Euro Millions Overview
EuroMillions, a transnational lottery was launched on Feb 7, 2004 by the Francaise des Jeux of France, the Camelot of the UK, and the Loterias y Apuestas del Estado of Spain. The draws are held at 20:45 CET on Tuesday and Friday in Paris.
The player who matches five main numbers and two lucky stars will win the jackpot. In case more than one player wins the jackpot, the prize will be equally shared among them. If players match the UK Millionaire Maker code, they will win the guaranteed UK Millionaire Maker prize of £1,000,000. Players can win the UK Millionaire Maker prize and the jackpot on a single ticket.
Buy EuroMillions Lottery Tickets
The cost of a EuroMillions ticket is €2.50 per line. Purchasing EuroMillions tickets online is safer than purchasing physical tickets. One can always lose a physical ticket or forget to claim their prize within 180 days, but this will never happen if one plays online as they will immediately receive proof of purchase and their winnings will be automatically credited.
Those who wish to play the EuroMillions online must make sure that they choose licensed and reputed lottery providers. We recommend TheLotter because they are highly reliable and trustworthy.
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The first EuroMillions draw was held in Paris on Feb 13, 2004 with France, UK, and Spain taking part. Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Switzerland joined for the draw of Oct 8, 2004. A player from France won a jackpot of €15 million in the first draw.
The EuroMillions introduced a rollover cap in Jan 20, 2006, allowing the jackpot to rollover for up to 11 draws. If no player won the jackpot in the twelfth draw, the jackpot would be shared among second tier winners.
The first EuroMillions Superdraw was conducted on Feb 9, 2007, allowing a fixed jackpot of €100 million. An anonymous Belgian player turned out to be the winner of this jackpot. The same year, the EuroMillions introduced the EuroMillions Plus in Ireland so that players could enter their main numbers into another draw by paying an additional fee of €1 per line. The top prize of this supplementary draw was €500,000.
Two years later, the EuroMillions scrapped its rollover cap and introduced a €185 million jackpot cap and announced that this cap would be raised by €5 million whenever a player won the jackpot. In 2012, the cap was raised to €190 million.
The EuroMillions launched the Millionaire Raffle in the UK on Nov 13, 2009, guaranteeing £1 million to players who ticket code matches the draw code. The UK Millionaire Raffle became the UK Millionaire Maker on Oct 31, 2014. On the same occasion, the game introduced Mega Friday and celebrated it by giving away 25 Millionaire Maker prizes of £1 million each.
The first Tuesday draw of the EuroMillions was held on May 10, 2011. A celebratory €100 million jackpot was introduced and so was another prize tier for players who matched two main numbers.
On September 27, 2016, the EuroMillions made several changes to generate larger jackpots. They increased the number of lucky stars to 12, raised the price of the tickets, and introduced the European Millionaire Maker, and changed the name of Mega Friday to Mega Week.
The EuroMillions is continuously changing its prize structure, rules, and jackpots to give players more value for money.
Over the years, the EuroMillions has generated several lucky winners. Here is a compilation of some interesting EuroMillion facts and wins:
- The UK Millionaire Raffle celebrated the London Olympic Games in July 2012 by offering 100 prizes of £1 million each. Ninety seven players claimed their prizes and set a world record for the largest number of millionaires generated overnight.
- On April 8, 2004, Marion Richardson became the first winner of the UK EuroMillions. She won £16.7 million.
- On July 28, 2005, Irish player Dolores McNamara won €115.4 million, breaking the record for the biggest lottery prize to be won in Europe.
- On Nov 17, 2006, the EuroMillions jackpot, which was rolled over for 11 draws, was shared among 20 players, each receiving £6.7 million.
- On July 12, 2011, Colin Weir and Chris won a jackpot of €185 million and became the first players to win the capped jackpot.
- On August 10, 2012, Gillian and Adrian Bayford of Suffolk won the $190 million jackpot and became the first players to win the top EuroMillions prize.
- On Dec 8, 2012, the EuroMillions diverted an unclaimed jackpot of £63.8 million to the Good Causes Fund. Another unclaimed jackpot of £12 million won at the May 31, 2013 Millionaire Raffle, a special edition called “£1 Million Every Month for a Year,” was also diverted to the Good Causes Fund.
- On Oct 24, 2014, a player from Portugal won €190 million when the jackpot touched its cap after rolling over six times.
The EuroMillions has 12 prize piers and players have a 1 in 13 chance of winning a prize. To win a prize, players should match at least two main numbers. To win the jackpot, they must match all the five main numbers and the two lucky star numbers that are drawn.
The exact value of the prize depends on total number of players and tickets sold. If the jackpot is not won at a draw, it is rolled over to the next draw. This continues to happen until the jackpot reaches the maximum value of €190 million. When this happens, the jackpot will be distributed among the second tier winners.
Charitable Causes and Sponsorships
The EuroMillions is associated with the Good Causes Fund, which the National Lottery has established to divert lottery revenues to charities across the UK. All unclaimed prizes with interest generated goes to the fund, which is a consortium of 12 distributors who decide how to allocate the funds. So far, it has awarded over 420,000 lottery grants.