The Euro Jackpot is a transnational lottery game which shares similarities with the Euro Millions in the fact that it pools the stakes from its several participating nations. The starting jackpot is €10 million, however that can roll over up to as high as €90 million.
The game is simple to play, and all you have to do is select five numbers from a range of 1 – 50 and then pick two additional numbers (called Euro Numbers) from a range of 1 – 10. To hit the jackpot, the five numbers as well as the two Euro Numbers drawn must match the winning numbers.
The draw takes place every Friday at 21:00 EET in Helsinki, Finland. Until October 10th 2014 there were 14 participating countries: Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. From that date however, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia also joined to make it 17.
There are 12 prize categories including the Jackpot. Please find below a breakdown of all the prizes available and the odds of winning them:
|Rank 1||5 + 2||1 in 95,344,200|
|Rank 2||5 + 1||1 in 5,959,013|
|Rank 3||5 + 0||1 in 3,405,150|
|Rank 4||4 + 2||1 in 423,752|
|Rank 5||4 + 1||1 in 26,485|
|Rank 6||4 + 0||1 in 15,134|
|Rank 7||3 + 2||1 in 9,631|
|Rank 8||2 + 2||1 in 672|
|Rank 9||3 + 1||1 in 602|
|Rank 10||3 + 0||1 in 344|
|Rank 11||1 + 2||1 in 128|
|Rank 12||2 + 1||1 in 42|
The Euro Jackpot has been responsible for some of the biggest jackpot prizes ever reported by European lottery operators. In 2014 we have seen some impressive wins including the biggest in the history of the game, the €61 million prize taken home by a lucky player from Finland in September. In the same country earlier in the year in April, an impressive €57 million was won. In April 2013 an unnamed German winner took home a prize of €46 million, and was said to have spent €5 million of it on a brand new mansion.
Two of the other most notable success stories were the €41 million won in July 2013 by an unnamed couple, again in Germany as well as the €29 million prize picked up by a Finnish ticket holder in January 2013. The latter used some of their new found riches for a good cause, donating €2 million to help rebuild his daughters damaged state school.
Interestingly, three of the five biggest winners in the Euro Jackpot’s history have come from Finland, while Germany has also been very successful with the other two winners from the top five coming from there. Why not add your name to the list of winners by trying the Euro Jackpot for yourself with Lottery24.com?
The Euro Jackpot was launched after being inspired by the success of the Euro Millions, and initially had 14nations participating: Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
The first tickets were sold in March 2012 with the first ever draw taking place on March 23rd 2012 in Helsinki. To begin with, the jackpot for this lottery could not roll over after twelve consecutive weeks, even if it was below the €90 million euro cap.
The rollover rule was abolished and changed to its current rule whereby the jackpot can continue to roll over until it reaches €90 million. If this occurs then the jackpot is split onto the next prize category down, making for some more attractive secondary prizes.
On this date three new countries became participants in the Euro Jackpot game: Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
There were also structural changes to the game in regards to the Euro Numbers, with players now required to pick two numbers from a range of 1-10 rather than two from 1-8.The changes meant that the jackpot became slightly harder to win, although on the positive side of things, the top prize is now more likely to grow bigger. The maximum and minimum jackpot sizes however are still the same.
The Euro Jackpot is said to be Europe’s fastest growing lotto and is played, on average, by a staggering quarter of a billion people. It also has the highest number of syndicate players of any other European lottery.
Unfortunately as with many such things, there are people who want to ruin the enjoyment of the game by scamming. The most common fraudulent attempts that players should be wise to are telephone, postal, and email scams. All three will go along the lines of falsely informing people that they have won certain prizes when they haven’t, in order to gain personal information such as people’s bank details