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EuroMillions is Europe's answer to the massive multistate lotteries in the USA, and gives residents of nine European countries and their jurisdictions the chance to win genuinely life-changing sums of money, often reaching into hundreds of millions of euros. Two draws are held each week, at approximately 9pm CET on Tuesdays and Fridays in Paris, with 2-3 Super Draws each year that set the jackpot at a guaranteed €130 million or more.

If you have a specific question regarding the EuroMillions game, check out the answers to common questions at the bottom of this page!

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How to Play

To win the EuroMillions jackpot you must match five main numbers from a pot of 1-50 and two 'Lucky Stars' from a separate pot of 1-12. There are prizes for anything from two main numbers and no Lucky Stars, or one main number and both Lucky Stars, right up to the jackpot win. Several countries also operate an additional raffle with a guaranteed payout to one or more players chosen at random. In the UK this is the Millionaire Maker, which pays a fixed £1 million to two players in each of the two weekly draws - making four guaranteed millionaires in a normal week.

Why to Play

EuroMillions has proved hugely popular and it's not hard to see why, with excellent odds of 1 in 13 to win any prize, an average expected payout of about £10, and nearly twice as much chance to win the jackpot as in the big US lotteries. Several countries also operate variations on the concept of a 'millionaire raffle' for a slightly higher ticket price, which means guaranteed winners within those countries in every draw, which should soften the blow when a big jackpot pays out to a winner overseas.

Supplementary Games

Several countries operate supplementary games, including the UK Millionaire Maker, previously known as the Millionaire Raffle. Each EuroMillions ticket bought in the UK comes with an extra unique raffle ticket number, and in each draw two of these numbers are chosen at random to win £1 million each. The standard ticket price of £2.50 in the UK covers both the EuroMillions entry and the Millionaire Maker ticket, which come printed together on the same physical ticket. It is not possible to buy a EuroMillions ticket in the UK without also entering the Millionaire Maker game too.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

EuroMillions prizes are based on a pari-mutuel system, which means a percentage of the total prize fund is allocated to each tier, and that amount is then divided between all winning tickets. In September 2016, an extra Lucky Star was introduced, taking the number of balls in the second ball set to 12. With this taken into account, the full list of prize tiers and their odds is shown below.

Match Prize (approx.) Odds
5 + 2 Lucky Stars Jackpot 1 in 139,838,160
5 + 1 Lucky Star €300,000 1 in 6,991,908
5 €30,000 1 in 3,107,515
4 + 2 Lucky Stars €3,000 1 in 621,503
4 + 1 Lucky Star €160 1 in 31,075
3 + 2 Lucky Stars €100 1 in 14,125
4 €60 1 in 13,811
2 + 2 Lucky Stars €20 1 in 985
3 + 1 Lucky Star €14 1 in 706
3 €12 1 in 314
1 + 2 Lucky Stars €10 1 in 188
2 + 1 Lucky Star €8 1 in 49
2 €4 1 in 22

The overall odds of a jackpot win - around 1 in 140 million - are very good compared with the main US lotteries, Powerball and Mega Millions, where the jackpot has odds of around 1 in 292 million and 1 in 302 million respectively. The overall odds of winning any prize on EuroMillions are a healthy 1 in 13, with an average payout of about €14 or £10, depending on exchange rates.

Although the UK Millionaire Maker prize is fixed at £1 million, it is possible to increase your chances of winning it. More people enter the Friday draw and during a rollover when the main EuroMillions jackpot is highest, so by entering on a normal Tuesday draw, your raffle ticket competes with fewer others in the Millionaire Maker draw - potentially taking the odds of a win from about 1 in 3 million to better than 1 in 2 million.

Payment Options

EuroMillions prizes are paid as a lump sum as soon as is reasonable after a successful prize claim has been made. For smaller prizes this just means cashing in your ticket at a retailer, while jackpot winners have the option of anonymity when receiving their payout. In most jurisdictions prizes are tax free, except for winners in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.

Portugal tax: any prize above €5,000 is subject to a 20% tax.

Spain tax: any prize above €2,500 is subject to a 20% tax.

Switzerland tax: any prize above CHF 1,000 is subject to a 35% tax.

History

EuroMillions dates back to 2004 and initially only sold tickets in France, Spain and the UK. In 2004 the list of participating locations grew with the addition of Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. In 2009 UK tickets increased in price from £1.50 to £2.00 each, accounting for a change in the euro exchange rate, and also covering the new cost of entry into the Millionaire Raffle.

