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EuroMillions and My Million Raffle (France)

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

The EuroMillions and My Million Raffles draw are held on every Tuesday and Friday night at 20:45 CET in Paris. The standard EuroMillions ticket cost is just €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 a pool of 11 to a pool of 12 numbers from the same day, which decreased the jackpot winning odds 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 the prizes are tax-free, except in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal and are paid as a lump sum.

  • Lottery players have to pick five main numbers from 1 to 50 along with two different lucky star numbers from a set of 12 numbers.

The winning numbers along with Lucky Stars are announced shortly after the draw. If you wish to take part in the EuroMillions Lotto drawing, then you can buy your lottery tickets from any of the licensed lottery retail stores. You can also buy lottery tickets online.

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

Eligibility

  • A lottery player should be 18 years or above. For the UK lottery players, it is 16 years.
  • EuroMillions is currently available to 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.