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The Ultimate Guide to Playing EuroMillions Online

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.

EuroMillions countries

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 on theLotter

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

With three different EuroMillions options on theLotter you might wonder which one is best for you, so we've written a EuroMillions play guide to help you choose.

In addition, online lottery players can acquire a EuroMillions Subscription for any of the four versions we offer. Subscriptions allow you to automatically play every draw with your lucky numbers. You never have to worry about missing another draw deadline. Another option we offer is the EuroMillions Multi-Draw Packages. With multi-draw packs you pre-order tickets for a set number of draws.

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!

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 EuroMillions winner from Kosovo. A father of four who had immigrated to Belgium won a €168 million EuroMillions prize in October 2016.

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. After this, if the jackpot is still not won, the jackpot prize money rolls down and is distributed among the winners of the next highest prize tier.

Read more information about the EuroMillions Superdraw.

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 Winning Prize Categories & Winning Odds

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

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!

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 tabove 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.

EuroMillions Winners

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 VIP Wins €489,777.

Different Countries, Different Special Prizes!

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

1. 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).

2. 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.

Mega Fridays have now evolved into Mega Week. At the last Tuesday and Friday draws in each calendar month, 10 Millionaire Maker packages are awarded, each including a £1 million prize as well as luxury prizes such as cruises, safaris, race cars, and diamonds. 

3. 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 are automatically eligible for the weekly El Millón Raffle, which awards one lucky ticket with a €1 million prize.

4. 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. Read all about Margaret's amazing story here.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. EuroMillions Switzerland

Switzerland participates in the EuroMillions organisation. Operations are carried out by the Loteria Romandie and Swisslos. The Swiss EuroMillions record win is €93 million (in 2013).

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