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Last year, of the R$7.8 billion distributed in prizes by the lotteries, around R$409 million, corresponding to 5% of this amount, remained unclaimed by the winners.

After 90 days from the draw, this unclaimed amount, totaling R$409 million, was directed to the Student Financing Fund (Fies).

In the last five years, from 2018 to 2022, the accumulated amount of unclaimed prizes reached the mark of R$1.9 billion.

Collections with Caixa Econômica Lotteries

In 2022, Caixa Econômica celebrated a milestone: it raised R$23.2 billion from official lotteries, registering a 25% increase compared to the previous year. Thus reaching a historic record.

In other words, Brazilians spent 13 times more on betting than on cinema. The explanation lies in the fact that the country has twice as many lottery outlets compared to Caixa and Banco do Brasil branches.

In the year in which it turned 60, the Brazilian public lottery reached its best historical collection: R$23.2 billion, according to data from Caixa.

The amount from bets is equivalent to around 0.43% of the Union’s budget in 2023. Meanwhile, Brazilian cinemas raised R$1.8 billion at the box office last year.

When divided among the 203 million Brazilians, this fortune does not seem so significant. If everyone won the lotteries last year, each person would only receive 38 reais.

Mega-Sena is Brazilians’ favorite

In Brazil there are several lottery outlets, totaling 13,400 establishments, according to Caixa, twice the number of public bank branches.

Mega-Sena is Brazilians’ favorite, accounting for almost half of last year’s bets.

Mega recorded a 63% increase in revenue compared to 2021, being followed in popularity by Lotofácil, which raised R$6.5 billion (28.3% of the total lotteries in 2022), and by Quina, which raised R$ $3 billion (13%).

Mega da Virada 2023: expectations and projectio

Speaking of which, expectations for this year’s Mega da Virada are high due to a historic prize pool of R$550 million.

The traditional end-of-year lottery draw promises to attract millions of Brazilians looking for the chance to start the next year with a bang.

Projections indicate a significant increase in revenue, consolidating Mega da Virada as one of the most anticipated events on the national lottery scene.