16th March 2020
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Trend: Playing Lotto from abroad – How does it work?

The participation in Lotto 6 out 49 or the Eurojackpot is also possible from abroad. If a record jackpot is reached while you are on holiday, you can play Lotto with LottoStar24. Powerball and other foreign lotteries can also be played via the lotto portal.

Playing lotto abroad: How it works!

Participation in Lotto 6 out of 49 or the Eurojackpot is also possible from abroad. If a record jackpot is reached while you are on holiday, you can play the lottery with LottoStar24. Powerball and other foreign lotteries can also be played via the Lotto Portal.

 

Is playing the lottery from abroad legal?

In short, yes! The State Treaty on Gaming stipulates under § 4 (2) that German lottery providers must carry out an identity check. The background to this mandatory measure is verification of age and place of residence. It is based on the prevention of gambling addiction and the protection of minors.

Thus, Germans can theoretically play the lottery abroad, but the official lottery providers do not carry out a verification process. Therefore, participation from abroad is only possible on the Internet via international licensed providers such as LottoStar24.

Can I participate in foreign lotteries?

Here, too, the answer is a clear “yes”! Take Powerball as an example. Powerball is an American lottery operated by the MUSL (“Multi-State-Lottery Association”), a collaboration of all lottery companies from the states of the USA. The MUSL does not have a gaming license under German law, but European law prevails over German law.

But not only that. The German State Treaty on Gaming is even accused of violating applicable European law because it promotes the state lottery monopoly and systematically tries to exclude other lottery providers, i.e. potential competitors. This approach is completely contrary to the free market economy.

If there is only one provider, it can freely determine price, availability or payout ratios, which is usually very expensive for consumers. The German Lottery Association has established a state lottery monopoly with addiction prevention. On the other hand, slot machines, for example, are almost completely liberalised, although they have one of the greatest addiction potentials, which makes this argumentation obsolete.

 

Prof. Dr. Martin Heger, an expert on European criminal law at Humboldt University Berlin, assesses the situation as clear: “The European Court of Justice has cashed in the German regulations, and with them the state gambling monopoly.

Thus, there are legitimate doubts as to the validity of the German gaming legislation. Consequently, no penalties are imposed if someone takes part in an online bet or online gambling in general, as this is completely legal under European legislation and therefore cannot be illegalised in Germany, as a member of the EU.

 

Playing of Lotto 6 out of 49 in other countries

Playing of Lotto from other countries
Playing of Lotto from other countries

Would you like to win recored level of money in the Lotto 6 out of 49 while you’re on holiday or business trip?

With LottoStar24 (https://www.lottostar24.com/en) the ticket is sent online. Whether it’s a hotel in Egypt or a log cabin in the Black Forest: provided you have Internet access, you can take part in the lottery of your choice from any location.

 

All you have to do is to register on LottoStar24, select the desired lottery and equip the ticket with the numbers. You can choose between Lotto 6 out of 49, Eurojackpot, Euromillion and Powerball.

Registration at Lottostar24
Registration at Lottostar24

The ticket can thus be filled with exotic lucky numbers such as the room number of the hostel or the postcode of the seaside resort. You only have to consider a possible time difference.

 

For example, if you reside in Hawaii and play lotto 6 out of 49 on Saturday, you can follow the draw, which takes place here at 19:25 hrs, twelve hours earlier at 7:25 hrs. The time difference must also be taken into account for the ticket deadlines.

 

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Unlike other providers, LottoStar24 also allows you to participate in the European Euromillion lottery and the US Powerball lottery on holiday.

 

Can I claim my winnings abroad?

If you buy a lottery ticket in another country, you can, of course, claim any resulting profit. However, if you bought a lottery ticket at a kiosk abroad, you must collect it in the country where you played the lottery. This rule is independent of the amount of the prize. You can therefore participate in any national lottery as a holidaymaker without being a national of the country in question.

 

Lotto from abroad can therefore help you to replenish your holiday budget and possibly plan your next holiday or extend your current holiday. The Euromillion and Eurojackpot multinational lotteries are also doing as described above.

Euromillion is a lottery that is the result of a merger of ten lotteries in nine countries. Eurojackpot is also an association of state lotteries involving 17 different countries.

Since the responsibility for accepting lottery tickets, evaluating and paying out any winnings always lies with each of the participating countries, the collection of a prize can only be carried out in the country in which the lottery ticket was purchased.

For this reason, you should make sure that you are in the country in which you purchased the lottery ticket during the draw and, at best, for a few days afterwards. If this is not the case, you can of course also evaluate after the announcement of the prize whether it is worthwhile to travel again to the country in which you received a lottery prize.

If the prize is 1 million euros or even more, for example, the price of an air ticket is of course of secondary importance. However, if it’s a prize of maybe 10 or 20 euros, it’s probably not worth travelling back to the country where you played the lottery.

Those who want to save themselves this circumstance and want to participate in a foreign lottery regardless of their current location, choose a verified online provider such as LottoStar24. Prizes won via an online provider are transferred directly to the player’s account and are then freely available to the player.

Participate in foreign lotteries via LottoStar24

Enthusiastic lottery players sometimes enjoy taking part in various lotteries, even when they are on holiday. This is also possible via LottoStar24, just like at home. For example, you can play the Powerball lottery, which attracts with high jackpots and an exciting game system. Euromillion can also be played, regardless of whether you are abroad or at home.

