German lottery pulls in €7.9 billion in annual revenue


This is what the 16 state lottery companies that make up the German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) achieved in 2021. A total of 7.9 billion euros was spent on lotteries nationwide. For the state lottery companies permitted by the state, this means a slight decrease of 0.3 percent compared to the previous year.

“We are satisfied with this result. The stakes in the DLTB are stable compared to 2020 and are subject to jackpot-related fluctuations. In addition, the stakes were made in 52 events in 2021, but 53 events were used in the previous year, ”summarizes Axel Holthaus, managing director of LOTTO Lower Saxony, the leading block partner since the beginning of the year.

In addition, in 2021, the taxes and duties paid to the respective state budgets and beneficiaries from the stakes made it possible to finance many projects aimed at the common good in all federal states. Around 3.2 billion euros – i.e. around 8.8 million euros per day – have benefited the general public, particularly in the areas of welfare, sport, culture, monument preservation and environmental protection.

The public interest-oriented gambling of the state lottery companies is expressly strengthened by the State Gambling Treaty 2021 (GlüStV 2021) on the basis of regulatory law and within the framework of federal jurisdiction.

 “The State Treaty on Gaming 2021, which has been in force since July 1, 2021, provides the regulatory framework for the next few years. The comprehensive political consensus with which the State Treaty on Gambling 2021 was agreed is a success, as otherwise there would have been a patchwork of gambling regulation – with corresponding effects on the protection of players and minors, ”says Sven Osthoff, Managing Director of LOTTO Lower Saxony.