The history of Eurojackpot is quite new when compared to all the other lotteries taking place in Europe. In this type of sweepstakes, you stand the chance of winning €90 million. While it is a smaller amount, the chances of going home with the jackpot are higher. You need to spend only €2 to purchase a ticket to participate in this lottery.
Due to the low entry cost, coupled with the higher chances of winning, makes it one of Europe’s most loved sweepstakes.
Going through the history of Eurojackpot
After the success of EuroMillions, several countries realized that they need to establish a new nation-wide lottery. The sweepstakes, which started in 2004, showed operators, that it was possible to offer larger jackpots, by increasing the size of the player pools.
According to the history of Eurojackpot, the first agreement, which allowed the lottery to launch was in June 2011. The documents, signed in Helsinki, paved the way for the sweepstakes to start on 23 March 2012. Slovenia, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, and Estonia were the first European countries to offer EuroMillions to its residents. Due to problems with licensing any lotteries, Italy was only able to sell tickets by 6th April 2012.
The first time a player won the jackpot was on 11 May 2012. The ticketholder from Germany got to go home with €19.5 million.
The eight country to participate, as per the history of EuroMillions was Spain, on 30 June 2012.
History of Eurojackpot – Several millionaires within a short period
On 10 August 2012, the rules of the lotteries allowed the jackpot to roll over a maximum of 12 times before it goes to the second tier and lower. The amount will continue to roll down until a ticketholder matches all the winning numbers. During this day, one player wins €27.5 million, due to multiple rollovers.
The first time a resident of Denmark won the lottery was on 26 October 2012. The player got to go home with a staggering €21.3 million. According to the history of Eurojackpot, the first individual to set the record for the highest jackpot amount was from Finland. The player won €29.5 million, a new high for the lottery.
Countries such as Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Norway, Croatia, and Iceland started offering Eurojackpot tickets to its residents. The organizers of the lottery removed the limit for consecutive rollovers. As a result, the cap for the sweepstakes stayed at €90 million.
The history of Eurojackpot dictates that several individuals became millionaires. On 12 April 2013, a German won €46 million, breaking the previous jackpot record. Italy, Slovenia, and Norway saw its first winners in 2013. On 4th April 2014, another player from Finland broke the record, by winning €57.2 million. In the earlier half of the year, a Croatian won the first jackpot, a first for the country.
Hungary and Czech Republic joined the list of countries to offer Eurojackpot to its residents on 10 October 2014. The first time a ticketholder won €90 million jackpot was on 15 May 2015.
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