Record-high jackpots on offer in Lotto and Eurojackpot lotteries this week
Finns are likely to be queueing up to put in a lottery coupon this week - or they would be were it not for the fact that much of the Lotto and other gaming business is these days conducted online.
The reason is that this week, record sums of money will be up for grabs through the games run by the national betting agency Veikkaus.
On Sunday, a record EUR 11.5 million rollover jackpot will be on offer in Finland’s weekly national lottery, Lotto.
In Friday’s Eurojackpot lottery draw the mega-jackpot will be no less than EUR 26 million, also an all-time high. The sum is more than twice as high as the largest-ever jackpot in the Finnish Lotto.
Thus far, the rollover jackpot record in Lotto has been EUR 11.3 million.
This sum was divided between two lucky winners in July, who correctly divined the seven numbers (from 39) to come out of the spinning drum.
Things are further ramped up this week in the Eurojackpot department by the fact that regardless of whether there is a an outright winner, the EUR 26 million will still be distributed to those in the next-highest category.
This is because there has not been an outright winner or winners (with five correct numbers from 50 and two lucky numbers) for 12 straight weeks.
Hence someone could walk away with the entire sum without actually hitting the jackpot.
The transnational Eurojackpot, launched earlier this year, is played in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Estonia, Spain, and The Netherlands in addition to Finland.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Eurojackpot will up the ante for lottery enthusiasts from next week (15.3.2012)