EuroJackpot Background and History
European countries united their forces to bring us a revolutionary game of fortune with high odds for prizes and some of the highest jackpots in the existence of lottery.
In March 2012, 16 European states launched a new lottery under the name of EuroJackpot. Having in mind the low odds for wining the EuroMillions jackpots, they created a game in which many players can be lucratively rewarded. They almost doubled the chances of winning and this in turn helped this relatively young lottery grow in size so fast that today it rivals some of the largest international lotteries.
The agreement to launch EuroJackpot was signed in Helsinki in summer 2011. The first draw had seven participating countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia. The first “break the ice” jackpot was won by a player from Germany at a whooping €19.5 million. Since then, luck was cast upon European citizens making EuroJackpot spread around the borders like wildfire. The prizes keep getting higher, winners luckier and today we have an international prize winning machine we can become a part of no matter where and from where we are.
Although the lottery has many good points in its favour, one of the biggest, most important and extremely beneficial to winners is that the lottery winnings are tax free.
Jackpot in flames
In 2015 a lucky winner couldn’t deal with the pressure of his win and burned his winning ticket in front of a worldwide audience. He set the €90 million prize ticket on fire, filming the disturbing event and sharing the video on YouTube. This shocked many people. However, it later turned out he was just toying around with people’s minds who later found relief in discovering that everything was just a big prank.
How to play EuroJackpot
When it comes to the question of how to play the EuroJackpot lottery, the answer is simple: all you have to do is choose 5 numbers from the main fifty, and two from the ten numbers known as Euro numbers. Getting all 7 numbers right guarantees you an enormous tax free jackpot win.
The lottery draw is scheduled every Friday night in Helsinki at 21:00 EEST (19:00 BST), and you can play this lottery from the comfort of your own home.
Regarding the odds of winning the top prize, pretty impressive numbers are in your favor at 1 in 95,344,200. This makes it twice as likely to win than a similar game of EuroMillions.
There are twelve different prize tiers, and statistics have shown so far that getting treated with a prize in this game is frequent and easy. This, among other things, has helped bring this game to the top of international lotteries in such a short period of time.
One very interesting fact is that the number 13 is usually linked to bad luck. When it comes to EuroJackpot though, quite the opposite is true: the rule is that if after 13 consecutive draws there is still no top prize winner, the jackpot will be handed over to the next winner in line. That means that anyone who has guessed 6 numbers can have a piece of the jackpot pie
European folks thought about everything. Every little detail is executed to perfection; even the balls used in the draws are softer than ping-pong balls. In order to achieve the highest quality, the manufacturers use the finest quality synthetic polymers.
In case you feel lucky and are up to test your odds, you can now buy tickets for the EuroJackpot lottery online, without ever having to leave the comfort of your own living room.
EuroJackpot winning tiers
The minimum starting jackpot is €10 million and it can rollover to an astonishing €90 million. This brought the young lottery to easily rival the largest international lotteries with longer traditions.
We already mentioned that when you buy tickets for EuroJackpot lottery, you compete for twelve different prize tiers dictated by the combination of winning numbers, so let’s see what the science and experience of previous draws have to say:
|TIERS||MATCH||ODDS OF WINNING|
|Tier 1||5 + 2 (Jackpot)||1:95,344,200|
|Tier 2||5 + 1||1:5,959,013|
|Tier 4||4 + 2||1:423,752|
|Tier 5||4 + 1||1:26,485|
|Tier 7||3 + 2||1:9,631|
|Tier 8||3 + 1||1:672|
|Tier 9||2 + 2||1:602|
|Tier 11||1 + 2||1:128|
|Tier 12||2 + 1||1:42|
As you can see, no matter which numbers you chose and however you decide to play the EuroJackpot lottery, you can always hope to have at least one of the twelve different prize tiers.
Part of the money gathered from ticket sale goes to charitable causes and investment in different social structures. Holland is one of the many great examples of investments which are targeted into national sports development. So rest assured that when you buy tickets for the EuroJackpot lottery you are not just making yourself happy, your decision is having an impact on the world. And with a little luck, we hope you will too when you win the life changing EuroJackpot, jackpot prize.
The remaining 12% goes straight back into the lottery fund with the sole purpose of always being able to provide the minimum jackpot.
Top 3 biggest Eurojackpot wins
It’s really astonishing how many jackpot winners there are in this relatively young game. And maybe the best thing about it is that they are spread everywhere across Europe. There is no centralization when it comes to this game, and anyone can win and have their life changed overnight.
One of the luckiest still to this date is an anonymous person who won the biggest jackpot in the history of EuroJackpot at a head spinning €90 million. The mysterious now multimillionaire bought victorious tickets in Pardubice, Czech Republic, a few days before May 15, 2015, when life changing draw took place. The seller of the lucky ticket revealed that a middle-aged man bought tickets for the EuroJackpot lottery draw that won the record breaking jackpot. The lucky man took three weeks before he collected his tax-free prize; he probably busy with planning the best ways to enjoy his new fortune. After collecting part of his winnings, he was in a hurry to catch a train. Who knows maybe he even bought the train afterward; possibilities are infinite when you are a millionaire.
One more, of many lucky stories in EuroJackpot history, was on Friday July 29, 2016 when someone from Henssen, Germany won €84.7 million. That day they became the holder of two lottery records: biggest lottery win in German history and second biggest jackpot in EuroJackpot lottery.
Certainly also worth of mentioning is the man in Finland who became the country’s 23rd richest person on Friday, September 12, 2014, hitting all seven numbers and winning €61.1 million.
Top 5 most common numbers
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