FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



What’s new in Lotto?


How does one win in Lotto?

Where can I play Lotto?




The Coupon & The Ticket:

Do I have to use the new coupon system, or can I continue playing the way I always have?

What does a coupon look like?

What does a ticket look like?

What is the difference between a coupon and a ticket?

What is a “Column”?



Playing Options:

What types of games can one play with Lotto?

What’s the difference between a “Simple Column” and a “Fully Expanded System”?

Can I play a number of different games on one coupon?

What is the minimum amount of money I can bet in a Game Area?

What does “VOID” mean on the coupon?

What does “QUICK PICK” mean on the coupon?

What does “MULTIPLIER” mean on the coupon?

What does “CONSECUTIVE DRAWS” mean on the coupon?



Lost, Damaged, Incorrect Tickets:

I have just noticed that the Lotto Receiver gave me the wrong numbers.
Can I cancel the ticket?


I have lost my ticket. What can I do?

I have damaged my ticket. Can I still claim my prize?




Winning Tickets:

I have won! Where & how do I claim my prize?

Are there any restrictions on claiming a prize?

How long do I have to claim my winnings?

Will MALTCO LOTTERIES LIMITED lower the prizes in case of a draw with abnormally large
winnings?




Draws & Additional Info:

Are draws held in public?

When and where is the Lotto draw broadcast?

If I miss the Lotto draw on TV where can I get the winning numbers?


What’s new in Lotto?
Lotto is a game of chance using a field of numbers from 1 to 90. Five (5) winning numbers are randomly drawn from 1 to 90 for each Lotto draw to determine the Prima, Ambo, and Terno winning combinations. An additional three (3) winning numbers will also be drawn, so that all eight (8) balls are used to determine only the winning combination of the five (5) numbers of the Quaterno Plus game.

To win, all you have to do is to match your selected numbers with the drawn numbers. The more numbers you play, the more you increase your winning probabilities.

Following is a table showing the corresponding winning amounts for each Game Type:

Game Type Winning amount Odds
Prima 60 times the stake 1:90
Ambo 215 times the stake 1:400
Terno 3,500 times the stake 1:11,748

When the total value of all prizes, of all game categories, except Quaterno Plus, exceeds 130% of total sales in a particular draw, MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited can reduce each prize proportionately so that the value of all prizes of these games shall not exceed such an amount.

In the event that the Quaterno Plus Category I Prize is not won during a particular draw, then this prize shall be increased (together with its associated capping) by a minimum increment of €10,000 (or as may be advised by MALTCO LOTTERIES from time to time) each week until it is won.

The Quaterno Plus Category I Prize will revert to the minimum amount of €250,000 for the draw immediately following that in which it has been won and will thereafter increase by the minimum increment of €10,000 (or as may be advised by MALTCO LOTTERIES from time to time) per week until it is won.

If in any particular draw, there is more than one winning column in Category I in the Quaterno Plus game, then the top prize won on the Quaterno Plus in that same draw, will be split according to the number of winning columns.

If for example, in a particular draw where the Category I prize is €250,000, and Player A plays a Quaterno Plus fully expanded ticket of 7 numbers and matches 6 numbers, and Player B plays a Quaterno Plus ticket with 5 numbers and matches all 5 numbers, then both of them are winners of the top category prize in the Quaterno Plus game. Player A will win €214,285.71 (6 top winning columns) whilst Player B will win €35,714.29 (1 top winning category).

Furthermore, in the event that winnings in Category II and Category III in any one draw exceed seventy percent (70%) of the sales of the Quaterno Plus Game for that particular draw, MALTCO LOTTERIES may exercise at its discretion the option to limit such winnings to not less than seventy percent (70%) of the sales of the Quaterno Plus Game for that draw.

Notwithstanding, MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited reserves the right to choose to pay more than all the limitations indicated above.




How does one win in Lotto?

To win in Lotto, you have to match your selected numbers with the numbers drawn. The winning depends on the type of game played (Prima, Ambo, Terno, Quaterno Plus, Terno-Ambo) and the stake.


Where can I play Lotto?
Lotto can be played in any one of MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited’s Points of Sale (Lotto Booths). A complete list of POSs may be found by clicking here.




THE COUPON & THE TICKET:


Do I have to use the new coupon system, or can I continue playing the way I
always have?

You can continue playing in the same way you have been used to. However the coupon system offers a number of advantages over the previous system. To begin with you will be attended to, more efficiently at your chosen Point of Sale (Lotto Booth).


