France - FDJ Loto Results
Current Jackpot Pool
The France Lotto, FDJ Loto, or LOTO France is administered by the Française des Jeux (FDJ), a government corporation. Roughly translated into English the national lottery operator's name means The French Games. The draw game was first introduced in 1976 and created countless "millionaires" when the country's currency was the Franc. Since adopting the Euro in 2002 the game has created well over a hundred millionaires.
You have to be at least 18 years of age to play the lottery in France and winnings are not taxable. Drawings are held three times each week with the jackpot starting at €2 million. Each time the jackpot goes unwon, another €1 million is added until somebody wins the prize or it reaches the rollover cap of €34 million. The game is played from two separate barrels and players need to match all five numbers plus an additional number. The first drum holds forty-nine numbers (1-49) and the second drum holds ten numbers (1-10). There are ten (10) prize divisions and a supplemental raffle that awards €20,000 prizes to ten lucky players on every draw date. The minimum bet is €2.20 for 1 single LOTO grid + 1 supplemental number (5+1).
How to Play
Purchase tickets prior to the three weekly draws which are held Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings at 20:35 CET. Tickets are available at retailers in-country and on the internet for those living outside of French jurisdictions (country, territories, etc). To win the jackpot you will need to match all six (6) numbers drawn (5+1). Simply select five numbers (1-49) plus an additional 'lucky number' (1-10). It is possible to win with only two numbers. When you play the FDJ Loto, you are automatically entered into the €200,000 raffle. Each line you play has a chance of winning €20,000 along with nine other lucky winners!
How to Win FDJ Loto
Players who match all six numbers (5+1) win or share in the jackpot. Match all five main numbers along with the 'lucky number' to win or share in the jackpot. If more than one ticket has the winning numbers the prize will be shared equally. The prizes for matching five of six (5+0) can be parimutuel so the prize pool increases depending on ticket sales. If the jackpot is not won within 34 rollovers (€36,000,000) new rollovers will feed the lower tier prize pools. Beginning in 2017 the jackpot prize pool also began to feed the Grand Loto de Noel lottery which was modeled after the famous Spanish Christmas lottery, El Gordo.
For every line that you purchase you will also receive a raffle code. The Loto France Raffle is held after every drawing and pays ten lucky winners, whose raffle codes match the drawn raffle numbers, €20,000 each in non-taxable winnings.
The odds of matching all six numbers (5+1) are 1 in 19,068,840. This will award the jackpot.
The odds of matching five numbers (5+0) are 1 in 2,118,760 The prize is variable.
Matching four main numbers plus the lucky number (4+1) will happen once for every 88,677 tickets sold on average (1:88,677) and awards €1,000.
Matching four main numbers (4+0) will pay €500. The odds are 1 in 9,631.
Match three plus the lucky number (3+1) to win €50 at odds of 1 in 2,016.
Matching three main numbers (3+0) pays €20 at 1:224 odds.
Match two plus the lucky number (2+1) to win €5 at 1:144 odds.
Matching two main numbers (2+0) pays €5 at 1:16 odds
Match one plus the lucky number (1+1) to win €2.20 at 1:16 odds.
You can also match just the lucky number to win €2.20 and have a one in ten chance of winning.
The overall odds of winning any prize in the French National Lottery are about 1 in 6 (1:5.99).
Where Can I Learn More about the FDJ Loto?
Please visit Française des Jeux to learn more about this lottery that one man in Montpellier won twice - once in 1996 and again in 2011.