Eurojackpot

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A map of the countries that participate in Eurojackpot.

Eurojackpot is a transnational European lottery launched in March 2012. As of October 10, 2014, the countries participating in the lottery are (in alphabetical order): Croatia,[1] Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland,[2] Italy, Latvia,[3] Lithuania,[4] the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.[5] The jackpot starts at 10,000,000 and can roll over up to €90,000,000.[6][7][8] Playing the Eurojackpot costs €2 per line. The goal is to match 5 correct numbers out of 50 plus another 2 supplementary numbers out of another 8; the odds of winning the jackpot are 1:59,325,280. There are 12 tiers of prizes for Eurojackpot[9] The gameplay changed on Friday October 10, 2014 with the number of "Euronumbers" in the Pacquerette machine increasing from 8 to 10. The odds of winning the jackpot decreased to 1 in 95,344,200.

The lottery draw takes place every Friday at 21.00 EET in Helsinki.[10] The evaluation of the winning lottery tickets is done in Germany and Denmark.

Odds[edit]

Eurojackpot odds up to October 3, 2014
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
Eurojackpot odds from October 10, 2014
Numbers Probability 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

Jackpot behaviour[edit]

Compared to other lotteries like the EuroMillions and the German Lotto 6 aus 49,[11] the Eurojackpot is designed to pay out much more frequently (1:95 million odds versus 1:117 million for the EuroMillions and over 1:13.9 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.

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,[12] 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.

Notable wins[edit]

Rank Date Prize in euro Prize in pound Country
1 2014-09-12 61,170,752.70 48,811,202.12 Finland
2 2014-12-05 58,693,173.90 46,215,005.13 Germany
3 2014-04-04 57,275,841.60 47,351,370.15 Finland
4 2013-04-12 46,079,338.80 39,388,618.81 Germany
5 2013-07-19 41,522,930.10 35,730,481.35 Germany
6 2013-01-25 29,540,641.50 25,168,626.56 Finland
7 2014-05-16 28,207,473.90 22,962,999.32 Slovenia
8 2012-08-24 27,545,857.50 21,576,670.18 Germany
9 2012-10-26 21,320,215.00 17,120,132.65 Denmark
10 2013-09-27 21,256,582.40 17,810,890.39 Finland
11 2013-12-06 21,047,334.80 17,635,561.83 Slovenia
12 2012-05-11 19,536,863.80 15,713,499.55 Germany
13 2014-06-20 19,318,051.40 15,440,918.48 Germany
14 2014-12-26 17,783,911.00 13,927,469.90 Finland
15 2014-01-10 17,283,821.50 14,335,201.55 Croatia
16 2014-10-03 16,606,337.30 13,010,234.96 Germany
17 2013-08-16 15,541,392.00 13,259,915.65 Italy
18 2013-05-03 13,486,561.10 11,363,776.38 Norway

The record for the largest jackpot for the EuroJackpot was set on September 13th, 2014 where a person from Espoo in Finland won the 61,170,752.70 Euro jackpot.[13]

History[edit]

The Eurojackpot lottery was proposed in 2006,[14] 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. The first ticket sales began on March 17, 2012 while the first ever draw took place on March 23, 2012.[15] 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 came along.[16] The Czech Republic and Hungary joined the Eurojackpot from October 10, 2014.[17] In comparison the Eurojackpot has a wider reach of potential players with an audience in local countries of 270 million, compared to the Euromillions of 217 million.[18]

Who can play?[edit]

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. Czech Republic and Hungary joined on October 2014. 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.

Spain is only country to have participate in both EuroMillions and Eurojackpot lottery games.

Private operators[edit]

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 are not. 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.

See also[edit]

  • Lottery
  • 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.

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