What does a coupon look like?

The picture below displays what a coupon looks like.


Click on the image to see the coupon enlarged


What does a ticket look like?
The picture below displays what a ticket looks like.




What is the difference between a coupon and a ticket?

A coupon is a printed form which is used by a player before purchasing a Lotto ticket to indicate the selection of numbers and playing options. The ticket is the receipt you will be given after presenting your coupon to the POS and after paying the relative amount. The ticket is the only legal receipt which can be used to claim a prize.

What is a “Column”?
A column is created by selecting your game (Prima, Ambo, Terno, Quaterno Plus, Terno-Ambo) and the corresponding amount of numbers.




PLAYING OPTIONS:


What types of games can one play with Lotto?
You have four basic types of games to choose from: Prima, Ambo, Terno, Quaterno Plus, as well as a fifth type of game: Terno-Ambo.
When playing Prima you need to choose the number you believe will be drawn first. With Ambo you place your bet on any two of the initial five numbers to be drawn. With Terno you place a bet on any three of the initial five numbers to be drawn. With the Quaterno Plus you can now place a bet and be a winner if you guess three, four or five from the total eight numbers drawn. In the case of Terno-Ambo even though you select three numbers, you will also be a winner if only two out of those three are drawn.


What’s the difference between a “Simple Column” and a “Fully Expanded System”?
A simple column of numbers is created by selecting your game (Prima, Ambo, Terno, Quaterno Plus, Terno-Ambo) and the corresponding amount of numbers.
An alternative to the Simple Column is the Fully Expanded System, which is also known as a Combination Coupon. This option allows you to create various columns by choosing more than the stipulated amount of numbers for each game type. So, for example, in the case of Prima, you can choose more than one number, for an Ambo more than two numbers, and so on.


Can I play a number of different games on one coupon?

Yes. You may play a different type of game on each Game Area.
Note: The Quaterno Plus game type category has to always be played on a separate coupon.


What is the minimum amount of money I can bet in a Game Area?

The minimum stake that can be played in a Game Area is €0.50.
Note: In the case of the Quaterno Plus game type category only, you must select a basic stake of €2.00.


What does “VOID” mean on the coupon?

Should you wish to cancel one of the Game Areas on the coupon just mark the VOID box within that particular Game Area. If, for example, you cancel Game Area A, the choices you marked in Game Area B, C, and D would still be valid.


What does “QUICK PICK” mean on the coupon?

With the QUICK PICK option, the on-line terminal randomly picks your numbers. To access this option mark the QUICK PICK box on your coupon and choose and mark a number (up to 20) from the Game Area to indicate the amount of numbers you would like the terminal to randomly pick for you. Finally choose and mark your basic stake and the type of game you would like to play (Prima, Ambo, Terno, Quaterno Plus, Terno-Ambo)


What does “MULTIPLIER” mean on the coupon?
The MULTIPLIER option allows you to multiply your basic stake. Just select the box with the multiplier of your choice. By marking a box in the Multiplier Section, from two to ten, you have the option of multiplying your stake by two to ten times. You may also additionally mark the box (x5) and / or (x10) together with one more multiplier box from two up to ten. Using this method you have the option of multiplying your stake up to a maximum of 500 times. Please note that the “MULTIPLIER” box marked will multiply the total stake for BOTH Game Areas.
Note: A player will not be able to make use of the multiplier if in any game area of the coupon the player plays the Quaterno Plus game.


What does “CONSECUTIVE DRAWS” mean on the coupon?
With the same coupon you may participate in more than one draw with the same numbers. All you have to do is mark a number from two to ten in the CONSECUTIVE DRAWS section to participate in that particular number of consecutive draws. You may then additionally mark the boxes (x2) or (x3) to further increase the number of consecutive draws that you participate in. You can participate in up to a maximum of 30 consecutive draws.
Please note that the CONSECUTIVE DRAWS selection is valid for both Game Areas of the coupon. The total cost of all the consecutive draws must be paid when purchasing the ticket.




Lost, Damaged, Incorrect Tickets:

I have just noticed that the Lotto Receiver gave me the wrong numbers. Can I cancel the ticket?

It is your responsibility to ensure that the numbers printed on the ticket are correct before leaving the Point Of Sale (Lotto Booth). Ticket cancellation may take place within 10 minutes from the time the ticket was issued, provided that the cancellation takes place before the game period elapses. You have a right to a refund of your stake.


