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EuroJackpot is one of the newest lotteries, having launched in March 2012. It's a multi-national lottery similar in principle to EuroMillions, although its list of participating countries looks very different. A total of 18 countries take part, with a jackpot ranging from a guaranteed minimum of €10 million up to a potential rollover maximum of €90 million. One draw takes place each Friday at 9pm EET in Helsinki, Finland. A single EuroJackpot ticket costs €2.

If you have a specific question about EuroJackpot, check out the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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How to Play

Like EuroMillions, EuroJackpot has two ball sets; one for the main draw and one for the Euro numbers. To win the jackpot, all five main balls from the first set of 1-50 must be matched alongside the two Euro numbers from the second set of 1-10.

EuroJackpot is statistically more likely to pay out than most of the mega lotteries, such as EuroMillions or the nationwide US games, and EuroJackpot was deliberately designed this way: to pay out tens of millions of euros more often rather than hundreds of millions only relatively rarely.

Why to Play

With 12 prize levels - including payouts for matching just two main balls and one Euro number, or one main ball and both Euro numbers - there are plenty of ways to win on EuroJackpot. For those seeking mega amounts of money, the relatively low jackpot odds of 1 in 95 million for a payout of up to €90 million make this a good option.

The change of rules at the end of 2014 saw the second set of Euro numbers increase from eight to ten, and while this increased the jackpot odds, it also means that the typical jackpot payout is now larger than in the early days of EuroJackpot.

Supplementary Games

There are no supplementary games as such on EuroJackpot, although players do get to choose their own full line of numbers, including both Euro numbers. Unlike other lotteries where part or all of your line is randomly generated, the EuroJackpot game gives you full control over your ticket, although there is a Quick Pick option available if you prefer a randomly generated set of balls.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

EuroJackpot has a total of 12 different prize tiers and the exact amount you will receive depends on how many other tickets match the required numbers. The table below gives you an idea of approximate prizes based on real previous draw data, along with the odds of winning at each level.

EuroJackpot was originally designed to pay out regular smaller jackpots on a more regular basis, with a minimum top prize of €10 million shared among the winning tickets. From the end of 2014, the odds on the jackpot increased as the Euro number ball set increased from eight to ten balls.

This took the odds from about 1 in 60 million to the current 1 in 95 million. This is still much better than other lotteries of a similar size, and means the typical jackpot payout is now bigger than it used to be, too.

Match Prize (approx.) Odds
5 + 2 Euro numbers €10-90 million 1 in 95,344,200
5 + 1 Euro number €250,000-1 million+ 1 in 5,959,013
5 €200-300,000 1 in 3,405,150
4 + 2 Euro numbers €2-5,000 1 in 423,752
4 + 1 Euro number €300-500 1 in 26,485
4 €100-200 1 in 15,134
3 + 2 Euro numbers €30-70 1 in 9,631
2 + 2 Euro numbers €15-30 1 in 672
3 + 1 Euro number €15-20 1 in 602
3 €10-15 1 in 344
1 + 2 Euro numbers €7-10 1 in 128
2 + 1 Euro number €5-8 1 in 42

Payment Options

EuroJackpot is operated at a national level by each participating country's national lottery authority, and this may affect the exact rules that apply on large wins. In Germany, for example, lottery wins are not subject to taxation, and prize claims differ from country to country. Prizes of all sizes will generally be made as a lump sum cash payout.

Below is a list of the participating countries and their respective prize claim deadlines:

Country Prize Claim Period
Croatia 60 days
Czech Republic 35 days
Denmark 90 days
Estonia 90 days
Finland 1 year
Germany 13 weeks
Hungary 90 days
Iceland 1 year
Italy 90 days
Latvia No claim period
Lithuania 60 days
The Netherlands 1 year
Norway No claim period
Poland 60 days*
Slovakia 35 days
Slovenia 90 days
Spain 30 days
Sweeden 90 days

*In Poland, if your win is equal to or more than €10 million, you’ll only have 28 days to claim it. Otherwise, you have 60 days to claim.

History

EuroJackpot is among the newest lotteries in the world - especially among the mega jackpot games - dating back only as far as March 2012. It was originally conceived to pay out more often than its equivalents like EuroMillions, but with smaller jackpots.

Since October 2014 though, a change in the rules - with two extra balls added to the second set - has meant larger jackpots overall, but less frequent payouts, and still subject to the original €90 million cap on the main jackpot prize. During its first year if the jackpot reached this limit, it paid out to second-tier prize winners instead, which in August 2012 led to a German ticket holder winning the jackpot by matching the five main numbers but only one of the two Euro numbers.

Where to Play

There are 18 participating countries:

  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

In addition to this, players located outside of the 18 participating countries can buy tickets online via a reputable lottery courier service - in this case, a representative within one of the relevant countries will go out and buy a physical ticket on the player's behalf, which is then kept in a safe and secure place so that it can be used to claim any prizes, or released to the player in the event of a large jackpot win that must be claimed in person.

Where the Money Goes

A portion of the proceeds from EuroJackpot in each country go towards good causes such as community projects and educational initiatives. Olympic sports are common beneficiaries too, including the Czech, Estonian, Icelandic, Lithuanian and Norwegian teams to varying extents. Other donations or tax receipts go towards scientific research and medical or pharmaceutical programmes aimed at improving public health and combating incurable illnesses.

FAQs

Can I play EuroJackpot in the UK?

Although the UK is not one of the participating countries in the EuroJackpot draw, you can buy tickets online via lottery courier services, where a representative will buy a physical ticket on your behalf and keep it safe so you can claim any prizes.

When can I check results?

Confirmation of the draw results appears online soon after the draw is made at 9pm EET on Friday. Confirmation of the exact payouts for each prize level should also appear at the same time.

Do I pay tax on my winnings?

Local laws on prize winnings will apply, but in general EuroJackpot payouts are tax free. This means that if you are playing online and the country in which your EuroJackpot ticket is bought requires a tax payment, you will be required to pay it in addition to any taxes also established in your country of residence. With this said, very few participating countries tax lottery prizes.

When do ticket sales close?

Whereas many lotteries sell tickets up until a few minutes before the draw, EuroJackpot sales close about an hour before the draw is made. Again, if playing online, it's important to leave plenty of time for a lottery courier representative to go in person to a participating retailer in order to buy a physical ticket on your behalf.

How old do I need to be to play?

To play online, you'll need to be 18 or over. Most countries require players to be 18 or over to buy tickets in store too, with the exception being Estonia, who require players to be 16 or over.

What was the biggest jackpot ever won?

The EuroJackpot has been won at its rollover cap of €90 million twice. Once in May 2015 by a Czech ticket holder, then again in October 2016 by a German ticket holder.

For the answers to general lottery questions, go to Lotto Broker’s FAQs page.