Here you'll find answers to some of the main questions about the EuroJackpot lottery game. We cover everything from how much it costs to how much you can win, so you can spend more time focusing on choosing your lucky numbers!
There are a number of reasons. Compared with other multi-national games, like EuroMillions, EuroJackpot has more favourable odds of winning the jackpot. That’s in addition to the strong odds it has of winning any prize at all.
Secondly, it follows a well-known game format, so even if you’ve never played it before, it’s easy to understand.
In addition to all of that, because EuroJackpot is present in so many European countries, if you live in a European country that doesn’t participate, travelling to collect a big win is far less hassle than if you had to travel all the way to America for a Powerball or Mega Millions win.
If you want to win anything, all you need to do is match two EuroJackpot numbers and one Euronumber.
A matter of minutes in most cases as small prizes can be claimed where you purchased the ticket. Larger prizes will need to be validated, so it can take up to two weeks to get your money.
The EuroJackpot is operated and administered by all 18 participating countries known as concessions.
Yes. Jackpots start at €10 million and roll over until they’re won. While the maximum jackpot is €90 million, if a draw reaches that amount with no jackpot winners, the excess funds will be added to the second prize tier, and so on.
Every Friday at 21:00 EET (20:00 CET). If you’re playing in a country with a different time zone, make sure to check what the draw time will be for you locally.
If you’re playing online, bear in mind that sales may close a few hours earlier than normal so that the operator can ensure everyone receives their tickets.
Yes. You can purchase EuroJackpot tickets with a group of friends or colleagues to share costs and winnings. If you’re interested in doing this, make sure you have a nominated syndicate manager to purchase tickets and claim prizes on your behalf.
Ticket validity differs between countries; it can be anywhere between 35 days and a year. Check the table on the Odds & Prizes page for country-specific information.
Approximately one hour before the draw takes place at 21:00 EET.
You can, but the tickets may all be for the same draw. Lottery operators do not typically allow players to buy tickets for any draw other than the nearest one. With that said, some operators offer players the option to set up a recurring payment for different draws, so it’s best to clarify what’s available to you with your lottery operator.
There is no definitive best time to play the game. Bigger jackpots attract more players, so while you could win a larger amount, you could end up sharing it with another winner or two. Conversely, if you play while the jackpot is low, you might end up being the only winner! The best time to play is purely down to what suits you and your play style.
The standard ticket price starts at €2.
To play EuroJackpot, you need to choose five main numbers from 1-50 and two Euronumbers from 1-10. You'll need to match all of these with the draw numbers for the jackpot, but you can win with just two main balls and one Euronumber matched.
To win the jackpot, you must match all five of the main numbers and both of the Euronumbers, at odds of 1 in 95 million. The maximum jackpot is €90 million, but there is no limit on how often this can roll over - any extra funds in the pot above that amount are shared by the winners in the second prize tier, and if this reaches €90 million too, it rolls on down to the third tier and so on.
To win the lowest prize tier you will need to match two main balls and one Euronumber. Consult the Number Checker to see whether your numbers have matched recently.
Your chances of winning the EuroJackpot main prize are exactly 1 in 95,344,200. These are far better odds than winning EuroMillions, as there are only ten Euronumbers instead of the twelve Lucky Stars used in the EuroMillions draw.
EuroJackpot has 12 prize tiers. Some, but not all, depend on matching one or both of the Euronumbers. The exact prize amount will depend on how many tickets have been sold, how recently the jackpot was won, and how many winners share each prize tier.
Your chance of winning any prize in EuroJackpot is 1 in 26. This comes from adding up all of the different ways of winning, from the lowest prize tier of two main balls and one lucky Euronumber (1 in 42) right up to matching all seven numbers for the jackpot, at about 1 in 95 million. More information about EuroJackpot’s odds and prizes can be found on our dedicated Odds and Prizes page.
You might have to pay tax in your own country, just as you would on any other lottery prize or gambling win. It is always best to check with your local tax authority if you win a large amount.
If you play EuroJackpot online, you should make sure it is legal to play from your current location. That means in most cases you must be over the age of 18 or 21, depending on what country you are playing in. For example, in the UK the legal age to play the lottery is 16, in Portugal it's 21 for residents, and in Greece it’s 23 and above.
