17 Million (EUR)
Tue, Oct 03, 2023
The EuroMillions lottery (Euro Millions, Euro Millones) was one of the first international multi-country lottery games in the world and is also one of the biggest lotteries in the world.
The Euromillions has grown in popularity since it started in 2004 when the opening jackpot was 15 million (EUR). The starting jackpot remains the same today, but instead of being drawn once per week, it is now drawn twice per week giving player's not one, but two chances to win the jackpot every single week.
This also means that the rollovers increase more quickly and are often in excess of 100 million euros.
SuperDraw events are regularly held for special occasions together with a Mega Friday draw held on the last Friday of every month.
This has made EuroMillions into one of the most exciting lotteries on the planet.
Want a chance to win a EuroMillions prize?
EuroMillions is a Powerball style lotto game where numbers are chosen from two different sources. In order to win the EuroMillions jackpot, you must match the five balls drawn from the first set of 50 and the two balls (Lucky Stars) drawn from the next set of 11.
The EuroMillions prize fund is split into thirteen categories and has been designed to give as many players as possible a chance of winning a prize.
If the jackpot is not won, it will rollover to the next draw and be added to until a cap of 185 million euros is reached, at which point, if it is still not won, the prize fund is distributed to the lower prizes.
Tuesday and Friday night draws are televised on TV channels TF1 in France and TVE in Spain.
You can play Euro Millions even if you are not in one of the participating countries by buying your ticket online through a certified lottery agent.
Did you know - the odds of winning any Euromillions prize is 1 in 13.
|5 Balls + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 116,531,800|
|5 Balls + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 6,473,989|
|5 Balls||1 in 3,236,995|
|4 Balls + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 517,920|
|4 Balls + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 28,774|
|4 Balls||1 in 14,387|
|3 Balls + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 11,771|
|3 Balls + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 654|
|3 Balls||1 in 327|
|2 Balls + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 822|
|2 Balls + 1 Lucky Star||1 in 46|
|2 Balls||1 in 23|
|1 Ball + 2 Lucky Stars||1 in 157|
National lotteries are usually limited to the residents of one country, but the EuroMillions Lottery pools its funds from all of the nine participating european countries to make up the extraordinary Euromillions prize fund. This not only makes the prizes a great deal larger to begin with, but also has a dramatic effect on the rollovers. If there is no jackpot winner, the main prize is 'rolled over' to the next draw, and so after only a few weeks without a winner, the jackpot can be well over €100 million Euros.
With this vast European lottery-playing population, EuroMillions Lottery has to be one of the largest lump-sum, tax-free lotteries the world has ever seen.
The original plan was to launch EuroMillions Lotto at around the same time as the launch of the single European currency, but as so often happens, red tape, politics and other miscellaneous factors meant that the plan was delayed by ten years.
Finally, however, the UK, France and Spain started the balls rolling in February 2004 and the EuroMillions Lotterywas born. It was presented by the countries three major lottery organizers: Camelot in the United Kingdom, the Francaise des Jeux in France and the Loterias y Apuestas des Estad in Spain.
Realising it's potential, lotteries from Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland were swift to join the draw in October of the same year.
EuroMillions Lottery Results
USA The three highest multistate Lottery jackpots awarded nationwide were: 365 million (USD) (one ticket) in Powerball on Oct. 19, 2005; 363 million (USD) (split two ways) in the Big Game on May 9, 2000; and 340 million (USD) (one ticket) in Powerball on Feb. 18, 2006.