Launched in 2012, Eurojackpot is operated by the national lottery authorities of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. It was designed from the outset to payout smaller jackpots (still life-changing though), more often than the other big lotteries. The draws for Eurojackpot are held in Helsinki Finland.
When first launched, the Eurojackpot would pay out the jackpot to second-tier prize winners if it reached the maximum €90 million cap and no one had matched all numbers. In August 2012 this rule saw a German ticketholder win the jackpot with just five numbers and one of the two extra numbers. Under revised rules, this scenario is no longer possible.
Eurojackpot rules and prizes
Playing Eurojackpot is easy. You just need to choose 5 main numbers from 1-50, and two extra numbers from 1-10. You’ll win the jackpot if you get all the numbers correct, but there are 12 prize tiers in total, giving a very good chance of winning something. There is a guaranteed minimum jackpot of €10 million for each draw, and rollovers enable it to reach a maximum of €90 million.
Eurojackpot good causes
As with some other European lotteries like EuroMillions and the UK National Lottery, a portion of the revenues from Eurojackpot ticket sales go to supporting good causes. These include community, sports and arts projects and also scientific and medical research aimed at fighting incurable diseases and improving public health.
In Europe few countries tax lottery winnings, though it will depend on the country the winning ticket was purchased in. Keep in mind that, if you are residing in another country, you will also be subject to your local tax laws.