Portugal Totoloto, also known as Portugal Totoloto 5/49, is one of the premier lottery games in Portugal. It offers a decent minimum jackpot and an easy format that makes it popular with people worldwide.
Aside from this, the game also hosts an exciting way to improve your chances of winning. This Portugal Totoloto review will look at what this feature is and what else this lottery game offers.
About Portugal Totoloto
This popular game was first launched way back in 1988, though when first launched it used a 6/45 format.
From there, it moved to a 6/49 format before finally settling on its current structure on March 16, 2011.
The game is operated by Jogos Santa Casa. This state-run gaming body is responsible for all lotteries that take place in Portugal.
Portugal Totoloto Draws
There are two draws held each week on Wednesday and Saturday. They are conducted at Jogos Santa Casa's headquarters in Lisbon and are aired live at 10 PM CET on draw days.
How to Play Portugal Totoloto
The lottery uses a double-matrix (5/49 + 1/13) format.
This means that whenever you buy a lottery ticket, you will need to select five numbers from a pool ranging from 1 to 49.
After this, you will need to choose a single number from a pool ranging between 1 and 13. This single number is known as the Lucky Number.
You can choose to select your own number or opt to play using the quick pick option. Like with any other lottery, this is pretty standard and allows a random number generator to select your numbers for you.
If you want to improve your chances of winning, you can opt to play using Multiple Stakes mode. This lets you choose up to 11 numbers rather than the standard five.
These numbers are then played in every different five number combination. We must note, however, that this style of play is pricey.
Portugal Totoloto Prizes and Odds
To win the Portugal Totoloto jackpot, you will need to match all five standard numbers and the Número da Sorte (Lucky Number). The odds of achieving this are 1 in 24,789,492.
These odds are pretty good for a lottery that offers a minimum jackpot of €1 million. A comparable lottery would be Italy SuperEnalotto, which has a minimum jackpot of €2 million. While the minimum jackpot amount is double that of Totoloto, the odds of winning are 1 in 622,614,630.
However, these odds are less great when you look at the maximum jackpots offered by the two lotto games. In that case, SuperEnalotto beats Portugal Totoloto by a whopping €158.8 million.
What also makes these odds great is that you get these odds for just €0.90 per play (if you are playing in Portugal). The low price makes this lottery affordable and has added to its popularity.
Aside from the jackpot, there are an additional five prize tiers. Each of these has decent odds, and you can even win a prize by matching just the Lucky Number.
Sadly, there are no published amounts that these tiers are worth. Instead, the lottery states the percentage available of the prize fund for each tier.
Below are the six available prize tiers:
Odds of Winning
Percentage of Prize Fund
5 + Número da Sorte
1 in 24,789,492
40.46% of total (Jackpot)
1 in 2,065,791
4% of total
1 in 8,667
5% of total
1 in 201
5% of total
1 in 14
Número da Sorte only
1 in 14
Set rate of €0.90
Claiming Portugal Totoloto Prizes
If you are a winner, you will only have 90 days to claim your prize before it is forfeited. Prizes lower than €150 can be claimed at any retailer authorised to sell tickets for the draw.
Prizes above €150 but below €2,000 can also be claimed from authorised retailers. However, these prizes can only be paid via bank transfer.
If your prize is between €2,000 and €5,000, you will need to undergo face-to-face identification at any of the lottery offices or by appointment at a retailer.
Any prize over €5,000 will mean having to visit the Jogos Santa Casa offices in Lisbon. Here, you will need to verify your identity before your prize will be paid out.
Payments are made via bank transfer and usually occur 12 days after your verification has been completed.
Notable Portugal Totoloto Winners
Portugal Totoloto’s most notable win took place in October 2015.
Due to numerous weeks of rollovers, the estimated top prize offered was an exciting €19 million. It was won by a single lucky winner.
Portugal Totoloto-Should You Play?
In our opinion, Portugal Totoloto is a pretty good lottery overall.
In addition to its decent starting jackpot with no rollover limit, the game is simple to play. The Multiple Stakes feature is also a great addition.
As such, we recommend you check it out, especially when there's a big jackpot ready to be won.