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EuroMillions (Austria)

Launched on 7th Feb 2004 by France’s Française des Jeux, Spain’s Loterías y Apuestasdel Estado and the United Kingdom’s Camelot, EuroMillions is a transnational lottery. 13th February 2004 Paris witnessed the first ever draw of the same. Initially, only the UK, France and Spain participated, but from the 8th October 2004 drawing Austrian, Belgian, Irish, Luxembourgish, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries also joined.

Paris hosts the draws that take place every Tuesday and Friday night at 20:45 CET. The expense of a standard EuroMillions ticket is €2.50, £2.50 or CHF3.50 per line played. It also depends on the local currency. An option, called Plus, which is only available in Ireland and Portugal, adds €1.00 per line.  Also, a new non-optional addition called “My Million” in France (as of Feb 2014) adds €0.50 per line. The UK has seen an increment in playing from £1.50 to £2.00 per line on 7 November 2009. It has supposedly happened due to the combination of the EUR/GBP exchange rate and an automatic entry in its Millionaire Raffle.

In the UK, the cost per line was again raised from £2.00 to £2.50, from 24th September 2016. Also, the amount of lucky stars changed from 11 to 12 numbers from the same day which also helped in decreasing the jackpot winning odds from 1:117 million to 1:140 million.

The entry cost in Ireland and Spain rose to €2.50 per line from 24th September 2016.

All the prizes (including of the jackpot) are tax-free, except in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal (since 2013) and are paid as a lump sum.

  • The players have to pick five main numbers ranging from 1 to 50.
  • The player is required to choose two different lucky star numbers from 12 numbers.

The drawing takes place twice weekly on every Tuesday and Friday at 20:45 in Paris. The winning numbers are declared shortly after the draw. To try your luck in the EuroMillions Lotto, you can purchase tickets from licensed retail stores or online.

The gameplay changed on Tuesday 10 May 2011. A second weekly draw and the number of “lucky stars” were increased from 9 to 11. On the same date, a winning prize for matching two main numbers and no lucky stars also came into rule. While on Saturday 24 September 2016, the number of “lucky stars” was once again increased from 11 to 12.

Eligibility

  • Anyone above or 18 can take part in this draw. She/he should be a resident of participating countries. In the UK minimum age to participate is 16 years.
  • The game is currently available to lottery players in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France (including overseas regions and collectivities), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.