The French National Lottery game, officially known as Loto, launched in 1976 with draws taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Players are required to select five numbers between 1 and 49 plus a Chance Number between 1 and 10. The ticket holder matching all five numbers and the Chance Number wins the jackpot.
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How to Play
French Loto tickets can be purchased online or in person from an authorised retailer.
Loto jackpots are worth a minimum of €2 million and if there is no Match 5 plus Chance Number winner, the jackpot will roll over to the following draw and increase by €1 million. It is possible for the jackpot to roll over for a maximum of 34 consecutive draws and if there is still no top prize winner, the jackpot prize will roll down and be shared between players in the next winning prize tier.
In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other prize tiers where players can win a prize, one of which is for matching just the Chance Number.
The Loto winning combinations and odds are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize Amount|
|Match 5 + Chance Number||1 in 19,068,840||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1 in 2,118,760||€100,000|
|Match 4 + Chance Number||1 in 86,677||€1,000|
|Match 4||1 in 9,631||€500|
|Match 3 + Chance Number||1 in 2,016||€50|
|Match 3||1 in 224||€20|
|Match 2 + Chance Number||1 in 144||€10|
|Match 2||1 in 16||€5|
|Match Chance Number||1 in 18||€2.20|
French Loto Raffle
The French Loto Raffle is played alongside the main Loto game and offers guaranteed prizes. A unique raffle code is generated for each line of Loto numbers played, and ten winning codes are then selected at random. Each of the ten winners receives €20,000.
Special raffle draws are also held from time to time to create even more winners, with a Christmas raffle in 2017 offering 100 prizes of €20,000.