Where to Play

Residents of 13 European jurisdictions can play EuroMillions:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Those based in Andorra, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein and Monaco can play, though their operators will be based in Spain, the UK, Switzerland or Austria, and France respectively. Non-residents elsewhere in the world can also play online, and reliable lottery ticket courier services will send a 'man on the ground' to a retailer in a participating jurisdiction to buy a physical ticket in line with game rules.

Where the Money Goes

The UK pays 28% of all revenues from EuroMillions tickets to 'Good Causes' (50% goes to the prize fund, 12% to the government as Lottery Duty, 5% to the retailers who sell tickets, and 4.5% to the operating costs of the lottery, leaving a profit of 0.5% for the operator). Unclaimed prizes also go into the Good Causes fund.

UK lottery money is allocated to a wide range of different beneficiaries, ranging from small community groups and homeless projects to major artistic, cultural and sporting events such as the London 2012 Olympics.

FAQs

How is the money managed?

A trust holds all the money needed to cover current prizes and other costs, which means that if one of the national lottery operators were to collapse, the EuroMillions game overall would not be adversely affected.

How are Super Draws and guaranteed jackpots funded?

A percentage of the prize fund from each draw is held back in a 'booster fund' which is used to cover the minimum jackpot after a win - slightly more is paid into this fund in the first few draws after the jackpot has just been won.

How do I get my money?

EuroMillions prizes are paid out as a lump sum - unlike the big US lotteries, there is no annuity option for the jackpot - and smaller prizes can be claimed at a retailer. Unless you are in Portugal, Switzerland or Spain, all prizes are tax free.

I matched both Lucky Stars - have I won?

Roughly 1 in 115 tickets match both Lucky Stars but none of the five main balls, which would make this the third prize tier based purely on the chances of winning; however, there is no prize for doing so. If you match both Lucky Stars, you need to match at least one main ball to win.

How long do I have to claim a prize?

The prize claim period of a EuroMillions ticket depends on the country it was bought in, though it can be anywhere from 60 days to three years.

What was the largest EuroMillions jackpot ever won?

€190 million, which is the game’s jackpot cap. It’s been won twice: once in August 2012 by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK, and again in October 2014 by an anonymous Portuguese player.

What’s the European Millionaire Maker game?

The game changes in September 2016 saw the introduction of the European Millionaire Maker supplementary game.

It occurs a few times a year, and all countries take part. Whenever a player buys a EuroMillions ticket for a draw featuring the European Millionaire Maker, they will receive a random code made up of four letters and five numbers (for example: ABCD12345). If their code matches the same code in the main EuroMillions draw, they will receive a €/£1 million prize.

If you’re looking for the answers to questions about lottery games in general, head on over to the dedicated FAQs page.

EuroMillions Supplementary Games

Almost as though they’re competing with one another, each country taking part in the EuroMillions games all offer their resident players extra chances to win big. The options lottery hopefuls have when playing the EuroMillions are so vast that we’ve dedicated an entire page to explaining them.

Whether you want to see what your own country offers, or you’re simply curious to see how the other countries are running things, this is the page for you.

Card Information

Similar to the cards on the Games page, using the info provided here, you can quickly access and visualise all the important information about each country’s supplementary game with minimum effort!

Country

As you’d expect, this refers to the games that each country taking part in the EuroMillions game offers its players. If you’re playing online, you might want to check where your EuroMillions ticket was purchased so that you can see whether you’re eligible for any supplementary games and their prizes, too.

You’ll see that some countries only offer one game whereas others offer two. Belgium Joker+ is a standalone game that can be played with or without a main EuroMillions game entry.

Game Name

Also quite a self-explanatory, though the names of some – like Portugal’s and Spain’s – refer to the prize up for grabs in the game, and others – like France’s Etoile+ (which translates to “Star+”) – refer to game aspects of the main EuroMillions draw.

Game Format

The supplementary games can follow either a match format or a raffle format. A match format is the same as the main EuroMillions game in that a player is required to match a certain amount of numbers in order to win a prize. Certain games require players to match more numbers than others, and you can see which match game asks what of their players below.

