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EuroMillions vs EuroJackpot

The closest Lotto to EuroJackpot is EuroMillions, Europe?s most popular lotto and the market leader in terms of lottery ticket sales. Many lotto players will be much more familiar with the more established EuroMillions.

So how does EuroJackpot stack up when the two are compared side by side? Let’s have a look:

How is EuroJackpot lotto similar to EuroMillions?

  • Both lottos follow a similar format, with players trying to match the numbers on 5 regular balls out of 50 and 2 special balls to win a prize. The lotteries differentiate however in that EuroJackpot Euro Balls are only numbered from 1 to 10 while EuroMillions star balls are spread out between 1 and 12.
  • EuroJackpot costs £2.00 per ticket, while EuroMillions is £2.50. However, through online lottery betting site Lottoland, players can enter EuroMillions for just £2.00!
  • The EuroJackpot and EuroMillions draw both take place on Friday evening, although an hour apart.
  • Spain is the only country which takes part in both EuroMillions and EuroJackpot lotteries.

How is the EuroJackpot Lottery different to EuroMillions?

  • The maximum EuroMillions jackpot is worth €190 million (about £161 million & $250 million) while the EuroJackpot top tier prize is €90 million (or just under £77 million & $120 million). The guaranteed minimum jackpot for EuroMillions is €15 million (about £12 million & $20 million) while it is €10 million (about £8.5 million & $13 million) for EuroJackpot.
  • Your chances of hitting the EuroJackpot jackpot are 1 in 95,344,200 while your chances of winning EuroMillions is a little higher, at 1 in 139,838,160.
  • There are 13 tiers of prizes for EuroMillions and 12 tiers for Euro Jackpot. However as with the jackpot your chances of winning EuroJackpot mid and low level prizes are significantly higher than winning them through EuroMillions.
  • EuroMillions draws take place twice per week while EuroJackpot only happens once on Friday. However this may change in the near future, as the EuroJackpot attracts more players there are persistent rumors and speculation that a second draw will be added in the near future.
  • 9 European countries officially take part in EuroMillions with a combined population of about 217 million people while 16 nations currently take part in EuroJackpot with a total population of around 270 million inhabitants.





The Verdict

It's not hard to see that both EuroJackpot and EuroMillions have their own selling points depending on what you are looking for in a lottery. If you are after the biggest jackpots with the draws twice a week then EuroMillions is likely the more appealing choice. However if you are looking for the best odds of actually winning a prize and enjoy the convenience of betting online then EuroJackpot is the better option, which is why it is quickly becoming the favorite pick of lottery players worldwide.