Have you got a query about EuroMillions? Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the game.
Tuesday 26th June 2018
For information about how to play EuroMillions, the prizes that can be won and various other elements of the game like Mega Week, the Millionaire Maker and the jackpot cap, visit the dedicated EuroMillions section.
- Are EuroMillions prizes taxable?
- Can I play EuroMillions abroad?
- Can UK residents still play EuroMillions after Brexit?
- Are my Millionaire Maker raffle codes checked when I play online?
- What are the EuroMillions Lucky Stars?
- Who have been the biggest EuroMillions winners?
Are EuroMillions prizes taxable?
UK players receive EuroMillions prizes as a tax-free lump sum. However, taxation varies a lot for overseas players, depending on where you are playing the lottery and your own personal circumstances, so it is advised that you seek out independent financial advice.
Can I play EuroMillions abroad?
EuroMillions is played in eight other countries apart from the UK - Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland – and tickets can be bought from authorised retailers in each nation. However, you will have to claim any prizes won in the country where you bought the ticket.
You can also buy up to four weeks of EuroMillions tickets in advance from the UK or play by Direct Debit. Take a look at the Playing from Overseas page to find out more.
As an alternative, fans of EuroMillions can bet on the game online from anywhere in the world.
Can UK residents still play EuroMillions after Brexit?
Yes, UK residents can still play EuroMillions and will not have to leave the game because of the decision to leave the European Union. EuroMillions is organised by the official lottery operators of the participating countries, not the respective governments.
Are my Millionaire Maker raffle codes checked when I play online?
Yes. If you play online, you are notified of any Millionaire Maker win just as you would be if you won a prize in the main EuroMillions draw. If you buy a ticket from a retailer, you must check the winning code yourself.
What are the EuroMillions Lucky Stars?
As well as choosing five main numbers between 1 and 50, EuroMillions players also have to choose two extra numbers, known as Lucky Stars. These two additional numbers are drawn from a separate pool of 12 balls, meaning the same number(s) can appear as both a main ball and a Lucky Star in the same draw.
The Lucky Stars create extra EuroMillions prize tiers, and players must match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to win the jackpot.
Who have been the biggest EuroMillions winners?
The EuroMillions jackpot cap is €190 million and there have been three occasions when this amount has been given away. It first happened in August 2012 when Adrian and Gillian Bayford won a sterling equivalent of £148.6 million, before a Portuguese player replicated the achievement in October 2014. The latest winner at the cap was the Spanish player who struck gold on Friday 6th October 2017.
The record for the largest UK win actually belongs to Chris and Colin Weir, who scooped £161.6 million in July 2011. The Euro value of the prize was €185 million, but the exchange rate at the time left them with a bigger prize than the Bayfords.