EuroMillions is an exciting pan-European lottery that is played across nine participating countries on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The first draw was held on 13th February 2004 with just three participating countries – France, Spain and the UK. On 8th October 2004, six additional nations – Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland – all started participating in the game.
The first Tuesday EuroMillions draw was held on 10th May 2011, and at the same time the game’s matrix changed, expanding the Lucky Star pool from 2 out of 9 to 2 out of 11. An additional prize tier for matching two main numbers was also added.
You can find the latest EuroMillions results here.
How to Play EuroMillions
Playing EuroMillions is simple; players select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Star numbers from 1 to 11, or choose a Lucky Dip to have their entries randomly generated for them. Prices for a single ticket vary between participating countries and in some cases may include an entry into a supplementary draw, such as the UK Millionaire Maker game or the French My Million game.
You can also play EuroMillions if you live outside a participating country; if you have a valid debit or credit card, you can purchase entries wherever you are in the world.
Odds of Winning EuroMillions
Here are the estimated 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 2||£2.70||1 in 23|
Odds of winning any EuroMillions prize are 1 in 13.
Big EuroMillions Winners
The biggest EuroMillions winners in Euro are Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who won €190 million (£148.6 million) on Friday 10th August 2012, and a Portuguese ticket holder who won €190 million on Friday 24th October 2014. The biggest UK EuroMillions prize was won in July 2011 by Chris and Colin Weir of Largs, Scotland – the lucky couple took home £161.6 million (€185 million at the time), having benefited from a far more favourable exchange rate.
EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
EuroMillions has a jackpot cap, meaning that it can roll over until it reaches the value of €190 million. It will stay at that value for a maximum of two draws; if no player can match the entire winning line in the second draw, then the money will roll down into the next prize tier with winners.
UK EuroMillions players have the chance to win a guaranteed £1 million in every EuroMillions draw. Visit the Millionaire Maker page for more details.
Irish EuroMillions players can take part in EuroMillions Plus for an additional €1 per line when they buy EuroMillions tickets. The five main numbers on their EuroMillions entry are submitted into a supplementary draw for the opportunity to win fixed prizes up to the value of €500,000. Here are the prizes available and the odds of winning in each tier:
|Match||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5||€500,000||1 in 2,118,760|
|Match 4||€2,000||1 in 9,417|
|Match 3||€20||1 i 214|
Overall odds of winning a EuroMillions Plus prize are 1 in 209.
In February 2014, the French version of EuroMillions began offering My Million, a supplementary game that offers at least one prize worth a guaranteed €1 million in every draw. The cost of a single EuroMillions ticket in France increased to €2.50 to accommodate the new game, but the chance to become a millionaire even if you don’t scoop the EuroMillions jackpot is absolutely worth it! Similar to UK Millionaire Maker, My Million players must match the code printed on their ticket with the one generated on the night of the EuroMillions to win a prize.