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?