German state lottery sales exceed €7bn


In 2022, 187 people nationwide could look forward to winning millions in the state-licensed lotteries. The 16 state lottery companies affiliated to the German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) were able to make at least three new millionaires a week on average. 

A total of around €7.97 billion was spent in Germany for the lotteries of the state-licensed state lottery companies, which means a slight increase in stakes of around 0.9% compared to the previous year.

“Despite the economic and geopolitical situation, the Germans tried their luck in 2022 as well. We were able to pay out €3.9 billion in winnings across all types of games and thus make game participants happy throughout Germany,” summarizes Axel Holthaus, Managing Director of the leading block partner LOTTO Niedersachsen.

The taxes and duties paid to the respective state budgets and beneficiaries from the stakes were able to support many projects for the common good in all federal states in 2022. Around €3.18 billion – ie around €8.73 million per day – benefited the general public, particularly in the areas of welfare, sport, art, culture, monument preservation and environmental protection. Climate protection is also an important concern for the state lottery companies, so that projects are financed from their own funds and supporting measures such as e.g. B. photovoltaic systems were implemented.

The state lottery companies’ gaming for the common good is expressly regulated by the State Treaty on Gaming 2021 (GlüStV 2021) on the basis of regulatory law and within the framework of federal responsibility. In addition, the companies still stand united for the achievement of the target according to § 1 of the State Treaty on Gaming 2021.

“This is also confirmed by the renewed state permits for the organization of lotteries by the gaming authorities in the individual federal states. As a result, we will also be able to fulfill our channeling mandate in the years to come with reliable, modern lottery products,” explains Sven Osthoff, Managing Director of LOTTO Niedersachsen.

With around €1.76 billion in stakes, Eurojackpot ranks second among the most popular lotteries in 2022. This means that around 22.06% of the total stakes in the state lottery companies can be attributed to the European lottery.

Since the Eurojackpot product change in March 2022, prizes of up to €120 million are possible. Players bet on 5 out of 50 winning numbers and 2 out of 12 euro numbers. A second Eurojackpot draw was also introduced on Tuesday.

“Eurojackpot expresses the European idea of ​​gambling in the 18 participating countries and thrives on high sums in prize class 1. We are therefore pleased that since the product change this year there have already been three jackpot phases in which winnings in the three-digit million range have been achieved were,” summarizes Axel Holthaus.