Loto is France’s official lottery and also its most popular. It’s drawn three times a week (every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night) making it one of only a few of the world’s lotteries with more than two weekly draws. There’s a guaranteed minimum jackpot of at least €2 million (approx. $2.8 million). However every time it’s not won and the jackpot rolls over, the jackpot amount increases in €1 million increments. With three draws every week and the ability for the game to roll over upto 24 times, there is lots of potential for some major jackpots! The largest single-ticket jackpot prize won on France Loto was in 2011 when €24 million was awarded. France Loto also has some of the best odds around of winning, making it an even more attractive game to play.
How to Play
For France Loto, numbers are drawn from two machines. The first contains 49 balls numbered from 1 to 49 of which five balls are drawn. Another machine contains 10 lucky balls numbered from 1 to 10 of which one ball is drawn. In a standard game, players choose five numbers from the first range of 1 to 49 and one number from the second range of 1 to 10. To win the jackpot, a player must correctly guess all five standard numbers as well as the lucky ball. In total there are 10 prize divisions, ranging from matching just the lucky number to matching all five numbers plus the lucky number. This is why the chances of winning a prize in this popular lottery are so high.
As with many European lotteries, prizes are tax-free.
Odds of Winning
Odds of winning a prize are 1 in 16, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 19,068,840.