It’s EuroJackpot’s 4th Birthday!

It’s EuroJackpot’s 4th Birthday!

The EuroJackpot lottery celebrated its fourth birthday on Wednesday 23rd March, four years to the day since the first winning EuroJackpot numbers were drawn at the game’s HQ in Helsinki, Finland.

4 years of EuroJackpot magic

Well hasn’t the time gone quickly? It feels like it was just yesterday when we were celebrating the launch of this exciting new lottery – and now it’s EuroJackpot’s 4th Birthday! EuroJackpot launched in 2012 with an ambition to become the superstar of European lotto – easier to win and more enjoyable to play than its big rival EuroMillions. But did it succeed? Let’s take a look back at the first four years of EuroJackpot (and let’s hope there are many more to come):

The stats

The statistics make good reading for EuroJackpot in its first four years. At the time of writing (March 23rd 2016), there have been 209 EuroJackpot draws, which have led to 560 wins of 100.000 EUR or more, including 56 millionaire-making jackpot wins.

 The biggest wins

With a minimum jackpot figure of € 10.000.000, EuroJackpot never fails to offer a serious cash incentive for its players. The biggest EuroJackpot win to date was the € 90.000.000 maximum jackpot claimed by a single player in the Czech Republic last summer. The record is likely to be matched at some point in the near future – possibly during 2016.

Breaking records

Alongside the not inconsiderable achievement of regularly breaking its own jackpot record, EuroJackpot has succeeded in smashing all-time lottery jackpot records in a number of its host countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Finland, where one jumbo win was claimed by a very lucky lottery syndicate.

Trans-European expansion

EuroJackpot was instantly successful in spreading big lottery jackpots across the European continent, and as the years have gone by, the number of participating nations has steadily increased. At the time of writing, EuroJackpot currently directly serves players in Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden – that’s over a third of countries in the whole of Europe!

Players from other parts of the world can participate in EuroJackpot through third party websites. Read about how you can get your ticket here.

5 Reasons Why Women tend to be Better Lotto Players

5 Reasons Why Women tend to be Better Lotto Players

If, like us, you have worked in the lotto industry for a number of years, you’re likely to have noticed a curious phenomenon: women tend to make better lotto players than men! Of course every man and woman is different – some women are awful at playing lotto and certain men have a real knack for it – but the numbers don’t lie, women are the game’s biggest winners. Let’s consider some of the traits which could account for womankind’s pre-eminence in the lotto world.

#1. Dreams

The contrast between the daydreams of men and women is stark and revealing. Whereas men’s daydreams are statistically likelier to have their basis in an obsession with physical prowess and explicit sexuality, women’s daydreams are more varied, with a greater focus on material possessions such as clothes and homeware. It is for precisely this reason that many women are likely to invest more of their energy into winning the lottery – there’s a material dream to finance!

#2. Consistent use of the same numbers

One notable trait amongst female lotto players is a tendency to stick more rigidly to a set – or multiple sets – of numbers every week. Using the same set of numbers repeatedly is widely regarded as a great way to beat the lotto odds.

#3. Persistence

Women are strong, unflappable and persistent in their pursuit of what they want in life. Winning the lottery generally requires a great deal of persistence over a number of years – we certainly think we’d trust most women to stay the course more resiliently than the average man!

#4. Remember dates

Ladies have a world-famous knack for remembering the little things, from the jumper you were wearing all 7 months ago at such-and-such-a-place to the birthdays of their friends and family. The benefit of this trait is two-fold: firstly, if you’re a girl you are less likely to forget the lucky dates you intend to enter into a draw, and secondly, you’re less likely to forget to enter in the first place!

#5. Intuition

‘Women’s intuition’ is one of humanity’s enduring mysteries – so esoteric as to draw ridicule from certain quarters, but resolutely backed up by evidence stretching the entire length of recorded history. Sometimes, for whatever reason, women just know, and that’s undoubtedly going to be a helpful quality when it comes to picking your lottery numbers!

Euro Combi Syndicate: Increase Your Chances to Win!

Euro Combi Syndicate: Increase Your Chances to Win!

Joining a syndicate is a super-smart, utterly intriguing way to play lotto. According to a leading national lotto, this betting method provides roughly one in every four jackpot wins, and you can now join in the syndicate action online with PlayEuroLotto’s fantastic syndicate offers.

