The EuroJackpot is the newest multi-national European lotto, offering bigger prizes than most of the world’s famous lotteries along with much better odds. Eurojackpot is a lottery drawn every Friday that offers jackpots of up to €90 million. The game offers a starting jackpot of €10 million and is played by a total of 18 countries.
What is Eurojackpot?
Eurojackpot is one of Europe’s biggest and most popular lotteries, growing quickly since its first draw on 23rd March 2012. Eurojackpot is a lottery drawn every Friday that offers jackpots of up to €90 million. The game offers a starting jackpot of €10 million which soon rises with rollovers and is played by a total of 18 countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Draws take place every Friday night in Helsinki at 21:00 EEST (19:00 BST).
EuroJackpot minimum jackpot guaranteed at €10,000,000 and record jackpot of €90,000,000
How To Play Eurojackpot?
It’s easy to play EuroJackpot! To play all you have to do is select 5 regular numbers from a total of 50 and 2 EuroJackpot bonus balls from a total of 10. The top prize of the EuroJackpot is for 5 matched regular numbers and 2 bonus balls.
You can select your own numbers or use the ‘Quick Pick’ option when buying tickets to randomly generate a set of numbers. Alternatively, you can use the Random Number Generator before you purchase your ticket to find a set of numbers you like.
There are 12 prize tiers on offer in Eurojackpot lottery, and anyone who matches all five main numbers and both Euro numbers in the draw will win a share of the jackpot, which starts at €10 million. If nobody matches all of the numbers in a draw, the jackpot will roll over into the next draw, until it reaches its cap of €90 million.
Eurojackpot tickets can be bought online or through authorised retail stores in a participating country.
Play Eurojackpot Online
Buying Eurojackpot tickets online is the easiest and safest way to play, as your tickets will be stored in your online account and automatically checked on your behalf. If you win a prize, you will be notified straight away and the winnings will be paid into your account for you to withdraw or use on future ticket purchases. Getting started with playing online is simple:
1. Open an online account with the lottery operator in your country
2. Complete your account registration (this may include verifying your age)
3. Add funds to your account
4. Buy Eurojackpot tickets using your account balance
Play Eurojackpot via a Retail Store
If you live in a participating country, you can play Eurojackpot by buying tickets from an authorised retail store. Play cards will be available for you to mark out which numbers you want to play. After that, you hand the play card to the cashier to receive a ticket confirming your numbers and the draw (or draws) for which the ticket is valid. You will need to keep your ticket safe, as it will act as proof of your winnings if you win a prize. You should also sign the back of your ticket to demonstrate proof of ownership and to avoid legal disputes should you lose the ticket and someone else tries to claim the prize.
Comparison between Playing Online or via a Retail Store
The following comparison shows the differences between playing Eurojackpot online or buying tickets from an authorised retail store.
|Playing Eurojackpot Online||Playing Eurojackpot at a Retail Store|
|Convenience||Purchase tickets from anywhere you might be located.||Tickets can only be purchased from authorised retail stores.|
|Availability||Tickets can be purchased at a time that suits you.||Tickets can only be purchased during store opening hours.|
|Security||Tickets are stored in your online account, eliminating the possibility of your ticket being lost, damaged or stolen.||Your printed ticket is your only proof of purchase. If it is lost, damaged or stolen it is unlikely that you will be able to claim any prizes you might have won.|
|Simplicity||You will be notified of any win without having to check and in most cases prizes will be automatically paid into your account.||You are responsible for checking your ticket and, if you have won, returning to an authorised retail store to collect your prize.|
EuroJackpot vs. Euro Millions: What’s the Difference?
EuroJackpot and EuroMillions are two multi-state lotteries from Europe & two of the biggest, well established lotteries in not just Europe, but also the world covering an incredible 25 countries between them.
The EuroJackpot is a newer version of the EuroMillions, with Spain being the only country that participates in both.
