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What is the Euro Millions lotto

The Euro Millions is quick and easy to pick up and really fun to play. This is one of Europe’s biggest draws. You will first have to pick 5 numbers from a range of 1-50 and then 2 extra numbers called the Star Numbers between a range of 1-12. Get the total of 7 numbers correct to win the jackpot. The Drawings are being held on Tuesday and Friday at 21:00 in France. The starting jackpot is worth €17,000,000 that only caps when it has reached an amount of €200,000,000.

Your play slip will also be divided into multiple lines and boards which enables you to submit more than one entry at the same time. If you play online, you can submit up to 7 lines of numbers on a ticket this increasing your chances of winning a prize. You can only select 5 lines per ticket at a lottery retailer but instead ask for as many lucky dip entries as you like.

Euro Millions information
Location
Schedule
Guess Range
ParisTuesday 20:45
1-50 +1-12 + 1-12
Friday 20:45

Prize pool Categories

Main Draw

Prize tier
Odds of winning
Average prize amount
Highest prize amount
Lowest prize amount
5 + 2
1 in 139,838,160
€61,103,266.81
€190,000,000.00
€17,000,000.00
5 + 1
1 in 6,991,908
€445,529.05
€5,227,531.10
€64,840.10
51 in 3,107,515
€63,271.86
€969,918.10
€7,000.00
4 + 2
1 in 621,503
€3,403.79
€8,274.00
€669.10
4 + 1
1 in 31,075
€169.91
€266.30
€61.30
3 + 2
1 in 14,125
€108.27
€179.30
€35.40
4
1 in 13,811
€59.23
€91.90
€25.20
2 + 2
1 in 985
€19.53
€31.10
€8.80
3 + 1
1 in 706
€14.48
€20.30
€7.40
3
1 in 314
€12.09
€17.30
€7.30
1 + 2
1 in 188
€10.43
€16.50
€5.00
2 + 1
1 in 49
€7.99
€11.10
€4.30
2
1 in 22
€4.35
€5.30
€3.20

If you are situated in South Africa, you will easily be able to participate in the Euro Millions lotto with the rest of the world. Each player has to select 5 number between 1-50 and 2 star numbers between 1-12. The player needs to match all of the 7 numbers to win the top prize. You can follow the quick steps listed below to ensure you know exactly how to play the Euro Millions lotto.
Step 1:
Selecting your numbers is the first step when playing the Euro Millions. You have to select a total of 7 numbers. 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and two lucky star numbers from 1 to 12. When playing at a store you will have to put a thick horizontal line through your chosen numbers and when playing online make sure you enter your numbers in the relevant fields.
Step 2:
Your 2nd step will be choosing how many lines to play, your play slip will be divided into multiple lines and boards that enables you to submit more than 1 entry at a single time. You can even purchase up to 7 lines of numbers on a ticket when playing online and 5 lines per ticket at your nearest lottery retailer and you can even ask the retailer for as many lucky dips as you want.
Step 3:
The 3rd step will be choosing your draws. You can choose which draw you want to enter for, the Friday draw or the Tuesday draw or even both. You can also choose if you want to play up to 8 weeks in advance if you choose “both draws” for the four weeks’ option. You can just play for one draw if you leave these boxes blank.
Step 4:
The 4th step will be paying for your tickets as they cost £2.50 for each line that you enter in a single draw. This may differ depending on whether you are playing online as the website may take commission. Only after the payment has been made you will receive your entries.
Step 5:
Always look after your ticket and keep it in a safe place. You will need your ticket to claim any prizes that you might win. Keep in mind that on the back of the ticket there is space to put your name address and signature in case you might lose it, this would prevent someone else of claiming the prize. Playing online is a safer option since your tickets are stored on your online account and any prizes won will be paid to you so you won’t have to worry about losing or damaging your ticket.
Step 6:
The last step is to always keep an eye on the results and its always up to you. You will be able to view it on the EuroMillions results page. You will have a 180 day period to collect you prize from the date of the draw. Visit the official website on how to claim your winnings to find out more.

Step by step guide on how to play Euro Millions

How to play the Euro Millions from South Africa

You can play Euro Millions from anywhere around the world or even if you are visiting one of the participating nations. If you buy tickets in a participating nation you will have to claim won prizes in the country where you bought the tickets from. You might be liable for taxes depending on the country you play.

Any lottery prize won in Portugal worth more than €5,000 will be charged at a 20% tax rate.

Any lottery prize won in Switzerland will be subjected at a rate of 35% for any amount won over CHF1 million.

