A look at the main prize wins in the French Lotto from the middle of 2020 to a similar period this year epitomises the peaks troughs associated with jackpot victories.
Occasionally, around the world, main jackpots are won in quick succession. For the most part, though, several intervals and rollovers are needed, week in and week out, before the biggest prize is won.
A look at this graph, documenting the French Lotto jackpot wins from 22 July to 2020 to 21 July 2021 reveals more.
The jackpot was it its highest in late 2020, nearing the equivalent of R350 million. It needed 15-plus rollovers to get to that point.
Earlier that year, in fact just two months before, just over a dozen rollovers saw the main prize all but touch R300 million. Prior to that, in the second half of the same year, there were all of three main prizes between R150 million and R200 million won in the space of four months.
The first half of 2021 has been just as generous to its main prize winners in the French Lotto. There have been four wins between R200 million and R300 million. The opening six to seven months of the year have also produced several jackpot wins in the range of R100 million to R150 million. There have been far more of these in 2021 than in 2020.
When it comes to which numbers are working in the French Lotto, those who enter might be interested to know which ones seem to be blowing hot and cold.
41 has been drawn the most in the history of the French Lotto – more than 140 times, in fact. 39 has been drawn the least – just 99 times. 13, 29 and 44 also feature among the so-called hot numbers. 8, 11 and 12 are dotted among the so-called cold numbers. All these numbers are based on statistical frequency – and there is no guarantee they will win on any occasion.
And in terms of how French Lotto numbers are picked, people who enter the draw rely on numerous means for their manual selections, if they don’t go for the quick pick option.
One approach is to use significant dates such as anniversaries or birthdates. A combination of days, months and years have been utilised by many.
Others prefer to look into their horoscopes and numerology options. Different strokes for different folks, indeed.
People also like to decipher what happened in their dreams for clues about what numbers might work. It’s all guesswork in the end, mind you, but for some it gives them an air of confidence about the digits they are selecting.
South Africans, for an extended period, have enjoyed their French connection. From the days of French rugby stars such as Thierry Lacroix or Olivier Roumat playing for Natal in provincial rugby to the amount of French Kisses consumed as desserts and wine of France origin drunk around Gauteng and Western Cape restaurants, SA’s appreciation of all things French and France is evident. Entering the French Lotto is another extension of this.