One of the biggest lottery games in Italy is the Superena lotto, which can be thought of as Italy’s answer to the Power Ball game that is played in the USA. The Super Ena has been around for over half a century, and the modern game has been operated by Sisal since 1996.
The lottery SuperEna lotto is played every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Players choose six numbers from 1 to 90. Players can also choose to play a “SuperStar” – not exactly a bonus ball but one that can help them to achieve a consolation prize should they miss out on the jackpot. Players who do not want to choose their own numbers can pick up a play card which already has numbers selected on it.
Unlike many other lotteries why have a dedicated drawing of numbers, the six winning numbers in the SuperEna lotto are the first numbers drawn from the lottery games played in six Italian cities. In alphabetical order these are: Bari, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Rome.
There have been some very notable wins in the history of SuperEna lotto. In April 1998 a syndicate of 100 players – effectively an entire village – won 32.7 million between them. In August 2003 an individual won just over twice that amount when they scooped 65.9 million. Then in May 2005 a group of ten SuperEna lotto players won 72 million.
The record for the biggest win of all was established on Friday 22 August, 2009, when a single ticket-holder from Bagnone in Tuscany scooped the incredible sum of 143.9 million. The size of the jackpot was due to a long series of rollovers, with the previous win having taken place on 31 January, 2009. The eventual winner, who goes down in the record books as the biggest individual lottery winner in Europe, has not been named by any official sources and so his or her identity remains a mystery.