EuroJackpot was launched in March 2012 as a counterpart to the hugely popular EuroMillions, which is available only to specific nations. Players who are familiar with EuroMillions or Powerball may find it difficult to match the winning numbers.

However, EuroJackpot is designed to give more players a better chance to win even though the prizes are smaller compared to EuroMillions. Players have an opportunity to win prizes of up to €90 million as it rises through rollovers.

Draws take place at 19:00 GMT every Friday night in Helsinki, Finland. The live draw is televised in the 16 main countries, and you can see it posted on YouTube soon after.

How to play

Choose five main numbers between 1 and 50 and two Euro numbers from 1 to 10 for each entry you want to bet. Alternatively, you can allow the computer to do it for you if you choose the Quick Pick option.

Players can win prizes by matching as few as two main numbers and one Euro number. The prize can increase significantly as players match more numbers correctly. To win the jackpot, a ticket must match all five numbers and the two Euro numbers. The jackpot starts at a minimum of €10 million.

Countries included

Currently, 16 European countries participating in the lotto. Residents from Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden can play EuroJackpot.

Also, citizens from Austria, Poland, Slovakia, the U.K., and Russia can play EuroJackpot through Lottoland. This amounts to roughly 270 million people, which makes it is the biggest pool of potential players in Europe.

EuroJackpot Rules

Players must be at least over the age of 18 upon purchase of their lottery tickets. If you buy a ticket online, you need to be at least 18 years old. Prizes can only be claimed in the country that issued the winning ticket. You can claim your prize within an allotted time, and it varies depending on which country you bought the ticket. So you better claim your prize as soon as possible, or it will be given to charitable causes and projects.

Ticket cost

EuroJackpot tickets cost around £2 per line if you buy them online. Ticket sales close on the night of the draw and the time varies, depending on which country you purchased the ticket. So check the official lottery operator for that particular location. Tickets sales resume once a specific draw finishes, so players can buy lottery tickets for the next draw.

Buying tickets online

You can buy EuroJackpot tickets over the internet through several online concierge services. Lottoland offers exclusive offers, such as the DoubleJackpot, and it can guarantee that any prize money will be paid in full because it is insured by well-known underwriters, Bluefin, which is a part of the AXA Group.

Odds of winning the jackpot

If you want to win the top prize in the EuroJackpot, you need to beat the odds of 1 in 95,344,200. But the good news is there are 12 different prizes you can win. To win a prize, you need to match a minimum of two main numbers and one Euro number in which the odds are roughly 1 in 42. Also, the potential to win the EuroJackpot top prize is better than EuroMillions, which has odds of 1 in 116,531,800.

How to win

You have to be incredibly lucky to win the EuroJackpot lottery, regardless of whatever system you use. However, many lottery players like EuroJackpot because of its combination of jackpots and better chances of winning.

Many products online, like a sophisticated computer software, claim that they can determine the winning lottery numbers. But keep in mind that there is no scientifically-based method of predicting them accurately.

Nonetheless, lottery players can increase their chances of winning more prizes just by using simple logic. So here are several tips you can follow to boost your chances of winning.

You can avoid numbers that have been drawn before and betting four or five consecutive numbers. Avoid betting one lotto number group and the 1-2-3-4-5 combination. Avoid pattern betting, number multiples, all same last digits, and low number combinations.

Hot and cold balls

The usual lotto ball which is most often selected in EuroJackpot draws is the number 49. The typical lottery balls which have been picked the least often are the numbers 2, 3, and 42. So far, the hottest special Euro number is 5 and the Euro ball which has been drawn the least is 4.

EuroJackpot prizes

Main numbersEuro numbersOdds of winningPercentage of prize fund
521 in 59,325,2801 in 22%
511 in 4,943,7735%
501 in 3,955,0191.3%/td>
421 in 263,6681.2%
411 in 21,9720.95%
401 in 17,5780.6%
321 in 5,9920.85%
311 in 4994.1%
221 in 4183.45%
301 in 3993.6%
121 in 8012%
211 in 3522.95%