Both draws require you to match 5 regular numbers and 2 bonus balls in order to jackpot, the difference between the two is that the EuroMillions lotto usually has higher jackpots, although not always, and the odds for winning the EuroJackpot are almost twice as good as winning the EuroMillions Jackpot.
EuroMillions is the more established lottery and celebrated its 10th birthday in 2014, while the EuroJackpot is the newer version, celebrating its 2nd anniversary a month later in March 2014.
Comparison between Eurojackpot and EuroMillions
Eurojackpot vs. SuperEnalotto: What’s the Difference?
Comparison between Eurojackpot and SuperEnalotto
The following table lists the prizes available and the odds of winning each prize:
|Match||Percentage of Prize Fund ||Lowest Ever Prize Amount ||Highest Ever Prize Amount ||Average Prize Amount Per Draw ||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5 + 2 Euro Numbers||36%||€10,000,000.00||€90,000,000.00||€31,259,535.14||1 in 95,344,200|
|Match 5 + 1 Euro Number||8.5%||€106,182.20||€7,643,519.60||€860,873.85||1 in 5,959,013|
|Match 5||3%||€15,233.30||€514,131.60||€153,203.04||1 in 3,405,150|
|Match 4 + 2 Euro Numbers||1%||€1,333.20||€12,739.40||€4,735.64||1 in 423,752|
|Match 4 + 1 Euro Number||0.9%||€106.00||€381.20||€248.68||1 in 26,485|
|Match 4||0.7%||€47.90||€164.20||€111.49||1 in 15,134|
|Match 3 + 2 Euro Numbers||0.6%||€29.40||€98.70||€60.75||1 in 9,631|
|Match 2 + 2 Euro Numbers||4.3%||€13.00||€34.70||€21.80||1 in 672|
|Match 3 + 1 Euro Number||3.1%||€11.60||€25.70||€18.14||1 in 602|
|Match 3||3%||€10.40||€19.50||€15.11||1 in 344|
|Match 1 + 2 Euro Numbers||19.1%||€6.80||€16.00||€10.31||1 in 128|
|Match 2 + 1 Euro Number||7.8%||€6.20||€10.40||€7.99||1 in 42|
|Overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 26|
 Lowest, highest and average prize amounts are calculated using results drawn between 10/10/2014 and 20/04/2018.
 The remaining 12% of the Eurojackpot prize fund goes into a Booster Fund, which is a reserve fund to guarantee the minimum jackpot of €10 million. If the Booster Fund exceeds €20 million, any extra money is diverted into the jackpot for the next draw.
1. March 2005: Following the success of EuroMillions, several countries begin developing a second continental lottery game. Six years on, and an agreement is reached between the nations, with the paperwork being signed in Helsinki, Finland.
2. March 2012: On 23rd March 2012, the first Eurojackpot draw is held in Helsinki, with tickets being sold in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia. The game features a rollover limit of 12 and players choose five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Euro numbers from 1 to 8.
3. May 2012: A German player claims €19.5 million in the draw on the 11th May 2012 to become the game’s first jackpot winner.
4. June 2012: Spain becomes the eighth country to join Eurojackpot.
5. February 2013: The number of participating countries increases to 14 as Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia and Lithuania join the game. Further changes see the rollover limit of 12 removed in favour of a €90 million jackpot cap.
6. October 2014: The number of Euro numbers increases from 8 to 10. There is also a rise in the number of participating countries as Czech Republic and Hungary join Eurojackpot.
7. May 2015: The jackpot reaches its €90 million cap for the first time on the 8th May 2015, before being won in the following draw by a player from Czech Republic.
8. October 2015: Slovakia becomes the 17th country to join Eurojackpot.
9. October 2016: The €90 million jackpot cap is reached for the second time on the 14th October, as a player from the Black Forest area of Baden-Wurttemberg wins the jackpot.
