In 2011, Europe's EuroMillions lotto broke the record for the largest jackpot in the continent’s history, and made an even bigger prize in 2012. EuroMillions was launched in 2004, and nine different European countries participate in the lottery’s multi-national jackpots. Many more players access EuroMillions as an online lotto, and the pan-European lottery frequently has one of the world's biggest lotto jackpots featured on theBig.
The EuroMillions was created in February 2004 by three major national lottery organizations in France, Spain and the UK. In October the Austrian, Belgian, Irish, Luxembourg, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries joined the multi-country lottery to create the EuroMillions as it is known today. The largest jackpots include: €183 million both in February and November of 2006, €185 million in July of 2011 and €190 million in August of 2012.
Players at theLotter.com interested in the EuroMillions lottery jackpot can play by selecting 5 numbers from a pool of 50, as well as two additional numbers called the “Lucky Stars”, which are chosen from a different pool of 11 numbers. The additional number allows lottery players to win supplementary prizes and is essential to complete the jackpot winning numbers selection. Players may pick their numbers manually, can use their preselected numbers (My Lucky Numbers) or can have the numbers randomly chosen (Quick Pick). theLotter.com offers a systematic form of 6, 7, 8 or 10 numbers which produces all possible entry combinations of the selected numbers. Additionally, players can ensure they are entered into all lotteries as well as receive exclusive discounts draws with a Subscription or with a Multi-Draw.
Through the year, EuroMillions offers players the option of entering the EuroMillion’s Superdraw. In the Superdraw, the jackpot starts at €100 million and grows until the jackpot is won! Until now, the Superdraw’s first jackpot has never been claimed and a set of rollovers has always ensued.
Online lotto ticket purchases close three hours prior to the drawings which occur every Tuesday and Friday evening, at 20:00 GMT. EuroMillions results are available on theLotter.com at approximately 22:00 GMT every Tuesday and Friday. For lottery results from around the world click here.
Winning the EuroMillions
There are 13 impressive EuroMillions categories, and to win the jackpot, players must correctly guess five regular numbers as well as the two ‘Lucky Star’ numbers. Part of the excitement of EuroMillions is that the amount that can be won for each division is not set to a standard amount. The Euromillions’ jackpot starts from €15 million and keeps getting bigger with each rollover until a pre-determined jackpot cap. This cap used to be a sliding cap that would increase by €5 million each time it was reached and won. As of February 2012, the €190 million jackpot cap (that came into play in July 2011) became the jackpot maximum for EuroMillions and was won by UK couple the Bayfords in August 2012.
Once a €190 million draw takes place, it can roll over one more time and if it is not won, the funds are distributed down to the secondary prize divisions in that draw. Jackpot winners have three months to claim their prize, which can only be received as a lump sum (a one-time payment).
As of 1st January 2013, Spanish lottery prizes that exceed €2,500 will be subject to a government legislated tax at a rate of 20%. This also applies to Spanish wins in EuroMillions.
The Luck of the Irish - In July of 2005 an Irish barmaid, Dolores McNamara, was named the largest single winner of any European Lottery to date when she took home the EuroMillions jackpot of €115m after a NINE TIME ROLLOVER!
Mummy Dearest - The €101 million winners Dave Dawes and fiancée Angela, in October of 2011, quickly used up their money, but not in the usual way. Typically big winners spend their cash in luxury cars, houses and the like, but this couple decided to spend their money almost entirely on their family. Since the couples’ win, news articles have frequently popped up with them giving more and more money to needy family members, especially Dave’s mother.
If you enjoy EuroMillions you may also enjoy Italy, another popular European lottery.
Fans of this European lotto can also check results on the EuroMillions official website here.