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EuroJackpot is a transnational European lottery launched in March 2012. As of February 1 2013, the countries participating in the lottery are (in alphabetical order) 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.
|Numbers||Probability of winning|
|1 (jackpot)||5 + 2||1 : 59 325 280|
|2||5 + 1||1 : 4 943 773|
|3||5||1 : 3 955 019|
|4||4 + 2||1 : 263 668|
|5||4 + 1||1 : 21 972|
|6||4||1 : 17 578|
|7||3 + 2||1 : 5 992|
|8||3 + 1||1 : 499|
|9||2 + 2||1 : 418|
|10||3||1 : 399|
|11||1 + 2||1 : 80|
|12||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 27,545,857.50 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 tier.
|Rank||Date||Prize in euro||Prize in pound||Country|
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 EuroJackpot lottery.
The first ticket sales began on March 17, 2012 while the first ever draw took place on March 23, 2012 in Helsinki.
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.
- Viking Lotto - a similar transnational lottery in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden.
- EuroMillions - a similar transnational lottery in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.