EuroMillions is a pan-European lottery.
Initially only the UK, France and Spain were involved, but lotteries from Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland subsequently joined.
Draws are held every Friday night at 21:35 CET (20:35 GMT) in Paris.
A standard EuroMillions ticket costs €2.00, £2.00 or CHF3.20 per line played, or €3.00 if you play with the Plus option.
The cost in the UK is £2.00 per line. The additional cost of UK tickets now funds the Millionaire Raffle Game where every week one UK player can win £1 million. Prizes are sized according to player participation per country.
All prizes including the jackpot are tax-free (except in Switzerland) and are paid out in a lump sum
- The odds of winning any prize at all are 1 in 24.
- The odds of getting none of the 50 main balls but getting both lucky stars is approximately 1 in 62. This means that it is less likely than getting 2 main balls and one lucky star (1 in 39). However, there is no prize for only getting 2 lucky stars.
- 6% of the prize fund is allocated to a “Booster Fund” which can be used to boost the jackpot prize.
- The figures for 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.
- If the Jackpot is not won, it rolls over until the following week.
- 7th November 2009 new rules were put in place regarding rollovers.
- Prior to this date the Jackpot could rollover up to 11 times.
- If there were no jackpot winner(s) in this rollover, then the jackpot would be distributed to the next prize level with winners.
- The new rules introduce the Jackpot Pool Cap. When the Jackpot reaches or exceeds €185,000,000, the Jackpot will be €185,000,000 and any additional prize money rolled over will be added to the jackpot pool for the next lower prize level (5 main numbers + 1 Lucky Star).
- If the €185,000,000 Jackpot is not won, the Jackpot will be increased by €5,000,000 each week until it is won, and again any additional prize money will be added to the jackpot pool for the next lower prize level.
Superdraws are special events when the Jackpot is set to €100M (or €130M at times), regardless of the expected Jackpot.
There were Superdraws on
- September 18 2009 (€100M);
- March 6 2009 (€100M);
- September 26 2008 (€130M);
- February 8 2008(€130M);
- September 28 2007(€130M);
- February 9 2007(€100M).
If no one wins the Superdraw jackpot it now rolls over to the next week. February 5 2010 rolled over to February 12 2010 when €129 million prize was split by two winners
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. Portugal followed Ireland in the middle of 2009.