For those of you who don’t know what syndicate play is, check out our in-depth feature here. Got it? Good! Now join us as we shine a spotlight on the first of our terrific trio of syndicate set-ups, the Euro Combi!

Meet the Euro Combi syndicate!

We’ve brought together the twin titans of European multinational lottery, EuroMillions and EuroJackpot, in this unique syndicate set-up. Join this syndicate for as little as € 9,90 per week and you’ll stand to win a share of any winnings brought in by a whopping 155 unique lotto lines; that’s 110 across two EuroMillions draws and 45 in the Friday night EuroJackpot draw.

All about EuroMillions and EuroJackpot

EuroMillions and EuroJackpot rightly stand as two of the world’s most widely played, widely admired lottery games. The former, EuroMillions, met with instant acclaim when it launched across France, Spain and the UK in 2004, and has since gone on to spread to many other countries, paying out some of the biggest jackpot wins Europe has ever seen in the process, including an unbelievable record jackpot prize of € 189.000.000.

EuroMillions may still be the big shot of European lotto, but relative newcomer EuroJackpot is catching up fast, with prizes to date ranging up to € 61.000.000, and game mechanics that make this lotto that little bit easier to win. The good odds on winning a EuroJackpot prize are precisely the reason why this lottery makes a great partner for EuroMillions in the Euro Combi – you get that great chance of a smaller yet still substantial win to go along with that big money EuroMillions dream.

How to play straight away

Making the arrangements for a lottery syndicate on this scale is a complex process, but you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve done all that legwork for you! Just head over to our Euro Combi syndicate page, click ‘Find out more’ and follow the simple on-screen instructions to place yourself in pole position for a major European jackpot win.

It’s Official: Using Random Numbers Leads to Bigger Wins!

It’s Official: Using Random Numbers Leads to Bigger Wins!

When we choose our own lottery numbers, we make our selections based on a complex array of factors – lucky numbers, special dates, numbers that feel right to us in some intangible way, amongst countless others. A lot can be said for this method – there’s something quite special about the thought of the numbers which have defined your life combining to create the code that wins you a jackpot – but unfortunately, the stats show that playing lotto in this way could actually lose you money.

Allow us to explain. When a lotto player enters a draw using numbers which hold a special meaning to them, they are likely to do so without considering the fact that many other lottery players in the draw will be making their own selections in a similar way – numbers based on special dates from 1 to 31, avoidance of the unlucky number 13, and so on. This means that player-selected numbers have an increased likelihood of being chosen by multiple players.

Randomly selected numbers

Randomly selected numbers do not fall prey to the same pitfall; with no cultural biases in the selection process, no set of numbers is any likelier to be picked than any other. For the lottery player who uses randomly selected numbers and wins a big prize, this means a decreased likelihood of sharing the prize fund with other players; a distinction which could mean that their lottery win makes them several times richer. Sharing is a wonderful thing, and any decent-hearted lottery winner will surely hand out a number of cash gifts to friends and family – but you don’t want to be sharing out that precious prize money with other winning players.

Your next lottery bet

For those of you who would like to try out random numbers in your next lottery bet, we’re happy to say it’s easy as pie to fill in your lotto lines with randomly generated numbers using online interface. All you have to do is click the ‘Randomize line’ icon – depicting two crossing arrows and positioned in the bottom-left of each number card – on the number picker page for any lotto, and your line will instantly be generated. For the lotto player with a penchant for the exclusive, there’s no smarter policy than playing with random numbers!

EuroMillions vs EuroJackpot

EuroMillions vs EuroJackpot

Since being established in 2004 and 2012 respectively, EuroMillions and EuroJackpot have gained acclaim worldwide for their particular, exciting brand of huge jackpots, big prizes and surprisingly sound chances of winning. What, then, are the subtle differences between these two banknote behemoths? Which draw fits your style of play?

Let’s begin with the similarities

The two draws are conducted following a similar format; players have to match the numbers of 5 balls (out of 50) and try their luck at picking 2 extra special balls to attain the really big prizes. EuroJackpot balls are numbered 1 to 8, whilst EuroMillions balls are labelled 1 to 11, meaning EuroJackpot players have a very slight advantage in odds over their EuroMillions brethren. Both draws take place on Friday evenings, albeit an hour apart, so don’t worry if you fancy doubling your chances and having a go at both, it’ll be a tense but exhilarating evening!

