EuroJackpot is a large European lottery where the highest possible win is a progressive jackpot that never goes below €10 million.
EuroJackpot was launched back in 2012, as a competitor to the famous lottery EuroMillions. EuroMillions was one of the first major trans-european lotteries, and since its tickets were sold in a long row of different European countries it could offer much larger wins than the more traditional national lotteries. In an effort not to lose their players to EuroMillions, lottery organizations in Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia and Italy joined forces and launched the EuroJackpot lottery in March 2012. Soon, lottery organizations in countries such as Estonia, Spain and Sweden joined them. At the time of writing, EuroJackpot lottery tickets are also sold in Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia.
How to play
For each line you buy, you select five numbers of 50 possible numbers. You also select two numbers from eight possible numbers, and these two numbers are your star numbers.
To win the progressive jackpot, you need to get all seven numbers right, i.e. the first five numbers + you star numbers.
|Prize||Number of correct numbers needed from the first group + number of correct star numbers needed||Chance of winning|
|1st prize (progressive jackpot)||5 + 2||1 : 59 325 280|
|2nd prize||5 + 1||1 : 4 943 773|
|3rd prize||5||1 : 3 955 019|
|4th prize||4 + 2||1 : 263 668|
|6th prize||4 + 1||1 : 21 972|
|5th prize||4||1 : 17 578|
|6th prize||3 + 2||1 : 5 992|
|7th prize||3 + 1||1 : 499|
|8th prize||2 + 2||1 : 418|
|9th prize||3||1 : 399|
|10th prize||1 + 2||1 : 80|
|11th prize||2 + 1||1 : 35|
Purchasing EuroJackpot lottery tickets
The national lottery operators involved in the EuroJackpot project are responsible for selling lottery tickets within their respective countries. So, if you for instance wants to purchase a EuroJackpot ticket in Spain you will do it from Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) which is a national organization for the visually impaired. If you on the other hand wants to purchase a ticket in Sweden, you will do that from Svenska Spel AB, which is a state owned gambling company.
The exact routines for selling tickets vary between the organizations. Svenska Spel AB will for instance offer tickets for sale online on their website, and you can purchase them from a computer, tablet or smart phone.
Examples of companies and organizations that sell EuroJackpot tickets
|De Lotto||The Netherlands|
|Sazka||The Czech Republic|
In Germany, each Bundesland have their own vendor of EuroJackpot tickets. Lotto Hamburg sells tickets in Hamburg, Lotto Berlin in Berlin, Loto Bremer in Bremen, and so on.
There are individuals and companies that will purchase EuroJackpot tickets and resell them.
There are also gambling companies that offers betting on the EuroJackpot draw without selling any tickets. You simply bet on the draw with them just like you would bet on the result of a horse race or football match.
What’s the price of a EuroJackpot lottery ticket?
Within the Eurozon, the price of a ticket is €2.
In countries with other currencies, the price is a rounded off equivalent of €2. A EuroJackpot ticket in Sweden will for instance cost 25 SEK rather than what the current currency rate between EUR and SEK would stipulate.
When is the lottery draw?
The lottery draw takes place every Friday at 21:00 EET in Helsinki, Finland.
What’s the RTP?
The statistical return to player (RTP) over time is just 50% for EuroJackpot. That is because the purpose of the lottery is to support the charitable causes backed by the national lottery organizations that sell EuroJackpot lottery tickets.
What do I support by buying EuroJackpot lottery tickets?
What you support by buying EuroJackpot lottery tickets depends on which vendor you buy from. If you buy your lottery ticket from Veikkaus in Finland, you support their work, if you buy your ticket from ONCE in Spain, you support their work, and so on. In some countries, such as Sweden, the the profits support the state coffers or specific programs run by the state.