EuroJackpot is a transnational
European lottery launched in March 2012. The countries participating in the
lottery are: Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy,
Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
The jackpot will start at
10,000,000 and can roll over up to 90,000,000. Playing the
EuroJackpot costs 2 per line. The odds of winning the jackpot are:
1:59,325,280. The goal is to match 5 correct numbers out of 50 plus another 2
supplementary numbers out of another 8.
The lottery draw takes place every
Friday at 21.00 EET in Helsinki. The evaluation of the winning lottery tickets
is done in Germany and Denmark.
Probability of winning
| 1 (jackpot)
|| 5 + 2
|| 1 : 59 325 280
|| 5 + 1
|| 1 : 4 943 773
|| 1 : 3 955 019
|| 4 + 2
|| 1 : 263 668
|| 4 + 1
|| 1 : 21 972
|| 1 : 17 578
|| 3 + 2
|| 1 : 5 992
|| 3 + 1
|| 1 : 499
|| 2 + 2
|| 1 : 418
|| 1 : 399
|| 1 + 2
|| 1 : 80
|| 2 + 1
|| 1 : 35
Compared to other lotteries like the
EuroMillions and the German Lotto 6 aus 49, the EuroJackpot is designed to
pay out much more frequently (1:59 million odds versus 1:117 million for the
EuroMillions and over 1:139 million for the German Lotto). As a result, it is
not anticipated that the lottery will grow to the same record-breaking sizes
achieved by the EuroMillions, as it will most likely be won instead. The record
for the largest jackpot for the EuroJackpot was set on April 12, 2013 where a
single prize-winner from Germany won the 46.079.338,80 Euro jackpot.
Up to January 31, 2013 the
EuroJackpot lottery had a 'rolldown' clause: in case the jackpot is not won for
12 consecutive draws, the 13th draw will be subject to a rolldown whereby if no
winner is able to match all 7 winning numbers, the jackpot is paid out to the
next winning tier where a winner is available. It was this clause that set the
previous jackpot record of 27,545,858.00 Euros in August 2012, as a German
player who correctly matched the 5 main numbers, but only one of the
Euronumbers (out of two), walked away with the jackpot in the second prize
The EuroJackpot lottery was proposed
a few years ago, in 2006, to compete with the EuroMillions lottery. By virtue
of a large number of participating countries, the EuroMillions is able to offer
considerably larger jackpots than those offered in a single national lottery.
After seeing the success of EuroMillions, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia,
Italy and the Netherlands met in Amsterdam in November 2011 to complete the
negotiations for the EuroJackpot lottery and to begin the roll out in 2012.
After the negotiations, Estonia also decided to participate in the lottery.
Spain joined the EuroJackpot from 30 June 2012 with the ticket concession
granted to ONCE, the National Organization of Spanish blind people. On February
1, 2013 Croatia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden affiliated the
The first ticket sales began on
March 17, 2012 while the first ever draw took place on March 23, 2012 in
WHO CAN PLAY?
EuroJackpot is available to the
residents of the countries participating in the official draw i.e. Croatia,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the
Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The organisers also provide
official websites to support retail sales, where it is possible to view the
results of the draws shortly after they are recorded.
A number of non-official online
lottery sites provide tickets or bets on the EuroJackpot lottery. Some of these
operators are state-licensed, while others seek to ensnare unsuspecting users.
Generally, lottery tickets are restricted to purchase by adults, according to
the Age of majority in a particular country. Notably, the UK Gambling
Commission offers licenses to private operators to offer bets on lottery
results, and oversees their operations. Countries such as Slovenia, Iceland and
Italy restrict most private operators from offering lotteries.
EuroJackpot Official Site: