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Lottery Raffles - What You Need to Know

Raffles are often overlooked opportunities to win, and win big. When you play a lottery with a raffle, your ticket might not match a single number selected in the regular draw but you could still win a generous prize in the additional raffle! While raffles may not draw the attention that huge lottery jackpots bring, they can offer substantial prizes that are guaranteed to be won. When you play lotteries with raffles you get an additional chance to win. That is why playing a lottery with a raffle can be worth your while!

If you are already familiar with lottery raffles and want to get into the action now, purchase your EuroMillions tickets and automatically have a chance to win €1 million in the weekly Spanish raffle called El Millón (The Million). If you are interested in more information before you buy your first raffle tickets, hopefully our informative guide will provide you with everything you need to know!


By definition, a raffle is "a means of raising money by selling numbered tickets, one or some of which are subsequently drawn at random, the holder or holders of such tickets winning a prize." That sounds very much like the definition of a lottery, yet there are a number of ways that lotteries and raffles are different. Read on to find out what they are.

Ultimate guide to lottery raffles

What Are the Differences Between Raffles and Lotteries?

There are different types of raffles available on theLotter. On the one hand, there are stand-alone raffles, such as the monthly Loteria Nacional Extra in Spain. And on the other hand, there are raffles that take place in conjunction with a regular lottery draw. When you play a stand-alone raffle, you purchase ticket(s) directly to that raffle. When you purchase tickets to a lottery with a supplementary raffle, each line is assigned an additional number which is used in the raffle drawing. If this alphanumeric code, printed at the bottom of each ticket you purchase, matches the code drawn in the raffle, you win the raffle prize!

Confused? Don’t be! Here are the main differences between raffles and lotteries.

You choose your own numbers in lotteries. When you purchase tickets to a lottery draw, you get to select your own numbers. When you play a raffle, you are given a pre-printed raffle code.

There is always a jackpot winner in a raffle draw. A jackpot winner is guaranteed as the draw includes only the numbers or codes that correspond to the raffle tickets sold. Lottery draws don’t always have a jackpot winner, as the draw machine contains every number from the guess range, so there is no guarantee that the numbers selected were chosen by any ticket-holders.

Raffles award their prizes on a defined date. While lotteries can rollover multiple times, sometimes even with no limit, raffles take place on a particular date and the winners are determined then. As an example, the French version of the EuroMillions stages a supplementary My Million raffle guaranteeing one €1 million winner per draw, regardless of what happened in the previous draw.

Raffles have a limited number of tickets available. Lotteries are unlimited. There are as many tickets available as there are people who buy them. In fact, the more people that buy lottery tickets, the better it is for everyone because the jackpot grows based on ticket sales. With raffles, there is a limited number of raffle codes on sale. To compensate for this, Loteria de Navidad and Loteria del Nino print each ticket code multiple times and then divide each copy into shares, so that even more people can participate in the raffle. In the case of these Spanish raffles, it is possible for there to be multiple jackpot winners.

Lottery jackpots grow while raffle jackpots are set. In lotteries, the jackpot is guaranteed at a starting amount but then it grows based on the number of tickets sold. If there is no jackpot winner, the jackpot rolls over to the next draw. Unless the lottery has a jackpot cap, the jackpot can grow indefinitely until it is won. Raffles, on the other hand, have jackpots and other prizes known in advance. Raffle jackpots are awarded to winning tickets and do not roll over at all.

theLotter's Lottery Raffle Winners

On 31 December 2016 one lucky Austrian player with theLotter won a £20,000 raffle prize playing the UK Lotto. As you can see on his ticket pictured below, he played three lines and received three additional numbers as raffle entries.

winning ticket of lotteries with raffles

A year later almost to the day, S. from Nigeria also won a £20,000 raffle prize playing the Lotto. S. didn't match a single number in the regular draw but because he played a lottery offering a supplementary raffle, he ended up winning a very nice prize! Read his story here.

Which Lotteries Offer Raffles?

Currently, theLotter offers a number of lotteries with supplemental raffle draws: France EuroMillions, Spain EuroMillions, France Loto, and Canada Lotto 649. And of course make sure to check out our Spanish raffles guide for additional information!

EuroMillions France, My Million Raffle

EuroMillions France offers players another chance to win €1 million with the My Million raffle.

Francais de Jeux, the state owned company that operates lotteries in France, including EuroMillions, introduced the My Million raffle in February 2014. The My Million raffle added €.50 to the cost of a single line of EuroMillions, raising the price slightly to €2.50 per line.

The My Million raffle takes place in conjunction with every EuroMillions draw, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and awards one winner €1 million.


EuroMillions Spain, El Millon Raffle

Play the EuroMillions lottery in Spain and you are automatically entered into the El Millon, Spanish for ‘the million,’ raffle. As the name suggests, the winner of the El Millon raffle receives €1 million.

The El Millon Raffle was introduced in September 2016 with a whole slew of EuroMillions rules changes designed to make the lottery’s jackpots bigger and more exciting as well as add to the excitement of the game, in general, with more prizes.

While EuroMillions draws happen twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, the El Millon raffle takes place on Fridays only although entries for the Tuesday as well as Friday EuroMillions draws are included in the El Millon raffle.

European Millionaire Maker

The European Millionaire Maker was created in September 2016 as part of the changes to the EuroMillions lottery. The European Millionaire Maker Raffle is open to all entries to the EuroMillions lottery draw on the date in which the raffle takes place. The European Millionaire Maker raffle takes place at specially announced times throughout the year. European Millionaire Maker raffles in October 2016 and February 2018 each awarded twenty-five €1 million prizes.

Canada 649

Popular Canadian lottery Canada 649 also gives players an additional opportunity to win CAD$1 million with every draw. For every line played, an additional number for the Guaranteed Prize Draw raffle will be given. Lottery and raffle draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday every week. The Guaranteed Prize Draw raffle is modeled after the UK Millionaire Maker raffle and was added in September 2013.


France Loto

A special raffle is held at each draw of the France Loto awarding 10 prizes worth €20,000 each. This is in addition to the regular lottery prizes awarded in the draw.

France Loto raffle

Lotteries with Raffles in the UK

Although they are not offered for play at theLotter, it is interesting to know that a number of lottery raffles are quite popular in the UK, where they are run by the National Lottery.

The Millionaire Maker Raffle takes place in conjunction with every EuroMillions UK drawing and awards two EuroMillions UK players with a £1 million prize.

Players of Lotto, or the National Lotto as it is also known, are automatically entered into the Millionaire raffle. Lotto and Millionaire Raffle draws take place twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday. The Millionaire Raffle awards one £1 million prize and twenty £20,000 prizes every draw.

Take a Chance Playing Lottery Raffles

Lotteries with raffles award great prizes, sometimes enough to make you a millionaire! And, all raffle prizes are guaranteed to be won, meaning you have a real chance to win them! However, to be eligible to win an incredible raffle prize you first need to play the lottery! That's how it works: take a chance with a lottery ticket and get two chances to win. Good luck!