EuroMillions was the first pan-European lottery when it was launched in 2004 and, with nine countries participating, remains the most widely played lottery game in Europe. EuroMillions draws are held in Paris on Tuesday and Friday evenings and have a minimum jackpot of 15 million (approximately £12 million) although the jackpot has reached 190 million (approximately £150 million) following a significant run of roll overs.
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The EuroMillions winning numbers are drawn from two separate ball pools which require players to choose a total of seven numbers. Players initially select five main numbers from a ball pool between 1 and 50 and then two additional numbers, known as Lucky Stars, from a ball pool between 1 and 11. As these ball pools are separate, players can choose Lucky Star numbers which also appear in their main number selection. For players who want to leave their number selection entirely to chance, the Lucky Dip' facility will generate a completely random selection of numbers.
A player who matches all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars will win the EuroMillions jackpot. If more than one player matches the winning combination then the jackpot will be shared equally between all jackpot winning tickets. In addition to the jackpot, there are a further 12 prize tiers with prizes available for matching just two main numbers. In the event that no players are able to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars, the jackpot will keep rolling over to the next draw until it is won or reaches the jackpot cap of 190 million. Once the cap has been reached, the jackpot will stay at this level for a maximum of two draws and, if it still hasn't been won after the second draw, the funds will roll down and be shared among the players in the next winning tier.
EuroMillions prizes are awarded to players who match as few as two main numbers. The prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis and are therefore dependent upon ticket sales for that draw and the number of winners in a particular tier. The only prize which is not calculated on a pari-mutuel basis is the minimum jackpot value of 15 million which occurs when the jackpot in the previous draw was won. The odds of winning any prize at all are 1 in 13.
The table below shows the 13 prize categories, their estimated prize value and the odds of winning:
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Estimated Prize Value|
|Jackpot – Match 5 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 116,531,800||Jackpot|
|Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 6,473,989||£211,823.60|
|Match 5||1 in 3,236,995||£35,303.90|
|Match 4 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 517,920||£2,824.30|
|Match 4 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 28,774||£137.20|
|Match 4||1 in 14,387||£68.60|
|Match 3 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 11,771||£40.10|
|Match 2 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 654||£12.80|
|Match 3 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 822||£9.80|
|Match 3||1 in 327||£8.20|
|Match 1 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 157||£6.90|
|Match 2 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 46||£5.40|
|Match 2||1 in 23||£2.70|
The additional UK Millionaire Maker sees one UK player scoop a £1 million prize in every draw. To find out more information visit the Millionaire Maker page.
Buy Tickets Online
Buying your EuroMillions tickets online has a number of advantages. The online system stores your ticket securely so that any possibility of the ticket being lost, stolen or damaged is completely eliminated. Your numbers are automatically checked after the draw and an email is sent if your numbers matched a winning combination. Not only does this facility offer the convenience of not having to remember to check your ticket, it also ensures that any prize you win is automatically claimed.
Claiming a Prize
EuroMillions prizes are valid from anywhere between 60 days and three years after the draw takes place, depending on the rules of the country where the ticket was purchased. In the UK, players have 180 days to claim a prize so don't throw away tickets without first checking the results from the relevant draw. To make sure that you don't miss out on any prizes you are due, remember to check your tickets and the draw results as soon as possible! Players who have purchased their tickets online will automatically receive a notification if their ticket matches a winning combination.
If you've played EuroMillions online, the way in which you claim a prize will be different to that for paper tickets. The value of your win will also affect the way in which you make a claim. You can find all of the details of how to claim prizes on our Lottery Claims page.
Unclaimed prize money for tickets purchased in the UK is donated to National Lottery Good Causes fund which supports thousands of worthy causes throughout the United Kingdom.
UK Millionaire Maker
The UK Millionaire Maker was introduced as a free supplementary game in November 2009 under the name Millionaire Raffle and awards a guaranteed £1 million prize to at least one player in each EuroMillions draw. One free entry into Millionaire Maker is included with every line of EuroMillions numbers purchased and so it is possible for a player to win a prize in the main EuroMillions draw and also win the separate £1 million Millionaire Maker prize.
In addition, as of October 2014, the last Friday of every month is designated as a Mega Friday event in which the Millionaire Maker prize of £1 million is supplemented by a luxurious non-cash prize such as a first class round-the-world trip or a holiday to Canada to see the Northern Lights. To find out more about upcoming draws visit the Mega Friday page.
As well as creating thousands of winners in every draw, the National Lottery donates 28 per cent of all revenue raised through the sale of lottery tickets to worthy causes throughout the United Kingdom. All unclaimed prize money is also donated to the fund with the result that more than £31 billion has been awarded to over 420,000 projects across the nation. You can read more about National Lottery funding on the National Lottery Good Causes Fund page.
EuroMillions was launched in February 2004 as part of a joint venture between the French, Spanish and British national lotteries and the game soon expanded to include Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland.
In March 2009, a jackpot cap of 185 million was imposed and this was reached for the first time in July 2011. Under the rules applicable at the time, the next time the jackpot cap was reached it would increase by 5 million to 190 million. However, in February 2012, the rule governing the jackpot cap changed again and specified that the jackpot cap would be a maximum of 190 million and could only remain at this level for two draws. The rules also stipulated that, if there was still no winner after the second draw, the jackpot funds would roll down and be shared among winners in the next tier.
Further changes to the game were made in May 2011 when a second weekly draw was introduced, a new prize tier was added and the Lucky Stars ball pool increased from 9 to 11.