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The Ultimate Guide to EuroJackpot

The EuroJackpot lottery is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and around the world. Although it is frequently in the shadow of EuroMillions, the exciting EuroJackpot draws and generous jackpots make it a definite pick for your lottery play. Our Ultimate Guide to EuroJackpot will teach you the difference between the two lotteries. The guide will answer your many questions as well: How did the EuroJackpot come to be? Why is the EuroJackpot better than the EuroMillions? Which countries have had the best success winning the EuroJackpot? Hopefully this guide will help you win EuroJackpot!


What Is EuroJackpot?

EuroJackpot is a pan-European lottery that was launched in March 2012. The participating countries in the lottery are Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. The EuroJackpot starts at €10 million and has a cap of €90 million. In order to win, lottery players choose five winning numbers from a guess range of 1-50, as well as two additional numbers known as the Euro Numbers from a 1-10 range.

But what is it that makes this lottery so exciting? What is it about EuroJackpot that has more and more countries flocking to it and people from all around the world wanting to participate?

There are many things that contribute to making the EuroJackpot the success that it is today, and we will get to them soon. For now, the main reason is simply and purely this – the EuroJackpot is designed to let players win much more often compared to other big lotteries!

EuroJackpot guide

EuroJackpot vs EuroMillions

The first thing you'll want to know is what is the difference between the two pan-European lotteries? EuroJackpot is played in more countries but EuroMillions claims to have more ticket sales. How do the two lotteries stack up when compared side by side? Let’s have a look:

EuroJackpot vs EuroMillions

18

Participating Countries

9

5/50 + 2/8

Game Format

5/50 + 2/12

Friday, 19:00GMT

Draw Times

Tuesday & Friday, 21:00CET

€10 million

Starting Jackpot

€17 million

€90 million

Jackpot Cap

€190 million

Euro Numbers

Additional Ball Names

Lucky Stars

12

Prize Categories

13

1:95,344,200

Jackpot Winning Odds

1:139,838,160

How Are EuroJackpot and EuroMillions Similar?

Let's compare these very popular transnational European lotteries.

  • Both lotteries follow a similar format, with players trying to guess the five main numbers from a guess range of 1-50 and two more additional numbers.

  • The EuroJackpot and EuroMillions both have draws on Friday evening.

  • Spain is the only country which takes part in both EuroMillions and EuroJackpot lotteries.


How Are EuroJackpot and EuroMillions Different?

But there are differences as well. Let's take a look:

  • The EuroMillions jackpot cap is €190 million while the EuroJackpot can reach a maximum of €90 million.

  • The starting jackpot for EuroMillions is €17 million while the EuroJackpot starts off at €10 million.

  • EuroMillions draws take place twice per week (Tuesday and Friday), while EuroJackpot stages a draw once a week (Friday).

  • Your chances of winning the EuroJackpot jackpot are slightly better than your chances of winning the EuroMillions jackpot.

  • Your overall chances of winning a prize in EuroJackpot are 1:42 while the overall chances of winning a prize in EuroMillions are 1:21.

Which Should You Play - EuroJackpot or EuroMillions?

As you can see, the EuroJackpot and EuroMillions lotteries each have their pros and cons. While the EuroMillions jackpots are bigger, EuroJackpot is available in more countries. EuroMillions draws are held twice a week, so you won't have to wait as long until the next one. Read our informative EuroMillions players guide for details about that lottery.

It looks like EuroJackpot and EuroMillions will continue their battle for European lottery supremacy for some time. There is only one thing that you can do!

Play both the EuroJackpot and the EuroMillions so that you don't miss any of this exciting lottery action!

EuroJackpot lottery guide

History of the EuroJackpot

Initially proposed in 2006 to compete with the only other pan-European lottery that counts, the EuroMillions, EuroJackpot managed to garner the support of Germany, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Estonia and was officially launched in 2011. The first draw was held on 23 March 2012. Spain joined the lottery in June 2012, when the ticket concession was granted to the National Organization of Spanish blind people (ONCE). Croatia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden all became part of the EuroJackpot in February 2013.

