EuroJackpot had its first draw in March 2012, so it is one of the youngest lotteries around. Not just that: it already managed to take the spotlight on numerous occasions thanks to its impressive prizes – especially its incredible jackpot prizes that compete with those of lotteries that have been well-established for decades.
As its name implies, EuroJackpot is a European lottery in the vein of the first pan-European lottery, EuroMillions. Because of the sheer number of participating countries, EuroJackpot beats its ‘big brother’ by a landslide with 18 participating countries compared to the EuroMillions’ 9 participating countries.
While the idea of creating a new pan-European lottery following the success of EuroMillions appeared in 2006, the first EuroJackpot ticket sales began on March 17, 2012. The first ever EuroJackpot draw took place on March 23, 2012 with the participation of Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy and the Netherlands. Spain joined the Eurojackpot family on June 30, 2012; Croatia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden on February 1, 2013; the Czech Republic and Hungary on October 10, 2014; Slovakia on October 9, 2015. Poland became the 18th participating country when it joined EuroJackpot in September 2017.
EuroJackpot Lottery Review
- Play format: 5 out of 50 + 2 out of 10
- Draw days: Fridays
- Overall odds: 1 in 26
- Jackpot odds: 1 in 95,344,200
- Starting jackpot: €10 million
- Record jackpot: €90 million
How to Play EuroJackpot Online
You can play the EuroJackpot online in various ways. First of all, you can play with official tickets that can also be purchased outside the participating countries. In fact, online operators such as theLotter buy official lottery tickets in the organizing countries and offer players various playful and lucrative ways of playing without having to travel – without leaving the house even!
You can choose the “quick pick” option to generate numbers automatically or choose your own numbers manually. You can play alone, in a group, with a special package… Either way, become part of the history of Europe’s youngest multinational lottery!
Another way of playing EuroJackpot online if betting on the results of the official lottery using the services of reliable lottery betting sites like Lottoland or WinTrillions. The rules of the game remain the same whether you enter the EuroJackpot draws via the messenger couriers or the bet-on lottery services providers.
The rules of the game are straightforward:
- Select five numbers (1-50);
- Choose two Euro Numbers Stars (1-10);
- You have to match all five numbers and the two Euro Numbers to win the jackpot.
When are the EuroJackpot Draws?
EuroJackpot draws take place on Fridays at 21:00 local time (GMT+2) in Helsinki, Finland. The evaluation of the winning lottery tickets is done in Germany and Denmark.
Every Friday, you can watch a ‘live’ broadcasting of the Eurojackpot draw on, among other channels, Helsinki Lotto TV. After the live broadcasting people can find the latest Eurojackpot results online.
The EuroJackpot draws are the result of the cooperation between the official lotteries from 18 participating countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
How Big is the EuroJackpotJackpot?
EuroJackpot’s top prize starts at an incredible €10 million, and can reach up to €90 million – which has already happened 12 times to date!
In September 2019, a syndicate of 50 players from Finland won the €90 million top prize, which was boosted to €92 million as a result of the group matching several secondary prizes as well!
EuroJackpot Prizes & Odds
EuroJackpot offers 12 prize divisions, including the jackpot. The winning numbers are drawn from a drum of 1-50, and the two additional numbers (Euro Numbers) are chosen from a separate drum of 1-10. The Euro Numbers are required to win the jackpot, as well as the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th prize divisions.
EuroJackpot offers amazing odds of winning a prize, of 1 in 26, being one of the best lotteries to play. Every single draw, each line you enter stand a chance in 95,344,200 to scoop the jackpot.
|Prize Division||Match||Odds of Winning|
|1st||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 95,344,200|
|2nd||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 5,959,013|
|3rd||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪||1 in 3,405,150|
|4th||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 423,752|
|5th||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 26,485|
|6th||⚪⚪⚪⚪||1 in 15,134|
|7th||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 9,631|
|8th||⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 672|
|9th||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 602|
|10th||⚪⚪⚪||1 in 344|
|11th||⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 128|
|12th||⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 42|
EuroJackpot vs. EuroMillions
Eurojackpot has a wider reach of potential players with an audience in the 18 participating countries of 300 million, compared to the Euromillions’ potential of 217 million in the 9 participating countries.
Fact is that although the maximum EuroMillions jackpot rises well above that of the EuroJackpot – €220 million compared to €90 million – the chances of winning EuroJackpot’s top prize are far superior. This means that you’re far more likely to win a huge jackpot with EuroJackpot than with EuroMillions, whose odds of winning are daunting to say the least. Not just that: you also stand a chance of winning a range of fantastic secondary prizes.
