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The Ultimate Guide to Playing EuroMillions Online

Breaking News: Historic EuroMillions Jackpot Won by UK Player

A single player in the UK won the entire €190 million jackpot in the EuroMillions draw on 8 October 2019. This was a must-be-won draw - if there had been no jackpot winner, the prize money would have rolled down to be distributed among the winners in the next highest prize tier. The win set a record for being the biggest lottery prize ever won by a player in the UK. Congratulations!

The EuroMillions lottery offers the biggest lotto jackpot prizes on the continent. Give yourself a competitive advantage by reading our comprehensive guide to EuroMillions and gather all the information on the most popular pan-European lottery.

What Is the EuroMillions Lottery?

EuroMillions is a transnational European lottery with draws held every Tuesday and Friday. Players pick five main numbers (1-50) and two Lucky Stars (1-12) and can win a jackpot that starts at €17,000,000 and can climb as high as the jackpot cap of €190,000,000, as well as prizes in 12 other prize divisions.

EuroMillions tickets are sold in nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

EuroMillions countries

EuroMillions on theLotter

theLotter offers players from around the world the opportunity to participate in different national versions of the EuroMillions lottery online: EuroMillions & El Millón and Austria EuroMillions.

At  theLotter, players can acquire a EuroMillions Subscription to any of the three versions we offer. Subscriptions allow you to automatically enter every draw with your lucky numbers. You'll never have to worry about missing another draw deadline again. If you're not ready for the commitment of a subscription, you can also try out a Multi-Draw package which pre-orders your tickets for a set number of draws.

If you're in it to win it, EuroMillions Syndicates are probably the most lucrative EuroMillions play options, especially if you want to boost your EuroMillions odds. What's more: theLotter's syndicates are exclusive to our site and cannot be played anywhere else - neither online or offline! By joining groups of other online lottery players you are able to joint-purchase a large number of tickets and give your chance of winning the lottery an enormous boost. Buy your EuroMillions tickets today!

What Are EuroMillions Superdraws?

From time to time, the EuroMillions announces a special EuroMillions Superdraw, which replaces the jackpot at the time and instead takes place with a starting guaranteed jackpot of €100 million. The Superdraw is played in exactly the same manner as the regular EuroMillions lottery – players pick five main numbers and two Lucky Stars. If not won, the Superdraw jackpot rolls over and continues to climb as high as its cap of €190 million, similar to the regular EuroMillions. The jackpot, if still not won, remains at that amount for a maximum of four drawings.

EuroMillions Raffles

If you love EuroMillions, you’ll love their raffles even more! EuroMillions players are automatically entered into these exciting raffles whenever they're staged. Unlike lottery draws where you select your own numbers, all the tickets sold are assigned a special code or number and there are always guaranteed winners. At theLotter, you don’t have to be from Europe to participate in these exciting raffles- all you have to do is play! Read our EuroMillions raffles guide to learn all about playing and winning these exciting European raffles!

Austria EuroMillions, Österreich Bonus

When you purchase Austria EuroMillions tickets, in addition to winning the EuroMillions jackpot, you also have the chance of winning the Austrian Österreich Bonus! Introduced in July 2018, this special raffle guarantees Austrian winners a prize of €100,000 in every draw. Austria EuroMillions draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

EuroMillions Spain, El Millón Raffle

Since 2016, Spanish players have been reaping the benefits of the popular El Millón, or “the million”, raffle. As the name suggests, the two winners of the El Millóraffle receive €1 million each! Spanish players are automatically entered into the raffle when they play EuroMillions and you can too when you play at theLotter!

European Millionaire Maker

All players participating in the EuroMillions lottery have a chance to become a millionaire in the European Millionaire Maker raffle, which is staged on select occasions throughout the year. This special raffle creates 25 millionaires across the continent. Players buying their EuroMillions tickets at the time of the raffle are automatically entered for a chance to win a €1 million prize.

EuroMillions Prize Divisions & Winning Odds

Along with offering some of the biggest lottery prizes in the world, EuroMillions also has one of the widest prize range with 13 prize divisions players can win from!

Divisions Match Winning Odds

Jackpot

5+2PB

1:139,838,160

2nd Prize

5+PB

1:6,991,908

3rd Prize

5

1:3,107,514

4th Prize

4+2PB

1:621,502

5th Prize

4+PB

1:31,075

6th Prize

4

1:13,811

7th Prize

3+2PB

1:14,125

8th Prize

3+PB

1:706

9th Prize

3

1:313

10th Prize

2+2PB

1:985

11th Prize

2+PB

1:49

12th Prize

2

1:21

13th Prize

1+2PB

1:187


How to Win EuroMillions Jackpots

A EuroMillions player who matches all 5 main numbers plus the two Lucky Star numbers correctly wins the jackpot. If there is no jackpot winner then the first prize money remains in the pot and is added to the jackpot for the next round. There is, however, an upper jackpot limit of €190 million (the "jackpot cap"). All funds that would normally elevate the prize money above the €190 million level are immediately allocated to the next prize category with winners. If the €190 million jackpot is not won four draws in a row, the entire sum is divided up amongst the winners of the next prize category with winners. 
Here's a list of the top 10 EuroMillions jackpots:


Date Location Prize(s) Winners

8/10/2019

United Kingdom

€190 million

A single ticket purchased in the UK won a must-be-won jackpot after a stunning EuroMillions rollover series.

