The French Lotto (LOTO France) is a fan favourite that holds the potential for exciting rollovers with three weekly draws. France’s premier lottery offers some of Europe’s most notable national lotto jackpots combined with impressive winning odds that make the lottery a frequent favourite for a lot of lotto players.
King Francis the First brought the lottery to France in 1505. Although the Medieval draw did not resemble the advanced double matrix lottery design of the France Loto today, the French established a precedent of great winning odds and impressive jackpots over five centuries ago.
The France Lotto was formed by La Française des Jeux, the official French lottery organization, in 1976. In its first few decades, the France Loto created 7,900 millionares and doled out more than 4.1 billion francs in prizes. Since France adopted the Euro in 2002, the France has catapulted 150 lucky players to multimillionaire status..
The France Loto uses a two-drum system to randomly pick winning numbers for each draw. In order to participate in the France Loto, select 5 numbers in a guess range of 1 through 49. Then, select one additional number, called a “Lucky Number”, between 1 and 10. The Lucky Number is selected by the player from a different guess range and will be selected from a separate drum in the drawing. We always publish the latest and historical lottery results from France Loto, so you can check if you matched the winning numbers!.
In order to win the first prize, a player must match all 5 out of 49 numbers drawn and the additional number, pulled from a pool with a guess range of 1- 10. The France Loto offers a variety of prize categories that range from 5+1 to the match 0+PB prize category, which awards players a cash prize for guessing the additional number alone.
The France Loto’s starting jackpot is €2 million and it has great rollover potential. Each time the jackpot goes untouched, the prize will increase by €1 million in the next drawing. Lucky jackpot winners can collect their tax-free first prize in a cash lump sum. In the event of multiple winners, the jackpot will be divided equally among the participants. All winning entries must be collected within 60 days of the draw date.
To date, the biggest France Loto jackpot won was €24 million on June 6th, 2011. The jackpot’s cap is set at a maximum of 36 rollovers. The France Loto is known for its impressive winning odds, which promise that 1 in 16 players walk away a winner.