Eurojackpot is one of Europe’s most widely played multi-national lotteries, available to play in 18 different countries. Jackpots start at €10 million and can grow to a maximum of €120 million. Draws take place on Tuesday and Friday at 20:00 CET in Helsinki, Finland.
How to Play
Choose five main numbers between 1 and 50 and two additional Euro numbers between 1 and 12. The Euro numbers are drawn from a separate pool of balls to the main ones, so you could see the same number twice in the same draw. Tickets can be bought online or from authorised retailers in any of the 18 participating countries.
There are 12 prize tiers in Eurojackpot and they are the same for all participating countries. You must match at least two main numbers and one Euro number or one main number and two Euro numbers to win a prize. The jackpot is claimed by matching all seven numbers drawn.
Prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis, so they depend on how many people buy tickets and how many winners there are in each tier. The table below shows how the prize fund is distributed and the odds of winning for each tier.
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Percentage of Prize Fund|
|5 + 2||1 in 139,838,160||36%|
|5 + 1||1 in 6,991,908||8.6%|
|5||1 in 3,107,515||4.85%|
|4 + 2||1 in 621,503||0.8%|
|4 + 1||1 in 31,075||1%|
|4||1 in 13,811||0.8%|
|3 + 2||1 in 14,125||1.1%|
|3 + 1||1 in 706||2.85%|
|3||1 in 314||5.4%|
|2 + 2||1 in 985||2.55%|
|1 + 2||1 in 188||6.75%|
|2 + 1||1 in 49||20.3%|
The Booster Fund is used to ensure that the minimum jackpot amount of €10 million can always be paid out. If the Booster Fund exceeds €20 million, any extra money is added to the prize pool for the next draw.
The jackpot starts at €10 million and if it is not won it rolls over to the following draw. It will continue to do so until someone wins it or it reaches the jackpot cap of €120 million. If it is still not won after reaching this amount, any additional funds from ticket sales are added to the prize tier below, which is also capped at €120 million.
A Joker game identical to that which is played alongside Vikinglotto can also be played with Eurojackpot. This is often known as the ‘Friday Joker’, where Vikinglotto’s game is known as the ‘Wednesday Joker’.
To play, choose a series of numbers between 0 and 9. The same number can be chosen more than once. You win prizes by matching your numbers with the digits of the randomly generated Joker number in exactly the same place. The game is played separately in each participating country, so each generates its own winning Joker series and pays out its own prizes.
You can play Joker alongside Eurojackpot in Finland, Iceland and Latvia. Other countries, such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark, play Joker alongside Vikinglotto but do not allow you to play it with Eurojackpot. See the Joker page for more information.
The first Eurojackpot draw took place on 23rd March 2012 with seven participating countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia. Poland was the most recent country to join in September 2017, becoming the 18th participating nation.
Originally, there was no specified limit to the jackpot amount but it could only rollover for 12 consecutive draws before it had to be won. However, this meant that the jackpot could not climb very high, so it was replaced with a specific cap of €90 million in February 2013.
Changes were made in March 2022 after 10 years of Eurojackpot. The ball pool for the Euro numbers was increased from 10 to 12, a Tuesday draw was added and the jackpot cap went up from €90 million to €120 million.