I have lost my ticket. What can I do?

MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Losing a winning ticket is like losing cash. Anyone who presents a winning ticket can claim the prize. It is important to note that the lottery ticket, which is the only valid proof-of-purchase, is the thermal receipt which the vendor issues after payment is received.


I have damaged my ticket. Can I still claim my prize?

If both the Barcode and the Barcode Number are unreadable / destroyed the player can still claim his / her prizes from the Head Office of MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited, with the relevant ticket, IF the ticket contains ALL the following:
• CRC Number
• Draw Date
• Agent Number
• Terminal Number
• Coupon Number




WINNING TICKETS:

I have won! Where & how do I claim my prize?

The prize will be paid to whoever presents the winning ticket. Lotto prizes up to €5,000.00 are payable at any MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited Point of Sale (Lotto Booth) equipped with an on-line terminal. Prizes over €5,000.00 are payable during office hours at the MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited Head Office against presentation of I.D. Card.


Are there any restrictions on claiming a prize?
The holder of a winning ticket will not be able to claim his / her prize/s if:
• The winner is a minor or a prohibited ticket holder.
• The ticket has been tampered with in any way.
• Both the Barcode and the Barcode Number are unreadable / destroyed. In this case however, the player can still claim his / her prizes from the Head Office of MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited, with the relevant ticket, IF the ticket contains ALL the following:
   • CRC Number
   • Draw Date
   • Agent Number
   • Terminal Number
   • Coupon Number

You must be aged 18 years or older to play or claim a prize.

How long do I have to claim my winnings?
Winners can claim their prize within 60 consecutive days from the respective draw date. If the last claim day falls on a Sunday or a Public Holiday, the claim period will be extended to the first working day thereafter.


Will MALTCO LOTTERIES LIMITED lower the prizes in case of a draw with
abnormally large winnings?

MALTCO LOTTERIES reserves the right to apply a capping mechanism in extraordinary circumstances, when the winnings are more than 130% of sales based on risk management criteria. (Even in such cases however the company may decide not to apply the capping mechanism).

In the event that the Quaterno Plus Category I Prize is not won during a particular draw, then this prize shall be increased (together with its associated capping) by a minimum increment of €10,000 (or as may be advised by MALTCO LOTTERIES from time to time) each week until it is won.

The Quaterno Plus Category I Prize will revert to the minimum amount of €250,000, for the draw immediately following that in which it has been won and will thereafter increase by the minimum increment of €10,000 (or as may be advised by MALTCO LOTTERIES from time to time) per week until it is won.

If in any particular draw, there is more than one winning column in Category I in the Quaterno Plus game, then the top prize won on the Quaterno Plus in that same draw, will be split according to the number of winning columns.

If for example, in a particular draw where the Category I prize is €250,000, and Player A plays a Quaterno Plus fully expanded ticket of 7 numbers and matches 6 numbers, and Player B plays a Quaterno Plus ticket with 5 numbers and matches all 5 numbers, then both of them are winners of the top category prize in the Quaterno Plus game. Player A will win €214,285.71, whilst Player B will win €35,714.28.

Furthermore, in the event that winnings in Category II and Category III in any one draw exceed seventy percent (70%) of the sales of the Quaterno Plus Game for that particular draw, MALTCO LOTTERIES may exercise at its discretion the option to limit such winnings to not less than seventy percent (70%) of the sales of the Quaterno Plus Game for that draw.

Notwithstanding, MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited reserves the right to choose to pay more than all the limitations indicated above.




Draws & Additional Info:


Are draws held in public?

Draws are held in the presence of a Notary Public and a representative appointed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority, officials appointed by MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited, as well as the general public. Lotto draws are televised live every Saturday at 19:45 on TVM and Melita Weather & Information Channel 106.


When and where is the Lotto draw broadcast?
The lotto draw is broadcast at 19:45 on Saturday. The draw is broadcast on TVM and Melita Weather & Information Channel 106. Click here to view the draw streamed online.


If I miss the Lotto draw on TV where can I get the winning numbers?

Winning numbers and other information can be accessed from this website by clicking here, as well as at all the Points of Sale (Lotto Booths) of MALTCO LOTTERIES Limited. The winning numbers are also published on newspapers the following day. Other content providers also feature this information, including Vodafone’s SMS Alert and Go Mobile’s IOD.