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Participating countries in EuroMillions:
  original countries (February 2004)
  other countries (October 2004)
EuroMillions tickets

EuroMillions is a transnational lottery requiring 7 correct numbers to win the jackpot [1]. It was launched on 7 February 2004 by France's Française des Jeux, Spain's Loterías y Apuestas del Estado and the United Kingdom's Camelot. The first draw was held on Friday 13 February 2004 in Paris. Initially, only the UK, France and Spain participated, with the Austrian, Belgian, Irish, Luxembourgish, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries joining for the 8 October 2004 drawing.

Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 20:45 CET[2] in Paris. A standard EuroMillions ticket costs €2.50, £2.50 or CHF3.50 per line played, depending on the local currency. An option called Plus is currently available only in Ireland, adds €1.00 per line; as of February 2014, a non-optional addition called "My Million" in France adds €0.50 per line, while in Portugal it's called "M1lhão" and represents €0.30 of the whole €2.50 bet. The cost of playing in the UK increased from £1.50 to £2.00 per line on 7 November 2009, due to the combination of the EUR/GBP exchange rate, and an automatic entry in its Millionaire Raffle. From 24 September 2016 the cost per line increased from £2.00 to £2.50 in the UK.

From September 24, 2016 the amount of lucky stars changed from a pool of 11 to a pool of 12 numbers. Decreasing the jackpot winning odds from 1:117million to 1:140million.

From September 24, 2016 the cost of entry in Ireland and Spain rose to €2.50 per line.

All prizes, including the jackpot, are tax-free (except in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal since 2013) and are paid as a lump sum.


  • The player selects five main numbers which can be any number from 1 to 50.
  • The player selects two different lucky star numbers from a pool of 12 numbers.

Draws take place at 20:45 every Tuesday and Friday in Paris. The results are published shortly after the draw on associated and independent websites around 23:00 hours.

To participate in the EuroMillions Lotto, tickets can be purchased from many outlets, namely at licensed stores and online websites.

The gameplay changed on Tuesday 10 May 2011 with a second weekly draw and the number of "lucky stars" in the Pacquerette machine increasing from 9 to 11. A prize for matching two main numbers and no lucky stars was also introduced on the same date.

On Saturday 24 September 2016 the number of "lucky stars" increased again, from 11 to 12.


  • According to the Euromillions rules page, no restriction on nationality of buyer exists. Tourists/ Non-residents are eligible to participate in the EuroMillions lottery as long as they aged 18 or over. The minimum age differs in some countries, e.g. it is 16 years in the UK.[3]
  • The game is currently available to players in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France (including overseas regions and collectivities), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Prize structure[edit]

As of 24 September 2016 the structure of the draw was changed, with the Lucky Star being drawn from a pool of 12 numbers instead of the old 11. The prize structure as of Tuesday 27 September 2016 is as follows:

Probability of winning (a) % of prize fund (b) Expected winnings (€) Expected winnings (£)[4]
Fraction %
2 0 1 in 22 4.57% 18.25% €4 £3.30
2 1 1 in 49 2.03% 14.85% €8 £6.00
1 2 1 in 188 0.53% 4.95% €10 £7.60
3 0 1 in 314 0.32% 3.50% €12 £9.00
3 1 1 in 706 0.14% 1.85% €14 £10.70
2 2 1 in 985 0.10% 1.75% €19 £14.20
4 0 1 in 13,811 0.0072% 0.38% €58 £43.30
3 2 1 in 14,125 0.0071% 0.67% €104 £78.00
4 1 1 in 31,075 0.0032% 0.48% €164 £123.00
4 2 1 in 621,503 0.00016% 0.45% €3,076 £2,307.30
5 0 1 in 3,107,515 0.000032% 0.92% €31,448 £23,586.00
5 1 1 in 6,991,908 0.000014% 3.95% €303,798 £227,848.80
5 2 1 in 139,838,160 0.00000072% 43.2% or 27% (X) Jackpot Jackpot
Prize Guarantee Fund 4.8% or 21% (X)
Overall 1 in 13 7.71% 100% €14 £10.70

The Prize Guarantee Fund is available to contribute to the jackpot, for example to boost the initial jackpot in a sequence of growing jackpots. The amount utilized each week is determined in advance by the participating lotteries.

