Even with the popularity of European lotteries such as the EuroMillions, Viking Lotto, Eurojackpot, the Spanish La Primitiva Lottery and the Italian SuperEnaLotto among others, the French National Lottery (“France Lotto”) has still succeeded in maintaining its grounds in France and in the world as a whole. This can be seen in the number of French people who still play the lottery which currently stands at about 15 million weekly local French players.
French National Lottery – Loto Francaise
The French national lottery also known as Loto Francaise is France’s flagship lottery which was launched in 1976 by the Francaise de Jeux Groupe – whose majority shareholder is the French government. The French Loto like most lottery games follows a traditional draw style which uses a 5/49 plus 1/10 double matrix. This means that during each draw, five balls from a pool containing 49 balls numbered from 1 to 49 are first drawn, then, an additional ball known as the “Lucky Number” is drawn from a second pool which contains 10 balls numbered from 1 to 10.
How to Play the France Lotto
As has been said above, the France Lotto game uses a traditional 5/49 + 1/10 matrix. To participate, therefore, in the lottery game, a player has to first select 5 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 49, and an additional number known as the “Lucky Number” from a second pool which consists of numbers from 1 and 10. Because the French Loto is an international lottery game, it can be played by French and non-French residents alike via anyone of the many online lottery service providers such as Lottosend.
Choose Numbers Manually or With Quick Pick
Players can choose their numbers manually or via the Quick Pick where the player allows the system to automatically generate and pick random numbers for him/her. The tickets for the French National Lottery can be purchased from an authorized retailer or online via any trusted online lottery service providers. Each lottery ticket costs €2.20 but could increase depending on the number of plays
The French Loto Raffle
This is a supplementary game to the French Loto which offers guaranteed prizes and is played alongside the French Loto. To participate in the French Loto Raffle, you must first purchase a ticket for the French Loto. Once the ticket has been purchased, a raffle code is automatically generated for each line of Loto numbers played on the ticket. During the raffle draw, up to ten winning codes are randomly selected. To win the raffle, the raffle code on your ticket must match any of the ten raffle codes selected during the raffle draw. There are ten winners each of whom receives a prize of €20,000. There are also special draws which are held sometimes during special events such as Christmas. During these events, as many as 100 players can win the guaranteed prize of €20,000.
Playing France Lotto Online
This lottery game can be played via any trusted online lottery service providers. When playing online, there are a lot of options of play to choose from which help to enhance your odds and your chances of winning. Players can choose the Random or Quick Pick which allows the system to automatically generate and randomly pick numbers. Players can also use the Subscription feature which makes sure that players never miss to participate in a lottery draw. Players can also play using the System Bets option. Here, the player has the possibility of choosing more than the required 5 numbers. This option allows you to select the numbers and use them in multiple combinations in an attempt to increase your chances of winning.
France Lotto Draw, Rules, Winnings and Prizes
The draws for the France Lotto game are held three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8:35 PM (Central European Time). During the draw, five balls are selected from a pool containing numbers from 1 to 49 and an additional number known as the Lucky Number are selected from the second pool of numbers from 1 to 10. The jackpot amount is won when a player successfully matches the five main balls drawn including the lucky number.
The jackpot amount for the French Loto stands at a guaranteed minimum amount of €2 million but it usually rises well above €5 million. If no one matches all the balls to win the jackpot, the jackpot amount is rolled over and €1 million is added to the next draw’s jackpot. These rollovers can sometimes cause the jackpot amount to rise to about €10 million.
Tickets are sold until an hour or two before the draws begin at 8:30 PM CET.
The odds of winning the jackpot for the French Loto stands at 1 in 19 million.
Apart from the jackpot, nine other prizes exist. If a player successfully matches the five numbers, he/she wins the second prize which stands at €100,000. The odds of winning the second prize stand at 1 in 2,118,760. There are also prizes for those players who match two to four numbers in addition to the bonus number. The prize amount increases as the amount of numbers matched increase. For example, the prize of matching four numbers is €1,000 with an odd of 1 in 88,677 while the odd of matching just the Lucky number stands at 1 in 18 with an estimated prize amount of €2.20.
The jackpot for this lottery game is currently capped at €36 million and the lottery can be rolled over 34 time maximum without it being won. If after all the 34 rollovers, the jackpot isn’t still won, the amount is rolled down to the winners of the next highest prize division. However, the likelihood of the jackpot rolling over 34 times is extremely slim.
Prizes including the jackpot are given out as tax-free cash lump sums. This holds true, however, for French nationals and residents. Residents of other countries need to consult their tax laws and advisers to know more about the taxing of income from lotteries in their own location.
With three draws a week and a €1 million amount added to the jackpot each time it is rolled over; the French Lotto gives players three chances to become millionaires.