The Italian Almanac

win for life

Win for Life

Italy`s new Win for Life lotto game made a brilliant debut and since starting has already given out 11 big prizes: 4,000 euros a month for 20 years. The game, run by the Sisal betting group which also offers the popular SuperEnalotto game, is helping raise funds for the reconstruction of Italy`s central Abruzzo region, which was struck by a devastating earthquake last April.

For this year and next, in fact, Abruzzo will receive 23% of the bets made, while 65% will go for the winnings, 8% to the operator of the betting station and 4% to Sisal. The game is the first in Italy to offer a `salary` to winners rather that a jackpot and it also pays cash for a number of other combinations. In order to win the big prize, players must correctly pick ten out of the numbers drawn from one to 20 and hope that an extra `super` number they are given when placing their bet is the same drawn.

Players have the choice of betting one or two euros. Aside from the big prize, a one-euro bet pays 10,000 euros for ten correct numbers, 100 euros for nine, ten euros for eight and two euros for seven correct picks. A two-euro bet, on the other hand, also pays 10,000 euros for not guessing any of the numbers, 100 euros for picking just one, ten euros for just two and two euros for only three correct numbers. A `lifetime` prize is also awarded if a player with a two-euro bet fails to guess any of the ten but has the extra super number. As opposed to traditional lotto games, Win for Life draws are held hourly.

Although the big prize, which totals 960,000 euros, is not adjusted for inflation during the 20-year period, it can be inherited for the reminder of the 20-year period should the winner die.