In the table below, you can find a brief outline of the main differences between EuroMillions and EuroJackpot:
|⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ from 1-50 +
🟠🟠 from 1-12
|Numbers Range||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ from 1-50 +
🟠🟠 from 1-10
|€17 million||Starting Jackpot||€10 million|
|€220 million||Jackpot Cap||€90 million|
|1 in 13||Overall Winning Odds||1 in 26|
|1 in 139,838,160||Jackpot-Winning Odds||1 in 95,344,200|
|Tuesday and Friday
21:00 CET (20:00 GMT)
|Time of Draw||Friday
21:00 EET (19:00 GMT)
EuroJackpot Record Jackpots
In May 2015, barely 3 years after its creation, the EuroJackpot top prize reached its €90 million jackpot cap. In the short history of this lottery, the record jackpot was won 12 times.
- The German players seem to be the luckiest as the €90 million jackpot was won on a single ticket purchased in Germany 7 times: on May 28, 2021; on January 15, 2021; on May 1, 2020; February 7, 2020; on May 10, 2019; on July 6, 2018 and on October 14, 2016.
- The first multi-players win dates from January 7, 2017, when five people (three from Germany, one from Denmark and one from the Netherlands) shared the €90 million, each of them scooping €18 million.
- On November 16, 2018, 4 players from Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain had the winning numbers on their tickets. This brought each of them a quarter of the EuroJackpot cap of €90 million.
- On November 22, 2019, a player from Germany and one from Hungary split the EuroJackpot record.
- Finland is home to two single ticket wins of the record jackpot (one in the draw of August 23, 2019 and one on February 9, 2018).
- Another €90 million jackpot went to the Czech Republic, where the only ticket matching the winning numbers of the May 15, 2015 draw was purchased.
EuroJackpot holds the national records for biggest jackpot in almost all the participating countries:
- Croatia: €17.28 million from January 2014;
- The Czech Republic: €90 million from May 2015;
- Denmark: €49.6 million from February 2015;
- Finland: €90 million from August 2019 and February 2018;
- Germany: €90 million (7 times);
- Hungary: €22.5 million from February 2017;
- Norway: €44.64 million from August 2017;
- Poland: €45 million from May 2019;
- Slovakia: €58.58 million from October 2020;
- Slovenia: €28.2 million from May 2014;
- Sweden: €53.42 million from March 2019;
Biggest Online EuroJackpot Winners
Christina from Berlin deserves a particular mention as she scooped the biggest EuroJackpot prize. Since Lottoland is a bet-on lottery service provider, Christina is not mentioned among the official winners. Her prize was paid by the insurance company as it happens with all bet-on winners. The 36-year-old woman was working as a cleaner at the moment of the win. Unsurprisingly, she quit her job on the spot!
Taxes on EuroJackpot Prizes
The amount of taxes you have to pay on EuroJackpot prizes depends on the country the ticket was purchased in. EuroJackpot prizes won on tickets purchased in 11 countries are paid out TAX-FREE. These countries are: Slovakia, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Iceland, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, and the Czech Republic.
On prizes won on tickets purchased in the other 7 countries, winners pay difference tax percentages, as follows:
|Spain||20% for prizes exceeding €20,000|
|Croatia||Prizes up to HRK750 (around €100) are free of taxes; above this threshold, Eurojackpot prizes are subject to taxation (10 – 30%)|
|Slovenia||15% for prizes exceeding €300|
|Italy||6% for prizes exceeding €500|
|Netherlands||29% for prizes exceeding €449,9|
|Poland||10% for prizes exceeding PLN 2280 (around €530)|
|Hungary||15% for the first two divisions|
FAQs about EuroJackpot
Yes, you can play EuroJackpot regardless of your geographical location, residence or citizenship using the services of a lottery messenger service such as theLotter. You also have the option of betting on the results of EuroMillions draw on a reliable bet-on platform.
Playing the EuroJackpot offline in one of the participating costs € 2 per line. The cost is slightly higher when you play online. The cost is fixed when you use the services of a lottery courier service. On betting-on platforms, the cost can vary depending on the jackpot.
EuroJackpot prizes won on tickets purchased in the following countries are tax-free: Slovakia, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Iceland, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, and the Czech Republic. On prizes won on tickets purchased in the other 7 countries, winners pay difference tax percentages, according to each country’s legislation.