The year is 1955, and it is a time of enormous technological developments and significant cultural revolutions. German Lotto 6Aus49 was also born this year when four German states formed a cooperation to run this famous lottery game.
The first draw of Lotto 6Aus49 was in Hamburg on September 10, 1955, with a drum constructed of wood and glass. The game entered the contemporary era on September 4, 1965, when the draws were televised live. The draw was broadcast on television until 2013 and is currently streamed live from the Saarländischer Rundfunk studio on the internet.
In 1974, the Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DTLB) became operational as more German states joined Lotto 6Aus49. Lotteriefegescllschaften groups together 16 lotteries. The DTLB has a reputation for its charity work, with donations of over €23 million made to local causes.
Since its launch, this engaging game has become ingrained in German society, defining itself as one the most famous games because of its pricing, simple gameplay, and high jackpots. The 6Aus49 lottery distributes nearly five billion euros in prizes each year. It's no surprise that this lottery is a solid favorite among German players, with a record €45.3 million award won by three lucky winners in 2007. In 2006, one player won the €42.6 million jackpot, which was the biggest single-ticket jackpot win ever.
A few weeks later, Lotto 6Aus49 saw its second-highest jackpot win for a single lottery ticket online, with a €37.7 million prize won by a lucky player. Lotto 6Aus49 guarantees a one million euros jackpot during the week and three million euros at the weekend.