Interesting facts about gambling in Germany

Legally defined, gambling is an activity in which some people bet on the outcome of a particular situation. The result of the game is not based on the skill of the players but rather on a random principle. Today we will talk about interesting facts and figures about gambling in Germany, in addition to the most popular types of betting games.

Gambling: 3 interesting facts and figures in Germany

The Gibraltar-based company broke the record for the biggest online earner

As confirmed by Guinness World Records, on June 1, a German lady who won the €90 million Eurojackpot became the German Eurojackpot record winner in Lottoland. The lottery was organized by the Lottoland company. Thus, it has been confirmed that this victory is the biggest online gambling win ever.

The company earned the title of ‘biggest online gambling payout’ after a 36-year-old German housekeeper placed a bet on the Eurojackpot lottery via mobile phone on the Lottoland website. His mother chose five lucky numbers (14, 19, 21, 30, 32) and two euro numbers (4 and 7), which gave him a record win.

“We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Guinness World Record. It is an honor to be in this Hall of Fame. This title confirms our economic model; it proves that we can even break world records thanks to our model sophisticated insurance. At Lottoland, we help make your dreams come true. That’s why we’re always happy to have completely changed the life of one of our players. We’re proud to pay out even the biggest winnings in one record time and we are more than happy to help Christina and her mums achieve their dreams,” said Nigel Birrell, CEO of Lottoland.

In operation since 2013, Lottoland has created over 350 jobs, has over eight million customers and operates on four continents. The main goal of the company is to provide customers with a wide selection of games and high payouts.

The betting market is growing.

Sales in the gambling market are growing and continuing to grow. For example, in Germany 2020, a gross play amount greater than €11.7 billion has been achieved across the entire (legal) gaming market.

In 2019, there were more 236,500 slot machines. In 2020, online casinos achieved a turnover of more than 477 million euros.

In Germany, as of December 31, 2020, there were approximately 3,500 employees subject to social security contributions in the gaming and betting industry.

State Treaty on Gambling

There is the so-called state treaty on gambling, the GlüStV. Suppose the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal government, wants to conclude an international treaty or a state treaty. In this case, following the Lindau agreement of November 14, 1957, it must have the good will of the federal states concerned by this draft treaty, if this treaty affects the powers of legislation in the various federal states. The term is also used for contracts between different federal states; they are in fact state contracts.

Examples of these intra-German state treaties, which often deal with economic cooperation or the regulation of border obligations, are the founding treaty of the second German television, namely the broadcasting state treaty and the ‘State of play.

The state has a monopoly on gambling.

All gambling operators require a state license. The state has a gambling monopoly (now only for lotteries). Profits from state-sanctioned gambling go to the respective federal states.

Popular types of betting games

There are basically four types of game. Slot machines are mainly found in restaurants; they are accessible to the public. There are also different slot machines in casinos and arcades, not to mention card games like blackjack or poker, and roulette is also worth mentioning. In addition, the player will find the same games in variants on the net. Finally, with the increasing use of the World Wide Web, sports betting is becoming increasingly popular.


Players are on the side of legal certainty with state lotteries. Even with private lottery providers working on commission for state lotteries, the player is legally safe, unlike lotteries that are licensed overseas.

Slot machines

Playing a slot machine is not a game of chance, but rather an “action on an amusement machine with a chance of winning”.

sports betting

In 2018, about 8.8 billion euros bet on sporting events in Germany. Betting stakes in the German sports betting market have more than doubled over the past five years.

According to statisticssports betting providers achieved a turnover of 4.5 billion euros in 2014, compared to 3.8 billion euros in 2013.