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The history of the EuroJackpot

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Sometimes the lotteries are not popular due to the great chances of winning, but rather, the huge sums that can be won by the lucky winners. And given that you need incredible luck even to win on lotteries where you have better chances of winning, it's quite a logical thing to aim for the higher prizes, because all in all, lottery is all about fortune and luck. And when it comes to the sum of the prize, the EuroJackpot is one of the most generous lotteries in the world!

Euro banknotes - EuroJackpot

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When playing EuroJackpot, you'll need to guess 7 numbers right, but the whole thing is not as easy as it may seem. There are two fields, one of which contains numbers from 1 to 50, and the other contains numbers from 1 to 10. To win the jackpot, you'll need to guess the 5 winning numbers from the first field AND the two numbers on the second field as well. Of course, this means that some numbers may appear both on the fields A and B, but only then does your tip count as right if you guessed both the number and the field right.

There are twenty-two winning prize classes in this game, and to win any money, a player needs at least three numbers guessed right in the two fields combined. What makes this game really exciting is the fact that in cases nobody wins the jackpot, then the fund that's not won on the current week will be added to the fund of the next week. This goes on until someone finally wins the jackpot - meaning that sometimes incredible amounts of money can be won!

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And while we're talking about the incredible prizes, we may as well mention that the aim of the lottery that is organized by several European nations was in fact to offer huge prizes for the luckiest of its players. The plans for the lottery first started emerging in the first months of 2005 or so, partly because an other game, EuroMillions proved to be highly successful in some European nations. But even though the lottery was planned way back in 2005, the agreement about its debut was only signed in Helsinki a few years later, in the June of 2011.

Yet, from then on, the events seemed to escalate quite quickly, as in the March of 2012, the first draw was done with the participation on Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Italy. (Oddly enough, Italians could only buy tickets in the next month though.) The first jackpot was won right in the May of the same year, which is in fact quite incredible. Someone from Germany was the lucky one to win the prize of 19,5 million Euros that time.

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Later on, some other countries joined the lottery as well - namely: Spain, Norway, Iceland, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. This means that right now, eighteen countrysides take part in Europe's "superlottery" each week.

The first record prize - some 90 million Euros - wan one by a Czech person, then in 2016, a German, and in 2017, several (three German and a Danish) players also won the jackpot. This is incredible enough given that there's only a 1: 95.344.200 (meaning one to 95 MILLION) chance that a ticket will have the winning numbers on it...

Anita Diós

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