EuroMillions is the biggest and most famous pan-European lottery, launched jointly by the lottery authorities of France, Spain and UK on 7th February 2004. The first ever EuroMillions draw was held on Friday 13 February 2004 in Paris, France.
When the EuroMillions lottery was first launched in 2004 there were just three participating nations – France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Today there are nine countries which participate in the EuroMillions game, and these are (in alphabetical order): Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
EuroMillions Draw Schedule
There are two EuroMillions draws each week. These are held in Paris every Tuesday and Friday evening, and many of the nations which officially participate in the EuroMillions game broadcast one or both draws on television. Players who purchase EuroMillions tickets have the option of entering their numbers for up to eight consecutive draws in advance, which is four weeks in advance according to the current EuroMillions draw schedule.
How to Play and Win EuroMillions
To play the Euromillions, players must choose five numbers from a possible 1 - 50, then two additional numbers, called Lucky Stars, from a choice of 1 - 11. In order to win a prize, players must match a minimum of two numbers. To win the jackpot, players must match all five numbers and two Lucky Stars. There are a total of 13 possible prizes available to win, and all prizes won are a percentage of the total prize fund, with the jackpot equating to 32% of the total prize fund.
There is a 1 in 13 chance of winning a prize on the Euromillions and a 1 in 116,531,800 chance of scooping that jackpot, which is a minimum of €15 million. If the jackpot is not won, it will roll over to the next draw and increase in value until someone matches all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars or until the top prize reaches the planned jackpot cap of €190 million. The EuroMillions jackpot can remain at its maximum limit for two draws - during any draw at the jackpot cap, funds from ticket sales that would have increased the jackpot are transferred into the next winning prize tier. If no one wins the top prize during the second draw, then the full €190 million is rolled down and equally shared among all ticket holders in the highest winning prize tier.
This is a great opportunity for players because the odds of becoming a multi-millionaire substantially increase if the jackpot cap rolls down.
Visit the EuroMillions FAQ page to find out the answers to more frequently asked questions.