When the first draw took place in February 2004, only three countries participated - the UK, France and Spain. Today EuroMillions is one of the National Lottery’s biggest and most popular lottery games, currently played across nine European countries. Draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings in Paris, with a starting jackpot of €17 million and regular Superdraw events.
Find out about the EuroMillions including how to play, how the prizes are divided and more.
How to Play
Playing the European Millions is easy and you can play it from Australia. As you can only purchase physical tickets in participating countries, you will need to sign up to a service such as Jackpot.com. These services allow you to place bets on international lotteries from Australia and, if you win, will pay out exactly the same amount. Your money is safe and protected with these heavily regulated companies. Follow this step-by-step guide to find out how to play EuroMillions online:
- Choose your numbers - Select five numbers between 1 and 50 and two lucky stars between 1 and 12. Alternatively, you can opt for a Lucky Dip which will automatically generate your numbers for you.
- How many lines? - Choose how many lines you wish to play. Adding more lines on your ticket gives you a better chance of winning. When playing online you can add up to seven lines of numbers on a ticket.
- Choose your draws - Decide which draws you want to enter. You can enter either the Tuesday or the Friday draw or you can enter both. You can also purchase entries for future draws for two, three or four weeks in advance.
- Pay for your entries – When you’re happy with your numbers and ready to play, make sure you confirm the purchase. The price of the ticket will increase the more lines you play.
- Check the results – Make sure to check the Results after the draw.
The EuroMillions jackpot will rollover if no-one manages to match the five main numbers and 2 Lucky Stars, until it reaches its cap of €240 million. The jackpot can stay at €240 million for only four draws before the full amount is rolled down. The fifth consecutive draw without a jackpot winner will see the jackpot amount divided between the next prize tier with winners.
The value of prizes in each tier, including the jackpot amount, is dependent on how many tickets were sold and how many winners there are in any given prize tier. To win the jackpot, players must match 5 numbers and 2 Lucky Stars. The odds of this are 1 in 139,838,160. It is possible to win a prize matching as little as 2 numbers. The overall odds of winning a EuroMillions prize are 1 in 13.
The following table shows the odds of winning a prize in each of the 13 divisions. As it is hard to predict the prize amounts, you can also see the percentage of the prize fund allocated to each division.
|Division||Numbers Matched||% of Prize Fund||Odds of Winning|
|1||Match 5 + 2 Lucky Stars||50%||1 in 139,838,160|
|2||Match 5 + 1 Lucky Stars||2.61%||1 in 6,991,908|
|3||Match 5||0.61%||1 in 3,107,515|
|4||Match 4 + 2 Lucky Stars||0.19%||1 in 621,503|
|5||Match 4 + 1 Lucky Stars||0.35%||1 in 31,075|
|6||Match 3 + 2 Lucky Stars||0.37%||1 in 14,125|
|7||Match 4||0.26%||1 in 13,811|
|8||Match 2 + 2 Lucky Stars||1.30%||1 in 985|
|9||Match 3 + 1 Lucky Star||1.45%||1 in 706|
|10||Match 3||2.70%||1 in 314|
|11||Match 1 + 2 Lucky Stars||3.27%||1 in 188|
|12||Match 2 + 1 Lucky Star||10.30%||1 in 49|
|13||Match 2||16.59%||1 in 22|
Superdraws are special events that take place throughout the year and offer nine-figure jackpots. These events happen once there is enough money in the EuroMillions Reserve Fund. The fund receives 10% of the Common Prize Fund from the first five draws in a rollover series and 18% in every draw after that until the jackpot is won. If the jackpot is not won on the night of the Superdraw, the prize amount will continue to roll over until someone manages to match the winning numbers or until it reaches the jackpot cap of €240 million.
It is not possible to say when the next Superdraw is going to be held until the official announcement is released. As soon as that happens the details will be available here.