10. January 2017: The jackpot reaches its €90 million cap for the third time on the 6th January, before being shared between five players; three from Germany, one from Denmark and another from the Netherlands. This is the first jackpot to be won by multiple ticket holders in the lottery’s history.
11. September 2017: Poland becomes the 18th country to join Eurojackpot
How to Win Eurojackpot?
As Eurojackpot is a game of chance, the only guaranteed method for winning the jackpot is to purchase tickets for every possible combination of numbers, which would be very difficult to coordinate as there are 95,344,200 possible combinations. However, there are various ways in which you can increase your chances of winning:
Play in a Syndicate
As the odds of winning Eurojackpot are the same for each and every ticket, the only way to increase the likelihood of winning is to purchase more tickets, which can become prohibitively expensive for a single player. By joining a syndicate, you can keep costs down while having a greater number of tickets entered into the draw. Keep in mind that any prizes won by the group will be shared between all members.
You could join a syndicate with friends, family or work colleagues and decide how many tickets you buy for each draw, or you can join an online syndicate. Look at the Syndicates page for more information.
A system entry, or a systematic entry, lets you mark off more than five main numbers and two Euro numbers on your Eurojackpot playing card, creating more combinations and boosting your chances of winning a prize. For example, you might decide to play six main numbers and three Euro numbers, which would give you 18 possible combinations of numbers as opposed to just one. The Finnish lottery operator for instance, lets players mark off as many as 12 main numbers or as many as 10 Euro numbers, and all the different combinations covered by these numbers will then be generated as separate lines. Keep in mind, however, that system entries will increase in price as you purchase more numbers and therefore more combinations.
Keep Track of the Jackpot Total
Whether the jackpot is at the minimum of €10 million or the maximum of €90 million, the odds of matching five main numbers plus both Euro numbers are still the same – 1 in 95,344,200. However, once the jackpot reaches its cap, excess funds are then diverted to the next winning prize tier. This is an ideal opportunity to win a larger prize with better odds, as matching five main numbers and one Euro number has odds of 1 in 5,959,013. For example, when one player from the Czech Republic won the €90 million jackpot in May 2015, another three participants won €7.6 million each after they matched five main numbers and one Euro number.
You could consider using Euro Jackpot statistics to help you choose your numbers. While it’s very common for players to choose numbers that have not been drawn for a long time, you can also look at the most frequently drawn numbers, the most common pairs of numbers, or the actual gap between a number being drawn and its next appearance as a winning number. Visit the Statistics section to learn more.
Playing online Euro jackpot is quick and convenient, providing the security of knowing that you will be automatically paid your winnings, as well as allowing you to enter draws in advance or play continuously via a subscription.
What Happens if I Win?
When you win a jackpot you will have a two options as to how you would like to claim your winnings. The first is the most common, where jackpot winners’ are paid in multiple annual payments, depending on your preference. However, after you win the jackpot and your prize is validated by the Lottery, you will have 1 year to claim your prize.
Tips & Tricks For Increasing Your Odds
The best way to increase your odds is to buy group game tickets. It’s pure logic & math. When you buy group game tickets you essentially ‘pool together’ your tickets and therefore increase your odds immensely.
For example: If you wanted to buy a single ticket for a Euromillions draw it will cost you €2.50 offline, and anywhere up to €6 per ticket online. With a group game option you buy shares in a group of tickets online. 50 tickets could make up one group (groups can be anywhere from 30-100 tickets grouped together). This group of 50 tickets is then split into 100 shares and each share can be sold separately, this way the player can buy a share in a group of 50 tickets for a prices much cheaper, as little as €0.19 per ticket. If one of the group’s ticket is a winner then the winning amount will be split according to how many shares you have in the group.
So, if we have a group of 50 tickets, split into 100 shares and you buy 10 shares in the group, you own 10% of the group of 50 tickets. This means if the group of tickets has a winner in it, say €100,000.00, you would receive 10% of this total, meaning you would win €10,000.00.
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