Oh how time flies when you’re having fun! Over three years have passed since the very first draw of Europe’s hot new lottery, EuroJackpot. The game now finds itself a household name in international lotto, with millions of players across the continent and an increasingly strong online following around the world. This is the lotto that offers huge jackpots and the very best odds, this is the lotto that offers hope… without further ado, here is the history of EuroJackpot so far:
Back in 2006 when the idea of the EuroJackpot lotto was first tabled, the people of central Europe had a poor deal as far as major lottery draws were concerned. Whilst those in Scandinavia and the Baltic states had been playing the multi-national Viking Lotto since 1993 and most of the citizens of western European could enjoy blockbuster EuroMillions draws on a weekly basis, those living in the heart of the continent could only depend on their own national lottery draws – an especially uninspiring prospect for those living in the least populous countries, where a paucity of players inevitably led to low national lottery jackpot funds.
Delegations from the founding EuroJackpot member countries – Germany, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Italy and the Netherlands – met for an Amsterdam summit in 2011, where a vision was set out for a fresh and inspirational multi-national lottery, offering a unique combination of headline-grabbing jackpots and competitive odds on prize wins. Plans were drawn up in detail over the following months, and the first EuroJackpot draw was held on March 23rd 2012.
Growing interest and record success
A successful first year for EuroJackpot saw big wins throughout many of the draw’s participant countries, which ignited interest in the lotto far beyond the boundaries of its host nations. A burgeoning online EuroJackpot market saw players joining in from all over the globe, spurring Spain, Croatia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden to join as official participating nations within a year of the lottery’s launch. They were followed in October 2014 by Hungary and the Czech Republic, whose involvement brings the EuroJackpot’s prospective player total in its host countries to 270 million – the largest pool of potential participants to be found in any European lottery.
These latest additions to EuroJackpot’s host countries coincided with a rule change designed to encourage less frequent but higher value jackpot payouts, which was surely instrumental in the lotto’s record €90 million payout in May 2015.
And there you have it: a potted history of EuroJackpot in its first three years! We’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say the future is looking very bright indeed for this remarkable lottery.