EuroJackpot - the biggest Lottery in Europe
EuroJackpot is a European lottery game played across 18 different countries. Launched in 2012, it has quickly become one of Europe's most popular lotteries. The draw is held on Friday nights at 9:00PM local time in Helsinki, Finland.
EuroJackpot is played in the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
How to Play EuroJackpot
To play EuroJackpot, pick five main numbers between 1 and 50 and two Euro numbers from a range of 1 to 10. If you don't want to choose your own numbers, you can have tickets randomly generated for you; this is commonly referred to as a "quick pick" option.
You can also play a system ticket in some participating countries, in which you would select more main numbers or Euro numbers on your ticket in order to create more entries and a greater chance of winning a prize. For example, you might choose six main numbers and three Euro numbers. These tickets tend to cost more, but can be convenient for EuroJackpot syndicates or people who like to maximize their odds of winning.
Before playing EuroJackpot, make sure to check the cut-off times for buying tickets before a draw. Each country's lottery operator closes sales for the next draw at different times on a Friday, and if you buy a ticket after the cut-off, it will be entered into the draw for the following week.
EuroJackpot Prizes and Odds of Winning
EuroJackpot offers 12 different chances to win prizes, from smaller prizes for matching two main numbers and one Euro Number up to the jackpot for matching all five main numbers and both Euro numbers. Here is a breakdown of the prize tiers, odds of winning, and the average prize value in each tier:
|Numbers Matched||Average Prize||Odds of Winning|
|5 Numbers + 2 Euro Numbers||€28,350,864||1 in 95,344,200|
|5 Numbers + 1 Euro Number||€578,694||1 in 5,959,013|
|5 Numbers||€84,867||1 in 3,405,150|
|4 Numbers + 2 Euro Numbers||€4,055||1 in 423,752|
|4 Numbers + 1 Euro Number||€225||1 in 26,485|
|4 Numbers||€57||1 in 9,631|
|3 Numbers + 2 Euro Numbers||€105||1 in 15,134|
|2 Numbers + 2 Euro Numbers||€21||1 in 672|
|3 Numbers + 1 Euro Number||€18||1 in 602|
|3 Numbers||€15||1 in 344|
|1 Number + 2 Euro Numbers||€10||1 in 128|
|2 Numbers + 1 Euro Number||€8||1 in 42|
The overall average of winning a EuroJackpot prize is 1 in 26.
Biggest EuroJackpot Prizes
EuroJackpot has a jackpot cap of €90 million; once the jackpot reaches this amount, any additional money raised through ticket sales that would normally go to the prize fund is diverted to the second-highest prize tier. The largest possible jackpot has been won three times; once in May 2015 by a player from the Czech Republic, in October 2016 by a player from Germany, and in January 2017 by five players from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Other big EuroJackpot wins include a player from Finland who won €86.9 million in April 2017, a player from Germany who won €84.7 million in July 2016, and another ticket holder from Germany who picked up €76.7 million in March 2016.
Most Successful EuroJackpot Countries
Germany has the most EuroJackpot jackpot winners, with 18 players winning the top prize since 2012. Finland has seven jackpot winners, while Denmark has four. Several participating countries have not yet had a jackpot winner.
How to Claim a EuroJackpot Prize
If you have won a smaller EuroJackpot prize (usually €100 or less), then you should be able to claim it from lottery retailers in participating countries. Keep in mind that you'll need to claim a prize in the country in which you bought your EuroJackpot ticket; for example, if you purchased a ticket in Sweden, you won't be able to claim your prize in Norway.
If you played EuroJackpot online, then smaller prizes will usually be paid into your lottery account, which you can then withdraw to your personal banking account or use to buy EuroJackpot tickets for future draws.
If you have won a larger prize, you will need to contact the lottery operator directly to arrange to receive your winnings. Some participating countries class larger lottery winnings as taxable, so check with the operator before claiming your prize.