How to Play EuroMillions, Info, Rules, Guides
The EuroMillions lottery is known for having some of Europe's biggest jackpots. Since the start of the lottery on February 7, 2004, many millionaires have been created, with payments exceeding EUR 0.1 billion. The lottery was originally founded in France, England and Spain. Then it was expanded to Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal and Luxembourg on October 8, 2004. The first lottery draw took place in Paris on Friday, February 13, 2004. You can play EuroMillions online and have the chance to win the world's largest jackpots. The lottery draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday.
EuroMillions donates around EUR 30,000 each week to charity
Responsible Gambling: EuroMillions players can set game limits
EuroMillions offers Europe's largest jackpots
How to win EuroMillions and how it works
Playing EuroMillions is easy. What you do is go to the EuroMillions website. Players can open an account by filling in their personal information, such as e-mail address, first and last name, address, etc. When it's done, you pick your turn number and start playing! You choose 5 numbers between 1-50 and 2 bonus numbers from 1-12 or you can use the speed dial so each row is selected automatically.
Players can also choose how many weeks they want to play on their turn number or they can pay for their turn number through continuous card payment. Each ticket costs EUR 3.5 and then you can set your own limits, which makes gambling responsible. You can find out if you won by visiting the site, otherwise winners will usually receive an email that they have won.
How can players control their tickets?
Players can view the results of the lottery in a variety of ways, whether on computers, phones or tablets, through QR code or ticket scanning, on TV or at your nearest store. Players can access EuroMillions via their computer, phone or tablet. The app does so players quickly get answers whether they won or not. The results of EuroMillions, Lotto and Thunderball will also be broadcast on BBC One following the news at 10.40 p.m. Finally, players can also visit their local store to find out if they won.
Where can see the EuroMillions draw live?
In addition to BBC One, players can also watch the EuroMillions draw live on the internet. Viewers can watch EuroMillions, Powerball and Lotto on Youtube, and EuroMillions, Powerball and Mega Millions on Lottotube.TV. You can watch the National Lottery draw every Saturday at 8.30 p.m on Youtube, their own website or Facebook. English viewers can also watch the draw every Friday on Sky One from 9.00am - 9.05pm English time. Unfortunately, this only covers around 30 %% of English viewers, the majority relying on websites or ITV / BBC Teletext.
Can winners still be anonymous if they win?
All EuroMillion countries allow their winners to remain anonymous if they wish. Most winners are offered financial advice, which includes whether they want to be public or not. Many winners are public instead of keeping their winnings secret, as it is difficult to keep such a secret, especially from family and friends. Some winners choose to reveal parts of their personal information but not their entire identity. For example, the British man who won EUR 0.17 billion in November 2016 who had previously worked as a teacher and who loves to play the piano and listen to songs by Kenny Roger.
Where to buy tickets?
Players can purchase EuroMillions tickets online. They can also buy the tickets through EuroMillion's own website or on other websites. The tickets are valid for 180 days from the day they are purchased. In order to play you have to be 18 years or older.
Can I pay with a direct debit card?
In order to pay with a direct debit card you have to log in or create your own account on online website and link the card to it. It is very easy to connect and does not take long at all. What you need is a clearing and account number. When this is done, players can choose and pay for their tickets. You can also delete your lotteries and make new ones if you want to change the days of the draws, add or remove rows or change the numbers. It is very easy to enter or change any information regarding a player's direct debit card.
Odds of Winning EuroMillions
|Prize Tier||Match||Odds of Winning|
|1 (Jackpot)||5 numbers + 2 stars||1 in 139,838,160|
|2||5 numbers + 1 star||1 in 6,991,908|
|3||5 numbers + 0 stars||1 in 3,107,515|
|4||4 numbers + 2 stars||1 in 621,503|
|5||4 numbers + 1 star||1 in 31,075|
|6||3 numbers + 2 stars||1 in 14,125|
|7||4 numbers + 0 stars||1 in 13,811|
|8||2 numbers + 2 stars||1 in 985|
|9||3 numbers + 1 star||1 in 706|
|10||3 numbers + 0 stars||1 in 314|
|11||1 number + 2 stars||1 in 188|
|12||2 numbers + 1 star||1 in 49|
|13||2 numbers + 0 stars||1 in 22|
|Overall odds: 1:13|
How to Win EuroMillions
The only way to be sure to win EuroMillions is to play every possible combination in a single draw. This is not a viable option as it would involve buying 139,838,160 tickets, but there are some methods you can use to increase your chances of winning a prize.
Join a Syndicate
EuroMillions syndicates can improve your chances of winning more prizes, as the more tickets you play, the better your shot at winning a prize. Joining a lottery group which holds a large number of entries means that you can have a greater number of lines in the draw than you would (or could) realistically play as an individual.
Play a EuroMillions System
System entries are often best suited to syndicates, as they involve buying a large number of entries for a draw. You would play more a combination of more numbers than the required five main numbers and two Lucky Stars. For example, you might choose to play six main numbers and three Lucky Stars, which would give you more chances to win should your numbers come up.
You can play system entries in Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain, but in the UK and Ireland you will need to create your own by writing down all possible combinations of the numbers you choose and entering them on multiple lines to ensure that they are all covered.
Take Advantage of the Jackpot Cap
The EuroMillions jackpot is capped at €200 million, with excess funds that would have been added to the top prize diverted to next-highest prize tier with any winners. While this technically doesn’t make you a jackpot winner, you could still pick up a seven-figure sum for matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star, and the odds of winning in this prize tier are just 1 in 6,991,908, compared with 1 in 139,838,160 for the jackpot.
On Friday 8th July 2011, six winners in the Match 5+1 tier won £3.3 million (€4.5 million) after the jackpot hit its then cap of €185 million.
Once the jackpot reaches €200 million, it can roll over four times before it either must be won or is rolled down into the next winning prize tier. During these rollovers, any excess funds that would have been added to the jackpot are also rolled down, bringing you a better chance of winning a life-changing prize without having to match all of the numbers drawn. See the Jackpot Cap page for more about how it works.
Remember the Basics
It seems obvious, but you cannot win EuroMillions without buying a ticket. Once you have bought your tickets, you know that you have a chance of winning that jackpot. You really do have to be in it to win it.
Similarly, you can’t collect a prize if you do not check your ticket. Make sure you use the EuroMillions Ticket Checker soon after the draw takes place to see whether you have matched any numbers and if you are due a prize.
The advantage of playing EuroMillions online is that you are notified of any prizes you win on your tickets, and you can’t lose or damage them because your numbers are digitally connected to you in your player account.