The EuroJackpot Lottery Frequently Asked Questions
Now that EuroJackpot is available to play online, lottery players from across the globe are searching for more information about Europe's newest lotto. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about playing EuroJackpot:
- Where can I play EuroJackpot online?
- Will I be taxed on EuroJackpot winnings?
- How much do EuroJackpot tickets cost?
- How do you play EuroJackpot?
- Which countries play EuroJackpot lottery?
- How old do I have to be to play EuroJackpot?
- What are the odds of winning the EuroJackpot jackpot?
- What is the minimum EuroJackpot prize?
- What is the maximum EuroJackot prize?
- When does the EuroJackpot draw take place?
- Where can I watch the EuroJackpot results?
- How long do I have to claim my EuroJackpot prize?
- How can I win EuroJackpot?
- What are the hot and cold balls for EuroJackpot?
EuroJackpot is now available to play over the internet through a number of online concierge services, however only Lottoland gives you special features like the DoubleJackpot and can guarantee that any prize money will be paid out in full if you win as they are insured by world famous underwriters Bluefin, part of AXA Group. You cannot buy Euro Jackpot tickets offline unless you are situated in Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Nethelands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden from a supermarket, newsagent or corner shop.
If you play EuroJackpot online then you will not pay any tax on any of your winnings and will be paid your prize as a lump sum.
If you buy Euro Jackpot tickets online they typically cost £2 or $3 per ticket line.
Playing Euro Jackpot is easy; to fill out a card simply pick 5 regular numbers and 2 special numbers on your ticket. Prizes are awarded depending upon how many numbers you picked correctly match the winning numbers which are drawn. For more information visit EuroJackpot Results page for a full breakdown.
You will share any prize money that you win with any other players who have the same winning numbers, however at Lottoland you can play using the unique NumberShield which protects your numbers and allows you to take 100% of the money, no matter how many other winners there are.
If there are no jackpot winners than the money is said to be a rollover to the next draw. This simply means that it is added to the next draw and the jackpot money will continue to grow until there is a winner. Rollovers are quite common for the jackpot and will occasionally happen for the 2nd place prize as well but are mathematically unlikely to happen for the smaller tiers.
There are now 16 European countries participating in the EuroJackpot lotto including Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Also, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, UK and Russia can play EuroJackpot exclusively at Lottoland. This encompasses about 270 million people, making it the largest pool of potential lottery players in Europe.
You have to be 18 to play EuroJackpot in most countries and even 21 in a few participating countries. If you are under 21 you should always check what your local laws say about age restrictions on lotteries.
The odds of hitting the EuroJackpot jackpot are about 1 in 95,344,200. There are also 12 other tiers of prizes to be won by matching a minimum of 2 winning numbers and your chances of winning the smallest prize is 1 in 35. These odds are almost twice as good as those which are offered in EuroJackpot's biggest competitor, the EuroMillions lotto.
The minimum EuroJackpot jackpot is 10 million Euro ($13 million or €8.5 million) which is reset each time that the lottery is won. The minimum EuroJackpot prize is 2 Euros, or the same as the price of a ticket depending which is highest.
The maximum EuroJackpot prize is 90 million Euro (€77 million or $120 million). EuroJackpot used to have a rollover limit of 12 annd if there was still no winner after the 13th draw then the prize money would roll down until a winner was found. The rollover limit was done away with earlier this year since EuroJackpot players voiced their opinion that they would prefer not to have a jackpot ceiling in this manner.
The EuroJackpot takes place every Friday night live from Helsinki at 21:00 GMT. Final results are usually confirmed soon after the draw.
Unfortunately the EuroJackpot results are only televised in the 16 main countries, but you can see the draw take place on Youtube soon after the live draw. Of course, you can also see them here at our page.
In most countries you have 180 days to redeem a EuroJackpot winning ticket however it varies from country to country. If you are playing EuroJackpot online your winnings will usually be directly deposited into your account so claiming your winning ticket in time is not an issue.
Of course, no matter what system you use, winning the EuroJackpot lottery takes an exceptional amount of good fortune. That being said, EuroJackpot has become a favourite choice amongst professional lottery players because of its combination of big jackpots with the best odds of winning.
Despite the numerous products available online which claim that you can use anything from your star signs to complex computer software to predict the winning lottery numbers there is no scientifically proven method of pre-determining them accurately. However, you can improve your chances of winning more money by using simple logic!
Because a large majority of lotto players choose their lucky numbers based on important calendar dates if you only pick numbers over 31 then you will mathematically improve your chances of winning more money. How? Because if you do win your chances of sharing the prize are much less than they would be playing days of the month!
As you might have guessed the worst number to play is 7 since this lucky number is by far the most popular. You might also not be surprised that few people play the number 13 and oddly enough in many international lotteries, including EuroJackpot, this unlucky number only rarely is drawn!
Of course there are also quite a few veteran players who only choose numbers. If you want to really have the best chances of a maximizing your winnings then you should use a random number generator which are widely available and mean your ticket numbers are truly random and therefore less likely to be shared by other players.
The "normal" lotto ball which is most often picked in EuroJackpot draws is number 49. The normal lottery balls which have been chosen the least often are 2, 3 and 42. So far, the hottest special Euro Number is the number 5 and the Euro ball which has been drawn the least is the number 4.