France Loto Review
France has a long history of lotteries with the first established in 1754 called the Orphans Lottery (Loterie des Enfants Trouvés). France Loto is not that old but it has a solid tradition of good jackpots with regular payouts. It’s a rollover lottery with pretty good odds. It took a bit of trial and error to get into their French language site and I was initially daunted by the language challenge. But after getting out my old school dictionary and using a bit of patience, I was able to dig into who France Loto is. Here’s what I found out.
What Makes France Loto Different?
France Loto is played 3 time a week (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday). It is a straightforward lottery where players pick 5 numbers from 1 to 49 and 1 lucky number from 1 to 10. There is a guaranteed minimum jackpot of €2.6 million for each draw which grows by €1 million each time it is not won. There are 7 tiers of prizes right down to 2 regular balls or 1 lucky ball can win. Keep in mind, the advertised jackpot all goes to the winner. This isn’t a pool that is divided up into all prize categories like some other lotteries.
Who Can Play France Loto?
To win and technically to play, players must be 16 years or older. Jackpots and other prizes are tax free and awarded in a lump sum. Depending on where you are playing from, you might have tax implications there.
The Odds of Winning France Loto
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France Loto Plus
France Loto allows for multiple option play (Jeu Multiple) which allows a player to choose 7, 8, 9 or 10 numbers. This generates multiple combinations respectively 7, 28, 84 or 210 entries and does cost an additional amount for each ticket line.
Who Is France Loto?
France Loto is 72% owned by the French government. It supervises all lottery games and sports betting in France and their overseas departments, including Saint-Pierre-et Miquelon, French Polynesia and the Principality of Monaco. Money from France Loto is used to support sports and sports related charities, including the research of sports injuries in France through Fondation d’Entreprise La Française des Jeux.
In 2005, France contributed €2.3 billion to public finances for sports and social issues. The French cycling team called FDJ is named after their sponsor – Française des Jeux – or France Lotto. It is also interesting to note that in 2009, it paid out €484 million commission to retailers which indirectly stimulates the economy.
Multimillionaires Abound – Maybe at France Loto
I did like the one site that talked about the amount of multimillionaires France Loto had made since it started – 7,900 players. Ah, but this was under the old original currency system of francs with an exchange rate of €1 equaling FRF 6.5. They did qualify this by saying that more than 150 players had become multimillionaires since 2002 when the Euro officially became the currency.
Where Can I Play France Loto?
Lottery tickets for France Loto can be purchased through bars, restaurants, corner stores and gas stations in France. It can also be played through online lottery concierge services that charge a variety of different processing fees and/or percentage of winnings. If you are going to play France Lotto online, make sure you chose a lottery concierge that you trust and that includes reading the small print. It would be a real heart breaker if you won a big jackpot and then either weren’t able to collect your winnings and/or they took a big chunk of it.
Customer Service – A La Français
France Loto’s home site does offer a variety of ways to contact them, including telephone, email and snail mail. There is no live chat which was a bit of a blessing for me as I was already stretching my French language capabilities. I’ll stick to the online lottery concierge services in English to sort out my tickets.
The Bottom Line at France Loto
This is a straight forward lottery game that is played three days a week with good consist jackpots. There is a good potential for large rollovers with significant increases in their jackpots. It is government run and controlled so players can be confident in receiving their winnings.
Official Government Lottery
Three Days a Week
Check the Terms of Your Online Lottery Concierge
Find an English Site!
France Loto claims the odds of winning their smallest prize are 1 in 16 which might not be a lot of money, but you will be able to say “I’m a Winner”. Looking at some of the jackpots that have been won, they do build fast.
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