The Barbados Lottery was initially run by Leeward Island Lottery Holding Co (LILHCO) before being taken over by US giant GTECH in 2005. The acquisition included the 8 operating licenses LILHCO held for Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, St. Kitts/Nevis and St. Maarten/Saba/St Eustatius. The lotteries in Bermuda and the US Virgin Islands were also secured through the deal. Today there are three traditional lottery games, of which all support a variety of organisations including the Barbados Olympic Association and the National Sports Council.
The Games and Odds
Double Draw (7/30) – Odds: 1 in 2,035,800
Mega 6 (6/33) – Odds: 1 in 1,107,568
Super Lotto (5/35+1/10) – Odds: 1 in 3,246,320
The Barbados Double Draw Lottery game features a 7/30 structure which offers relatively generous odds of 1 in 2,035,800. Players are allowed to pick up to seven numbers, known as spots, and are able to play them more than once with a multi-draw option.
- Biggest Payout: ?
- Draw Days: Daily
Double Draw Lottery Ticket
To the left of each double draw ticket is a multi-draw column allowing players to choose the same numbers for up to 24 draws. Next to this is the ‘spot’ column for selecting the amount of digits to play as well as five stake options. The main section contains five game panels labelled from A to E which contain 30 selection boxes for picking the main numbers.
Double Draw Prize Breakdown
- 7 correct numbers out of 7 spots
- 6 correct numbers out of 7 spots
- 5 correct numbers out of 7 spots
- 4 correct numbers out of 7 spots
- 3 correct numbers out of 7 spots
- 6 correct numbers out of 6 spots
- 5 correct numbers out of 6 spots
- 4 correct numbers out of 6 spots
- 3 correct numbers out of 6 spots
- 5 correct numbers out of 5 spots
- 4 correct numbers out of 5 spots
- 3 correct numbers out of 5 spots
- 4 correct numbers out of 4 spots
- 3 correct numbers out of 4 spots
- 2 correct numbers out of 4 spots
- 3 correct numbers out of 3 spots
- 2 correct numbers out 3 spots
- 2 correct numbers out of 2 spots
- 1 correct number from 1 spots
The Mega 6 Lottery follows a 6/33 format where participants select 6 numbers from a pot of 33. Like Double Draw, the game offers very favourable odds of 1 in 1,107,568.This is due to the smaller player-base and draw-frequency which means that payouts tend to be smaller. Nevertheless, such low odds for a major draw-based game are hard to come by.
Mega 6 Lottery Ticket
The Mega 6 Lottery Ticket features a similar layout to the Double Draw game. To the left of each ticket/selection slip is a multi-draw column for choosing the same numbers (up to 50 draws). Then there are five game boards labelled A to E which include 33 selection boxes and a quick pick option for randomly-generated numbers.
- Biggest Payout: ?
- Draw Days: Daily
- Mega 6 Prize Breakdown
- 6 correct numbers
- 5 correct numbers
- 4 correct numbers
- 3 correct numbers
Super Lotto is a Caribbean draw-based lottery game which is played on the islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Paraguay, St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten and the US Virgin Islands. Its 5/35+ 1/10 structure requires players to select 5 numbers from a set of 35 numbers and an extra number from a second set of 10.
Super Lotto Ticket
The Super Lotto ticket comprises three game boards, of which each contains a set of 35 numbers for the main selection and a set of 10 for the bonus ball. A multi-draw space is reserved for players to use the same numbers for consecutive draws.
- Biggest Payout: $8,560,000
- Draw Days: Tuesday, Friday
Super Lotto Prize Breakdown
- 5 correct numbers plus bonus ball – Jackpot Prize Only
Biggest Lottery Win in Barbados – $8,560,000 (Super Lotto)
The biggest lottery win in Barbados history occurred in 2012 when 59-year old Phillip Field won a Super Lotto Jackpot. He was presented with a cheque for $8,560,000.