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Learn more about the FDJ Group

Stéphane Pallez,
Chairwoman and CEO

"We believe that everyone has the right to get lucky. Trying one’s luck is a positive act, an open door to a new destiny or, simply, a fun way of making the daily routine more enjoyable."

FDJ in a few words

FDJ is the long-standing and sole lottery operator in France, #2 in Europe and #4 worldwide*. It is also France’s leading force in sports betting**. The French gaming market represents roughly €10 billion***. With its iconic brands (Loto®, EuroMillions, Cash, Amigo, Mission Patrimoine, Banco, Astro, Parions Sport, etc.), FDJ ranks as the national champion, with market share above 50%****. FDJ has 25 million players, or about one in two French people aged over 18, to whom it offers more than 85 easy-to-play, fun and 100% responsible games refreshed tirelessly. 


More than 95% of FDJ’s activity is operated under exclusive rights (lotteries on the one hand and sports betting in points of sale on the other). These rights were recently confirmed for 25 years by the Pacte law. 


The Group also operates activities open to competition, mainly online sports betting. And it is developing three adjacent activities: services for foreign lottery or sports betting operators through its subsidiary FDJ Gaming Solutions, point-of-sale payment and services (e.g. collection of taxes and recovery of fines starting in summer 2020) and entertainment (e.g. video game competitions).


In 2019, FDJ successfully completed its IPO. The Group’s aim is to consolidate its position as the leading gaming operator in France and to become a leading force in the international gaming and services sector.


[*] In terms of gross gaming revenue (difference between player stakes and the sums returned or owing to winners). Source: FDJ, H2GC and reports by other gaming operators and supervisory authorities

[**] In terms of gross gaming revenue, combining the sports betting market in points of sale and the online sports betting market. Sources: FDJ, ARJEL

[***] In terms of gross gaming revenue (difference between player stakes and the sums returned or owing to winners). Source: FDJ, H2GC and reports by other gaming operators and supervisory authorities

[****] In terms of gross gaming revenue (difference between player stakes and the sums returned or owing to winners). Source: FDJ, H2GC and reports by other gaming operators and supervisory authorities

#1

lottery operator, a leading player in sports betting and the leading local network in France

3.5

billion euros returned to the community to support projects benefiting everyone.

5%

average annual growth in stakes over the last 25 years. Stakes totalled 15.8 billion euros in 2018

The Group's organisation

Our governance

Our organisation, our governance, the men and women who make up FDJ: all there is to know about the Group!

Our subsidiairies

FDJ also has some ten subsidiaries in fields related to our business, such as software development or the distribution of technical equipment.

Our local network

With more than 30,000 points of sale, FDJ® is present in France's largest local network, creating and developing its commercial presence whilst energising the local economic fabric; to this end, FDJ® depends on its sales force, FDJ Réseau.

Our 2020-2025 strategy:
continued growth momentum

With its new 2020-2025 strategic plan, FDJ aims to: 


- Pursue momentum in lotteries

- Speed up growth in sports betting 

- Develop growth drivers in adjacent activities (e.g. export of its expertise internationally, development of new services in points of sale)

Our History

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A lottery for the community

Following an initial attempt to introduce a lottery in the 16th century, in 1933 the French government created the National Lottery, inspired by the charity lottery for war veterans with facial injuries, set up following World War I to provide help for disfigured veterans. The first winner was Paul Bonhoure, a barber from Tarascon in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, who pocketed 5 million French francs at the first draw on 7 November 1933.

 

Profits from the National Lottery were paid out to former soldiers and to the victims of farming disasters, which were particularly devastating at that time as the economy was essentially based on rural activities.

 

From 1935 onwards, the National Lottery's distribution network further developed when lottery tickets were split into "tenths", making ticket prices more affordable and increasing the game's popularity. So much so that in 1948, the jackpot reached more than 10 million French francs!

Playing for pleasure

1958, the National Lottery celebrated its 25th birthday! The special 25th birthday draw offered a jackpot of 150 million French francs. The draw took place on Friday 7 November, at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.

 

In the 60s, the lottery enjoyed a second wind with the creation of the weekly draw and other "special draws" to mark certain occasions, such as Friday 13th, Saint Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and the Easter and Christmas holidays.

 

By then, almost one adult out of two was a National Lottery customer thanks to a great sales network criss-crossing the country.

