EuroJackpot has only been around since 2012, but despite being the youngest game at the international lottery industry’s top table, it’s already one of the most interesting draws in the world! Here are some unusual EuroJackpot facts that will enlighten your understanding of this remarkable lotto:
The odds of winning the jackpot with one line in EuroJackpot are about 1 in 95,344,200. That’s phenomenally low compared to the 1 in 116,531,800 odds on a jackpot win in rival draw EuroMillions!
The biggest EuroJackpot prize paid out to date – and the highest possible under current rules – was the sensational €90 million max jackpot of May 15th 2015, which was claimed by one lucky player in the Czech Republic.
The Spanish must be lotto-crazy! Not only does the Iberian nation host an annual Christmas Lottery that smashes world records left, right and centre; it is also the only country to officially participate in both EuroJackpot and EuroMillions.
Don’t do it!
One lotto prankster from the Czech Republic subjected hundreds of thousands of people to the truly horrifying experience of watching a fortune go up in flames… or that’s what they thought they were watching anyway! In May 2015, the trickster uploaded a video to YouTube which apparently shows him burning a €90 million jackpot-winning EuroJackpot ticket, prompting disbelieving comments and ‘thumbs down’s from viewers around the world.Thankfully, the video has been proven to be a hoax – the culprit told reporters “The video is a social experiment video and the ticket was not real.” Phew. You can watch the video here.
EuroJackpot’s charitable side
Since the distant days when kendo games were used to help fund the construction of the Great Wall of China, the nations of the world have been using lotto money to aid their neediest citizens and achieve their greatest dreams. Take EuroJackpot Holland for example: their Foundation Lotto has already pumped over €1.2 billion into Dutch sport. No wonder the likes of sprinter Dafne Schippers and footballer Arjen Robben are taking the world by storm!
You may be surprised to learn that the balls used in EuroJackpot draws are softer than a ping-pong ball! This surprising quality is achieved through the use of synthetic polymers in the manufacturing of the balls.