In the seven years since the Eurojackpot was launched, there have already been many big and small Eurojackpot winners. Some of them have managed to crack the big jackpot, others have even hit the Eurojackpot maximum jackpot of 90 million euros - a huge amount of money in one go. In this article we would like to tell some of the stories behind these Eurojackpot wins. Who are the lucky ones, how much were their winnings and: What were their winning numbers?
Every number lottery has its first big day. For the Eurojackpot, this was without question the day the first jackpot was cracked. This was won on May 11, 2012. The winner was a lottery syndicate from the Ruhr region. In total, there were a proud 262,283 happy winners across all ranks in the draw. The first winning numbers with winners were 15, 21, 38, 39, 47 and 1, 5. This combination was worth a total of exactly 19,536,863 euros and 80 cents. The syndicate wished to remain anonymous with their Eurojackpot winnings.
It was only a matter of time before the magic limit of 90 million euros would be reached. In the early days of the Eurojackpot, there was actually no maximum limit for the jackpot at all; instead, there was a maximum time of 12 draws by which the jackpot had to be paid out. This limit already fell at the beginning of 2013, but the first winner of 90 million had to wait until May 15, 2015. An individual from the Czech Republic managed the inconceivable at that time and cracked the first maximum jackpot at Eurojackpot with the numbers 12, 14, 18, 38, 46, and 8, 10. At the same time, there was so much money in the Eurojackpot that weekend that even the three players with only one correct Euro number collected 7,645,519 euros and 60 cents each. That's only about 2.3 million euros less than a real minimum jackpot, which is 10 million euros.
The Eurojackpot writes great stories every week. It's difficult to say which one is the best of all. However, one story in particular has stuck in our minds, and it's a very special one, especially since no Eurojackpot ticket was involved at all. In early June 2018, a Berlin cleaner won the €90 million jackpot of a lottery provider that offered a secondary lottery on the Eurojackpot. Without touching the Eurojackpot jackpot (also 90 million euros at the time), the lady in question won the same amount because she was spot on with her prediction on the outcome of the lottery. The probability of this was only 1 in 95 million. After quitting her job, the winner said, she wanted to travel around the USA with her mother in a motor home. She did not want to give any further details about what would happen with the remaining millions. But who knows for sure at a time like this?