The Euromillions launched in 2004 as the world’s first multi-nation lottery and originally just three European countries took part. Pretty soon several other countries joined up and the Euromillions as we know it today was born. The Lottery is now played in the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium and Ireland.
With so many countries involved, it was inevitable that Euromillions lottery jackpots were going to be big, and they certainly are. Euromillions rollovers are common and the top prize has been known to get into nine-figures, making the Euromillions Lottery one of the most popular in the world.
How to win the Euromillions Lottery jackpot
The Euromillions draw is played twice weekly, giving you a chance every Tuesday and Friday to win the big jackpot. During the draw, two ball pools are used; from the first ball pool, five numbers are drawn, from 1 to 50 inclusive; then two Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate ball pool containing numbers 1 to 11. To win the Euromillions jackpot, you must match all five numbers and the two Lucky Star balls to the ones drawn in the Euromillions draw.
The top prize isn’t the only prize worth having in this pan-European lottery draw, across thirteen prize tiers. What’s more, the second prize in the Euromillions has been known to exceed €1/£1 million and so even if you don’t hit the top prize, there’s still the chance of a winning a life-changing prize.
In several Euro-Lottery countries, there are separate draws, running in that country alone, alongside the main Euromillions draw. In the UK this is the Millionaire Raffle and in both Ireland and Portugal you can win big prizes for taking part in the side draw.
Odds of winning the Euromillions Lottery jackpot
The Euromillions Lottery has long odds on the top prize, explaining those big rollovers. Odds of winning the jackpot are 115 million to one, but with 13 prize tiers, overall odds of winning a prize in the Euro-Lottery are achievable at 1 in 13.
The odds might be long, but overall, you’re chances of getting back a prize are pretty good on the Euromillions Lottery, making the lottery jackpots some of the most chase-able in the world.
Euromillions Lottery jackpots
With regular lottery rollovers, the top prize for the Euromillions Lottery has been known to reach nine-figures. The base jackpot starts at an estimated £12 million, or €15 million but wins include a massive £161 million won by a single UK ticketholder in 2011 and a three-way shared jackpot worth €183 million back in 2006.
Taxes on Euromillions Lottery jackpots
Unlike many of the big US lottery draws, there are no taxes to pay on Euromillions jackpots and the advertised jackpot is always the amount won by the player.