EuroMillions

EuroMillions EuroMillions was launched in 2004 and continues to give players in nine different countries the chance to win life-changing jackpots. Tickets were initially only on sale in the UK, France and Spain for the first draw in February 2004, before Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland took the number of participating nations up to nine a few months later. The large number of participating countries guarantees a significant prize fund in every draw and ensures there is always a massive jackpot available.

EuroMillions draws are held every Tuesday and Friday, when five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from a separate pool of 1 to 12 are selected at random. You can play online or via authorised retailers in any of the participating countries, and either select the numbers yourself or use the Lucky Dip feature to pick a random line. This can save time if purchasing multiple tickets.

To win the jackpot you must match all five main numbers and both of the Lucky Stars, but there are 12 other ways to win prizes, as shown in the table below:

Ways to win Odds of success
Match 5 + 2 1 in 139,838,160
Match 5 + 1 1 in 6,991,908
Match 5 1 in 3,107,515
Match 4 + 2 1 in 621,503920
Match 4 + 1 1 in 31,076
Match 3 + 2 1 in 14,126
Match 4 1 in 13,812
Match 2 + 2 1 in 986
Match 3 + 1 1 in 707
Match 3 1 in 314
Match 1 + 2 1 in 188
Match 2 + 1 1 in 50
Match 2 1 in 22

There is a guaranteed minimum jackpot of €17 million on EuroMillions, and if no player wins the top prize in a draw, then the funds will roll over and be added to the jackpot for the next draw. There is a jackpot cap, set at €190 million, so the top prize cannot grow any higher. The jackpot can stay at €190 million until it is won or until four draws have passed, and then if there are still no winners the full amount will roll down to be shared out between players in the next highest winning tier. There have been two instances of players winning €190 million; first in August 2012, when Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK won the largest-possible prize, and then again in October 201 4 by a Portuguese ticket holder.

Any physical winning ticket must be claimed in the country of purchase; for example, if you were on holiday in Spain and bought a ticket which later won a prize, it would have to be claimed in Spain. However, these issues can be avoided by purchasing the ticket online, as any winnings will be paid into your account.