EuroMillions FAQs

Read through these frequently asked questions to learn more about EuroMillions and how it works.

Question: When do the EuroMillions draws take place?

Answer: There are two EuroMillions draws a week - on Tuesdays and Fridays - which take place in Paris around 21:00 CET (20:00 GMT). A full prize breakdown is available shortly after the draw.

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Question: What time do EuroMillions ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales close at 20:30 CET (19:30 GMT) on the night of the draw, and re-open for the following draw at or around 22:30 CET (21:30 GMT) that same evening.

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Question: Does EuroMillions have a guaranteed minimum jackpot amount?

Answer: The guaranteed minimum EuroMillions jackpot is €17 million, although it will often reach much higher values due to rollovers.

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Question: How do you win prizes on EuroMillions?

Answer: To win the EuroMillions jackpot, you must match all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars drawn. There are 12 prize tiers in which players can win smaller prizes, achieved by matching 2 main numbers or more. Find out more at the EuroMillions Prizes page.

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Question: Can you play EuroMillions if you do not live in a participating country?

Answer: Yes, you can play EuroMillions online from anywhere in the world. To learn more, visit the Lotto Tickets page.

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Question: If you win, how long do you have to claim a prize?

Answer: The length of time you have to claim a winning ticket depends on the country in which it was bought:

  • Austria: 3 years
  • Belgium: 140 days
  • France: 60 days
  • Ireland: 90 days
  • Luxembourg: 60 days
  • Portugal: 90 days
  • Spain: 90 days
  • Switzerland: 180 days
  • UK: 180 days

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Question: How old do you have to be to play EuroMillions?

Answer: All players must be aged 18 or over, with the exception of players in the UK, who must be at least 16 years old to play EuroMillions.

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Question: Are EuroMillions prizes taxable?

Answer: Portugal, Spain and Switzerland tax large EuroMillions prizes won by their residents, but in other participating countries any prize is awarded as a tax-free lump sum. However, you may have other tax obligations depending on your personal circumstances and so it recommended that you speak with a professional about any large EuroMillions prize you might win.

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Question: What was the largest EuroMillions jackpot ever won?

Answer: The largest EuroMillions jackpot ever won was €190 million, the maximum amount possible under the jackpot cap rules. This has occurred on two occasions; once on 10th August 2012 by UK residents Adrian and Gillian Bayford and again on 24th October 2014, when a Portuguese player won €190 million after the prize hit the jackpot cap in the previous draw.

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Question: What are the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot?

Answer: The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160. There are twelve other prize tiers in which you can win cash amounts for matching as few as two main numbers.

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Question: What are the overall odds of winning a EuroMillions prize?

Answer: The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 13; for a full breakdown of the odds of winning in each tier, see the EuroMillions Prizes page.

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Question: Does the EuroMillions have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: The EuroMillions does not have a limit to the number of times it can roll over, but it does have a jackpot cap. The cap, which was set on 17th February 2012, is €190 million and, once the top prize reaches that amount, it can only stay there for four draws. If the jackpot is not won in the fourth draw, it will roll down and be evenly shared with all players in the next winning tier.

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Question: What is a Superdraw?

Answer: A EuroMillions Superdraw offers a guaranteed jackpot of €130 million by taking surplus money from the prize fund. Superdraw jackpots can roll over like normal draws if they are not won, up to the jackpot cap of €190 million.

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Question: When is the next EuroMillions draw?

Answer: The next EuroMillions draw will take place on Friday 20th January 2017.

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Question: What does the EuroMillions jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The next EuroMillions jackpot is estimated at €70,000,000.

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Question: How much doe sit cost to buy a EuroMillions ticket?

Answer: As of the 26th September 2016, a single ticket costs £2.50 (€2.50). Please note that a small handling fee will also be required if you buy your ticket using an online concierge service.

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