Eurojackpot is a transnational European lottery launched in March 2012.
If you live in Europe (and don’t live under a rock), then you’ve probably heard the name “EuroJackpot”. Considered one of the biggest and best lotteries in the world, EuroJackpot has developed quite a reputation and following since it first appeared on the international lotto scene in 2012. Due to its huge jackpots and pretty good odds (as far as major lotteries go anyway), it’s obvious why EuroJackpot attracts millions of regular players (about 270 million, in fact) and keeps growing in popularity. Few lotteries offer such a balanced experience—especially for such a decent price point.
The EuroJackpot is one of the newest lotteries. It was originally launched in March 2012. By October 2015, the following countries were offering tickets, with more planned in the future: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
At the minimum, the jackpot for the lottery is going to be 10 million euros, although it often goes well above that. To win, you will need to get 5 correct numbers (from a selection of 50), plus a further 2 (from a selection of 10)
The draw takes place on Friday at 9pm, so buy your tickets well before that!
There are twelve prize levels in Euro Jackpot, and cash prizes are paid at each level. The odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 95,344,200. While at first glance these may seem like pretty tough odds, consider that EuroMillions’ jackpot odds are 1 in 139,838,160 and SuperEnaLotto are 1 in 622,614,630. Meanwhile, the US Powerball odds of winning are 1 in 292,201,338 and the odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 302,575,350. Suddenly, EuroJackpot is looking quite a bit better, wouldn’t you agree?
Prizes of lesser value are paid out at each tier, and at each tier the odds of winning a prize greatly improve. The odds of winning are presented in the table below:
|# of Matched Numbers|
EN = Euro Numbers
|Prize (Estimated)||Odds of Winning|
|5 + 2 EN||Jackpot||1 in 95,344,200|
|5 + EN||€822,339||1 in 5,959,012|
|5||€123,061||1 in 3,405,150|
|4 + 2 EN||€4,276||1 in 423,752|
|4 + EN||€238||1 in 26,485|
|4||€111||1 in 15,124|
|3 + 2 EN||€58||1 in 9,632|
|3 + EN||€19||1 in 672|
|2 + 2 EN||€15||1 in 602|
|3||€19||1 in 344|
|1 + 2 EN||€8||1 in 128|
|2 + EN||€10||1 in 42|