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The participation is possible in front of the home computer, from the coach and from the Internet café in Croatia. Thanks to LottoStar24’s mobile app, tickets can also be filled in from a smartphone. The only thing left to do is to wait for the draw and hopefully book a prize.

Do I have to pay taxes on a profit abroad?

Whether taxes are levied on a win in the Euromillion or Eurojackpot lotteries depends on the legislation of the respective country. Spain, for example, charges 20 percent tax on a prize of 2,500 euros or more. In Portugal, there are also 20 percent taxes, which, however, are only due on a profit of at least 5,000 euros.

In Switzerland, taxes have to be paid on a profit of 1000 Swiss francs or more (approx. 915 euros) or even 35 percent. In addition, in Switzerland, for example, there is a rule that locals can reclaim these taxes on their tax returns. This does not apply to foreign lottery players, who do not pay taxes in Switzerland.

If a player is from Austria, Germany, Belgium or Great Britain, no taxes are due and the winner can retain the full amount of the prize.

If you win millions, however, you will certainly not mind if you have to deduct taxes from this sum, because even after deducting taxes, you can still enjoy its enormous wealth.

 

El Gordo and SuperEnaLotto: Playing of Lotto from abroad

As a big Lotto fan, it is certainly doubly exciting when you don’t have to limit yourself to the national lottery offer when playing lottery. Nowadays, you can participate in an almost infinite number of lotteries with different chances of winning, jackpots and ways of playing via the Internet.

However, it should be noted that rules vary from country to country. In addition to the classic Lotto 6 out of 49 and mega lotteries such as Powerball, there are other games of chance worth trying because of their winnings or their interesting system.

 

Italy: SuperEnaLotto

Colosseum, Italy, SuperEnaLotto
Colosseum, Italy, SuperEnaLotto | Source: www.pexels.com

In Italy there is a lottery, which is very similar to the German Lotto 6 out of 49 – “SuperEnaLotto“. While in the German variant 6 out of 49 numbers are chosen, which is of course also the background of the naming, in SuperEnaLotto 6 out of 90 numbers are chosen, whereby the chances on the main prize are of course substantially smaller.

 

There are three times a week chances to win in one of the five prize categories, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The drawings always take place at 20 o’clock (CET). For a participation in SuperEnaLotto 1.50 euros are due. If you are on holiday in Italy and like to play the lottery, SuperEnaLotto is a must.

 

Spain: El Gordo

Plaza España, Sevilla, Spain
Plaza España, Sevilla, Spain | Source: www.pixabay.com

In Spain there is among other things the lottery “La Primitiva”, which already since 1763 we played and at that time by the Spanish king under the name “Loteria Real” to the people was introduced. As with the German Lotto 6 out of 49, 6 out of 49 numbers are also chosen in this lottery. The draws take place late in the evening at 22:00 and twice a week – on Thursday and Saturday.

 

Alternatively, there is El Gordo: the famous Christmas lottery, which offers particularly high winnings. Travel communities share the cost of the lottery to improve their chances of winning the jackpot. This is particularly recommended for the El Gordo lottery, as the price of a ticket is already a hefty 200 euros.

 

Brazil: Mega Sena

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Source: www.pexels.com

The summer holiday in Brazil comes to an exotic end with a participation in Mega Sena. The winnings are high, the participation is inexpensive and the chances of a small win are also good.

 

Lotto from abroad in comparison

Lottery Winning chance Price per Tipfield Rekordjackpot
El Gordo 1 in 100000 249,99 € (1/1) 2,3 Mrd. €
Mega Sena 1 in 50,063,860 1,65 € 46,4 Mio. €
Eurojackpot 1 zu 95 344 200 2,00 € 90 Mio. €
Euromillion 1 zu 139.838.160 2,95 € 190 Mio. €
Lotto 6 out 49 1 zu 139.838.160 1,00 € 43 Mio. €
Powerball 1 zu 292.201.338 3,50 € 1,4 Mrd. €
SuperEnalotto 1 zu 622.614.630 2,00 € 177,7 Mio. €

Those who combine the foreign lotteries with Lotto 6 out of 49 and Co. can play successfully all year round – with LottoStar24 also very conveniently from abroad.

 

Participating in foreign lotteries via LottoStar24

Logo of Lottostar24
Logo of Lottostar24

Enthusiastic lottery players sometimes enjoy taking part in various lotteries, even when they are on holiday.

This is also possible via LottoStar24, just like at home. For example, you can play the Powerball lottery, which attracts with high jackpots and an exciting game system.

 

Euromillion can also be played, regardless of whether you are abroad or at home.

The participation is possible in front of the home computer, from the coach and from the Internet café in Croatia. Thanks to LottoStar24’s mobile app, tickets can also be filled in from a smartphone. The only thing that remains to be done is to wait for the draw and hopefully book a prize. If you win the jackpot during your summer holiday, you can celebrate the prize with a spontaneous extension of your trip.

 

In the end, the question is not whether it is legal to participate in foreign lotteries, but what kind of participation in such a lottery a lottery player chooses. Of course, playing offline has the attraction that you can fill out a lottery ticket with your hand and grab it. For modern and environmentally conscious players, there are online providers such as LottoStar24, where tickets can be filled out and submitted online.

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Either way, participating in a foreign lottery gives you the opportunity to learn about new lottery ways and systems and perhaps find a new favorite lottery.

 

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