Hungary and Czech Republic joined in October 2014 and Slovakia joined a year later, boosting the number of participating countries to 17 and making the EuroJackpot the biggest pan-European lottery!

At the same time, EuroJackpot also changed the Euro Numbers. Rather than choosing the two additional numbers from a guess range of 1-8, the range increased to 1-10. Although the change was not overly dramatic, it did make the odds of winning the jackpot a bit more difficult. To compensate, EuroJackpot increased the first and second prize divisions, so players can now win even bigger prizes!

The maximum €90 million EuroJackpot jackpot was won for the first time on 15 May 2015, when a Czech player won a prize equivalent in his local currency to CZK 2.5 billion. In 2016 the jackpot again reached its cap and a single player from Germany won the entire €90 million prize in the draw on 14 October 2016. The jackpot reached its cap for a third time just a few weeks later. Five lucky ticket holders (3 from Germany and 1 each from Denmark and the Netherlands) split the top prize in the draw on 6 January 2017. Each of the winners received a €18 million prize.

Poland became the 18th participating country in the EuroJackpot when it joined the pan-European lottery in September 2017.

The maximum EuroJackpot prize was awarded once again in the draw on 9 February 2018 when a syndicate of five from Finland each won €18 million, out of the total €90 million prize.

EuroJackpot had a record-breaking rollover streak in 2018 when it hit its jackpot cap of €90 million, an amazing prize it continued to offer for six additional draws. During that time, the excess prize money rolled down to the second division which then distributed at least €20,000,000 in each of those draws to players who matched the five main EuroJackpot numbers and just one EuroNumber. Finally, on 6 July 2018, two tickets purchased in Germany matched the five main numbers and the two additional EuroNumbers and shared the jackpot. Each one won 45 million. In addition, 24 second division prizes of €999,914.60 were awarded in that draw.

10 Biggest EuroJackpot Jackpot Prizes of All Time

Rank Date Amount Country

1

15 May 2015

€90 million

Czech Republic

1

14 October 2016

€90 million

Germany

1

6 January 2017

€90 million

5 winners

1

9 February 2018

€90 million

Finland

1

6 July 2018

€90 million

Germany (2)

6

14 April 2017

€86.9 million

Finland

7

29 July 2016

€84.8 million

Germany

8

25 March 2016

€76.8 million

Germany

9

12 September 2014

€61.2 million

Finland

10

5 December 2014

€58.7 million

Germany

German players seem to do very well playing the EuroJackpot! You may be surprised to see that players from Finland have scored some of the biggest EuroJackpot prizes. Perhaps that is because the EuroJackpot lottery draw takes place Friday nights in Helsinki.

How Easy Is It to Win EuroJackpot Prizes?

To play EuroJackpot you choose five main numbers from a range of 1 to 50, and two additional numbers, called Euro Numbers, from a range of 1 to 10. Match all the numbers and you will win the EuroJackpot jackpot!

The EuroJackpot offers very generous secondary prizes as well. Take a look at the odds to win a prize:

Prize Category Match Winning Odds

Jackpot

5+2PB

1:95,344,200

2nd Prize

5+PB

1:5,959,012

3rd Prize

5

1:3,405,150

4th Prize

4+2PB

1:423,752

5th Prize

4+PB

1:26,485

6th Prize

4

1:15,134

7th Prize

3+2PB

1:9,631

8th Prize

3+PB

1:602

9th Prize

3

1:344

10th Prize

2+2PB

1:672

11th Prize

2+PB

1:42

12th Prize

1+2PB

1:128

One of the most exciting times to play EuroJackpot is when the lottery reaches its jackpot cap of €90 million. Although the jackpot can go no higher, excess prize money passes down to winning tickets in the next highest prize division. This gives you even greater odds of winning a huge lottery prize!

Play the EuroJackpot!

Hopefully this guide has given you plenty of information about the exciting EuroJackpot lottery. Do you think it's the best lottery in Europe? Have you read our informative SuperEnalotto Guide? No matter what you think about other European lotteries, consider buying your EuroJackpot tickets today for the upcoming draw on Friday and perhaps you will become the next EuroJackpot millionaire!