Austria Joker

Match* Example Prize Odds
All numbers 123456 Jackpot* 1 in 1 million
Last 5 numbers _23456 €7,700 1 in 111,111.11
Last 4 numbers __3456 €770 1 in 11,111.11
Last 3 numbers ___456 €77 1 in 1,111.11
Last 2 numbers ____56 €7 1 in 111.11
Last number _____6 €1.50 1 in 11.11

*Numbers must be matched in order.

*Minimum jackpot is €100,000.

Belgium Joker+

Match Prize Odds
6 numbers and star sign Jackpot* 1 in 12 million
6 numbers €20,000 1 in 1,090,909
5 numbers €2,000 1 in 55,556
4 numbers €200 1 in 5,556
3 numbers €20 1 in 556
2 numbers €5 1 in 56
1 number €2 1 in 6
Star sign only €1.50 1 in 12

*Minimum jackpot is €200,000.

France Etoile+

Main Numbers Lucky Stars Prize (% of Fund) Odds
5 1 0.67% 1 in 6,991,908
4 2 0.08% 1 in 621,503
4 1 0.17% 1 in 31,075
3 2 0.17% 1 in 14,125
2 2 0.58% 1 in 986
3 1 0.67% 1 in 706
1 2 2.33% 1 in 188
0 2 15% 1 in 115
2 1 6.83% 1 in 49
0 1 73.50% 1 in 6

Ireland EuroMillions Plus

Match Prize
5 numbers €500,000
(Fixed Prize)
4 numbers €2,000
3 numbers €20

Luxembourg Joker

Match* Example Prize
All numbers 123456 €500,000
Last 5 numbers _23456 €10,000
Last 4 numbers __3456 €1,000
Last 3 numbers ___456 €100
Last 2 numbers ____56 €10
Last number _____6 €2

*Numbers must be matched in order.

Luxembourg Extra Lux

Match* Prize Odds
5 numbers €200,000* 1 in 2,118,760
4 numbers €500 1 in 9,416
3 numbers €10 1 in 214

*Maximum €100,000 per player.

Switzerland Super Star

Match* Example Prize Odds
All 5 A123B CHF 250,000 1 in 676,000
First 2 and Last 2 A1_3B CHF 5,000 1 in 75,111
First 3 and Last or
First and Last 3
A12_B
A_23B
CHF 2,000 1 in 37,556
First 4 or
Last 4
A123_
_123B
CHF 1,000 1 in 13,520
First 2 and Last or
First and Last 2
A1__B
A__3B
CHF 275 1 in 4,173
First 3 or
Last 3
A12__
__23B
CHF 50 1 in 1,502
First and Last A___B CHF 20 1 in 835
First 2 or
Last 2
A1___
___3B
CHF 10 1 in 150
First or
Last
A____
____B
CHF 4 1 in 15

*This refers to matching letters and numbers (alphanumeric).

Switzerland 2 Chance

Match Average Prize Odds
5 numbers CHF 150,000 1 in 2,118,760
4 numbers CHF 700* 1 in 9,416.7
3 numbers CHF 25 1 in 214

*Maximum prize amount is CHF 950.

With the match games explained, it’s time to move on to explaining those that follow a raffle format. Unlike most of the match games, raffle games do not come at an extra cost to the player. Any ticket a player purchases while the relevant raffle promotion is active normally gets added into the raffle draw automatically.

While most of the raffle games available on EuroMillions are playable for most draws, it is worth noting that Spain’s El Millón game takes place on Fridays, so if you have bought a ticket for a Tuesday draw, the El Millón code will be valid for the draw on the following Friday. Similarly, the UK’s Mega Week promotion occurs roughly once a month, and the European Millionaire Maker game occurs intermittently throughout the year.

All: European Millionaire Maker

  • Example European Millionaire Maker Jackpot-winning Code - ABCD12345*

*The first letter of a European Millionaire Maker code is country-specific.

Belgium My Bonus

  • Example My Bonus-winning code - BABC12345

France: My Million

  • Example My Million-winning code - AB0123456

Ireland: Ireland-Only Raffle

  • Example Ireland-Only Raffle-winning code - I-ABC-12345

Portugal: M1LHAO

  • Example M1LHAO Jackpot-winning Code - ABC12345

Spain: El Millón

  • Example El Millón Jackpot-winning Code - ABC12345

UK: Millionaire Maker

  • Example Millionaire Maker Jackpot-winning Code - ABCD12345*

*A Mega Week prize-winning ticket will follow the same sequence as above, though in addition to a £1 million prize, any Mega Week winner also has a five-star holiday and other luxuries to look forward to.

