As Europe’s premier lottery, EuroMillions attracts attention from around the world. Lotto fans can find answers to the ten most frequently asked questions about the multi-country draw as it approaches its maximum prize this Tuesday.
1. What is EuroMillions?
EuroMillions is a popular number draw game established in 2004 when French, Spanish and UK lottery organisations joined together to create a pan-European lotto. The first EuroMillions draw took place on Friday, 13th February 2004, with tickets sold in each of the three founding territories.
Just 34 weeks later, an additional six countries (Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland) joined in the Euro lottery fun! The first 9-country EuroMillions draw was held on Friday, 8th October 2004.
2. How do I play EuroMillions?
To play EuroMillions, select five numbers from a guess range of 1-50, and then select two additional numbers, called Lucky Stars, from a separate guess range of 1-11. The EuroMillions jackpot will be awarded to the player or group of players who match all five regular numbers and both Lucky Stars. In total, EuroMillions offers an impressive thirteen prize categories, nine of which require one or both of the Lucky Stars.
3. What time is the EuroMillions draw and where does it take place?
Originally a Friday-night lotto, EuroMillions has been a twice-weekly lottery since the first Tuesday draw that took place on 10th May 2011. The EuroMillions winning numbers are drawn in Paris, France, at approximately 21:00 CET (20:00 GMT).
Two machines are used in each draw, one to select the five regular numbers and a second to choose the two Lucky Stars needed to secure the top prizes. For each selection of regular and additional numbers, there are four machines in rotation; Stresa 1 to 4 select five red balls from 50, and Paquerette 1 to 4 select two gold balls (the Lucky Stars) from 11. Stresa is a pretty village in Italy’s north and Paquerette is French for daisy.
4. What is the latest time to buy EuroMillions tickets online?
Players can buy EuroMillions lottery tickets online on theLotter until 19:10 GMT every Tuesday and Friday before that night’s draw. Those eager to have their tickets ready and waiting are able to buy tickets for the next EuroMillions draw from 19:11 GMT. Purchase a multi-draw or subscription package for EuroMillions on theLotter to ensure you never miss a draw and save money on the cost of your tickets!
5. When are EuroMillions results published on theLotter?
EuroMillions results are available on theLotter from 22:00 GMT every Tuesday and Friday after the European lottery draw. When you buy EuroMillions tickets through theLotter, you will automatically be notified of any and all winning lines via email.
6. What is the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap?
The EuroMillions starting jackpot is €15 million, and rollovers can take the top prize as high as €190 million to EuroMillions’ jackpot cap. Originally, EuroMillions had a rollover limit of 12 consecutive rollovers. This rule was replaced with the EuroMillions Jackpot Pool Cap which was set at the current sum on 17th February 2012. The draw can offer its maximum capped sum of €190 million for two consecutive draws before the jackpot prize funds roll down to the second prize, and the lottery returns to its starting jackpot of €15 million.
7. Who are EuroMillions record winners?
After the February 2012 announcement, whoever won the €190 million prize would be part of a long-standing EuroMillions record. In August 2012, Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the enormous prize in the EuroMillions UK version of the multi-state lottery. Interestingly, the Bayfords’ win was worth £148 million and was actually less in pounds sterling than the €185 million EuroMillions UK jackpot won by Chris and Colin Weir, who received £161 million back in July 2011, due to a difference in foreign exchange rates.
8. Has theLotter had any big EuroMillions winners?
theLotter’s biggest EuroMillions winner, G.R. from Russia, won €144,240 in draw 2012/45 on 8th June 2012. G.R. matched all five regular numbers as well as one Lucky Star in the European multi-state lottery, and at the time his win was worth $179,838 and was free of taxes! G.R. was invited to collect his winning ticket from theLotter’s local representatives in Spain, who guided him through the process of collecting his big win directly from the EuroMillions offices.
9. What will the next EuroMillions jackpot be?
A normal EuroMillions rollover can range from €5 million to €20 million on top of the previous draw. As Tuesday night’s jackpot is worth €185 million, should it rollover the jackpot cap will kick in and Friday night’s top prize will be worth the EuroMillions jackpot maximum of €190 million.
This is good news for EuroMillions lottery fans as the ‘lost cap’, or the funds for the rollover that would have been, will trickle down to secondary prize divisions, making entering Friday’s EuroMillions draw in everyone’s interest!
10. What will happen if no one wins the next EuroMillions draw this Friday?
If Friday’s jackpot is worth €190 million and there is still no winner, the lottery rules state that one further opportunity will be given for the jackpot to be won at that amount. In other words, the EuroMillions top prize would again be worth €190 million on Tuesday, July 2nd.
However, should no one match all five regular numbers and both Lucky Stars in the second €190 million draw, the jackpot fund will be distributed among winners of the tier below. This means that second prize winners stand an excellent chance of become multi-millionaires for simply matching five numbers and one Lucky Star!
Whatever the outcome of the next three draws now is the perfect time to purchase a multi-draw package for EuroMillions – good luck!