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Extra money with the Loto Raffle

One of the interesting things about the French Loto is that it offers several extra’s to win more money, including the so-called ‘Loto Raffle’. It means that you have a unique code on your lottery ticket that makes it possible to win one of 10 prices worth 20.000 euros. The code is made of one letter and eight numbers. So every time you purchase a ticket, it might be possible to win 20.000 euros with the ‘raffle’ option. Besides that, the prize money is tax free. It makes the French Loto even more exciting!

In a lottery you have to beat the odds, because the winning chances for the Jackpot aren’t very high. However, France Loto doesn’t think there is something like ‘bad luck or bad numbers’ because it always has a guaranteed Jackpot at Friday the 13th! The Jackpot is worth at least 13 million euros. So if you win, 13 will be forever your lucky number. Sometimes it takes a while before there’s a Jackpot hit, because the maximum number of rollovers is 34.

France Lotto 2nd Tirage (2nd Draw)

The France Lotto 2nd tirage can also be played alongside the main draw every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. You have to opt in to take part and pay a small extra fee. The 2nd tirage follows a similar format to the main game as five main numbers are randomly selected from 1 to 49, but there is no Chance number.

If your five main numbers match all five winning numbers, you win the top prize of €100,000. You can also win other prizes for matching two numbers upwards. See the table below for the odds of winning.

France Lotto 2nd Tirage Prizes and Odds
Prize Division Numbers Matched Odds Prize
1 5 1 in 1,906,884 €100,000
2 4 1 in 8,667 Estimated €500
3 3 1 in 201 Estimated €30
4 2 1 in 14 €3

FAQ

Find further information about France Lotto, including a draw schedule, in the frequently asked questions below.

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+ When do France Lotto draws take place?

France Lotto draws are held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 20:35 CET. France observes Daylight Saving Time, meaning that the time the draw takes place will change in South Africa at certain points in the year. See the table below for when draws are scheduled to take place throughout the year.

France Lotto Draw Schedule
Start Date End Date Draw Time In France Draw Time In South Africa
Last Sunday in March Last Sunday in October 20:35 CEST 20:35
Last Sunday in October Last Sunday in March 20:35 CET 21:35

+ Is there a guaranteed minimum jackpot?

The minimum guaranteed jackpot is €2 million.

+ Is there a jackpot cap or rollover limit?

The jackpot can only roll over 34 consecutive times before it has to be won. As the jackpot increases by a fixed €1 million per rollover, the maximum France Lotto jackpot is €36 million. If it is not won after 34 consecutive rollovers, the jackpot is rolled down and shared between the lower prize divisions.

+ What was the largest France Lotto jackpot ever won?

The largest ever France Lotto jackpot was €24 million, won by a single ticket holder in June 2011. The winner chose to remain anonymous when collecting their record jackpot.

+ Why did I not receive a France Lotto Raffle code when I purchased my tickets online?

The France Lotto Raffle may be unavailable for certain international players buying tickets online, as it can only be entered by residents of France or by players who participate using a lottery concierge service. See the page for more information about concierge services.

+ What changes were made in November 2019?

The 2nd tirage was introduced ahead of the draw on Monday 4th November 2019 to give players an additional chance to win prizes up to €100,000. The prize structure for the main Lotto game also switched from giving away fixed awards in all divisions to a pari-mutuel system. It was also announced that more special draws would take place in future, where the jackpot is increased to a guaranteed amount such as €10 million or €13 million.

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