Have you got a query about EuroMillions? Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the game.
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.
- When do draws take place?
- What time do ticket sales close?
- How do you win prizes?
- What are the odds of winning?
- How long do I have to claim a prize?
- Are EuroMillions prizes taxable?
- Can I play EuroMillions abroad?
- Can UK residents still play EuroMillions after Brexit?
- What is Millionaire Maker?
- Are my Millionaire Maker raffle codes checked when I play online?
- Is there a minimum jackpot?
- What are the EuroMillions Lucky Stars?
- Who have been the biggest EuroMillions winners?
- What is a Superdraw?
- What is EuroMillions HotPicks?
When do draws take place?
EuroMillions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday night at approximately 8:00pm GMT. A full breakdown of prizes is released later in the evening.
What time do ticket sales close?
The cut-off time for ticket sales is 7.30pm on the night of a draw. Sales will then remain closed until the draw has taken place and reopen later in the evening at approximately 9.00pm.
How do you win prizes?
You win prizes by matching the numbers you have selected to those drawn in the lottery. You must match at least two main numbers to win a prize, and the value of awards increases as you match more numbers. You win the jackpot if you match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars. Go to the EuroMillions Prizes page for more information about the 13 different ways to win.
What are the odds of winning?
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 13.
How long do I have to claim a prize?
If you buy your ticket in the UK, you must come forward to claim your prize within 180 days. The method for claiming your prize depends on how much you have won, and whether or not you played in-store or online.
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.
What is Millionaire Maker?
Millionaire Maker is a supplementary game that is exclusive to the UK. You are automatically entered when you buy a ticket, and you receive one random code for each line of EuroMillions numbers you select. At least one winning code is drawn on the night, and if you match this code exactly you will receive £1 million.
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.
Is there a minimum jackpot?
The jackpot starts at a minimum of €17 million (approximately £15 million). If there are no tickets that match all the numbers, the jackpot rolls over to the following draw and an even larger amount will be offered in the next game.
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?
Until February 2020, the EuroMillions jackpot cap was €190 million and there have been four 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 and then a Spanish player did the same on Friday 6th October 2017.
In 2019, the jackpot stayed at its €190 million cap for the maximum of four draws and the top prize then had to be won in the following game (the fifth at the cap) on Tuesday 8th October. An anonymous UK player matched all the numbers and their £170.2 million payout made them the country's biggest ever winner. If there had been no winners in the top tier, the jackpot would have rolled down to players in the Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star category.
What is a Superdraw?
A Superdraw is a special draw in which the jackpot is a guaranteed amount, regardless of whether or not it was won in the previous draw. Superdraws are usually announced several weeks in advance and the jackpot is set at a figure such as €120 million or €130 million. The extra money for Superdraws comes from the Reserve Fund, which receives a percentage of the prize fund in every draw.
What is EuroMillions HotPicks?
HotPicks is a game that can be played separately to EuroMillions, but the same winning numbers are used. You can enter for £1.50, and must decide whether to pick one, two, three, four or five numbers. The difference is that you must match all the numbers you pick to win the associated prize. The reward for the Pick 1 game is £10, while for Pick 5 it is £1 million.