Statistics and curiosities of the biggest European lotteries

Who does not dream of winning the jackpot? Nowadays, you can easily participate in the lotteries from all over the world and, as you know, they can come in all shapes and sizes.

That's why we did some research for you; so, before playing, you will be aware of some numbers and statistics about the most important lotteries in Europe. When did they start? Which are the luckiest countries or regions? And, of course, the jackpots: where have the biggest lottery prizes been won? All these questions and more will be answered in this article. Aren't you just a little bit curious?


EuroMillions stats and facts


  1. EuroMillions history

    The idea of organizing such a big European lottery at first came out in 1994. But due to many political, cultural and bureaucratic factors, it took 10 years to launch EuroMillions lottery, and finally on February 13th, 2004 there was the first EuroMillions draw.


  2. EuroMillions lucky countries

    The most successful EuroMillions players in Europe are in France. For 14 years they managed to hit 87 jackpots out of 387 in total. It is possible that French people are very good at gambling and buy more tickets than other nationalities - thus, having even more chances of winning. Or maybe, it is just a matter of luck.

    Check out the 5 luckiest countries for the EuroMillions lottery.

    Country

    Jackpots won

    France

    87

    Spain

    85

    UK

    72

    Portugal

    67

    Belgium

    30

    Data retrieved from February 2004 to May 2018 (total of 387 jackpots won)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    Based on statistics, 34 out of 387 EuroMillions jackpot winners, from its start until 2018, purchased their lucky lottery tickets in February. So, if you believe that future can be predicted based on past results, February may be a lucky month to buy your golden ticket!


  4. Lottery curiosity

    As EuroMillions has become so popular, participating countries have organised supplementary games, only available in their territory, in some cases based on the same numbers picked in the EuroMillions ticket and in other cases requiring to choose a different sequence of numbers or automatically assigning a code. 

    Let’s see how these EuroMillions supplementary games work in the different countries:

    • UK. If you live in the United Kingdom, you should feel very lucky, since you have the chance to play three EuroMillions Special Draws. UK players can join the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker that gives away two prizes of £1 million in every draw. A Millionaire Maker code is automatically generated for each line of EuroMillions numbers that you purchased and consists of four letters and five numbers. Another game, offering prizes ranging from £10 to £1 million, is called EuroMillions HotPicks. It is based on the same main EuroMillions numbers: there are five categories (or EuroMillions HotPicks) available. If you decide to play Pick 1, you must select just one number from 1 to 50. Likewise, if you want to play Pick 2, you must select two numbers from 1 to 50, and so on. But you must never forget that you need to match every number you chose in order to win the specific prize for that category. Instead, Mega Week is a promotion offered by EuroMillions only in UK. It is held several times during the year, adding an element of thrill to the usual money prize - for example, a luxury trip for the winner and his guests - on both draws of the week, on Tuesday and Friday.

    • Ireland. In Ireland the supplementary games are called EuroMillions Plus and Ireland-only Raffle. EuroMillions Plus is played together with the main draw and it gives you the chance to win additional prizes up to €500 000 with your selected main numbers. With the Ireland Only Raffle, ten EuroMillions players in Ireland win €5000 in every draw. The Raffle is played with a unique code automatically assigned  to each EuroMillions line purchased.

    • Switzerland. Swiss EuroMillions players can play two more games: SuperStar and 2nd Chance. With SuperStar, you can win CHF 250 000 by matching a five-digit code, played on the same entry slip. automatically generated. 2nd Chance game gives you the opportunity to win additional prizes up to CHF 150 000 with the same main numbers you picked for the EuroMillions draw. In order to win the jackpot, you have to match all five numbers drawn.

    • France. Also in France you can find two more games: My Million and Etoile+. The code of My Million is automatically given for every line of EuroMillions numbers purchased and there is no extra cost to enter the game. The guaranteed prize for matching the code is €1 million. With its ten different prize tiers, Etoile+ offers you the opportunity to either win prizes for matching the Lucky Stars by themselves, or boost of the value of any prizes you win in the main draw.

    • Luxemburg. In Luxemburg you can play Luxembourg Joker and Extra Lux game. Luxembourg Joker is played in two lines: a combination of six numbers between 0 and 9 is automatically generated on each line. It has a fixed jackpot of €500 000. Everyone who plays EuroMillions in Luxembourg is entered, by default, into the supplementary Extra Lux game with the possibility to win up to an additional €100 000 if you match the five numbers drawn in that particular draw.

