Is EuroJackpot the best lottery game to play? The truthful answer depends on the amount you want to win and how often you want to win. Are you hoping purely to win the jackpot, or would you be happy with any prize? If you just want to win, it is your overall odds that matter and not the game with the biggest jackpot.
Overall, EuroJackpot offers players better odds of winning the jackpot than many other major lotteries.
If you want the best average return on the money you stake, then it depends partly on the price of the ticket as well as the odds and the typical prize payouts.
The table below gives a comparison of major world lotteries including EuroJackpot, EuroMillions, Mega Millions and Powerball to help you make your choice.
Remember, some countries use a keno-style lottery format where you can choose more than the usual number of balls on one ticket, while others give multiple chances to win (e.g. Italy’s SuperEnalotto) or consolation prizes for matching the bonus number(s). It is also hard to put an exact value on jackpots depending on minimum/maximum sizes, rollover limits and so on.
|Game||Price||Main balls||Bonus ball(s)||Prize tiers||Jackpot Odds||Jackpot size|
|El Gordo de La Primitiva||€1.50||5/54||1/10||9||1 in 31,625,100||€5m+|
|EuroJackpot||€2||5/50||2/10||12||1 in 95,344,200||€10-90m|
|EuroMillions||€2.50||5/50||2/12||13||1 in 139,838,160||€17-190m|
|La Primitiva||€1||6/49||1/49, 1/0-9*||7||1 in 139,838,160||20% of fund|
|Lotto 6aus49||€1||6/49||1/9||9||1 in 139,838,160||€1m+|
|Mega Millions||$1||5/75||1/15||9||1 in 258,890,850||$40m+|
|SuperEnalotto||€1||6/90||1/84||5||1 in 622,614,630||17.4% of fund|
|US Powerball||$1||5/69||1/26||9||1 in 292,201,338||$40m+|
|UK Lotto||£2||6/59||1/53||6||1 in 45,057,474||83.2% of fund|
* In La Primitiva, there are two additional numbers: the Complementario (1/49 – from the same pool as the main numbers) and the Reintegro (1/0-9) from a different pool.
Compare the overall odds of winning with EuroMillions, where the bonus balls are numbered 1-12 instead of 1-10, and you are roughly twice as likely to win in any one prize tier on EuroJackpot - on average, about 1 in 26 players will win a prize.
The difference in odds is clear when you look at the jackpot. On EuroJackpot, your chance of matching five from 50 and two from 10 gives jackpot odds of 1 in 95 million.
On EuroMillions, you have to match five from 50 and two from 12 instead, and this very slight difference lengthens the jackpot odds to almost 1 in 139.8 million.