Lotto 6 is a progressive jackpot lottery. That means that if no one wins the lottery, the jackpot amount is rolled over to the next draw, growing in size quite significantly. However, Lotto 6 limits the extent to which the jackpot can grow. The maximum win lottery amount is ¥600 million.
The lottery also offers four other non-jackpot prize tiers, giving punters additional opportunities to win. The draws usually take place twice each week at the Tokyo Lottery Dream Museum.
Figuring out how to play the lottery online is quite easy, even for newbies. To play Lotto 6, punters must first purchase tickets. The tickets are usually available in retail lottery shops. There are more than 15,000 lottery retailers in the country.
Another alternative method of buying tickets is via ATMs of a few Japanese banks that collaborate with the lottery. However, foreign-based players have the option of purchasing a lottery ticket online. Ticketing agencies also come in handy for newbies who cannot check lottery tickets online.
After purchasing tickets, punters need to choose six unique numbers from 43 numbers available on the tickets. The number combinations determine the winning ticket. It is also possible for players to purchase many tickets from an online lottery site and select varying numbers on each ticket to increase their winning chances.
After successfully buying tickets, the punter must wait for the next draw to determine whether they have won. Lotto 6 draws usually take place every Monday and Thursday of every week.
Lotto 6 wins
During Lotto 6 draws, a drawing machine called Yume Lotto-Kun usually selects winning numbers. A total of seven numbers are drawn. A punter must have a ticket with lotto numbers matching the first six drawn numbers to win the lottery jackpot.
The bonus ball is usually used to award the second-tier prize. For that, a punter needs to match five of the first six winning numbers plus the bonus ball. That means still matching a total of six numbers. The third, fourth, and fifth prize tiers are won by matching five, four, and three numbers, respectively. The results of the draws are usually published on the lottery site online.
In case of a win, players need to contact the lottery to receive their winnings. The amount won determines the channel through which the lottery will make the payment.
The winnings can be sent through secure payment methods such as direct bank transfers for relatively small amounts. For higher amounts, such as the jackpot, players must present themselves at the lottery headquarters to collect checks for their winnings. For cases where there are many winners, the prize is usually split equally among all the winners.
Lotto 6 gameplay is subject to some terms and conditions. Failing to observe the terms and conditions might result in players forfeiting their winnings. For instance, these rules explicitly define how old do you have to be to gamble. Of course, punters must be 18 years or above to gamble legally.
The players must also be from a country that legally allows players to participate in lotteries. Punters must purchase tickets at least thirty minutes before a draw for the tickets to be valid. Players who win have only twelve months to claim their winnings.