EuroMillions is a well known lottery draw throughout the world, even in countries that don’t sell tickets for it. This is down to a number of reasons, including the large number of nations that participate in the draw and the huge jackpots that are frequently offered.
So, with such a high profile status across the world, it’s understandable that people will make comparisons between EuroMillions and the world’s other leading lottery draws. But how does the pan-European lottery actually shape up against draws like US Powerball, MegaMillions, EuroJackpot and the UK’s Lotto draw?
Overall, for a draw that regularly boasts jackpots worth over €100,000,000 (£86,000,000), the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are pretty good, weighing in at a little over 116 million to 1. Let’s compare this to some of the world’s other big draws.
|Lottery||Odds of Winning the Jackpot|
|SuperEna Lotto||622,614,630 to 1|
|US Powerball||292,201,338 to 1|
|Mega Millions||302,575,350 to 1|
|EuroMillions||116,531,800 to 1|
|EuroJackpot||59,325,280 to 1|
|UK Lotto||45,057,474 to 1|
EuroMillions has one of the biggest starting jackpots of all the world’s regular lottery draws. When the jackpot makes its first appearance, it is €15,000,000. This compares favourably when you consider that the advertised jackpot is the actual amount you will receive if you win, unlike the annuity payment figures brandished about by many US lottery draws.
|US Powerball||$40,000,000 (€30,000,000)*|
|Mega Millions||$40,000,000 (€33,812,400)*|
|Florida Lotto||$7,000,000 (€5,200,000)*|
* = Based on annuity payments.
Ways to Win
When it comes to payouts, EuroMillions is renowned for giving away millions of Euros every single draw. Not only is there a big jackpot to aim for every draw, but players can also win one of 12 lower prizes too. So, when it comes which lotteries have the most ways to win, EuroMillions comes top of the pile!
|Lottery||Ways to Win|
Balls and Machines
EuroMillions is one of a number of major world lottery draws that employ two draw machines with two separate pools of numbers, in comparison to UK Lotto’s single drum format. This dual-machine format allows for bigger jackpots, while still offering decent chances of winning smaller prizes. When buying EuroMillions tickets, you must choose five numbers from 1 to 50 from the first pool and two numbers from 1 to 11 from the second pool. The table below compares EuroMillions’ draw matrix to other popular lotteries.
|Lottery||Number of Draw Machines||Number Matrix|
|EuroMillions||2||5/50 – 2/11|
|EuroJackpot||2||5/50 – 2/8|
|US Powerball||2||5/69 – 1/26|
|Mega Millions||2||5/70 – 1/25|
Draws Per Week
EuroMillions takes place twice per week, every Tuesday and Friday night, the same as Mega Millions, thereby avoiding the draws clashing with other big draws such as US Powerball and UK Lotto. But how do these two draws per week compare to other lottery draw days around the world?
|Lottery||Draws per Week||Draw Days|
|Daily Million||7||Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat|
|SuperEna Lotto||3||Tue, Thu, Sat|
|Thunderball||3||Wed, Fri, Sat|
|US Powerball||2||Wed, Sat|
Big starting jackpots, huge rollover jackpots, two draws per week, 13 ways to win and decent odds of winning the top prize. When compared to the best of the rest, it’s easy to see why EuroMillions is such a popular lottery draw.