An estimated seven million leva, or about 3.58 million euro, are expected to be up for grabs in one of the jackpots of the Bulgarian state lottery by the time of the next draw on August 14.
This would make it the third highest jackpot in the history of the second draw of the 6 of 49 game, but still well short of the record 9.47 million leva in November 2012, when the jackpot was split by two winners.
The abrupt increase in the jackpot’s size comes several days after Bulgarian prosecutors announced that they were pressing fraud charges against two 19-year-old residents of Varna, accused of trying to hack the lottery and claim a five-million-leva jackpot in June.
The state lottery did not have enough time to add the money in time for the August 10 draw – when the 1.7 million leva jackpot rolled over – but announced the increased payout on August 12.
The Bulgarian Sports Totalisator was founded in 1957 and is the main sponsor of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee and other sport bodies in the country, which make it the main source of financing for sport in Bulgaria. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Sports Ministry.
It operates a national system for spreading of lottery games (called ‘toto’ in Bulgarian) – the digital games 6/49, 5/35 and 6/42, all with a rising jackpot and twice-a-week draws, on Thursdays and Sundays.
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