Two EuroMillions Lotteries, Which One Should You Play?

Three EuroMillions Lotteries - Which One Should You Play?

Play the EuroMillions, the huge, biweekly pan-European lottery that attracts interest all over the continent and across the globe! The action is fun and the prizes are huge!

You may have noticed you can buy tickets to the EuroMillions in different ways. You can play the Austrian, French, and Spanish versions of the lottery, but which one should you choose? Let us explain the features of each one so that you can make an informed decision.

EuroMillions lotteries

Here are the different lotteries and what makes each one special:

Austria EuroMillions  – EuroMillions tickets purchased through our local office in Austria give you entry into the most exciting European lottery. Draws are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Your purchase of Austria EuroMillions tickets also gives you an automatic entry to the Österreich Bonus, a supplementary raffle which awards a prize of €100,000 in every draw.

France EuroMillions and My Million Raffle  – your purchase of EuroMillions tickets through our local office in France guarantees your participation in the EuroMillions draws, held on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as giving you automatic entry to the My Million raffle, awarding a €1 million prize each draw.

Spain EuroMillions  – EuroMillions tickets purchased through our local office in Spain make you eligible not only for the EuroMillions draws on Tuesdays and Fridays, but also for the El Millón Raffle, awarding a cool €1 million prize every draw.

What are the EuroMillions Game Rules?

Game formula: 5 main numbers plus 2 additional Lucky Stars!
EuroMillions lottery tickets have two fields. One table with main numbers from 1 to 50 and another box with additional numbers, Lucky Stars, from 1 to 12. In the first table, players need to select 5 of the 50 main numbers, whilst in the second box they need to select two stars (from 1 to 12). When a player matches all 5 main numbers as well as the two Lucky Stars, he or she wins the jackpot!

Which Countries Offer EuroMillions?

In this section we take a closer look at extra prizes offered in the various participating countries. Some of them are lotteries with raffles!

EuroMillion Austria

Austria and Switzerland are the only German-speaking countries where you can physically buy tickets for the EuroMillions lottery (of course you can buy EuroMillions tickets online from wherever you like!).

In Austria, EuroMillions is organised by the Österreichischen Lotterien and draws are broadcast live on the ORF2 television channel. The biggest jackpot won in Austria stems from 2008 when a man from Carinthia won more than €55 million. In 2014 someone from the Tirol scooped up nearly as much: an unbelievable €54.3 million. In 2009, another Austrian won the EuroMillions €100 Million Superjackpot, but unfortunately that winner had to share the prize with someone else, a player from France.

All tickets purchased for the Austria EuroMillions lottery automatically participate in the Österreich Bonus raffle, which awards a prize of €100,000 in each draw.

EuroMillions France & My Million

Française des Jeux, the operator of France's national lottery games, is one of the founding members of the EuroMillions lottery. Moreover, the twice-weekly EuroMillions draws take place on French home soil - in the capital of Paris.

Since February 2014, French EuroMillions players automatically take part in the special French My Million raffle. The My Million draw takes place after the regular EuroMillions draw, so in principle you could win both games at the same time. For every purchased EuroMillions line you will automatically receive a raffle code. The winning code is randomly selected and the player whose raffle code matches the one drawn wins €1 million. Normally, only one winner per draw wins €1 million, but on special occasions more than one winner will enter the My Million Hall of Fame (and riches).

EuroMillions Spain

In Spain and Andorra, the EuroMillions lottery is organised by Loteria de Apuestas, one of the world's biggest and most illustrious lottery operators. The biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot won on Spanish soil was €137 million (in 2014).

All tickets purchased for the regular EuroMillions lottery, for both the Tuesday and Friday draws, also participate in the bi-weekly El Millón Raffle. Each of the two weekly raffles awards one lucky ticket with a €1 million prize.

EuroMillions UK & Millionaire Maker

Like the French, the Brits, were one of the founders of the Pan-European EuroMillions lottery. Some of the largest EuroMillions jackpot prizes in history were in fact scooped up by British lotto players. Most EuroMillions fans will remember a certain Mr & Mrs Weir who won the €185 million jackpot back in 2011 (at the time this was the maximum jackpot). A year later saw the Bayford family win even more - €190 million.

Back in 2009 the UK was the first EuroMillions country which introduced an extra lottery raffle to run alongside the regular EuroMillions draws. At every EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker draw you can win an additional prize of 1 million pounds sterling. In October 2014, the extra draw became even more exciting when Mega Fridays were introduced, where the UK National Lottery awards non-cash prizes on top of the £1 million.

The UK Millionaire Maker Raffle works in a similar fashion to France's My Million Raffle. Every lottery ticket line also has a Millionaire Maker Raffle code. At each EuroMillions draw, two tickets are selected at random. Two lucky players become instant millionaires, each receiving a £1 million prize.

Even the monthly UK Millionaire Maker draws weren't special enough for the insatiable British lotto fans, so the National Lottery orchestrates occasional special raffles. One such superdraw took place on Friday 27th of July 2012. In one massive raffle 100 prizes of £1 million were paid out. Most of the superdraws take place during holidays such as New Year's and Christmas.

EuroMillions Ireland

EuroMillions' Irish operations are carried out by the UK National Lottery. One notable winner (from Northern Ireland) was Margaret Loughrey. The unemployed woman won €34 million in the EuroMillions, and whilst she allocated some her new assets to home refurbishment, she did in fact set up a charitable foundation to give most of fortune away to good causes her home town of Strabane.

Euromilhões – Portugal

In Portugal they play Euromilhões - you say potato, I say Euromilhões. The game is organised by Lotto Organisation Jogo and draws are broadcast live on national television. Portugal has written quite a bit of EuroMillions history so far. The last big win occurred in 2014 when a Portuguese player won the maximum EuroMillions Jackpot worth a whopping €190 million.

EuroMillions Belgium

The Belgian National Lottery, like most major nation-wide organisations in multilingual Belgium these days, runs three separate operations: one for Flanders, one for Wallonia and one for the German-speaking part. The Boxing Day draw on December 26th, 2014, is not one the Belgians will forget easily. One Belgian won the jackpot that night and five Red Devils (as the Belgians call their sporting heroes) took home 2nd prizes! In 2007, a Belgian player won the Superdraw jackpot worth €100 million. And in October 2016, Belgium was again in the spotlight when a Belgian player won the Superdraw jackpot - his prize was €168,085,323.

EuroMillions Luxembourg

The Luxembourg National Lottery organises EuroMillions in Luxembourg. Luxembourg has seen a few winners over the years. In 2013 someone from this beautiful country won €65 million and in January 2015 a lottery player from Luxembourg won over €31 million in the EuroMillions Lottery.

EuroMillions Switzerland

Switzerland participates in the EuroMillions organisation. Operations are carried out by the Loteria Romandie and Swisslos. The Swiss EuroMillions record was set in October 2018 when a Swiss player scooped up a €162,403,002 (CHF 183,897,039.30) EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot prize!

Play other lotteries as well! If you're a fan of European lotteries, try to win EuroJackpot. Read our Australian Lottery Guide and our Guide to the Austria Lotto for some suggestions of lotteries you probably never considered!

Each of these three lottery games gets you into all the thrilling EuroMillions action, including the EuroMillions Superdraw and special EuroMillions Millionaire Maker raffles. You play all of them the exact same way: choose 5 main numbers and 2 Lucky Stars and you could win an incredible first prize of up to €190 million! The important thing is to play the EuroMillions. Choose the lottery most suitable for you and get ready to win big in the upcoming EuroMillions draw! And if you like European lotteries, you are invited to also play EuroJackpot.