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EuroMillions Jackpot

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. In the starting, only the UK, France and Spain participated in EuroMillions. The Luxembourgish, Irish, Austrian, Belgian, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries joined later on the 8th October 2004 drawing.

Paris hosts the draws held on 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 price 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. This resulted in decreasing the odds of winning the jackpot from 1:117 million to 1:140 million.

From 24th September 2016, the entry cost in Ireland and Spain rose to €2.50 per line.

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

  • The lottery players are allowed to choose five main numbers from 1 to 50.
  • The player also has to pick two different lucky star numbers from 12 numbers.

The EuroMillions drawing is held at 20:45 every Tuesday and Friday in Paris. The results are announced shortly after the draw. You can purchase tickets online and from various licensed outlets to try your luck in the EuroMillions Lotto draw.

On Tuesday 10 May 2011, the game play changed with a second weekly draw and the number of “lucky stars” increasing from 9 to 11. On the same date, a prize for matching two main numbers and no lucky stars was also introduced. On Saturday 24 September 2016, the number of “lucky stars” increased again, from 11 to 12.

Eligibility

  • Anyone 18 or above can take a shot at the game. In some countries like the UK, the minimum age can differ. It is 16 years in the UK.
  • The 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 can easily take part in the game.