EuroJackpot is one of the most popular European lotteries because it spans across major European countries. Now, with online lottery services like PlayHugeLottos.com, it’s possible to play from anywhere in the world which adds to this lottery’s popularity. What exactly is EuroJackpot, and more importantly, how does it work? In this article we will explore every aspect of this lottery so that you have all the information you need to start playing and start winning.
EuroJackpot is a relatively new lottery which was first launched transnationally in Europe in March, 2012. At the time, participating countries included (in-store and not only online) Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Hungary, Latvia, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Slovakia, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, Poland, and Sweden. In 2019, players from nearly any country in the world can enter the draw through online lottery services.
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The main aim of EuroJackpot is to match 5 numbers and 2 bonus numbers to the set of 7 numbers drawn. The first set of 5 numbers can be between 1 and 50. The bonus set of 2 numbers can be between 1 and 10. Even if you do not match all 7 numbers, you could still claim the jackpot as there are also 11 other tiers of prizes that you can win depending on how many (and what combination) of numbers that you matched.
EuroJackpot draws take place every Friday. The official draw takes place in Helsinki and is done in front of an auditor to verify that it is fair and completely random. The draw is broadcast at 9:00pm (local Helsinki time) and is broadcast on a variety of European stations and live streaming shows.
The odds of winning the EuroJackpot jackpot are 1 in 95 344 200 - which sounds high, but are actually pretty good odds compared to lots of other lotteries. When you compare EuroJackpot to other European lotteries such as EuroMillions and Lotto 6Aus49, you will realise that EuroJackpot is designed to pay out more frequently. This is shown in their odds of 1:95 million versus EuroMillions’ 1:139 million, and Lotto 6Aus49’s 1:140 million. This means that EuroJackpot doesn’t usually roll over as much as the other lotteries, but only due to the fact that people win it a lot more frequently!
The EuroJackpot jackpot usually starts at €10,000,000 and then can roll over until it hits its €90,000,000 cap. A roll over occurs every time there is no jackpot winner because nobody managed to match all 7 numbers that week.
There are 12 tiers of prizes for Eurojackpot, including the jackpot tier. The main evaluation of larger tier winnings (3 and up) is done in Germany and/or Denmark. The amount that you can win in the various tiers are calculated differently in every country (other than the tier 1 jackpot) based on a variety of factors such as the number of winners in the tier and lottery tax.
Below is a table of how many numbers you need to match in order to win each tier and the odds of winning each tier.
|Tier||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|1 (Jackpot)||5 + 2
||1 : 95 344 200|
|2||5+1||1 : 5 959 013|
|3||5||1 : 3 405 150|
|4||4+2||1 : 423 752|
|5||4+1||1 : 26 485|
|6||4||1 : 15 134|
|7||3+2||1 : 9 631|
|8||2+2||1 : 672|
|9||3+1||1 : 602|
|10||3||1 : 344|
|11||1+2||1 : 128|
|12||2+1||1 : 42|
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