Any lottery won in Spain will be subject to a 20% for any amount above €40,000.

Euro Millions PLUS
EuroMillions Plus offers players an extra opportunity to win up to €500,000 utilizing similar numbers they played in the fundamental EuroMillions game. Draws are held not long after EuroMillions each Tuesday and Friday, with five numbers drawn from a pool of 50. In spite of the fact that EuroMillions is played across nine nations in Europe, just Irish players have the chance to enter EuroMillions Plus, and the great chances make it an extremely mainstream alternative.

How to play

When picking your EuroMillions numbers, you can likewise enter the Plus game by choosing the alternative on your payslip. For an extra €1, your five fundamental numbers are gone into both EuroMillions and EuroMillions Plus games. The Lucky Stars from your EuroMillions ticket don’t tally towards the triumphant EuroMillions Plus line as the game just uses the five primary numbers.

As EuroMillions and EuroMillions Plus are two separate games, it is conceivable to win prizes in the two draws, so it is imperative to check the two arrangements of results cautiously. Despite the fact that you can play EuroMillions without entering Plus, you can’t have Plus without first taking impact in the primary skillet European draw.

Prizes

Prize tier
Amount
Odds of winning
Match 5
€500,000
1 in 2,118,760
Match 4
€2,000
1 in 9,417
Match 3
€20
1 in 214
History
Euro Millions was launched on the 7th of February in 2004 by France’s Française des Jeux and the first lottery was held on the 13th of February 2004 in Paris. The list below shows the timelines in which historical events happened over the years.

Euro Millions Historical events

2004

On the 13th of February, the first ever Euro Millions took place in Paris and a French player won an amount of €15 million. Then on the 9th of April a player called Marion Richardson holds the title for the first UK Euro Millions winner with an amount of £16.7 million. On the 8th of October Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg and Switzerland joined the Euro Millions.

2005

On the 29th of July the largest European lottery prize was won by Dolores McNamara that won an amount of €115.4 million

2006

The rollover cap was introduced and the jackpot was allowed to rollover for a maximum of 11 draws. If there were no winners, then on the 12th draw the jackpot was shared in the players in the next winning prize tier.

2007

The first Euro Millions Superdraw was held on the 9th of February and a jackpot of €100 million was won by an anonymous player from Belgium. On the 15th of June Euro Millions plus was introduced in Ireland to enter a supplementary draw with a top prize of €500,000 and it only costs €1 extra per line.

2009

On the 7th of November a jackpot cap of €185 million was introduced. Then on the 13th of November the millionaire raffle was launched in the UK.

2011

On the 10th of May the first Tuesday EuroMillions draw was held and the lucky star number was increased from 9 to 11. Then on the 12th of July the first ever jackpot cap was won and this amount was €185 million and the winners were Chris and Colin Weir.

2012

On the 12th of January the jackpot cap was fixed at €190 million. On the 27th of July the UK Millionaire raffle offered 100 prizes of £1 million. 97 of these prizes were claimed setting a new record on the largest number of Millionaires in one night. The draw held on the 8th of June had a jackpot winner of £63.8 million and failed to claim the amount after the 180-day period, the winnings were distributed to the good causes fund.

2013

On the 12th of January the jackpot cap was fixed at €190 million. On the 27th of July the UK Millionaire raffle offered 100 prizes of £1 million. 97 of these prizes were claimed setting a new record on the largest number of Millionaires in one night. The draw held on the 8th of June had a jackpot winner of £63.8 million and failed to claim the amount after the 180-day period, the winnings were distributed to the good causes fund.

2013

On the 12th of January the jackpot cap was fixed at €190 million. On the 27th of July the UK Millionaire raffle offered 100 prizes of £1 million. 97 of these prizes were claimed setting a new record on the largest number of Millionaires in one night. The draw held on the 8th of June had a jackpot winner of £63.8 million and failed to claim the amount after the 180-day period, the winnings were distributed to the good causes fund.

2014

My Million was introduced in France. On the 24th of October a Portuguese player won €190 million after the jackpot rolled over a total of six times. Then on the 31st of October the Millionaire Raffle changed its name to the UK Millionaire and Mega Friday was first introduced.

2016

There was a number of changes made in the Euro Millions on the 27th of September. The lucky star number increased from 11 to 12. The price of a ticket increased from £2 to £2.50. The European Millionaire Maker is introduced. Mega Friday now becomes Mega week. Then on the 30th September a Superdraw was held to celebrate all the latest changes that was made.