Draw Day(s)

This term refers to the days the days on which each supplementary game takes place.

The majority of games take place on Tuesdays and Fridays alongside the main EuroMillions draw, though the Austria Joker game takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays to coincide with the native Austria lottery game.

Similarly, as mentioned earlier, the Belgium Joker+ game takes place every day of the week and so it is the player’s choice whether they wish to play it alongside a EuroMillions draw or not.

If you’re interested in playing the Belgium Joker+, the draws take place at 7pm CET/6pm GMT on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; at 8pm CET/7pm GMT on Tuesdays and Fridays; and at 1pm CET/12pm GMT on Sundays.

Cost

As you’ll have seen, certain games cost extra to take part in and some don’t. Some, but not all, match games incur an additional fee, and this is because they operate sort of like a second lottery game.

Players pay for the chance to win a prize on a draw with different odds. With players paying to play these optional games, the operators are able to offer different prize tiers rather than just one main prize like in a raffle game.

If you’re looking for cost efficiency, EuroMillions tickets from either Switzerland or the UK are arguably your best bet, with both featuring two free supplementary games, though Switzerland probably pips the UK to the title as both of its games are constant whereas the UK’s game Mega Week occurs roughly once a month.

Odds of Winning Any Prize

Because the odds of match games depend on the amount of balls (or numbers) in the game’s pool, it is possible to see what the odds of winning any prize on that particular game are. Match games normally operate with estimated fixed odds, meaning that regardless of how many players are taking part in the game, the chances of winning remain the same.

This is one key difference between a match game and a raffle game. As you might have, there are no odds outlined for the raffle games. This is because - unlike the match games’ fixed odds - the odds for raffles fluctuate depending on the number of people taking part.

Certain players may prefer one type of game over the other. Match games offer a kind of security in not having their odds affected by external factors. Conversely, others may prefer the raffle games, taking advantage of a low turnout of players to potentially increase their chances of winning.

Lowest Match Required to Win a Prize

This outlines the minimum amount of digits you’ll need to match to win on that particular game. As you’ll notice the match offers different prize tiers for different numbers matched while the raffle games require an exact match.

If you’re looking at the Belgian games in the table, you will have seen two options in this column. This is because in addition to the six numbers you need to match in the Belgium Joker+ game, you also need to match the star sign option, which acts as a bonus ball.

Matching the star sign has odds of 1 in 12, but a payout of €1.50, and so is technically the lowest tier based on prize money; however, matching one of six numbers has odds of 1 in 6 and has a payout of €2, and so is the lowest tier based on odds of winning.

Default Jackpot

This refers to each game’s standard jackpot-tier payout. The raffle games, only offering one prize rather than multiple, all propose a £/€1 million prize, and there is always at least one winning code revealed in each draw. The prize amount of a draw does not depend on the draw that preceded it: raffle games offer the same fixed prize for every draw.

Certain match games also offer fixed prizes, but these are tiered and the amount of prize money you receive depends on the amount of numbers you match, as you’d expect in a normal lottery game. The exceptions to this rule are Austria Joker and Belgium Joker+, which both feature rollovers of sorts.

If there are no winners of the jackpot-tier prize for Austria Joker, the amount carries over to the next draw, rather than being restored to a default amount as in other games (the prize amount for this tier is approximately normally above €100,000).

The default jackpot amount of the Belgium Joker+ game is €200,000. This amount is fixed until the 21st of any given month. If by that time there have been no jackpot winners, another €200,000 will be added to the top prize. This happens consecutively each month if there are no winners. As such, it is possible for this game to reach a jackpot prize worth €1 million - if there are no winners of that tier over the space of roughly five months.

The top prize for France’s Etoile+ supplementary game is different in that the amount a winner receives depends on the overall funds that have been generated for the draw. That’s why in the table you’ll see a percentage rather than a figure.

Prize Claim Period

This is usually the same amount of time a specific country offers for any prize claims that pertain to the main EuroMillions draw.

In the case of the European Millionaire Maker supplementary game, prize claim periods tend to mirror the country’s existing prize claim periods for the main EuroMillions game.

Whether you’re looking to claim a main EuroMillions prize or a prize from a supplementary game, we advise you to check with your relevant lottery operator for further clarification.