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EuroMillions vs EuroJackpot

The closest Lotto to EuroJackpot is EuroMillions, Europe?s most popular lotto and the market leader in terms of lottery ticket sales. Many lotto players will be much more familiar with the more established EuroMillions.

So how does EuroJackpot stack up when the two are compared side by side? Let’s have a look:

How is EuroJackpot lotto similar to EuroMillions?

  • Both lottos follow a similar format, with players trying to match the numbers on 5 regular balls out of 50 and 2 special balls to win a prize. The lotteries differentiate however in that EuroJackpot Euro balls are only numbered from 1 to 8 while EuroMillions star balls are spread out between 1 and 11.
  • Both lottos cost £2 per line to play.
  • The EuroJackpot and EuroMillions draw both take place on Friday evening, although an hour apart.
  • Spain is the only country which takes part in both EuroMillions and EuroJackpot lotteries.

How is the EuroJackpot Lottery different to EuroMillions?

  • The maximum EuroMillions jackpot is worth 190 million Euro (about £161 million & $250 million) while the EuroJackpot top tier prize is 90 million Euro (or just under £77 million & $120 million). The guaranteed minimum jackpot for EuroMillions is 15 million Euro (about £12 million & $20 million) while it is 10 million Euro (about £8.5 million & $13 million) for EuroJackpot.
  • Your chances of hitting the EuroJackpot jackpot is about 1 in 59,000,000 while your chances of winning EuroMillions is a miniscule 1 in 116,531,800. This means that your chances of winning the EuroJackpot top prize are almost double that of EuroMillions.
  • There are 13 tiers of prizes for EuroMillions and 12 tiers for Euro Jackpot. However as with the jackpot your chances of winning EuroJackpot mid and low level prizes are significantly higher than winning them through EuroMillions.
  • EuroMillions draws take place twice per week while EuroJackpot only happens once on Friday in the UK, Europe, Middle East and the America?s or Saturday morning should you reside in parts of Asia & Asutralia. However this may change in the near future, as the EuroJackpot attracts more players there are persistent rumors and speculation that a second draw will be added soon.
  • 9 European countries officially take part in EuroMillions with a combined population of about 217 million people while 14 nations currently take part in EuroJackpot with a total population of around 245.6 million inhabitants. Although more people currently play EuroMillions it is several years older than EuroJackpot which potentially has a bigger player pool.

The Verdict

It's not hard to see that both EuroJackpot and EuroMillions have their own best selling points depending on what you are looking for in a lottery. If you are after the biggest jackpots with the draws twice a week or want to buy tickets offline then EuroMillions is likely the more appealing choice. However if you are looking for the best odds of actually winning a prize and enjoy the convenience of playing online then EuroJackpot is the better option, which is why it is quickly becoming the favorite pick of lottery players worldwide.