Now here’s the differences

Firstly, EuroMillions takes place in the west of the EU (UK, France, Spain, Portugal etc), whilst EuroJackpot is a more central European affair (Germany, Italy, Scandinavia etc); this means you cannot play EuroJackpot in the UK unless you play online at a site like playeurolotto.com, so make sure you get logged in!

When it comes to jackpots

Secondly, when it comes to jackpots, EuroMillions beats EuroJackpot hands down; 190 million Euro to ‘jackpot’s 90 million Euro; making EuroMillions the pick for players who love the chance of winning seriously big money, the likes of which could net winners a dozen private islands (!). When it comes to the minimum jackpot amount, however, it’s a very close race between the two; EuroMillions’ 15 million Euro to EuroJackpot’s 10 million Euro, so for consistent gamers, either draw is a great choice. It’s worth mentioning that EuroMillions has 13 tiers of prizes compared to EuroJackpot’s 12, so players of the latter might have a very slight advantage in getting more money compared to the former.

Odds-wise

EuroJackpot players have around a 1 in 59,000,000 chance of winning whilst EuroMillions lovers have about a 1 in 116,000,000 chance; this may seem like a huge difference, but when it comes to these huge odds, differences regarding chances pale in comparison to the gigantic prizes on offer!

A winner could be plucked (much like those glistening, spherical, numbered balls) and raised up to the dizzying heights of millionaire stardom at any moment. Play this week and test your mettle!

More Countries Set on Joining the EuroJackpot

More Countries Set on Joining the EuroJackpot

The EuroJackpot lottery is set to have some new members to compliment the existing European nations already participating in this exciting new game. Originally the plan was to emulate the EuroMillions by having 9 nations partake in the game, however it’s first two draws have only involved Germany, The Netherlands, Estonia, Slovenia, Finland and Denmark. So far the jackpot has yet to be won and this Friday will be for €12,000,000.

The Monopolies Commission in Rome has published the prize draw regulations for the game to be played in Italy and now players there await the final decision that will put the game for sale in the country. As agreed upon in September 2011 the following countries are also planning to get in on the EuroJackpot, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

EuroJackpot tickets

Within a few months a full 10 countries will be selling the EuroJackpot tickets. Then we will be fully able to judge the success of the game as with more players come higher rollover jackpots as well as a lot more cash prize winners. The EuroJackpot may have started a little slower than expected but as more countries join it will pick up speed, and jackpot value.

Right now though tickets are available online so that anyone in the world may win EuroJackpot prizes, just click here to pick your numbers for Friday’s €12,000,000 jackpot draw.

Origins and Introduction to the EuroJackpot

Origins and Introduction to the EuroJackpot

In November 2011 a group of lottery organisations from various European Nations met in Amsterdam. Their meeting was to discuss the creation of a brand new pan-European lottery: EuroJackpot. A de-facto rival to the current lottery giant the EuroMillions.

The countries that met were Germany, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy to complete the negotiations for a launch of the game in 2012. When their plans became finalised more nations such as Estonia, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have also declared that in the future they may also join this new lottery game.

Live draws in Helsinki

Of course the name of this new game is the EuroJackpot, and it looks set to truly give the EuroMillions a run for it’s money. Tickets started to go on sale on the 17th of March, and the very first draw will be held live in Helsinki on Friday the 23rd of March. Already millions of people have purchased their ticket in anticipation of the very first draw. Also tickets are already available for people to buy online, meaning that from the very first draw there will be players from all over the world.

Similar to the EuroMillions

It has been agreed upon that the game will have a rather similar play style to the EuroMillions; players must choose 5 numbers from 1-50 and 2 numbers from 1-8. This gives the game of EuroJackpot wildly better jackpot winning odds than the EuroMillions at 1 in 59 million. The EuroJackpot will rival it’s competitor by also offering tickets at €2 each -although this price doesn’t include any service fee if the ticket is purchased online.

The organisers of the lottery promise a minimum jackpot every Friday of €10,000,000, and maximum rollovers of €90,000,000. Also just like the EuroMillions the EuroJackpot will offer 12 prize tiers, meaning lots of people have a good chance of winning some worthwhile cash. So what’re you waiting for?