- Next Estimated Jackpot EUR 90,000,000
- 06/01/2018 18:00:00
EuroJackpot is a multinational European lottery, similar to EuroMillions, but with some different participating countries. It launched in 2012 following half a decade of planning, and now has 17 countries taking part across the continent.
Like EuroMillions, players must choose five main numbers from 1-50, along with two supplementary numbers similar to the 'lucky stars'. Unlike EuroMillions' lucky stars, which can be from 1-11, the supplementary numbers on EuroJackpot can only be 1-10, and this leads to better odds of a win. This is one of the stated aims of EuroJackpot, which looks for more winners, rather than the extremely large but extremely rare payouts of games like EuroMillions and the US Powerball.
Another hallmark of the game is the better chance of winning a lower-level prize - rather than putting so much focus on the size of the jackpot. The six lowest prize tiers all have odds better than 1 in 10,000 and pay anywhere up to around €50. The lowest prize of all, for matching two main numbers and one supplementary 'Euronumber', is close to €10.
How to Play
Tickets cost €2 and players must choose five numbers from 1-50 and two supplementary 'Euronumbers' from 1-10. You can play multiple lines on a single play slip, and can select up to five draws in advance - this may vary in individual countries. There is also the option to auto-generate your numbers by choosing how many lines you want to play, and how many draws you want to enter them into.
Draws take place on Friday night at 09:00 p.m. EET, and are televised live from Helsinki throughout participating member countries. The standard deadline for claiming prizes is 180 days; however, this changes in some countries. You can buy tickets up until 07:00 p.m. EET on the night of the draw.
As mentioned, the prizes are designed to be won quite regularly, with a guaranteed first prize of between €10 million and €90 million. Based on the odds and expected number of players, this should typically be won every three to four weeks.
EuroJackpot has been growing steadily since its launch, with more countries joining over the years. This is also part of the plan for the game - and eventually, if it becomes big enough, a second mid-week draw may be added to the schedule, doubling the chances to win each week.
First proposed in 2006.
First draw: 23rd March 2012.
Participating countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
The possible ways to win - 12 in all, shown in the prize table below - match the 12 top prize tiers of EuroMillions; however, EuroMillions also includes a 13th prize tier, for matching any two main balls and no lucky stars. The odds of winning any of the higher tiers on EuroJackpot are higher, as it is a 5 from 50 + 2 from 10 game, whereas EuroMillions is 5 from 50 + 2 from 11.
All prize tiers are calculated as a percentage of the prize fund and shared equally between all winning ticket-holders at that level.
The exception to this is the jackpot, which has a guaranteed minimum of €10 million and a maximum of €90 million.
|Match||Odds||% of the Prize Fund|
|5 + 2||1 in 95,344,200||36%|
|5 + 1||1 in 5,959,013||8.5%|
|5||1 in 3,405,150||3%|
|4 + 2||1 in 423,752||1%|
|4 + 1||1 in 26,485||0.9%|
|4||1 in 15,134||0.7%|
|3 + 2||1 in 9,631||0.6%|
|2 + 2||1 in 672||3.1%|
|3 + 1||1 in 602||3%|
|3||1 in 344||4.3%|
|1 + 2||1 in 128||7.8%|
|2 + 1||1 in 42||19.10%|