EuroMillions is an exciting pan-European lottery that has been going strong for over ten years. The first draw took place on 13th February 2004 with just three participating countries - France, Spain and the UK. However, they were soon joined by Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland, all of whom began selling EuroMillions tickets to residents for the draw on 8th October 2004.
The very first Tuesday EuroMillions draw was introduced on 10th May 2011 and the game’s matrix changed at the same time to expand the available options for Lucky Stars - from 2/9 to 2/11. An additional prize tier was also created, meaning that there are thirteen different levels of prizes on offer to players.
You can find the latest EuroMillions results here.
How to Play EuroMillions
Playing EuroMillions is simple. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from 1 to 11. Prices for a single entry vary between countries and in some areas the cost of your ticket may cover supplementary games, such as the UK Millionaire Maker game, the Irish EuroMillions Plus game or the French My Million game.
You don’t have to live in a participating country to buy EuroMillions tickets. If you have a valid credit or debit card or a valid account with a payment processing company, then you can play EuroMillions anywhere and at any time.
Odds of Winning
Here’s a breakdown of the odds of winning any EuroMillions prize:
|Winning Tier||Prize (Estimated Sterling)||Odds of winning|
|Match 5 + 2 Lucky Stars||Jackpot||1 in 116,531,800|
|Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star||£211,823.60||1 in 6,473,989|
|Match 5||£35,303.90||1 in 3,236,995|
|Match 4 + 2 Lucky Stars||£2,824.30||1 in 517,920|
|Match 4 + 1 Lucky Star||£137.20||1 in 28,774|
|Match 4||£68.60||1 in 14,387|
|Match 3 + 2 Lucky Stars||£40.10||1 in 11,771|
|Match 2 + 2 Lucky Stars||£12.80||1 in 822|
|Match 3 + 1 Lucky Star||£9.80||1 in 654|
|Match 3||£8.20||1 in 327|
|Match 1 + 2 Lucky Stars||£6.90||1 in 157|
|Match 2 + 1 Lucky Star||£5.40||1 in 46|
|Match 2r||£2.70||1 in 23|
Odds of winning any EuroMillions prize are 1 in 13.
EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
Unlike lottery games like Powerball or Mega Millions, the EuroMillions top prize is currently capped at €190 million. If enough draws pass without a jackpot winner and the top prize hits that value, then it will stay at the cap for a maximum of two draws.
Visit the dedicated Millionaire Maker page to learn more about the UK’s very own supplementary Raffle game.
EuroMillions Plus is a supplementary game offered to Irish EuroMillions players, who have their five main numbers entered into an additional draw for the chance to win fixed prizes. Tickets cost €1 per line and all you need to do is tick the “Plus” box on an Irish EuroMillions playslip. Another draw is conducted and if at least three of your EuroMillions numbers match the new set of numbers drawn then you’ll win a prize! Here’s how it works:
|Numbers Matched||Prize Won|
|5||€500,000 to each winner (limits apply)|
As of February 2014, French EuroMillions players have the chance to pick up a €1 million prize just by purchasing a ticket for a draw. While the cost of a single entry may have risen from €2 to €2.50, the chance to become a millionaire is definitely worth it! Like Millionaire Maker, players have to match the code printed on their ticket with the winning code generated on the night of the EuroMillions draw.
Notable EuroMillions Winners
The biggest EuroMillions winners are a bit of a toss-up thanks to the fluctuating exchange rates between the pound and the Euro. In July 2011, Chris and Colin Weir of Largs, Scotland matched five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to pick up £161.6 million (€185 million at the time).
On Friday 10th August 2012, Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk snapped up a £148.6 million (€190 million) prize, which is the maximum Euro value possible under current EuroMillions rules. However, the sterling amount they received was lower than that of the Weirs due to exchange rates.
More recently, a Portuguese ticket holder snapped up a €190 million prize on Friday 24th October 2014. No further details were revealed about the winner.