  • (a) per entry
  • (b) prize fund = 50% of sales main draw
  • (b) sales main draw = €2.20 in pounds sterling per entry (exchange rate!) times number of entries
  • (X) draw 1 to 6: 43.2% + 4.8% & draw 7 (or higher): 27% + 21%
  • expected winnings (£) exchange rate: €1.00 = £0.75
  • The odds of winning any prize at all are 1 in 13
  • The odds of getting none of the 50 main balls but getting both lucky stars is approximately 1 in 115. This means that it is less likely than getting 2 main balls and one lucky star (1 in 49). However, there is no prize for only getting 2 lucky stars.
  • The figures for the estimated prize are just a guide, and the actual amount varies according to the total in the prize fund and the number of winners for each prize. (Estimated prizes as per reverse of UK playslip)
  • If the Jackpot is not won, it rolls over to the next draw.

Effective 7 November 2009 new rules were put in place regarding rollovers.[5]

  • The new rules introduce the Jackpot Pool Cap. The jackpot will continue to rollover until the Jackpot reaches or exceeds €185,000,000, the Jackpot will remain at €185,000,000 and any additional prize money rolled over will be added to the jackpot pool for the next lower prize level containing at least one winner (5 main numbers + 1 Lucky Star or possibly even just five main numbers).
  • After winning the Jackpot with a Jackpot Pool Cap, the Jackpot Pool Cap grows by €5,000,000. (In other words, after the capped Jackpot of €185,000,000 is won, the next Jackpot Pool Cap is €190,000,000, then the next time €195,000,000 etc.)
  • If the €190,000,000 Jackpot is still not won, the Jackpot will continue to be €190,000,000 for the next draw if it is won, and again any additional prize money will be added to the jackpot pool for the next lower prize level containing at least one winner.

A new rule change of 12 January 2012 locks the Jackpot cap at €190,000,000 permanently and if the jackpot is not won after two draws, the prize money will be distributed amongst the winners at the next level. A new rule change of 24 September 2016: if the jackpot is not won after five draws, the prize money will be distributed amongst the winners at the next level.

EuroMillions Trust[edit]

The participating national lotteries in the EuroMillions game have each established a EuroMillions Trust account. This is used for the settlement of all amounts due and for holding amounts in respect of future prizes. This trust arrangement protects the participating lotteries between them from a default from one of the national companies and ultimately the players' interests. EuroMillions is the largest euro lottery, its history of creation is dated back to the distant year of 1994 when several EU countries first had the idea of launching a multi-European lottery[citation needed].

Super Draws and Event draws[edit]

Super Draws and Event draws are special drawings when the Jackpot is set to a guaranteed amount - often €100,000,000. The difference being that a Super Draw jackpot will roll over to the next drawing if not won but an Event Draw jackpot will be distributed amongst the winners in the next lower tier (i.e. match 5 + 1). So far there has not been an event draw, until now, jackpots in a Super Draw have rolled over to the next drawing if not won

The first Super draw of 2011 took place on Tuesday 10 May to mark the introduction of the second weekly Euromillions draw and changes to the game format (11 lucky stars instead of 9 and a new "match 2 main numbers and no lucky stars" prize tier).

The first Super draw of 2016 took place on Friday 30 September to introduce the change to the game format (12 lucky stars instead of 11 and increased price).

Event draws have been held to date on

  • 9 February 2007 (€100 million);
  • 28 September 2007 (€130 million);
  • 8 February 2008 (€130 million);
  • 26 September 2008 (€130 million).

