lottery in french

French Loto

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.

Latest Results

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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.

The French National Lottery game, officially known as Loto, takes place every Monday Wednesday and Saturday. Jackpots start at a minimum of €2 million!

What is the official French Lottery web site called?

Hi, I usually play the euromillions in the UK but it’s not allowed whilst you are living in France. So does anyone know the official online way of playing the euromillions in France? There are lot’s of other websites who act as agents but I just don’t trust them. Cheers


You can buy tickets for Euromillions or the French lottery from most Tabacs/Presse

Thanks for the replies. I would prefer to play online via the French website.

I used to log into my PC in the UK from here but can you imagine if (and this is a huge if) you won the jackpot and the team of lottery inspectors decided to investigate your claim, which they do anyway. And then they decide you were not in the UK when you played the game. and you can’t prove you were in the UK because you were in France! Claim void!

So surely it’s simply a case of playing by the rules and use the French site?

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