What is ‘Spiel’?
In a lotto context, spiel describes a popular add-on item for a range of games. A term most commonly used in and around Canada, the term refers to an additional set of numbers that the player can buy for an extra charge. This added number set would raise the player’s chances of winning.
Otherwise known as kicker, spiel is very beneficial for the player should they choose to purchase these additional numbers.
Largely confined to Canada, the term spiel is used to describe an additional feature in lotto where, if the player pays a little more money, they can get an extra set of numbers in order to increase their likelihood of winning; having more number combinations in play gives the player more win possibilities.
Although it is thought that the word spiel is used as a lotto-relevant term more in Canada than anywhere else, the word itself is actually German in origin. The word ‘spielen’ translates as the verb ‘to play’ and the actual word spiel translates as the noun ‘Game’. Given that the purpose of the spiel in lotto terms is to give the player more chances to play the game, the term seems quite fitting for its new, lotto-oriented purpose.
The actual term spiel can be used interchangeably with the word kicker. The spiel is a computer-generated and randomly selected number that appears on a lottery ticket. It is only available in some areas (depending on their jurisdiction), and the player wishing to add any extra benefit to their lotto game must purchase the spiel.
The spiel or kicker, as a number, is always drawn independently from the main set of numbers that appear on a ticket for the lottery. The rules for spiel games vary depending on the region of play and the quantity of numbers included in the additionally drawn number balls that the term refers to.