French Loto – what you need to know and how to play



The origins of lotteries can be traced back centuries when they were introduced to serve as entertainment. The French National Lottery, more commonly known as Loto, was launched in 1976 by the French government.

During 2018, around 50% of the French Loto was made public with the purpose of making it a lot more competitive. The minimum guaranteed jackpot that the French Loto offers for its top winners, those with five numbers and the bonus number, is €2,000,000.

Should no one win the jackpot, the amount is subsequently increased by €1,000,000. This configures a jackpot which can be accumulated for a maximum of 34 draws.


After the 34 draws have been completed, and there is no successor, this accumulated amount will then be divided amongst the categories in the next draw.

The French Loto is currently the most popular draw in France which gains substantial momentum quite quickly as there are three draws per week. Draws are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 20h35 CET.

How to play the French Loto

There are numerous websites that offer players the chance to take part in this lottery. When playing, players must select any five numbers from 1 to 49 along with a Chance number from 1 to 10.


It costs €2.20 per ticket and in order to win the jackpot, the player must have matched all six numbers which are drawn. Players who do not manage to win the jackpot should not be discouraged as there are numerous other prizes that can be one.

From a ticket which costs a mere €2.20, players can be reimbursed with that amount when they match the Chance number and win up to €100,000 should they match all five main numbers.

The jackpot, as previously mentioned, rolls over 34 times with the jackpot rolling down and being distributed amongst other players in the highest winning tier should the jackpot not be won after 34 rolls.


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2nd Draw

The French Loto also offers players with the option of a 2nd draw at an additional cost of €0.80. This provides players with an additional change to win up to €100,000. This is a separate draw and requires players to choose another five numbers between 1 and 49.

Players can use the same numbers which they used for the main Loto draw and should they match all five numbers in the 2nd draw, they win the €100,000 jackpot. It should be noted that the Chance number is not involved where the 2nd draw is concerned.

There are also other prizes which can be won, apart from the main jackpot, when matching two, three, or four numbers.

French Loto Raffle

This is a supplementary game which guarantees ten players in each draw a prize of $20,000. There is a random raffle code which is printed alongside each line which is played on the French Loto. Should players match the codes, they win €20,000.

There are also special draws which are held to produce more raffle winners.


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