Loto is France’s national lottery game, with tickets costing €2.20.
Loto draws take place three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:35 local time.
To enter Loto, choose five numbers between 1 and 49, plus an additional number called the Chance Number between 1 and 10. Players can select the Flash option to play with randomly generated numbers, with all Loto tickets automatically entered into a raffle that produces 10 €20,000 winners during each draw.
For an extra €0.80, the “2nd Edition” option can be activated. This enters the five main numbers into a second draw with a jackpot of €100,000.
Also, two Joker+ games take place after each draw, costing an extra €1.00 or €2.00 to enter. The €500,000 jackpot is won by matching seven randomly generated numbers in the order they are drawn, with smaller prizes paid out for matching shorter sequences.
Loto has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €2 million.
Loto has no jackpot cap but does have a rollover cap of 34 draws. Each time the jackpot rolls over, it increases by €1 million, with the maximum possible jackpot potentially reaching €36 million. The jackpot has never grown this large but would roll down to the next prize tier if it did.
The biggest ever Loto wins are:
- €24 million on June 6, 2011.
- €23 million on May 19, 2014.
- €23 million on July 13, 2013.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Loto jackpot are 1 in 19,068,840.
Players can win at nine prize tiers, plus the chance to win a €20,000 raffle prize.
The odds of winning a Loto prize or €20,000 raffle prize are 1 in 6.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||5, plus Bonus Ball||1 in 19,068,840||0.000005|
|2||5||1 in 2,118,760||0.00005|
|3||4, plus Bonus Ball||1 in 88,677||0.001|
|4||4||1 in 9,631||0.01|
|5||3, plus Bonus Ball||1 in 2,016||0.05|
|6||3||1 in 224||0.45|
|7||2, plus Bonus Ball||1 in 144||0.69|
|8||2||1 in 16||6.25|
|9||Bonus Ball||1 in 18||5.56|
Payout and Taxes
Lottery winnings are not subject to taxation in France, with prizes only being paid out as lump sums.
Players from abroad should check local tax laws to find out if lottery winnings must be declared.
Who Can Play Loto?
Loto tickets are on sale at authorized lottery retailers in France or via the official website.
Players from abroad can enter via the official website or via Lottery Agent websites.
History of Loto
Loto was launched in 1976 and is one of the world’s longest-running lotteries.