Everything you need to know about EuroMillions

When people consider playing the lottery, they head straight for the classic American option, Powerball. With their eyes set on that powerhouse, they often forget about the other international games on offer - like the European favourite, EuroMillions.

Never heard about this lottery? Today’s the day we turn that around. Here’s everything you need to know about EuroMillions - the lottery that’s been making millionaires for more than 15 years!

When was the first EuroMillions draw?

On 7th February 2004 the very first EuroMillions entries went on sale and it was a Saturday morning many Europeans wouldn't easily forget. It was a day of hope, as people all over the UK, France and Spain finally had a chance to win millions in a lottery organized by their very own country.

The first EuroMillions draw took place almost a week later, on 13th February 2004 in Paris. Despite it being Friday the 13th, one lucky player started the day as per usual, but ended the day as a millionaire!

Everything you Need to Know about EuroMillions

How has EuroMillions changed over the years?

Organizers:

After a successful launch and many happy players, lottery organizers from Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined in. The more winners this lottery produced the more and more popular this lottery became. Eventually people all over the world wanted to experience the EuroMillions thrill for themselves and the lottery finally became available online.

Extra Balls:

Like everything, the EuroMillions game evolved too. An extra draw day and extra balls were added to the star number ball set in both 2011 and 2016.

How can I play EuroMillions online?

A EuroMillions lottery entry contains a total of 7 numbers.

All players must pick:

  • 5 main numbers from a pool of 50 numbers (between 1 – 50)
  • 2 “star” numbers from a pool of 12 numbers (between 1 – 12)

As with most lotteries, to win the grand prize, you will need to match all 7 numbers that are drawn by the lottery.

The EuroMillions organizers use 2 machines to draw the numbers. The “Stresa” machine is used to draw the 5 main numbers and the “Paquerette” machine is used to draw the 2 lucky star numbers.

When are the EuroMillions winners announced?

This lottery draws every Tuesday and Friday night in Paris at 20:55 CET. At this point the winning numbers will be announced and if your numbers match the lucky numbers drawn - you’re a winner!

As a Lotto247 player you’ll be happy to know that if you win, a member from our Support Team will send you a very exciting email informing you of your new account balance.

Where do I find the EuroMillions winning numbers?

Right here on Lotto247. If you’ve entered a draw, you’ll receive the winning numbers via email. Alternatively, you can head over to our lottery results page to see what the lucky numbers were.

Does EuroMillions rollover?

Absolutely! Any EuroMillions jackpot starts at €17 million and can roll all the way up to €200 million. Once the jackpot has reached its cap, it turns into a “must-be-won” draw. If no player manages to match the lucky numbers, the jackpots rolls down to the next prize tier and is shared by all players in that prize tier.

Everything you Need to Know about EuroMillions

What is a EuroMillions Superdraw?

This is an event that only happens 3 times a year on average, and is one of the most anticipated draws in EuroMillions history. During a Superdraw, the EuroMillions jackpot is set at €130 million, regardless of the current prize available. Overnight, players instantly stand a chance to win massive amounts of cash.

Numbers

Stars

% of prize fund

Expected winngs

2 0 18.25% €4
2 1 14.85 €8
1 2 4.95% €10
3 0 3.50% €12
2 2 1.75% €19
3 1 1.85% €14
3 2 0.67% €102
4 0 0.38% €59
4 1 0.48% €164
4 2 0.45% €3,076
5 0 0.92% €31,448
5 1 3.95% €303,798
5 2 43.2% or 27% Jackpot

Now that you know more about this European favourite, how many entries will you be adding into your cart?



This post was written by
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