The EuroMillions lottery is the highest paying lottery on the entire continent, held every Tuesday and Friday. Players pick 5 main numbers out of 50 and two LuckyStars (1-12) and have the chance to win a jackpot that starts from a minimum of 17 million euros and can go up to 190 million euros. Additionally, there are 12 other prizes in various categories.
EuroMillions tickets can be purchased at retail locations in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Alternatively, players can participate online from anywhere in the world.
History of the EuroMillions lottery
The EuroMillions lottery was launched in February 2004 by three participating countries: France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Just a few months later (on September 8, 2004), six more countries were added: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland. Since its inception, EuroMillions has undergone several changes, including the introduction of a jackpot cap in 2009. In 2011, lottery operators introduced a second weekly draw on Tuesday evenings. The first EuroMillions draw took place on February 13, 2004, and a French lottery player became the first winner of the EuroMillions jackpot.
In November 2009, the EuroMillions lottery introduced a limit on its jackpot prize, called the jackpot cap. Initially, the limit was set at 185 million euros, and it was agreed that each time someone won the jackpot at the cap stage, the future limit would increase by 5 million euros. The first time this occurred was in July 2011, when a British couple named Chris and Colin Weir won a EuroMillions jackpot worth 185 million euros. This raised the EuroMillions jackpot cap to 190 million euros.
In 2012, the rule was changed once again. The maximum jackpot was now capped at 190 million euros. If the EuroMillions jackpot reaches 190 million euros and is not won after two more draws, the prize money is distributed among the winners in the next highest prize category.
EuroMillions Super draws
From time to time, EuroMillions announces a special EuroMillions draw that replaces the jackpot and starts with a guaranteed jackpot of $130 million instead. The Super Draw takes place in exactly the same way as the regular EuroMillions lottery – players select five main numbers and two LuckyStars. If the jackpot is not won, the amount remains for a maximum of 4 draws. If the jackpot is still not won, it will be distributed among the winners of the next higher level.
The EuroMillions lottery tickets consist of two fields. There is a table with main numbers from 1 to 50 and a second field with Lucky Star numbers from 1 to 12. In the first field, players have to choose 5 numbers out of a total of 50, while in the second field, only 2 digits are allowed for selection. If a player gets all 7 numbers right, they win the jackpot!
The betting slip can be filled in by hand and handed in at a retail store, but filling it in online is much easier and more convenient.
The risk of losing your betting slip is practically non-existent here, and you can also save yourself a trip to a retail store to redeem your winnings.