LOTO is created

The National Lottery's little brother, LOTO® appeared for the first time in the mid-1970s. The first draw took place at the Empire Theatre in Paris, on 19 May 1976. In the beginning it was somewhat disappointing: only 73,680 ticket slips were recorded, for a total of 50,600 French francs. Poorly advertised and with points of sale restricted to the Paris region, in its early days LOTO® was not a crowd-pleaser. But that was soon to change

 

Ticket sales were rolled out throughout France and the amount of player stakes went up and up. By the time of its first birthday, in May 1977, it was selling a record-breaking 7 million tickets per week! Since then, LOTO® has been considered a social phenomenon.

 

In light of this growing success, in 1979 the French State created the SLNLN (Société de la Loterie Nationale et du Loto National), and held 51% of the company's equity. Remaining faithful to its origins, its gaming model was based on the redistribution of player stakes to serve the public interest.

Modernity

Tac O Tac was launched in 1983. This was the first mixed-format lottery consisting of a draw and an instant-reveal scratch card add-on. It was an immediate success. This was followed in 1985 by Loto sportif multisports, the first betting odds game in France.

 

In 1989, SLNLN became France Loto. The French government's holding increased from 51% to 72%, the remainder being shared among issuers, employees and brokers. This was also the year that the first scratch card game was launched, "Cash 100,000 Francs".

Farewell National Lottery - hello scratch cards!

The 1990s marked the rise of the instant lottery. In 1991, France Loto became La Française des Jeux and French people were introduced to, among others, the game known as "Millionnaire", the first scratch card broadcast on television. Then, in 1992, Loto Flash appeared on the scene. The concept? The computer terminal allocates a combination of random numbers to the player. The TV draw also received a makeover: the female announcer disappeared and was replaced by a voice-over describing the draw against a simple backdrop, a black background with white smoke and the famous two-tone balls.

 

At the beginning of the 1990s, La Française des Jeux created its Corporate Foundation, which has spent 25 years working in sports sponsorship. In 2017, the Foundation charted a new course for itself: equal opportunities, through gaming, in education and inclusion.

Innovation hand-in-hand with digital and international development

The beginning of the 2000s was a digital turning point for La Française des Jeux, with the creation of fdjeux.com offering a range of exclusive games. The French took their first steps in the world of online gaming. The offering was extended in 2003 with LOTO® and scratch card games. The following year, La Française des Jeux created EuroMillions, in partnership with eight other European countries. In 2009, the FDJ® brand emerged and has since established itself as a permanent feature in the day-to-day life of French people.

An innovation strategy and a fresh societal challenge

2010 saw the opening to competition and regulation of the online betting and gaming sector, which spans sports betting, horse racing and poker games. After the launch of Cote & Match, the first odds-based betting game launched in 2003, sports betting innovated with ParionsSport and the ParionsWeb website. In 2015, FDJ® launched its FDJ2020 strategic plan aimed at supporting the company’s digitisation, from products to services via the network, heralding a transition into the digital era. 

 

In 2018, FDJ extended its general interest redistribution model by supporting a new major national cause: the restoration of France’s endangered heritage, with the creation of the “Mission Patrimoine” games.

 

On 21 November 2019, as part of its privatisation, La Française des Jeux (FDJ), the largest player in the French gaming industry, announced the great success of its IPO on the regulated market of Euronext Paris.

Our "Origins"

Since 1933 and the creation of the National Lottery, up until today, FDJ has always contributed to the French society, with a large part of player stakes being redistributed. This is the story told by our "Origins" film.

"Origins", our corporate movie directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, tells the story of FDJ's origins through two different time periods. The film follows Albert and Bienaimé in Paris in the 1930s, as well as a young couple in 2019. The former are imagining what the French National Lottery might look like, while the latter are realizing it has lasted more than 85 years.

Our commitments

Because play should be, beyond everything else, recreational, we are committed to promoting moderate habits.

We ensure that the risks associated with our activities are reduced as far as possible, in order to lead by example and boost confidence in our gaming model.

The company cares about the quality of life at work. We put attentiveness, listening, respect and care at the heart of our HR policy.

Solidarity is not an empty word for FDJ; indeed it is the foundation on which we were built. It is a fundamental element in several projects.

Making play accessible to as many people as possible is something that is particularly close to our hearts. We are committed to having dynamic regions and are actively involved in keeping local shops open.

We are committed to an ambitious approach to reducing our carbon impact and contributing to the energy transition.

Player stakes redistributed
to contribute to projects useful for all

Heritage

In 2018 we launched "MISSION PATRIMOINE" (the "Heritage Mission"), which contributes a portion of player stakes to the "Heritage in Peril" fund, which is safeguarding and renovating 269 projects, throughout France.

Sport

For more than 30 years, we have been committed to supporting French sport to provide opportunities for athletes of all ages and backgrounds.

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