EuroMillions has provided players in many different countries with the chance to win incredible prizes since being launched in 2004. The game initially started in France, Spain and the UK, before Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined a few months later. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday evening in Paris.
Five main numbers between 1 and 50 and two Lucky Stars from 1 to 12 are randomly drawn in each game. As the Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate set of balls, players can select the same number as one of their main numbers and as one of their Lucky Stars if they so wish. You can also use the ‘Lucky Dip’ option to generate random numbers in an instant if you don’t want to pick your own line.
There are 13 prize tiers on EuroMillions, so anyone who matches at least two main numbers will win a prize. The jackpot is reserved for anyone who matches all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars, and if more than one ticket holder succeeds then the money is split equally between all of the winning tickets.
The odds of winning in each tier are as follows:
|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|
|3 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 14,126|
|4||1 in 13,812|
|2 + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 986|
|3 + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 707|
|3||1 in 314|
|1 + 2||1 in 188|
|2 + 1||1 in 50|
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 13.
The top prize starts at a minimum of €17 million and grows when it is not won, up until a maximum of €190 million. The jackpot can then stay at this level for four draws until it has to be won, so if there are no winners after the fourth draw then the full amount will be diverted to the next tier in which there are winners.
You can play Euromillions in a number of different ways. You can play online, buy tickets from an authorised retailer or even join a syndicate, which could improve your chances of winning a prize because you will have a share of a greater number of tickets in the draw.