How to Play, Odds and Rules
Playing EuroMillions is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular ways to have a flutter. This is largely thanks to a €17,000,000 (£14,635,000) starting jackpot and rollover prizes that often exceed €100,000,000 (£86,090,000).
How to Play
EuroMillions is a twice weekly draw that usually takes place in Paris at roughly 20:45 CET (19:45 GMT) every Tuesday and Friday night. Tickets are sold across a number of European states, including the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium, along with another seven countries, as well as through online ticket agents across the internet.
When buying EuroMillions tickets, players must choose from two individual pools of numbers – main numbers and Lucky Stars. They must choose five numbers from the first pool and two numbers from the second pool (Lucky Stars). The main numbers range from 1 to 50 and the Lucky Stars range from 1 to 12. In 2009, the draw matrix changed from the previous 5/50 – 2/9 to the 5/50 – 2/11, and in September 2016 to 5/50 – 2/12 – that’s used today. The different pools of numbers are drawn using two separate sets of balls and two draw machines. This means that the same number could well be drawn as a main number and as a Lucky Star. Once you have chosen your seven numbers, it’s time to sit back and wait for the draw.
The odds of winning EuroMillions prizes range from 22 to 1 for matching just two main lottery balls all the way up to 139,838,160 to 1 for matching all five main lottery balls plus the two Lucky Stars to win all or a share of the jackpot. The overall chance of winning any EuroMillions prize comes in at a very generous 13 to 1, making the chance of winning a EuroMillions prize more likely than the chance of winning a US Powerball prize, for example, which weighs in at 24.87 to 1.
At 139 million to 1, EuroMillions is one of the world’s more difficult jackpots to win. However, when compared to US Powerball and Mega Millions (258 million to 1) or SuperEnalotto (622 million to 1), you can see that for such a big draw, EuroMillions’ odds are actually pretty good.
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|5 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 139,838,160|
|5 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 6,991,908|
|5||1 in 3,107,515|
|4 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 621,503|
|4 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 31,076|
|4||1 in 14,126|
|3 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 13,812|
|2 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 986|
|3 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 707|
|3||1 in 314|
|1 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 188|
|2 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 50|
|2||1 in 22|
Like most other leading world lottery draws, there are a number of rules that must be adhered to when playing EuroMillions.
In all but one EuroMillions-selling country, the minimum age players must be in order to buy tickets is 18. However, in the UK players need only be 16 years of age before they can buy EuroMillions tickets.
If you’re lucky enough to win a EuroMillions prize, you must claim it within 180 days of the draw taking place. If, for whatever reason. you fail to claim your prize within the allotted timeframe, your prize will be forfeited and your chance of riches will be gone.