matching anything from just the two supplementary numbers to all five main numbers and two supplementary numbers, which wins the multimillion-yuan jackpot.

How to Play Super Lotto

You need to pick five main numbers from a pool of 35 and two supplementary numbers from 12 to play Super Lotto. Basic tickets cost RMB2  each and you can pick them up at authorised China Sports Lottery outlets across China or through a mobile phone app if you live in Jiangsu province.

For an additional fee, you can make Teaser bets, where you choose more than the five main numbers, more than the two supplementary numbers, or even play a line that consists of more than five main numbers as well as more than two main numbers. The more selections you make, the more your entry will cost.

You may also place a Banker bet, where you pick four main numbers and then create 31 more lines, each with a different fifth main number from the rest of the pool, guaranteeing that you will match at least one main number in the draw. You can also pick one supplementary number and create another 11 lines using the rest of the pool to ensure you definitely match one supplementary number. It is also possible to combine Bankers for the main numbers and the supplementary numbers on the same ticket.

There is a limit on the cost of single lines, set at RMB20,000, and a cap of RMB30,000 for a maximum of 99 multiple bets.

Players can also place an extra bet on a single entry in order to increase the value of any prize they might win. Betting RMB3 instead of RMB2 would see you win a 50 percent bonus of the prize you might win in the fourth and fifth prize tiers and a 60 percent bonus for prizes won in the first, second and third tiers.

Super Lotto draws take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.30pm and are broadcast on television as well as online. Make sure you visit the Results section after the draws have taken place to find out if you are a winner.

Super Lotto Prizes 

There are six different prizes available to win on Super Lotto, with multiple combinations possible to achieve some of the awards in the lower tiers. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 15. Here are the winning combinations, the prizes available and the odds of winning.

Prize Level Numbers Matched Odds of Winning Prize

1

5+2

1 in 21,425,712

Jackpot*

2

5+1

1 in 1,071,286

An equal share between winners of 18% of prize pool after the fixed prizes have been paid.

 

3

5

1 in 476,127

An equal share between winners of 7% of prize pool after the fixed prizes have been paid.

4+2

1 in 142,838

 

4

4+1

1 in 7,142

 

Fixed RMB200

3+2

1 in 4,925

 

5

4

1 in 3,174

 

Fixed RMB10

3+1

1 in 246

2+2

1 in 528

 

6

3

1 in 109

 

 

Fixed RMB5

1+2

1 in 156

2+1

1 in 26

0+2

1 in 150

*Worth 75 percent of the total prize pool after fixed awards are paid to players in the 4th, 5th, and 6th winning tiers when the prize pool is worth less than RMB100 million. When the prize pool is worth between RMB 100 million and RMB 300 million, the pot is divided into two parts, the first part of which consists of the current prize amount minus 58 percent of the total prize pool, and the second part of which consists of the current prize amount minus 17 percent of the total fixed prize. When the prize pool is larger than RMB300 million, the pot is divided into two parts, the first part of which consists of the current prize amount minus 42 percent of the total prize pool, and the second part of which consists of the current prize amount minus 33 percent of the total fixed prize.

The value of the jackpot is usually capped at RMB5 million for a single player, although the top prize can increase past this amount to celebrate special events or mark promotions of some kind. These promotions may coincide with festivals like Chinese New Year or Mid-Autumn Festival, or they may be used to release funds when the prize pot has grown to a certain value and must be won.

The biggest Super Lotto jackpot was worth RMB497 million before taxes, claimed by a shoe market owner from Shandong Province in August 2014. The man picked up his cheque dressed as Mickey Mouse to maintain his anonymity and pledged to spend RMB20 million to aid the underprivileged in his local community.

Winners have 60 days from the draw date in which to claim their winnings. Dedicated lottery outlets can pay third, fourth, fifth and sixth division prizes up to the value of RMB3,000, while second-tier prizes and those worth more than RMB3,000 can be claimed at lottery centres in your local city. Jackpot prizes must be claimed at your province’s main lottery office.

Chinese lottery winners of more than RMB10,000 must pay 20 percent of their winnings to the state in personal windfall income tax.