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.
How to Play
French Loto tickets can be purchased online or in person from an authorised retailer at a cost of €2.20 per line.
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 winning combinations and you can even win a prize just for matching the Chance number. The majority of the prizes are pari-mutuel so they vary from draw to draw based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners, but there is a fixed prize of €2.20 for matching the Chance number with one or none of the main balls.
The Loto winning combinations and odds are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Percentage of Prize Fund|
|5 plus Chance||1 in 19,068,840||Jackpot|
|5||1 in 2,118,760||8.44%|
|4 plus Chance||1 in 86,677||2.06%|
|4||1 in 9,631||7.43%|
|3 plus Chance||1 in 2,016||4.44%|
|3||1 in 224||15.98%|
|2 plus Chance||1 in 144||12.43%|
|2||1 in 16||49.22%|
|1 plus Chance||1 in 28||€2.20|
|Chance number||1 in 18||€2.20|
The percentage allocated to each prize category is taken after the prize money has been distributed to the jackpot and fixed prize tiers.
2nd Tirage (2nd Loto draw)
Players can also take part in a 2nd Loto draw for an extra €0.80 per line. This is a separate draw which sees five numbers selected between 1 and 49 – the Chance number is not used in the 2nd draw. Ticket holders play with their same numbers from the main game, and win prizes for matching between two and five numbers. The winning combinations, odds and prizes are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|Match 5||1 in 1,906,884||€100,000|
|Match 4||1 in 8,667||Estimated €500|
|Match 3||1 in 201||Estimated €30|
|Match 2||1 in 14||Estimated €3|
The jackpot prize and the Match 2 prize are fixed amounts. The other two prizes are pari-mutuel so the amount varies between draws. The fixed prizes are paid first using money from the prize fund, then of the remaining fund, 28% goes to players in the Match 4 category and 72% is allocated to Match 3.
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.