French Lotto Information
The French Lotto is operated by Française des Jeux, which literally translates to “The French Games”, or just ‘FDJ’ for short, which is around half-owned by the French government. The company also operates other gambling in France and sponsors the FDJ cycling team. Tickets are sold all over France, in thousands of retail outlets, but the lottery is also becoming increasingly popular with foreign players who appreciate its very frequent draws, good prize pools and the fact that lottery winnings are not subject to French tax.
French Lotto rules and prizes
Playing French Lotto is extremely easy – just pick 5 main numbers from 1-49 plus a ‘Chance’ number from 1-10. Keep in mind you need to purchase a minimum of two lines to play. The jackpot, which is always at least €2 million, and rises by €1 million with each rollover, is won by matching all 5 main numbers and the Chance number. However, there are 9 prize tiers, so even if you don’t win the jackpot there’s a fair chance of winning something.
French Lotto taxes
French Lotto winnings are not subject to French tax. However, if you are resident in another country, your winnings may be subject to local tax laws.