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What are the differences between the EuroJackpot and EuroMillions lotteries?

EuroJackpot and EuroMillions are offered in different countries. Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden are participating in the EuroJackpot lottery, although this list may expand in the future. These countries have a population of 265 million inhabitants, which is more than the EuroMillions which is today offered to over 200 million inhabitants, however this was not always the case.

The EuroMillions was initially launched in just three countries: France, Britain, and Spain. Since then, residents from Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Serbia and Switzerland have also joined the EuroMillions lottery pool.The EuroMillions and EuroJackpot are actually pretty similar in terms of format: for the EuroMillions, one must choose 5 numbers out of a range of 1 to 50 plus 2 supplementary (Star) numbers between 1 to 12, while the EuroJackpot only has a supplementary number range between 1 to 10. This seemingly tiny difference has a huge impact on the odds of winning however; the probabilty to win the EuroJackpot is approximately twice as high. The cost for a EuroJackpot ticket is 2 Euros , while the EuroMillions ticket costs 2.50 Euros.

Odds and prizes: both the EuroMillions and EuroJackpot offer multi-million Euro jackpots for those lucky enough to pick the right numbers. As with all lotteries, the more numbers drawn that match your ticket, the higher your profits. EuroMillions has a minimum jackpot size of 15 million Euros, while the fledgling EuroJackpot offers a still-respectable 10 million Euros starting prize. The EuroMillions really comes into its own with the maximum payout being a massive 190 million Euros while the EuroJackpot caps out at 90 million Euros. Here are the probabilities of winning compared:

EuroJackpot: 1 to 95,000,000

EuroMillions: 1 to 117,000,000

The EuroJackpot and EuroMillions draws: the EuroMillions lottery was launched in 2004 with one draw a week, and has since grown to two weekly draws on Tuesdays and Fridays in Paris. For now, the EuroJackpot has one weekly draw on Fridays, but this may be increased in the future.

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