2017

€190 million was won by a lucky Spanish player on the 6th of October.

2018

A very lucky player from Switzerland wins the biggest prize amount ever won in the country an amount of £144 million was won on the 2nd of October.

2019

On the 15th of January every standard draw prizes for the UK Millionaire Maker went down from 2 to 1, allowing more special draws to be taken place. On the 8th of October the record amount of rollovers was reached.

2020

Changes were made to create even bigger jackpots. The jackpot cap was increased from €190 million to €200 million and a new rule that makes it increase by €10 million each time the jackpot is won.

Rules
It is advisable to know the Euro Millions rules before playing. This will ensure that the ticket purchasing process runs smoothly. We have listed a few guidelines when playing the game.

Playing the Euro Millions

You have to select 5 main numbers between 1 and 50 and then an extra lucky star number between 1 and 12.

Ticket sales close at 20:30 prior to the relevant draw.

All participating players must be over the age of 18 and players in the United Kingdom must be 16 or older.

When you play the Euro millions you are entered in supplementary games such as the UK Millionaire maker and the Europe raffle.

Claiming a Euro millions prize

Your prize can be claimed in the country where the ticket was originally purchased.

Claiming a Euro Millions prize work differently in each of the Participating nations so make sure you follow the process relevant to your country.

Unclaimed prizes

Believe it or not there are a lot of people that win life changing amounts and never claim their winnings because they lost their ticket or they simply don’t know. In the table listed below are all the claim periods for each country and what exactly happens when a prize is not claimed in that specific country.
Country
What happens to an unclaimed prize
Claim period
United Kingdom
Transferred to the Good causes fund https://www.euro-millions.com/good-causes
180 days
SwitzerlandDistributed to good causes
26 weeks
SpainTransferred to the state’s treasury
3 months
PortugalTransferred for good causes and hospital funds to Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
90 days
LuxembourgReturned to the lottery reserve
60 days
IrelandReturned to the Irish lottery and used to promote games for good causes.
90 days
FranceUsed for funding special promotions.
60 days
BelgiumReturned to the Belgium Lottery
20 weeks
AustriaUsed to fund boosted prizes after 3 years
3 years

Jackpot Cap

Each time the jackpot isn’t won the jackpot will rollover and added to the fund for the next draw. Until an amount of €200 million is reached and it will stay at that amount for four more draws without a winner until its rolled down and then shared between the winners in the next prize tier.

The jackpot cap only increases when the jackpot is won or rolled down then it will increase by €10 million each time. If it is won tomorrow it will move up to €210 Million and locked in place until won again.

Participating countries

The Euro Millions has a few participating countries namely:

Belguim

Austria

France

Ireland

Portugal

Luxembourg

Spain

switzerland

You can play Euromillions from anywhere around the world online. You don’t even have to be a resident in one of the participating countries. You may even buy a ticket if you are visiting one of the participating countries. Many of the participating countries offer complimentary tickets when purchasing a Euro Millions ticket into other lotteries.
News

On Tuesday the 3rd of December in 2019 the winning numbers were 31, 32, 18, 38 and 48 and the two lucky star numbers were 4 and 12. After 3 rollovers someone finally matched all the numbers and won the jackpot. The winning ticket has been sold in the UK and after 2 weeks there were still no feedback from the winner. An announcement was made to encourage players to submit an appeal within 30 days if they lost their ticket. This appeal passed in early January so this means the only way the money can be claimed is if somebody steps forward with the winning ticket. It is certainly uncommon for a big winner to wait 2 weeks to contact the National lottery. Since he has not made any contact the assumption was made that his ticket was discarded and he doesn’t even know that he is a lucky winner of a life changing amount.

The winner has until the 31st of May to come forward otherwise the normal claims procedure will be followed. There will be follow ups done and any claimant that can give details about the exact location and time and the date when the winning ticket was purchased matching the official record will be able to claim. If no claims were made, then the total of £40,957,696.60 will be held in a trust fund and will be given to the good cause fund.

