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 choose your EuroMillions numbers 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: There are only three EuroMillions nations that tax EuroMillions wins. Spanish prizes worth more than €2,500 are taxed at 20%, amounts worth more than CHF1,000 are taxed at 35% in Switzerland and there is a 20% levy on Portuguese prizes of more than €5,000.

However, wherever you played EuroMillions, you may be liable for tax on the interest from a huge win. In addition, if you take part online from a non-participating country, you should check with a local expert on any liabilities a big prize might bring.

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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. On 10th August 2012, UK residents Adrian and Gillian Bayford became the first players to win the game’s maximum prize, before the feat was repeated on 24th October 2014 by a Portuguese player and again on 6th October 2017, when a Spanish ticket holder ended a run of six consecutive rollovers to land the nine-figure reward.

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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 five draws. If the jackpot is not won in the fifth 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 massive jackpot 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 24th November 2017.

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Question: What does the EuroMillions jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The next EuroMillions jackpot is estimated at €65,000,000.

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Question: How much does it cost to buy a EuroMillions ticket?

Answer: As of the 26th September 2016, a single ticket costs £2.50 (€2.50).

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Question: Why is there a difference between prize values in Pounds and Euros?

Answer: The base currency for all EuroMillions prizes is the Euro, meaning UK and Swiss players will receive any jackpot winnings at the current exchange rate.

The method for calculating any non-jackpot prizes is different and takes into account the varying contributions made by players using the different currencies.

For example, players in the UK pay £2.50 per entry, however, only £1.65 of this sum is required to play in the main game, while the additional £0.85p goes towards taking part in the UK-only Millionaire Maker draw. In Euro nations, the cost of entering the main draw is €2.20, with most countries adding an additional €0.30 to participate in the their own supplementary draw. This means that, when the exchange rate dictates that £1.65 is worth less than €2.20, UK players contribute less to the common fund and prizes received by UK players are skewed downwards to compensate for the difference. When £1.65 is worth more than €2.20, UK prizes are accordingly worth more than Euro awards in the same tier.

EuroMillions Euro prize totals also vary marginally between different countries. This is because each nation has a different method of calculating their prizes. The table below explains how rewards are calculated in nations that used the Euro:

Country Method
Austria Prizes rounded down to the nearest €0.10
Belgium Prizes rounded down to the nearest €0.10
France Prizes rounded down to the nearest €0.10
Ireland Prizes rounded to the nearest €1 and jackpot totals rounded to the nearest €5 million
Luxembourg Prizes rounded down to the nearest €0.10
Portugal Prizes rounded to the nearest €0.01
Spain Prizes rounded to the nearest €0.01
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Question: What is EuroMillions HotPicks?

Answer: EuroMillions HotPicks is a new supplementary game launching on Thursday 25th January 2018. For just £1.50, UK players are able to play to win prizes ranging from £10 up to £1 million.

To play you must select numbers between 1-50 - with the twist being that you can choose how many balls you wish to match. You can play with between one and five numbers, with larger prizes for making more selections. However, you must match all the numbers you choose in order to win. The game uses the numbers from the main EuroMillions draw on Tuesday and Friday nights, so the first HotPicks draw will take place on Friday 26th January.

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