The French Lotto is drawn 3 times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
The latest draw was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, and these were the winning numbers.
9 16 19 35 43 Bonus Ball: 4
Previous winning numbers: 2 12 15 22 32 Bonus Ball: 8
The prize money for the French Lotto stood at €12 million.
The next draw is scheduled to take place at 21:00 Paris time, on Saturday April 10, 2021. (South African time is same as France, therefore the time will still be 21:00)
How To Play The French Lotto
The French Lotto is in the format of 5 from 49 numbers, with a bonus number from 1 to 10.
In short, a player picks 5 numbers from a range of 1 to 49, then picks a bonus number from the range of 1 to 10.
It costs €2.70 for a single line, and €5.40 for a line with the DoubleJackpot feature.
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.
The modern French Lottery originated in 1936 under the name Lotto. It was founded by the socialists who desperately needed to raise state revenue.
Since then, it has remained a state owned entity, operated by the Française des Jeux (FDJ). In English, that simply means the French Company of Games.