How to Play Weihnachtslotterie
Just like the famous Spanish Christmas Lottery known as ‘El Gordo de Navidad’, the German Christmas Lottery is a raffle rather than a lottery draw.
There are 100,000 tickets available for the German Christmas Lottery. Each ticket has a five-digit number, from 00000 to 99999. To play, you can either choose your own number if it has not been taken or opt for a randomly generated number.
It costs €20 per entry and it is a good idea to play early if you want to have a chance of winning, as tickets could sell out before the official cut-off time of 12:00 noon on 26th December.
The current game is only available online; you will be given an electronic game receipt when you enter. The benefit of an online lottery is that your numbers will be stored securely and you will automatically be notified if you win a prize.
When the draw takes place, the winning codes are selected at random from all the numbers to have been entered. This way the prizes are guaranteed to be won.
How to Win
To win the €400,000 jackpot, the five-digit code on your ticket must match the number selected as the winning code. It must match the code exactly, with all five digits in the same order.
There are 12 other ways to win prizes. There are other winning codes selected which offer payouts between €1,000 and €50,000, while you can also win prizes if part of your code matches up with the jackpot-winning number. Go to the German Christmas Lottery Prizes page for more information.
You can also check the Results page after the draw to find out whether you have won.