About the EuroMillions Lottery
In February of 2004, three of Europe's lotteries came together to form the EuroMillions Lottery. It was the UK's Camelot, France's Francaise des Jeux and Spain's Loterias y Apuestas del Estado. Jointly these three European powerhouses hosted the first EuroMillions draw in Paris two weeks later.
On 8 October 2014, the lotteries from Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, and Luxembourg joined to form a giant combined European Lottery played by millions.
You can watch the draws on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:45 p.m. CET. It's broadcasted by various TV stations in the participating regions and live-streamed by online sportsbooks that sell tickets. The local Lottery determines the ticket prices in whichever country you buy it and starts at £2.50 per line.
Each participating Lottery has developed unique spin-off games such as the “Plus” option in Ireland, the “My Million” in France, and the “M1lhao” in Portugal. These spin off games add additional cost per line for separate jackpot wins to its players.
The gameplay changed in 2016 when The lucky stars increased from 11 to 12 numbers. As a result, the odds of winning changed from one in 117,000,000 to 140,000,000. You can buy tickets for the draws online from the EuroMillions Lottery app and various participating online sportsbooks and retailers.
EuroMillions Lottery FAQ
On 29 July 2005, Dolores McNamara from Ireland won the first jackpot worth €115.4 million.
A player from Spain, who chose to remain anonymous, won €190,000,000 on 6 October 2017.
- Austria: Channel ORF2 - 22.25 CET
- Belgium: LA UNE - 22:30 CET
- France: TF1 - 23:25 CET
- Ireland: RTE ONE - 21:00 GMT
- Luxembourg: RTL LU - 22:00 CET
- Portugal: TVI - 21:00 CET
- Spain: TV2 - 22:00 CET
- Switzerland: RTS DEUX - 22:45 CET
United Kingdom: BBC 1 - 22:30 GMT
Your chance of winning the jackpot is one in 139,838,160. The odds of matching five of the numbers and one lucky star is one in 6,991,908. Your odds of winning any of the prizes in EuroMillions is good at a low one in 13.
You can buy tickets from any of the participating EuroMillions retailers in the participating countries. Many online sportsbooks sell lottery tickets and will also assist you should you win any prize in a draw. You can also get the results of the EuroMillions Lottery to draw online or at the retailer.
The draw takes place in Paris each Tuesday and Friday at 20:45 CET.
Yes. EuroMillions have "Super Draws" and "Event Draws."
- Super Draw - The jackpot is €100,000,000, and if nobody wins, the jackpot will roll over to the next draw. The game format includes 12 stars instead of 11.
- Event Draw - The jackpot is also €100,000,000, and it doesn't roll over to the next draw. It's distributed to all players on a specific tier with corresponding numbers if nobody has the correct numbers.
The minimum age is 18 years. Although the legal age differs in certain participating countries, the age limit remains.
It's a printed ticket that EuroMillions Lottery winners receive to indicate their credit with EuroMillions. The Lottery uses a EuroMillions Lottery ticket scanner to confirm all winning numbers to provide you with a voucher.
- Tickets purchased online: Up to £500 pays into your online lottery account, and you can transfer it to your bank account or use it to buy future lottery tickets. Between £500 and £30,000 must be claimed within 180 days and paid directly to your bank account associated with the debit card on your player account. If you win between £30,000 and £50,000, you should call the National Lottery support center to claim your prize. It'll pay into your bank account. If you win more than £50,000, you must inform the National Lottery support office, and you'll receive your award in person.
- Tickets purchased from a retailer: You can cash in all prizes up to £100 at any participating outlet. You can also claim all winnings between £100 and £500 from a retailer with enough cash available for the payout and if your ticket is still unclaimed. You can claim between £500 and £50,000 from a Post Office affiliated to the Lottery, or you can send your winning ticket together with a claim form to The National Lottery, Acc Dep, PO Box 287, Watford, WD18 9TT. You can claim all prizes over £50,000 directly from the National Lottery, and they will hand it to you in person at an agreed venue.
No, each participating country has its unique withdrawal rules and regulations. You can visit https://www.euro-millions.com/how-to-claim to find the specifics for your region.
If you’re a EuroMillions Lottery winner, the time afforded to claim winnings after the EuroMillions Lottery results differ from country to country:
- UK - 180 days
- Austria - 3 years
- Belgium - 20 weeks
- France - 60 days
- Ireland - 90 days
- Luxembourg - 60 days
- Portugal - 90 days
- Spain - 3 months
Switzerland - 26 weeks
No, you have to claim the prize in the country where you bought the ticket.
Any person over the legal age of 18 that's visiting one of the participating countries may participate. You have to be in the country to claim your prize if you win.
You can buy tickets for both days up to 5:30 p.m. on the day of the draw. You can purchase tickets for the next draw directly after each one is complete.
The Lottery has 50 numbers and two additional numbers called "Lucky Stars." You must select five numbers between one and 50, and two numbers between one and 12. You can buy tickets in advance for up to eight draws. You can not buy a future draw ticket without participating in the ones leading up to it. All tickets are sold consecutively in draw order.
Yes, it's a EuroMillions Lottery spin-off game created for UK players only. Each EuroMillions ticket sold in the UK has a unique code printed on the back of the ticket, and you can win an additional £1 million prize in the raffle draw. It's UK specific and not available in any other participating country.
Yes, it's the same concept as the UK version but doesn't take place after each draw. It's available to all participating countries, and draws take place on special occasions only. It's a raffle draw with a jackpot worth £1,000,000.
Yes, it's a different game in the EuroMillions Lottery for players in Ireland. It's a free game, and you get one free entry into the raffle draw for every line of numbers you buy in the EuroMillions Lottery. It pays ten lucky winners an additional €5,000 after each draw.
Yes, the minimum jackpot is the currency equivalent of £15,000,000 in all participating countries.
It depends on which country you're participating in. Not all participating countries charge tax on lottery winnings. It's advisable to enlist a registered tax specialist's help to help you win large cash prizes. You'll pay tax in these countries:
- Switzerland: If you win more than CHF 1,000,000, you'll pay a 35% tax.
- Portugal: If you win over €5,000, you'll pay a 20% tax.
- Spain: If you win above €40,000, you'll pay a 20% tax.
The EuroMillions Lottery caps the jackpot at a maximum of €200,000,000. If it reaches the maximum and nobody wins it in five consecutive draws, it goes over to a "Must Win" draw. If nobody bought the winning EuroMillions Lottery numbers, the Lottery divides it amongst all the second-tier winners. If nobody has the numbers required in the second tier, it’ll go to the third tier players. It’ll proceed like this until it has a winner/s.
No, UK players can continue to participate in the lottery EuroMillions after Brexit.
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