    • Belgium. Also in Belgium there is an additional game called Joker, but in this case you have to select one of the twelve astrological signs and then, you have a combination of six numbers between 0 and 9 automatically assigned. In order to win the jackpot of at least €200 000, you need to match all of the numbers in the right order as well as the correct Constellation. The other additional EuroMillions game is My Bonus, that offers prizes ranging from €10 to €500. This game is played with a code composed of letter ‘B’ at the beginning followed by three letters and five numbers.

    • Austria. In Austria, EuroMillions players can enjoy the extra game called Austria Joker. You can play up to three lines of the Joker whenever you purchase a ticket for EuroMillions or other games from the Austrian National Lottery. Each entry contains a six number combination between 0 and 9. To win the top prize, you must match all six numbers in the correct order of the draw.

    • Spain. The supplementary EuroMillions draw in Spain is called El Millón. The game offers a prize of €1 million and it is held only on Fridays. To win, you need to match a code. 

    • Portugal. Also Portuguese people can play The Million game, known as M1lhão. As in the Spanish version, the jackpot is worth €1 million and it is played every Friday. 


EuroJackpot stats and facts


  1. EuroJackpot history

    The rules of EuroJackpot lottery were modified over the years. The jackpot could not roll over more than 12 times, but this turned out to be too limiting, and in February 2013 the rollover limit was removed and replaced with a Jackpot Cap of €90 million. Another change was about the matrix for the Euro numbers, that was extended from 1-8 to 1-10 in October 2014.


  2. EuroJackpot lucky countries

    As it turns out, the luckiest players of EuroJackpot lottery are in Germany. In the first 6 years of the lottery, from 2012 to 2018, one third of the jackpots winners, 19 out of 55, were German players.

    Let’s see the 5 luckiest countries for the EuroJackpot lottery. 

    Country

    Jackpots won

    Germany

    19

    Finland

    8

    Denmark

    4

    Norway

    3

    Spain

    1

    Data retrieved from August 2012 to May 2018 (total of 55 jackpots winners)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    On Friday, January 6th, 2017 the winning numbers of EuroJackpot with a jackpot value of €90 million were guessed by five players! It was a record winning sum for this lottery. Each of the lucky ones received €18 million, thus dividing the total prize of €90 million.


  4. Lottery curiosity

    According to 2018 statistics, 4 million players around the world become winners of prizes from different categories each month, and since the start of the game there have been more than 180 million winning tickets.

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Irish Lotto stats and facts


  1. Irish Lotto history

    The first Irish Lotto draw took place on March 1988. Back then, players had to choose numbers from a matrix of 1/36 to play. The current matrix of 6/47 was established in September 2015, after several changes along its history.


  2. Irish Lotto lucky counties

    According to the statistics, the county that has won more times the Irish Lotto jackpot is Dublin (572 wins since March 1988). 

    Let’s see the 5 luckiest counties for the Irish Lotto. 

    County

    Jackpots won

    Dublin

    572

    Cork

    173

    Galway

    92

    Donegal

    90

    Louth

    76

    Data retrieved from 1988 up to August 2018


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    On Saturday 29th of June 2008 the biggest Irish Lotto jackpot was won by a syndicate of workers from the county of Carlow. They shared a prize of €18.9 Million. Instead, the biggest jackpot won by a single ticket was worth €16.7 million: it belonged to a couple from the county of Waterford.


  4. Lottery curiosity

    In 2000, an additional game called Lotto Plus 1 was introduced to this lottery and in 2002, a second extra draw, called Lotto Plus 2, was added. Players of Irish Lotto main draw can decide to participate in these supplementary games too and have more chances to win other prizes.

    The jackpot amount of Lotto Plus 1 has recently changed: until August 2018 it was €500 000 and now it has been increased to €1 Million. The jackpot of Lotto Plus 2 instead remains at €250 000. A curiosity of these extra draws is that their jackpots are fixed and don’t roll over, but if there are several jackpot winners, they won’t have to split the winnings, all of them will take home the full amount of the top prize. Read more about the Irish Lotto draws.


La Primitiva stats and facts


  1. La Primitiva history

    La Primitiva is one of the oldest Spanish lotteries. It started in 1763 by the names of Lotería Real or Lotería por números. In 1812 with the introduction of the Lotería Moderna (currently Lotería Nacional), it was named La Primitiva, but in 1862 was suppressed. Almost 100 years later, in 1985 it came back as La Primitiva. 


  2. La Primitiva lucky regions

    According to statistics of the recent years, the luckiest players of La Primitiva in Spain are from Catalonia (21 jackpot winners in 2 years).

    Check the list of the luckiest Spanish regions since 2016.

