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.
There have been a number of changes made to EuroMillions over the years to keep the game exciting for players, giving them the opportunity to win tremendous prizes up to a possible €190 million.
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 12, 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 139,838,160|
|Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star||£227,848.80||1 in 6,991,908|
|Match 5||£23,586.00||1 in 3,107,515|
|Match 4 + 2 Lucky Stars||£2,307.30||1 in 621,503|
|Match 4 + 1 Lucky Star||£123.00||1 in 31,076|
|Match 3 + 2 Lucky Stars||£78.00||1 in 14,126|
|Match 4||£43.30||1 in 13,812|
|Match 2 + 2 Lucky Stars||£14.20||1 in 986|
|Match 3 + 1 Lucky Star||£10.70||1 in 707|
|Match 3||£9.00||1 in 314|
|Match 1 + 2 Lucky Stars||£7.60||1 in 188|
|Match 2 + 1 Lucky Star||£6.00||1 in 50|
|Match 2||£3.30||1 in 22|
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 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 can stay at that value for a maximum of four draws; if no player can match the entire winning line after the fourth draw, then the money will roll down into the next prize tier with winners.
Two UK EuroMillions players are guaranteed to win £1 million in every EuroMillions draw. Visit the Millionaire Maker page for more details, and to find out more about the European Millionaire Maker,a special raffle that was launched as part of changes to EuroMillions in September 2016.
UK Monthly Bonus Draw
Monthly Bonus Draws are held to give EuroMillions participants in the UK an extra chance to play for an additional prize pot of £1 million. Anyone who buys a EuroMilions ticket qualifies for entry, but it will not be until the following month that the draw takes place. For example, if you buy a EuroMillions ticket for a draw in January, you can enter the Monthly Draw held in February. If you miss out on buying a ticket for a draw in January but then buy a ticket for a draw in February, you will not be able to play the Monthly Bonus Draw held in February but can enter the March edition. Bonus Draws are held on the night of the second EuroMillions draw of each month, and tickets purchased online are automatically entered into the relevant draw.
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.