History of EuroMillions
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.
Here is a timeline of the major changes throughout the history of EuroMillions:
- The first European Millionaire Maker draw was held, providing 25 prizes of £1 million across Europe
- An extra Lucky Star was added, taking the total to 12.
- Mega Friday became Mega Week.
- European Millionaire Maker was introduced.
- The number of UK Millionaire Maker prizes in every draw was doubled to two.
- The number of draws at which the jackpot can stay at the cap was raised to four.
- Millionaire Raffle was renamed Millionaire Maker.
- The first ever Mega Friday Millionaire Maker draw took place, sending 25 players on an A-list trip to Makepeace Island in Australia as well as providing them with a prize of £1 million.
- The £1 Million Every Month for a Year Millionaire Raffle draw took place, offering 12 monthly instalments of £1 million to one UK player. The winner failed to claim the prize within the 180-day deadline, and so the money was donated to the lottery's Good Causes fund.
- A jackpot-winning ticket worth £63.8 million expired, having been bought in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire for the draw on Friday 8th June.
- The first players to win at the new jackpot cap of €190 million were Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk. However, the sterling amount worked out at £148.6 million, over £10 million less than Colin and Christine Weir's €185 million (£161.6 million) victory the previous year. This was due to the fluctuating exchange rate between pounds sterling and the Euro.
- The night of the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games saw 100 Millionaire Raffle codes drawn out, each worth £1 million. It broke the record for the most millionaires made in one night after 97 of the 100 winners came forward to claim their prize within 180 days.
- The jackpot cap was set permanently at €190 million.
- Millionaire Raffle distributed 50 awards of £1 million in the lead up to Christmas as part of a special promotion called Millionaires Month.
- The first winners at the jackpot cap of €185 million were Colin and Christine Weir from Largs, Ayrshire. Their prize was worth £161.6 million at the time, which is still the largest sterling amount ever won on EuroMillions.
- The jackpot cap was set at €190 million.
- EuroMillions was drawn on a Tuesday for the first time and the occasion was marked with a guaranteed €100 million jackpot.
- There were two more Lucky Stars added to the game, bringing the total to 11.
- The Match 2 prize tier was created.
- Millionaire Raffle was drawn for the first time, providing UK players with at least one guaranteed £1 million prize in every draw.
- The rollover cap was scrapped and replaced by a jackpot cap of €185 million. The rules stated that every time the cap was reached it would increase by €5 million.
- The UK EuroMillions ticket price was set at £2, an increase of 50p.
- The number of rollovers permitted was capped at 11, with rules stating that the entire jackpot would roll down and be shared amongst the players in the next prize tier following a twelfth draw without a top winner.
- Ticket holders from Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium and Austria played EuroMillions for the first time.
- The first EuroMillions draw was held, featuring players from the UK, Spain and France. A single French ticket holder won €15 million.