Who can play EuroMillions?
EuroMillions is one of the biggest lottery draws in the world, being played across 13 European countries – UK, France (including overseas territories), Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Monaco, Isle of Man, Andorra and Liechtenstein.
The draw takes place in Paris every Tuesday and Friday night at 20:45 CET (19:45 GMT), as it has done since its inception, with results being announced within a few minutes of it taking place. If we’re being pedantic, EuroMillions isn’t actually a lottery draw in its own right. Rather, it is an arrangement between 13 individual nationally-licensed lottery draws across Europe.
The minimum age to buy EuroMillions tickets is either 16 or 18-years-old depending on the country in which you purchase. For example, if you play in the UK the minimum age requirement is 16, but if you buy your tickets in France, it is 18…
Regardless of whether the country they’re in sells EuroMillions tickets, players can buy them online from online ticket agents, who will buy the tickets on your behalf, sidestepping any residency requirements.
The EuroMillions Jackpot
EuroMillions boasts a massive €17,000,000 (£14,630,000) starting jackpot that is capable of rolling over and climbing to the jackpot cap, which currently stands at a massive €190,000,000 (£163,000,000)!
Compared to other big lottery draws around the world, such as Mega Millions or SuperEnalotto, the EuroMillions jackpot certainly holds its own. In fact, the EuroMillions jackpot has the potential to climb by €25,000,000 (£21,500,000) or more when it rolls over, making it one of the fastest growing lottery jackpots in the world.
From time to time EuroMillions operates SuperDraws, which feature boosted, guaranteed jackpots. The first such SuperDraw took place in February 2007, when the jackpot was a guaranteed €130,000,000 (£100,000,000)! Since then there have been a dozen or more EuroMillions SuperDraws, the biggest guaranteed jackpots weighing in at €130,000,000. There have been many, many big jackpot winners, the biggest being a colossal €190,000,000 (£159,000,000). But a further 20 or so jackpots of €100,000,000 (£86,000,000) or more have also been won over the years.
During the ‘European lottery boom’ of the 1990s, the idea of a pan-European lottery draw was tossed around by national lottery operators like Camelot in the UK and Française des Jeux in France. However, it was another decade before the dream of a European lottery draw came to fruition. EuroMillions was finally launched in February 2004 in the UK, Spain and France.
Following its initial success, it wasn’t long before more nations wanted to join the increasingly popular multi-country lottery draw. In November of the same year, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg joined EuroMillions, and were followed by Andorra, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein and Monaco in ensuing years.
Due to the huge success of EuroMillions, a second pan-European lottery draw launched in 2012 – EuroJackpot. However, this draw is only played once per week and the jackpots cannot compete with the huge prizes up for grabs to EuroMillions players. Italy’s SuperEna Lotto and Spain’s El Gordo may also feature big jackpots, but these big top prizes are few and far between, and, unlike those for EuroMillions, are not offered every week,
EuroMillions at a Glance
- Draws are on Tuesday and Friday at 20:45 CET (19:45 GMT)
- The jackpot starts at €17,000,000 (£14,630,000) and rises to €190,000,000 (£163,000,000)
- Rollovers can increase the jackpot by €25,000,000 (£21,500,000)
- Participating countries are the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Andorra, Austria, Luxembourg, Monaco, Isle of Man and Liechtenstein.