- March 13th, 2014
As we kick off 2014 it is time to take stock of this year’s biggest winners and losers in the world of lottery. Although it has been a banner year for international lottery certain lotteries have fared better than others in 2013.
This year’s big winner has to be Europe’s newest lotto, the EuroJackpot, which quickly established itself as the true competition for industry powerhouse EuroMillions. You might not have even heard of the EuroJackpot since it is not available to UK residents apart from through Lottoland , although that is sure to change in 2014. EuroJackpot is a transnational lottery with very similar rules to EuroMillions but with better odds winning and a younger target audience.
In 2013, EuroJackpot grew at an unprecedented rate with 6 new additions including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Croatia. This brings the total number of EuroJackpot countries to 14 in comparison to the 9 EuroMillions countries (including the UK) with the cooperation of 29 different lottery companies. Motivate by the success of 2013, EuroJackpot organizers have plans to grow even further in 2014 with a number of new EU countries already in the pipeline for possible expansion. Of course, the more countries which join means more new players and bigger prizes. Theo Gossner, the chairman of EuroJackpot beamed “Within a year we have succeeded beyond expectations, with the number of participating countries nearly doubling. The result speaks for itself and is a European success story.”
EuroJackpot 2013 by the Numbers
The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to EuroJackpot’s success in 2013:
- There were 22 million EuroJackpot winners.
- Over £400,000,000 in prizes was awarded.
- The biggest jackpot was for over £39,000,000
- There were 102 prizes worth over £80,000 and over 19 million lower tier winners.
EuroJackpot looks to build on its success in 2014 so if you haven’t tried it out it is definitely worth a look in the New Year. Although EuroJackpot is quite similar to EuroMillions your chances of being a winner are significantly better. For example, you have a 1:116,000,000 chance of being the EuroMillions jackpot winner and a 1:517,000 chance of winning a prize worth thousands of pounds. In contrast, you have a 1:59,000,000 chance of being a EuroJackpot jackpot winner and a 1:263,000 shot of being a EuroJackpot winner of a prize in the thousands of pounds.
The Big Lottery Loser – UK National Lottery
In contrast, the biggest lotto loser of the year was definitely the National Lottery which made the monumental miscalculation of doubling their ticket prices when the UK economy is still bot fully recovered. Despite a failed PR campaign and even a free ticket giveaway, National lottery sales slumped across the UK with people following through on their threats to boycott Camelot Group’s products. The National Lottery experienced its first profit loss since its launch in 1994 while alternatives like EuroMillions and the Health Lottery saw their customer base swell from angry National Lottery ex-customers.
2014 will be an interesting year to see if the fallout from the price hike will blow over and the National Lottery can begin to recover or whether lottery players from the UK continue to buy their tickets elsewhere. With plenty of new international lotteries making national headlines organizers at Camelot will have to move quickly to make back the ground which they lost last year.