The latest France Lotto results from the Française des Jeux in France are out, following the draw on Wednesday 18 May 2022. As such, the France Lotto results* on Wednesday 18 May 2022 are as follows:
Loto Draw : 14, 22, 23, 36, 45 Bonus Ball : 7
Plus Draw : 3, 6, 19, 27, 45
France Lotto Results
+ 10 winning codes at € 20,000 **
*Do note that we endeavor to publish the France Lotto results as soon as they are released, which is usually at 21:40 South African time, or shortly thereafter.
The La Française des Jeux indicated that the jackpot stands at €2 million, which is approximately R35.3 million.
Current Draw and Jackpot History
The last time the France Lotto produced one jackpot winner was on 15 March 2021. The lucky winner walked away with an amount of €15 million (approximately R265.1 million).
About the French Lotto
The lottery business in France goes back to the middle ages. The first attempt to introduce a lottery was by King Francis I in 1505. They were then banned for over 2 centuries, only to reappear in the 17th century as both publicly-run and private ones.
Lotteries became one of the most important resource generators for religious orders, helping finance the construction of close to 15 churches in Paris.
Famously, the military academy that Napoleon Bonaparte attended was built using lottery money. At the time of the French Revolution, lottery revenue accounted for up to 7% of government revenue.
France Lotto Rules
France Lotto has a double matrix. Players need to choose 5 numbers in the range from 1 to 49 and 1 number in the range from 1 to 10. To win the jackpot for the respective drawing, players should match all 6 of the numbers.
Apart from having a jackpot, France Lotto features 9 additional prize tiers. The odds of winning any prize are fairly good, making the game extremely popular.
In the past, France Lotto rules stated that only French residents could participate. Today, things are a bit different. France Lotto is open to international players, giving people from all parts of the world an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful jackpots and additional prizes. The process of ticket buying has been simplified after the appearance of online lottery agency platforms.
The Odds of Winning France Lotto
The odds of winning the France Lotto jackpot are 1 in 19,068,840. Why is the number so impressive? Well, the lottery features a 5+1 format that makes the task of hitting the jackpot a little bit more challenging than what other lotteries have to offer.
There are 6 prize tiers, each one with its specific odds. Getting 5 correct numbers comes with odds of 1 in 2,118,760 and having 4 correct numbers features odds of 1 in 9,631 per drawing. The overall odds of winning any France Lotto prize are 1 in 5.99. Needless to say, this is impressive. It means that roughly 1 in 5 tickets will win something.
France Lotto Prize Breakdown
As you can see in the table below, France Lotto has 6 prize tiers. Winnings are tax-free and given in one cash lump sum. France Lotto has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of 1 million euros. As already mentioned in prior sections of the review, the sum will roll over towards the upcoming drawing if there are no winners. The jackpot will roll over a maximum of 34 times. If there are no winners during the 34th drawing, the prize money will roll down.
The biggest France Lotto jackpot ever was won in May 2006. There were 2 winning tickets that split the mesmerizing sum of 30 million euros. The second biggest jackpot was won in June 2011. There was one winning ticket that made its owner 24 million euros richer.
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