Tips when playing Euro Millions
Playing the Euro Millions always comes down to luck. There are a few things you can do to increase your overall odds of winning.
Don’t be tempted to spread out numbers
This is a very strange topic but you will often see players spreading out numbers evenly to make the ticket look nicer and more professional. Don’t be scared to bunch numbers up together.
Extend your number range to 50
Most players will use the calendar or birthday method and mostly choose numbers ranging from 1 to 31. Although these numbers are considered more common and hot numbers the lottery is still random and every number has an equal chance to be picked. By increasing your number range, it will make you win a bigger prize if you by chance win a prize. Most players will pick numbers below your range so you will have less chance of sharing the money in the prize tier you won.
Try to refrain from the previous winning numbers
The likelihood of the same number sequence appearing again is very low and it will most probably do you more harm than good if you pick the same numbers.
Picking the number 13
Now you might have heard about number 13 being a very unlucky number but most people know this. This is why most people pick this number thinking that nobody else will. This made number 13 the seventh most popular lottery number. You will be better of picking less popular digits if you are not interested in sharing the prize tier with many people.
Try playing online
The best thing about playing online is that you can never lose your ticket because it is logged safe on your account. There are still many unclaimed winnings because of discarded or lost tickets. When you play online you can also pay via direct debit. You also don’t have to worry about missing a week or going down to the shop to buy. You will also be notified when you win so you will never miss out on a life changing amount.
The table below lists the 2 of the most common pairs, most common triplets, hot numbers and cold numbers
Common pairs
20 and 23
17 and 27
Common triplets
3 and 22 and 49
25 and 39 and 44
Hot numbers
50
44
Cold numbers
1020
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Odds of winning

The odds of winning a prize at the Euro Millions is only 1 in 13. The odds of winning the Euro Millions jackpot is 1 in 139,838,160. With such large jackpots you should hold on your luck and surely try winning this life changing amount.
In the table listed below is the total percentage of winners in each country.
Country
Jackpot winners percentage
Luxembourg1.4%
Austria2.8%
Switzerland4.2%
Ireland8.5%
Belgium12.7%
France12.7%
Portugal14.1%
Spain18.3%
UK25.4%
The total amount of jackpot winner across these participating states is 71.
Top 3 biggest jackpots
Jackpot amount
Draw date
£170,810,000
6 October 2017
£170,221,000
8 October 2019
£169,024,000
4 October 2019
Top 3 Lowest jackpots
Jackpot amountDraw date
£14,140,600
14 February 2020
£14,319,100
6 December 2019
£14,342,900
11 February 2020
How to buy
Lottery scams
If you think you are being scammed the best thing to do is reach out to the authorities there are a lot of different ways scammers reach out as well. They use Email as it does not have any extra cost. They use phone calls to gain your trust and personal information, you could even be charged a crazy amount for being on the phone call. They use letter that looks legit that you will receive in your post. They also use Social media saying things like your profile has won. They can send text messages as well but it’s important not to reply to them as they my gain personal information.

How to spot a lottery scam

Check if the reference is realistic, you cannot win Euro Millions if you have never played it before.

Did you actually enter the lottery, you cannot win if you have never bought a ticket.

Are you being asked to make a payment before you can receive your money. There is no such thing as a holding fee or any reason why you should pay before you can receive your lottery prize.

You don’t have to keep the news of winning the lottery confidential. There is no reason why you cannot tell your friends and family that you won the lottery. The only obvious reason why you are being asked to keep the news confidential is to keep the scammers from being caught.

Are they pressuring to respond back because you have a long time to claim your prize. Everyone would obviously want to claim their prize right away but some players do have their reasons for taking their time and most lotteries give up to 180 days to claim your winnings so you will have more than enough time to claim your prize.

How professional does the message look. Scammers have obviously worked on the look of their messages to make it look as professional as possible so its best to refrain from responding and rather follow the official claims process located on the website.

It is very important to take note of where exactly the message is coming from and inspecting the email address. Remember the lottery will never send you a message or mail from a personal Gmail or Hotmail account.

FAQS

The draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 20:45 CET

Yes you can play the Euro Millions lotto online at Betway

A standard Euro Million ticket costs €2.50 per line

You will only have 180 days from the draw date to claim your prize money.

Belguim
Austria
France
Ireland
Portugal
Luxembourg
Spain
switzerland

There is no way to cheat the lottery, if there was the lottery would have lost a lot of money already. The numbers are picked randomly so there is no pattern or trick you can use to win.

The prize amount will be credited to the winner’s bank account.

The safest way to claim your prize is to follow the instructions on the official website of the lottery.

You need to get at least 2 numbers correct.

There is a total of 7 numbers in the French lotto the first 5 numbers you have to choose are between 1-50 and the 6th number is between 1-12

50 is the luckiest number and most drawn in the French loto

10 is the least luckiest number in the Euro Millions

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Conclusion
With 13 different prize tiers and only a 1 in 13 odds chance of winning a prize its surely a great lottery to give a go. With jackpots reaching mind blowing amounts it is no wonder why the Euro Millions is so popular among players.