Stichting Exploitatie Nederlandse Staatsloterij (SENS) is a state-owned lottery where the profits benefits the Department of Finance in the Netherlands. In English, it is sometimes referred to as the Dutch State Lottery. SENS is very popular lottery in the Netherlands, with a 50% market share.
At least 60% of the income from SENS must be distributed as prize money. The net profits benefit the sate treasury. No charitable organizations are directly funded by SENS revenue. In 2013, sales amounted to €772 million and 69% of that money was handed back to the players in the form of prizes.
SENS has its roots in the Generaliteitsloterij. The Generaliteitsloterij was introduced by the Parliament of the Netherlands back in 1726, which makes SENS one of the oldest still existing lotteries in the world. It has been known under several different names, including Dutch StaatsLoterij and Nederlandse Staatsloteríj.
Participating in the Stichting Exploitatie Nederlandse Staatsloterij (SENS)
SENS lottery tickets are sold in over 4,000 outlets in the Netherlands. A majority of the vendors are tobacco shops or convenience stores. You can also purchase your ticket online at staatsloterij.nl.
The SENS lottery ticket is a pre-printed lottery ticket with 2 letters and 6 numbers printed on it.
You can purchase a whole lottery ticket (StaatsLot) or one fifth of a lottery ticket (1/5 Staatslot). You also have the option of buying a Straatje, which is ten different 1/5 Staatslots, or a Straat, which is 10 whole tickets. Finally, you can purchase a Boulevard, which is 100 whole tickets.
One oddity with the SENS is that you can elect to play for all prizes or for all prizes except the jackpot. StaatsLot, 1/5 Staatslot, Straatje, Straat and Boulevard are all available in these two forms.
A draw is held on the 10th of every month, at 20:00 CET.
There are also two special draws: the Koningsdagtrekking and the Oudejaarstrekking.
Oudejaarstrekking means old year draw, and this draw takes place on December 31st.
Koningsdagtrekking takes place on the kings birthday, which is April 27. During Queen Beatrix’s regency, the draw was held on April 30 since that was the Koninginnedag (Day of the Queen), a national holiday in the Netherlands. After her son Willem-Alexander ascended the throne, the holiday was moved to his birthday on April 27, and since he is a king the holiday is named Koningsdag (Day of the King). The first Koningsdag was celebrated in 2014.
After each draw (regular or special), the result is broadcast by Televisiezende Netherlands 1.
The jackpot is always at least €7.5 million, while the second prize is always at least €1 million. The smallest prize is €5.
All prizes, including the jackpot, are paid as a lump sum. (No annuity.) The Netherlands do not tax the winnings. You will typically have a year from the date of the draw to claim your prize. Winning SENS tickets worth up to €600 can be redeemed for cash at any place where SENS tickets are sold.
If you have won €600 – €10100 you need to go to one of the selected Nederlandse Staats Loterij retailers capable of handling large wins. You will provide the retailer with your name, bank information, etc and the money will be deposited into your bank account within 5 banking days by the Nederlandse Staats Loterij.
If you have won more than €10100, you need to contact the Nederlandse Staats Loterij headquarters in The Hague to find out more about how to collect your win.
The jackpot is always at least €7.5 million.
If no one wins the jackpot in a draw, the money will roll over to the next draw to bolster that jackpot. No more than six consecutive rollovers are allowed.
- The largest jackpot so far was the one awarded in the May 2013 draw. This jackpot contained €38.4 million. The winning ticket had been purchased in Utrecht.
- In 2012, a player in Groningen won a €30 million jackpot.