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 €230 million.
To stay up to date with the winning numbers, visit the results page at Euro-Millions.com.
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.
EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
EuroMillions has a jackpot cap, meaning that it can roll over until it reaches the value of €230 million. It can roll over at that value for a maximum of four draws; if no player matches the entire winning line in the fifth draw at €230 million, then the money will roll down into the next prize tier with winners.
Big EuroMillions Winners
The highest jackpot ever offered on EuroMillions is €220 million, which was won on a single ticket from France on 15th October 2021. The rules governing the jackpot cap had previously changed in February 2020, with the maximum prize increasing by €10 million each time it is won. A player France won €200 million in December 2020 and someone from Switzerland landed €210 million in February 2021.
There have been four winners of €190 million - which was the maximum jackpot until February 2020. Adrian and Gillian Bayford were the first to land a prize of this value (worth £148.6 million) on Friday 10th August 2012. A Portuguese ticket holder also won €190 million on Friday 24th October 2014 and a Spanish participant won the same amount on Friday 6th October 2017. Another UK winner scooped the maximum prize on Tuesday 8th October 2019, claiming £170.2 million. This was far more than the Bayfords’ payout seven years earlier because of the exchange rate at the time.
EuroMillions HotPicks launched on Thursday 25th January 2018. The game gives UK players an incredible opportunity to win a wide range of cash prizes, from £10 to £1 million. Costing only £1.50 to enter, players must choose how many balls they want to match, between one and five, but they must match all of their selections to win. This supplementary game uses the same numbers as the EuroMillions draw that day, and gives you two chances a week to win bigger prizes for matching fewer numbers. Here are the prizes that can be won:
|Game||How to Win||Prize||Odds|
|Pick 5||Match 5||£1 million||1 in 2,118,760|
|Pick 4||Match 4||£30,000||1 in 46,060|
|Pick 3||Match 3||£1,500||1 in 1,960|
|Pick 2||Match 2||£100||1 in 123|
|Pick 1||Match 1||£10||1 in 10|
One UK EuroMillions player is 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.
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.