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Veikkaus boosts lotto jackpot in anniversary celebration

Veikkaus has announced it will boost next Saturday’s lottery jackpot to a record 14.1 million euros. That’s a hundred thousand euros more than the previous record of 14 million euros, and the increase is in honour of the Finnish lottery’s 45th birthday.

Finland's national lottery will have a record jackpot next week. Image: Yle

Finland’s national lottery is heading for another record jackpot after Veikkaus announced that Saturday’s main prize will be 14.1 million euros. The move is to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the lottery, which was first drawn on 3 January 1971.

Next week’s draw is a rollover, as Saturday’s jackpot went unclaimed, but that ordinarily results in only a 1-3 million euro increase in the jackpot.

The size of a jackpot increase is determined by three factors: the amount of money spent on tickets, the amount rolled over from the previous week, and how much money players have neglected to claim in time before the deadline. Veikkaus also has discretion to raise jackpots when it feels the need.

Although next week’s draw is about a month after the exact anniversary, it does coincide with a new light entertainment programme on MTV3, which has hosted the draw since it switched from Yle in 2013.