    Region

    Jackpots won

    Catalonia

    21

    Andalusia

    16

    Madrid

    12

    Valencia

    12

    Galicia

    10

    Data retrieved from January 2016 to April 2018


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    On the draw of 23rd October 2010, a jackpot of approximately €3 Million had to be split among 47 winners! All of them had the same idea and played with the combination 7, 8, 10, 20, 30, and 40, so each of the lucky winners had to take home just €57.581,10. 

    In 2015, instead, a single player from Barcelona made history in La Primitiva by taking home a jackpot of €101.7 Million, which is until today the biggest jackpot ever won with this lottery. 

    Here’s a look at the biggest jackpots of La Primitiva history and how many players have won it.

    Jackpot value

    Date

    Winning tickets

    City

    €102 Million

    11/15 2015

    1

    Barcelona

    €71 Million

    2/22 2014

    2

    Seville, Biscay

    €67 Million

    7/30 2016

    1

    Cuenca

    €66 Million

    10/3 2013

    1

    Seville

    €46 Million

    11/23 2017

    1

    Galicia

    Data retrieved from draws until April 2018


  4. Lottery curiosity

    Since 1993, this lottery has another modality called El Gordo de la Primitiva. Nowadays, it plays every Sunday and has a minimum jackpot of €5 million. 

    Also, the Special Category (6 numbers + Refund) and an additional game named the Joker, were added to La Primitiva in 2012. 


SuperEnalotto stats and facts


  1. SuperEnalotto history

    The origins of the Italian game SuperEnalotto actually go back to the 1950s, since it is related to another lottery called Enalotto. It took several years, until 1997, before Enalotto changed into “SuperEnalotto”, but finally the first SuperEnalotto draw took place on December 3rd, 1997. Another important change for the lottery happened on July 2nd 2009 when it became autonomous, replacing the regional number system based on Lotto draws in favour of results drawn from its own dedicated ball machines. Rome is chosen as the venue to host the draws.


  2. SuperEnalotto lucky regions

    When it comes to the different regions of Italy, which one is the luckiest in SuperEnalotto lottery? According to data collected from his debut in 1997 until 2018, Campania is at number one with 18 jackpot winners, even though it is just in third place in terms of number of inhabitants. 

    Find out the positions of the other regions in the table below. 

    Region

    Jackpots won

    Campania

    18

    Lazio

    16

    Emilia-Romagna

    12

    Puglia

    10

    Veneto

    9

    Data retrieved from December 1997 to April 2018 (total of 2.807 draws)


  3. Jackpot curiosity

    The Italian SuperEnalotto holds the record for the largest jackpot paid out in Europe by a national lottery, with the single winning ticket worth €177.7 million (approx. $215 million) on Saturday, 30th October 2010. 

    This record-high SuperEnalotto jackpot was won by a syndicate of 70 players with a ticket bought in Milan. Instead, the largest prize claimed by an individual is the €163.5 million  (approx. $198 million) won on Thursday, 27th October 2016 by a player from Vibo Valentia, in the region of Calabria, in southern Italy. But there is more: on that occasion, the winner not only matched the six main SuperEnalotto numbers, but also the SuperStar to increase the jackpot by €2 million, overcoming odds of 1 in 56 billion.

    Find out the top 5 largest jackpot winnings of SuperEnalotto lottery. 

    Jackpot value

    Date

    Winning tickets

    City (Region)

    €178 Million

    10/30 2010

    1

    Milan (Lombardy)

    €164 Million

    10/27 2016

    1

    Vibo Valentia (Calabria)

    €148 Million

    10/22 2009

    1

    Bagnone (Tuscany)

    €140 Million

    2/9 2009

    2

    Parma (Emilia-Romagna), Pistoia (Tuscany)

    €130 Million

    4/17 2018

    1

    Caltanissetta (Sicily)

    Data retrieved from draws until April 2018 (total of 2.807 draws)


  4. Lottery curiosity

    SuperStar is an optional number that you can select in addition to your six main numbers. This option costs an extra €0.50 per entry and gives you more chances to win bigger prizes. The SuperStar number is drawn from a separate ball machine ranging from 1 to 90.

    SuperStar prizes start from a minimum of €5 for matching just the SuperStar number, and increase in value depending on how many main SuperEnalotto numbers you match. For example, if you match all six main numbers and the SuperStar, you will receive an extra €2 million in addition to the jackpot. This is known as the SuperBonus prize.



Do you want to know even more secrets about the world of lotteries? Curiosities, frequent numbers, statistics and odds: everything can be helpful to achieve the life-change you always desired. But why would you limit yourself to European games? Have also a look at statistics of the top American lotteries and choose your favorite!

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