The prize fund for the jackpot is guaranteed to be at least €10 million; however, remember that if more than one person matches all seven numbers (the five main balls and the two Euronumbers) then this might be shared.
It is much more likely that you’ll share the second-tier prize for matching the five main balls and just one Euronumber, and this can change the payout for that tier to anywhere from around €200,000 to over €1 million.
The maximum jackpot fund is €90 million, but as EuroJackpot is designed to be won more often than other major lotteries, there is no limit on the number of weeks this can roll over. Any extra funds that come in will then go into the second prize tier until this reaches €90 million too, and then into the third tier and so on, until the jackpot pays out.
The participating countries in EuroJackpot have a combined population of over 300 million people - even more than EuroMillions.
If you are not located in one of these countries, you can still join in EuroJackpot and have just as much chance of winning, by buying your ticket online.
EuroJackpot is drawn once a week in Helsinki, Finland at 21:00 EET on Friday evenings.
Our Number Checker can check your ticket against EuroJackpot draws for the past year.
EuroJackpot is a game of chance, so every number has an equal chance of being drawn. But that doesn't mean every number will pay the same amount.
Many people are superstitious - so, for example, more people might choose 'lucky' number seven as a main ball or as a Euronumber. People might be more likely to avoid the number 13 for the same reason.
People often choose their house number, their age or their birthday, too - most streets have a house numbered 1, but not all have 30 houses, so lower numbers might be more likely to be chosen; for birthdays, no month has more than 31 days, so again lower numbers are more likely.
All of this means if you win on a line featuring numbers below 31 or numbers typically considered lucky, you are more likely to have to share your prize with others.
For this reason, it may be wise to choose higher numbers, or less obvious numbers, to avoid having to split your prize with lots of other winners.
Our Statistics section has lots of different ways to analyse the results of past draws, if you want to focus on the balls that are drawn most often, or on those that have not been drawn recently and are perhaps overdue to make another appearance.
Yes – you can use an online lottery service that allows you to buy EuroJackpot tickets.
Visit one of our trusted online lottery service partners. Choose your numbers and pay the fee, and a courier will go and buy a physical ticket for you in a participating country. Alternatively, some services allow you to bet on EuroJackpot using the same draw results and exact prizes. You will be entitled to claim the full amount of anything you win with no commissions or extra charges added.
Some online lottery services may charge one or two Euros plus the cost of the ticket.
Yes, it is legal. Online lottery services are used by players all over the world to play the biggest lottery jackpots, and many large wins have been successfully claimed this way. Joining one means you will also be able to play many other lotteries in addition to EuroJackpot.
Avoiding scam attempts and fraudsters is a lot more straightforward than people think – visit our Scams and Advice page for more information on staying safe online.
No, we do not sell tickets. Euro-Jackpot.com connects you with trusted lottery services. We also provide information, results and lottery statistics.
Yes - just specify how many draws and tickets you want to play in advance when buying your ticket.
Playing in a syndicate means you can pool your resources with other players to buy more tickets - this means sharing your prizes equally, but it also increases your chances of winning. For instance, if ten syndicate members buy one ticket each, you are ten times more likely to win a prize. If you were to win the maximum jackpot, that would be €9 million each.
Nearly all our online lottery service partners provide lottery syndicate options. When the syndicate wins, the money is automatically distributed to each syndicate member.
Most smaller prizes can be claimed online and paid directly into your account. If you win a large amount - and especially if you win the top tier jackpot - you may need to travel to the country where your ticket was purchased and claim it in person. If this happens, the physical ticket (which is stored securely from the date of purchase until the draw is made) will be handed over to you, and you will take responsibility for claiming the prize. Large jackpot amounts must be claimed in person – those are the rules - so be prepared to travel to the relevant country if you win big.
Depending on the lottery you play and its host country, if you win a large jackpot prize, your prize may also be subject to tax. For example, if you win the American Powerball jackpot playing online, expect to pay at least Federal tax and possibly even state tax. Because tax laws and rates differ depending on circumstance, it’s recommended that if you do win a large prize, you consult a financial professional for impartial advice.
No. The only reason you would share your prize money is if other ticket holders have also matched the same number of balls. There is no requirement for you to share your prize just because you purchased your ticket via an online service.
No. The small fee you pay up front when you purchase your ticket is the only cost for using the service - nobody will take a fee or a share from your winnings, it’s all yours.