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EuroMillions vs. Eurojackpot. Which is the better lottery?

Want to start playing the lottery but not sure which game you should play? Here over at EuroMillions Online we've put together a little guide comparing the two most popular prize draws in Europe - the Euromillions and the Eurojackpot.

EuroMillions main participating countries are the United Kingdom, France and Spain while Eurojackpot's big players are Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden. You currently cannot play Eurojackpot if you are a UK resident unless you play online with a lottery provider like Lottoland UK .

EuroMillions costs £2 per line to play while EuroJackpot costs slightly less at 2 Euros a play, although this is more to do with exchange rates (EuroMillions only costs 2 Euros in continental Europe).

Both lotteries have their big draws on a Friday evening although the draws take place an hour apart. EuroMillions also has a jackpot draw on Wednesday nights for a second weekly grand prize and there is rumours that Eurojackot may soon follow suit.

Eurojackpot has a very similar format to the EuroMillions lotto in that with both you select five numbers from a range of 1 - 50, they differ however in the range in which the two special bonus numbers are selected. For the Euromillions the Star Ball must be selected from a pool of balls ranging from 1 - 11 however, the Eurojackpot Euroballs must be selected from a pool of balls ranging from 1 - 8. This affects the odds of the size of prize you may win; for the Euromillions the odds of matching all seven of your numbers is approximately 1 in 117million, for the Eurojackpot the odds of matching all seven numbers is 1 in 59 million.

Don't let this put you off playing the Euromillions though - as with any odds, the lower they are the better chance you have of winning big if you do win! Twice a week the Euromillions guarantees a minimum jackpot prize of £12 million and a maximum of £163,000,000 - the Eurojackpot however only guarantees a minimum of €10 million and a maximum of €90,000,000. This results in more people winning jackpot prizes more frequently in the Eurojackpot than in the Euromillions but of a lower value.

The biggest difference in the two games is the different tiers of prizes to be won. With the Euromillions there are 13 tiers of prizes however you are more likely to scoop a big cash prize by winning the rollover which is capped at €190,000,000 however with the Eurojackpot once the prize money hits the maximum value of €90,000,00 it starts to roll down to the lower 11 tiers. With the Eurojackpot you can win a 2nd or 3rd tier prize and still take home prize fund money in excess of £100,000.

There are currently nine European countries taking part in the Euromillions with a combined population of about 217 million people whereas there are 14 nations currently taking part in Eurojackpot with a total population of around 245.6 million people. However far more people still play EuroMillions than EuroJackpot.

To quickly summarise; if it's a one off big jackpot prize you are after then Euromillions is the game for you - but if you want better odds of winning any numerical prize fund then the Eurojackpot is often has better odds.Play EuroMillions this week for a jackpot of £12 million or Eurojackot at Lottoland for a record-breaking £46 million!

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