Super draws have been held to date on

  • 6 March 2009 (€100 million);
  • 18 September 2009 (€100 million);
  • 5 February 2010 (€100 million);
  • 1 October 2010 (€100 million);
  • 10 May 2011 (€100 million);
  • 4 October 2011 (€100 million);
  • 28 September 2012 (€100 million);
  • 22 March 2013 (€100 million);
  • 7 June 2013 (€100 million);
  • 15 November 2013 (€100 million);
  • 7 March 2014 (€100 million);
  • 3 October 2014 (€100 million);
  • 6 March 2015 (€100 million);
  • 5 June 2015 (€100 million);
  • 6 November 2015 (€100 million);
  • 30 September 2016 (€130 million);
  • 30 June 2017 (€100 million);
  • 15 September 2017 (€130 million);
  • 20 April 2018 (€130 million);
  • 21 September 2018 (€130 million).

(A €100,000,000 Super draw was planned for 6 June 2014 but was cancelled when the jackpot rolled over to €105,000,000[6]).

(This is a change to the game rules[7] as of 4 April 2011 when the Event Draw was added.)

Distribution of revenue[edit]

In the UK, the total EuroMillions revenue is broken down as follows:[8]

Breakdown of UK EuroMillions revenue
0.5% in profit to Camelot
4.5% in operating costs
5% in commission to the retailers.
12% to the UK Government (Lottery Duty)
28% for the "Good Causes"
50% to winners

Email scams making use of EuroMillions brand name[edit]

When Chris and Colin Weir, one couple who won the EuroMillions, pledged to donate their prize money to good causes,[9] cyber criminals started using the couple's name in their email scams to fool the general public and ultimately cheat them of money.[10] [11]

EuroMillions Plus (Ireland only)[edit]

In June 2007, with the success of the main EuroMillions game, the Irish National Lottery launched EuroMillions Plus. For an extra €1 per line, players could enter the additional draw with the top prize each week of €500,000. Sales of the main EuroMillions in Ireland for 2006 were over €145 million; this success led to the introduction of 'Plus'.

UK Millionaire Maker[edit]

Since November 2009 at least one UK player every week has won a guaranteed £1,000,000. With the introduction of the Tuesday EuroMillions Draw on Tuesday 10 May 2011 there were 2 Millionaire Raffle winners each week. The latest changes to Euromillions in September 2016 now mean that two guaranteed Millionaire Raffle winners are made per draw, or 4 per week across the two draws.

According to the Euromillions website, the chances of winning the UK Millionaire Maker game on a Tuesday can be estimated as 1 in 1,900,000 but can shrink to 1 in 2,250,000 in the events of rollovers. On a Friday, it can be calculated as 1 in 2,950,000 but again the odds can fall to 1 in 3,400,000 in the events of a 4 times rollover. Winning in this game depends entirely on the number of the playslips sold so the odds fluctuate. The odds may also fluctuate during a super draw or a special event in the UK Millionaire Raffle.

Prices per line in the UK increased by 50p to £2.00. The 50p was added due to weak exchange rates between the pound and the euro and to cover the expense of the new Millionaire Maker. On 24 September 2016 the price per line in the UK was increased by an additional 50p to £2.50.

See also[edit]

  • Eurojackpot - a similar transnational lottery in Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
  • Lottery
  • Vikinglotto - a similar transnational lottery in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Paragraph 7.1 (Translation: "The draws for the Euro Millions game take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the time specified by the organisers of the game, which is around 21:45 (CET), Paris time.")
  3. ^ "Home". The National Lottery. 11 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Players' Guide to EuroMillions". National Lottery. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "EuroMillions Interactive Game Procedures". The National Lottery. 27 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "EuroMillions draw: lottery postponed after jackpot naturally passes €100 million mark after rollovers and strong ticket sales". The Independent. 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "EuroMillions Game Procedures". The National Lottery. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Correspondence with help at, 8 November 2007.
  9. ^ "BBC News - Lottery win: Euromillions couple are 'tickled pink'". BBC News. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Slay Hoax: Chris and Colin Weir Email Scam". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Internet fraudsters pose as lotto millionaires Colin and Chris Weir - Daily Record". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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