10/8/2012

Suffolk, England

€190 million

Adrian and Gillian Bayford. They used the Quick Pick option to seal their jackpot winning fate after 14 jackpot rollovers.

24/10/2014

Castelo Branco, Portugal

€190 million

This anonymous Portuguese winner is the country's 53rd jackpot winner.

6/10/2017

Las Palmas, Spain

€190 million

The anonymous winner claimed the third biggest EuroMillions jackpot in history after a Superdraw jackpot rolled over 6 times!

7/6/2016


Dublin, Ireland and Limburg, Belgium

€187 million

This extraordinary jackpot is actually the biggest shared prize in EuroMillions history!

30/9/2016

Largs, Scotland

€185 million

Chris and Colin Weir. The pair has since donated much of their winnings to various charitable causes.

3/2/2006

France and Portugal

€183 million

The anonymous pair were each awarded €61 million.

17/6/2006

UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Belgium

€183 million

When there was still a rollover cap, in 2006 it had reached the max of 12 rollovers and the jackpot was split between 20 second division winners.

23/2/2018

United Kingdom and Spain

€177 million

Each winner claimed €77 million. The Spanish winner was part of a syndicate of 80 people.

19/2/2019

Ireland

€175 million

The Naul Family became Ireland's biggest EuroMillions winners after they won this incredible jackpot!

3/10/2014

Alpes-Maritime, France

€169 million

This anonymous French player is the biggest Euromillions jackpot holder in the entire country!

Are EuroMillions Prizes Taxed?

All EuroMillion lottery prizes are paid out tax-free except for Spain EuroMillions. In Spain, there are two tax bands imposed on lottery winnings:

  • Tax Band 1: Tax-free up to €20,000.

  • Tax Band 2: Any portion of the prize exceeding €20,000 is subject to a tax rate of 20%.

Lucky for players from abroad, citizens of most countries other than Spain are exempt from these tax bands and entitled to a full tax refund in order to prevent double taxation on the winner’s prize. One thing that should be noted is that claiming a tax-refund is the sole responsibility of the winner and must be done through the Spanish tax authorities.

History of the EuroMillions Lottery

The EuroMillions lottery was launched in February 2004 by three participating countries: France, Spain and the UK. Just a few months later (on 8 September 2004, to be precise), six more countries joined the fold: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. Since its original establishment, EuroMillions has undergone a few changes. In 2009, a limit to the jackpot tally was introduced (the "cap") and in 2011 the lottery operators launched a second weekly draw on Tuesday nights. The very first EuroMillions draw took place on 13 February 2004. On that momentous night a French lottery player managed to scoop up the first EuroMillions jackpot in history.

In 2006, the EuroMillions operators stipulated that there would be a maximum number of sequential draws in a jackpot life cycle. As a result, from that moment onwards, EuroMillions jackpots could only roll over 10 times (i.e. 11 draws). If there was still no first category winner at draw number 12, then the first category prize money (the jackpot) would be won by the winner(s) in the next winning category.

It didn't take long, however, before this rule was annulled and a new one was put in its place. In November 2009, the EuroMillions lottery introduced an upper limit to its jackpot prize, the so called jackpot cap. Initially this limit was set at €185 million and it was agreed that every time anyone would win the jackpot at the cap stage, the future limit would be €5 million higher. The first time this happened was in July 2011, when the British couple Chris and Colin Weir won a €185 million EuroMillions jackpot. As a result the EuroMillions jackpot cap was increased by €5 million to €190 million.

EuroMillions introduced a Tuesday draw in May 2011. At that time, changes were also made to the game format. A new winning category was introduced for players who correctly match two main numbers and the guessing range of the Lucky Star numbers was increased from 9 to 11 numbers. To celebrate the changes, EuroMillions organised the first of its legendary Superdraws with a €100 million guaranteed jackpot.

In 2012 the rule was amended once again to state that the maximum jackpot would remain at the €190 million level and could only roll over once (and remain at the cap level). If the €190 million EuroMillions jackpot is not won after two draws, the amount gets divided up over the winner(s) in the next winning prize category.

Starting from 24 September 2016, the Lucky Stars are now chosen from a pool of 12 numbers instead of the previous pool of 11 numbers. The starting guaranteed EuroMillions jackpot has been increased to €17 million. The rule regarding the jackpot cap was amended to state that the maximum jackpot of €190 million would remain for up to four draws and if not won, that amount would be divided up between the winner(s) in the next highest winning prize category.

An interesting side note is the story of the Kosovo refugee who changed his luck around by winning a EuroMillions jackpot. A father of four who had immigrated to Belgium, he won a €168 million prize in October 2016.

Have theLotter Players Won EuroMillions Prizes?

Two theLotter players have scored big wins playing EuroMillions online and both of them were just one number away from winning the EuroMillions jackpot. In June 2012, G.R. from Russian won €144,240 in EuroMillions and in October 2013, I.K. from Hungary won €489,777 - our biggest EuroMillions prize winner to date. Read theLotter EuroMillions Winners: Hungarian Player Wins €489,777.

A couple from Luxembourg that had been playing at theLotter for over three years won a third prize of €36,694.30 playing the Austrian version of EuroMillions in November 2017. While it is possible to buy EuroMillions tickets online on the Loterie Nationale Luxembourg website, the couple said they were more confident playing EuroMillions at theLotter. Read their story here.

Be sure to play other European lotteries as well! Read our guide to the EuroJackpot lottery; information about Australian lotteries; and an informative Guide to the Austria Lotto for suggestions of lotteries you probably never considered!