The Eurojackpot was cracked for the first time after a rule change – on the 14th attempt. For Germany, the distribution of 110 million euros means a record profit.

A lottery player from North Rhine-Westphalia has won the €110 million jackpot and thus secured a record win.

With the winning numbers 4 – 22 – 28 – 32 – 47 and the two Euro numbers 1 and 2, a player was correct for the first time after 13 draws without a main prize, as Westlotto announced after the draw in Helsinki.

Three other tipsters or syndicates from Germany can look forward to more than 674,000 in the second prize category, the sum goes twice to Baden-Württemberg and once to Hamburg.

Second draw day introduced

The 18 participating countries had changed the rules for the tenth anniversary of the European lottery at the end of March 2022. On the one hand, in addition to Friday, a second drawing day was introduced on Tuesday, on the other hand, the upper limit was raised from 90 to 120 million euros. The record win has now become possible, while in recent years several lottery players have only been able to break the record of 90 million euros.

So far, the record profit of 90 million euros in Germany has been held by tipsters from Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia (2). The very first 90 million jackpot was won on May 15, 2015 by a player from the Czech Republic.

The high sum of the jackpot builds up when no player crosses the drawn numbers 5 out of 50 and the Euronumbers (additional numbers) 2 out of 12 correctly. The undistributed money from the first prize category then goes into the jackpot for the next draw. The now completed jackpot phase was the 100th in the history of the lottery.

The draw is in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. The lottery with 18 participating countries and 33 state lottery companies is coordinated by Westlotto in Münster. At the start in 2012, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands were also there alongside Germany. Later Spain, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland joined.

Discretion required

What the winners do with the mega prize is only made public in the rarest of cases – especially since the consultants of the lottery companies advise extreme discretion. In 2013, a Norwegian hit the jackpot and won 13.5 million euros. He fulfills a dream and invests part of his profits in the Norwegian first division football club Odd Grenland.

The longest jackpot phase so far was from March 30th to July 6th, 2018: In 14 consecutive draws, there was no lucky winner in the top prize category. Then two players placed all the crosses correctly. 45 million euros each went to Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt.

The probability of winning the Eurojackpot is 1 in 140 million.