How to Play Viking Lotto, Info, Rules, Guides
Vikinglotto is a multinational lottery played in nine different countries in Europe. The draw is held every Wednesday at 20:00 CET in Hamar, Norway. The jackpot starts at 3 million euros and can reach up to 35 million euros. There are various other prizes for each draw.
To play the game, select six numbers from 1 to 48 and choose a Viking number from 1 to 8. Match the number you choose with the number of the lucky draw to win the prize and give the grand prize to players who match all seven numbers.
VikingLotto was founded in 1993 and was the first of its kind in Europe. It has a collaboration between nine European lotteries, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia. The draw takes place once a week, on Wednesdays at 20:00 and a line costs only EUR 0.8.
How to Play Vikinglotto
To play Vikinglotto, choose 6 numbers from 1 to 48 and choose a Viking number from 1 to 8. The Viking number is taken from a separate pot, so it can be the same as one of the main numbers in the same lottery. You can play games online or buy tickets from authorized retailers in any participating country.
You can win prizes by matching the number you choose with the number of the lucky draw. To win the jackpot, you must match all seven. The first two awards are shared among each of the nine participating countries, and the remaining award funds are used in each country. Therefore, the bonus structure may differ depending on where you play.
Play Vikinglotto Online
If you play Vikinglotto online, your ticket will be stored securely and your number will be checked automatically. If you win, you will be notified immediately that any bonus will be deposited into your online account. Please follow the steps below to play online:
1. Open an online account with your lottery operator.
2. Deposit funds into your account.
3. Choose six main numbers and one Viking number.
4. Decide how many draws in advance you would like to play.
5. Confirm your purchase.
Play Vikinglotto via a Retailer
You can also play Vikinglotto by visiting an authorized retailer in one of the nine participating countries. Just follow these steps:
Go to the retailer of your choice and fill out a playslip.
Choose six main numbers and one Viking number to enter into the draw.
Select whether you want to enter the Joker add-on game for an additional stake.
Decide how many draws in advance you would like to play.
Pay for your ticket
Pay for your ticket and keep it safe.
Online Playing compared to retailers
If you purchase a ticket from a retailer, you must authorize the store during the opening hours. By playing online, you can take time to suit yourself in your own comfortable home.
Online tickets are safely stored in your account. There is always a risk that the physical lottery ticket may be lost, damaged or stolen, so that you cannot claim any bonuses you win.
If you play the game online, the system will check your number and the bonus will be automatically credited to your account. Playing games through a retailer usually requires you to check your tickets and return to an authorized store to get a bonus.
In Estonia and Lithuania, you must be 16 years old to play Vikinglotto, and in all other participating countries you must be at least 18 years old.
Ticket Cut-Off Times
The cut-off for ticket sales is 18:00 CET (19:00 EET) on the day of the draw in all of the participating countries except for Denmark, where it is slightly earlier at 17:55 CET, and Iceland, where sales close at 17:00 CET (16:00 GMT).
In most of the participating countries, ticket sales for future games reopen straight after the draw has taken place at 20:00 CET (21:00 EET). In Finland, sales commence at 21:30 CET (22:30 EET) and in Lithuania they resume at 21:00 CET (22:00 EET).
When do Vikinglotto draws take place?
Draws take place every Wednesday shortly after 20:00 CET at the Norsk Tipping headquarters in Hamar, Norway.
Which countries participate in Vikinglotto?
There are nine participating countries. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland were the five founding nations in 1993. Estonia then became the sixth nation to join in 2000, followed by Latvia and Lithuania in 2011 and Slovenia in 2017.
The deadline for ticket sales varies by country. See the table below for a list of ticket cut-off times:
CountryTicket Sales Close
Finland19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
Iceland16:00 GMT (17:00 CET)
Lithuania19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
Estonia19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
Latvia19:00 EET (18:00 CET)
How much does it cost to play?
See the table below for the cost of playing in each country:
CountryCost per Line
Finland€0.80 + €0.40 for Plus number
Denmark6 kr – minimum two lines
Lithuania€1.50 for two lines
How does the Joker game work?
The Joker is an additional game that you can enter alongside Vikinglotto, giving you more chances of winning a prize. It involves matching a series of winning numbers in the exact order they are drawn.
Six countries have their own version of the Joker draw. It is not possible to play in Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia. Visit the Joker page for more information about the game.
How do I win the jackpot?
You can win the jackpot by matching all six main numbers and the Viking number. The jackpot and second prize tier are shared among the nine participating countries, but the lower prize tiers are set by each individual country. Visit the Prizes page for more information.
Do I have to pay tax on winnings?
Only Latvia and Slovenia tax lottery winnings, but you should double-check the tax laws in the country where you entered the game. Tax rules and regulations vary depending on where you are playing from in the world. Visit the Tax page for more information.
How do I claim a prize?
The claim process varies by country. In Norway, prizes of less than 10,000 kr are automatically paid into your player card account. Prizes of 10,000 kr or greater are transferred directly to your registered bank account. In Finland, if you have registered for a Veikkaus card, all prizes including the jackpot are automatically paid into your bank account. If you played Vikinglotto without a Veikkaus card, you must visit an authorised retailer, partner bank or the Veikkaus lottery headquarters to receive your prize, depending on how much you won.
Other countries require you to initiate the claim process. In Sweden, if you have not claimed your prize after 60 days, it will be transferred to your registered bank account.
What is Vikinglotto Plus?
For an additional €0.40 stake, players in Finland can opt to play the Plus number, which can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times, adding up to €1 million to the original value of the prize. If you match just the Plus number you win €5.
Vikinglotto Prize and Odds
The odds of winning the Vikinglotto jackpot are 1 of 98,172,096, and the chance of winning the second prize is 1 of 14,024,585. Opportunities to win prizes at other levels may vary depending on whether there are prizes matching the Viking number and which country you are from.
Although the Viking is extracted from a single pool of balls, the chances of matching it will also affect the chances of matching only the main number.
Match 6 +
|1 in 98,172,096||-|
|Match 6||1 in 14,024,585||1 in 12,271,512*|
Match 5 +
|1 in 389,572||-|
|Match 5||1 in 55,653||1 in 48,696|
Match 4 +
|1 in 7,601||-|
|Match 4||1 in 1,086||1 in 950|
Match 3 +
|1 in 428||-|
|Match 3||1 in 61||1 in 53|
Match 2 +
|1 in 58||-|
|Match 2||1 in 8||1 in 7|
The overall odds of winning a prize in any tier are different in some participating countries due to the number of prize tiers available. The more tiers there are, the greater your chance of winning. Lithuania has much better overall odds than all other countries as it offers significantly more prize tiers.
|Country||Overall Odds of Winning a Prize|
|Denmark Denmark||1 in 50|
|Estonia Estonia||1 in 51|
|Finland Finland||1 in 51*|
|Iceland Iceland||1 in 50|
|Latvia Latvia||1 in 51|
|Lithuania Lithuania||1 in 6|
|Norway Norway||1 in 50|
|Slovenia Slovenia||1 in 27|
|Sweden Sweden||1 in 50|