Eurojackpot is a European transnational lottery, launched in March 2012, with the draws taking place every Friday night in Helsinki at 9pm by their local time.
The inception of this game was inspired by the success of its strongest competitor Euromillions and its founders were Germany, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy and the Netherlands, with many European countries joining in later. The list of participants now also includes Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden, even though its available to players who are not their residents on Multilotto.
The draw game follows a standard “match and win” double matrix format, meaning there are two sets of drums from which the players pick their lucky digits. The main drum consists out of 50 balls, while the second one has 10 bonus balls, widely known as Euro numbers.
There are twelve tier prizes to be won in this amazing game, and this is what has to be done in order to snatch them:
5 + 2 – To collect a jackpot, a player has to match all the five main numbers, plus the two Euro numbers.
5 + 1 – The second-tier prize is won when someone misses the jackpot by one of the Euro numbers.
5 + 0 – The Match 5 prize is won by someone who correctly guessed all the main numbers, but failed to match any of the Euro numbers.
4 + 2 – The forth-tier prize is collected by the players who missed the jackpot by one of the main numbers.
4 + 1 – Missing the jackpot by one of the main numbers and one of the Euro numbers leads to winning this prize.
4 + 0 – Punters who successfully matched four of the main numbers are rewarded with this windfall.
3 + 2 – This cash reward is won by those who missed the top prize by two of the main numbers, but matched both Euro numbers.
2 + 2 – Correctly guessing two of the main numbers and two of the Euro numbers would lead to a win of this pay-out.
3 + 1 – This prize can be scooped when a player matches three of the main numbers and one of the Euro numbers.
3 + 0 – Matching three of the main number would result in the victory of this cash reward.
1 + 2 – This prize is won by successfully guessing all the Euro numbers, but only one of the main numbers.
2 + 1 – The lowest amount in the Eurojackpot game goes to those who match two of the main numbers and one of the Euro numbers.
The top prize in Eurojackpot starts at a minimum value of €10.000.000 and this sum is increased every time players fail to match all the winning numbers. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that value keeps on growing until the jackpot is won, because the game has a so-called jackpot cap that amounts to €90.000.000. The Eurojackpot odds to win the first prize 1:95 344 200!
When the top prize reaches this maximum value, it stays fixed until someone manages to take it home, but this only happened three times since Eurojackpot launched in 2012.
The first time it happened was back in May 2015 when a ticket holder from the Czech Republic took this incredible cash reward home. Fortunate punter from Black Forest area of Baden-Württemberg followed in their footsteps in October 2016, becoming Germany’s largest Eurojackpot winner. The third time it happened was in January 2017, when the €90.000.000 was split five ways between three players from Germany, one from Denmark and one from the Netherlands who collected €18.000.000 each.