EuroMillions FAQs

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Playing EuroMillions

What time is the EuroMillions draw?

EuroMillions draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at approximately 8pm, with results being available from 8:15pm onwards.

What time do ticket sales close?

Ticket sales for both Tuesday and Friday EuroMillions draws close at 7:30pm on the evening of the draw. Ticket sales for the next draw re-open once the night's results have been processed.

How do I play EuroMillions?

Choose five main numbers between 1 and 50 and two Lucky Star numbers between 1 and 12.

Tickets can be purchased online or from any authorised retailer for up to eight consecutive draws, including both the Tuesday and Friday evening draws, covering a period of up to four weeks.

Please note that it is not possible to purchase tickets in advance for a particular draw if you are not also purchasing a ticket for the preceding draw. For example, if you want to purchase a ticket for a Friday evening draw being held in three weeks' time, you would either have to purchase your ticket after the preceding Friday evening draw had taken place OR purchase tickets for all Friday evening draws up to and including the draw you had a particular interest in.

Visit the How to Play page for more information.

What is UK Millionaire Maker?

The UK Millionaire Maker is a free additional game which is included on every EuroMillions ticket sold in the UK. For every line of EuroMillions numbers purchased, a unique code is printed onto the ticket which is entered into the raffle draw for the chance to win a £1 million prize.

Visit the UK Millionaire Maker page for more information.

What is the Ireland Only Raffle?

The Ireland Only Raffle is available to all EuroMillions players in Ireland free of charge. For each line of EuroMillions numbers purchased, you receive one raffle code for the supplementary draw.

Ten codes are drawn on the night and, should your code match one of the winning combinations exactly, you will win €5,000!

Promotional draws take place from time to time that increase the prize amount on offer, however these are clearly advertised in advance.

For more information, visit the Ireland Only Raffle page.

What is the minimum jackpot?

The EuroMillions jackpot starts at a guaranteed €17 million (approximately £15 million).

Is there a minimum age limit for playing EuroMillions?

All players must be aged 18 or over with the exception of players within the UK, who must be aged 16 or over. Players are advised to check their local gambling regulations prior to purchasing a ticket.

If I buy multi-draw EuroMillions tickets, can I still win a UK Millionaire Maker prize?

Yes. Players in the UK have the option to pre-purchase EuroMillions tickets up to four weeks in advance for one or both of the weekly draws which are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings. This means that players can pre-purchase tickets for up to eight draws and the ticket will include one unique UK Millionaire Maker code for each line of EuroMillions numbers purchased. Although the code is the same for each draw, it is entered into every draw for which a EuroMillions ticket has been purchased and has exactly the same chance of winning as any other raffle code.

How much does a single EuroMillions ticket cost?

The price of a single EuroMillions ticket can be seen below:

Country Cost per ticket
Austria €2.50
Belgium €2.50
France €2.50
Ireland €2.50
Luxembourg €2.50
Portugal €2.50
Spain €2.50
Switzerland CHF3.50
UK £2.50

What is European Millionaire Maker?

The European Millionaire Maker works in the same way as UK Millionaire Maker, but is held on special occasions and is played by ticket holders in all nine countries that participate in EuroMillions. Each EuroMillions line will have a unique raffle code printed alongside it and this must be matched to the code drawn in order to win a prize of £1 million. Codes will be generated at random and consist of four letters and five numbers (for example, ABCD12345). The first letter of the code will correspond to the country from where the ticket was purchased:

Country Starting Letter of Raffle Code
Austria A, N, O or W
Belgium B
France F
Ireland I
Luxembourg L
Portugal P
Spain E
Switzerland R or S
UK H, J, M, T, V, X or Z

Read more at the European Millionaire Maker page


Claiming Prizes

How do I claim a EuroMillions prize?

The way you claim a EuroMillions prize depends on the country the ticket was purchased in, whether it was purchased online or in-store and the amount won.

Learn how to claim EuroMillions prizes in the UK.

How many numbers do you need to win EuroMillions?

You win prizes for matching a minimum of two numbers. If you match all five numbers and two Lucky Stars, you win the jackpot.

View all available EuroMillions prize tiers.

What do you win for matching 2 numbers on EuroMillions?

The prize for matching two numbers in the most recent draw on Friday 10th July was £2.30 / €3.90. Please note that this amount will change from draw to draw as EuroMillions prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis.

Do you pay tax on EuroMillions prizes?

The majority of the countries that participate in EuroMillions do not levy a tax on prize money. The following countries, however, do tax winnings:

  • Portugal: Winnings above €5,000 are taxed at 20 percent.
  • Spain: Prize money over €40,000 is taxed at 20 percent.
  • Switzerland: A tax of 35 percent is taken from any prize over CHF1 million.

Although prize money is not directly taxed in other countries, there may be other tax implications. In the UK, for example, large gifts of money or assets may be subject to Inheritance Tax. For more information, visit the Taxes page.

How long are EuroMillions tickets valid for?

Depending on the country you have purchased your ticket in, the claim period for prizes will vary.

Country Claim Period (from the date of a draw)
Austria 3 years
Belgium 90 days
France 60 days
Ireland 90 days
Luxembourg 60 days
Portugal 90 days
Spain 3 months
Switzerland 180 days
United Kingdom 180 days

If prizes are not claimed within the deadline stated above, the winnings will be forfeited and can no longer be claimed.

Jackpots

What is the largest EuroMillions jackpot ever won?

The largest jackpot ever won is €190 million. This has happened four times. The record for the largest sterling amount won is £170 million and belongs to a player who claimed their prize anonymously in October 2019.

Is there a limit to the number of times the EuroMillions jackpot can roll over?

While there is no strict rollover limit for the EuroMillions jackpot, the top prize is capped once it reaches €200 million and stays at that level for a maximum of five draws. The fifth draw is a 'Must Be Won' draw, in which if there is no jackpot winner the prize money will be shared by ticket holders in the next winning tier.

Once a €200 million jackpot has been won or rolled down, the cap will increase by €10 million. The cap will continue to go up by €10 million each time the maximum jackpot gets won or rolls down, but it cannot go any higher than €250 million.

What is a EuroMillions Superdraw?

Superdraws are special event draws with a guaranteed jackpot of €130 million (around £100 million dependent on the exchange rate at the time of the draw) regardless of the jackpot on offer in the preceding draw. If no ticket holders win the EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot, the jackpot will roll over to the following draw. These draws can take place at any point throughout the year.

Playing Abroad

Can I play EuroMillions from outside the UK?

Yes, EuroMillions is played in a total of nine countries; Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Tickets can be purchased online or from an authorised lottery retailer in any of the participating countries.

Visit the How to Play EuroMillions page for more information.

Can I play EuroMillions if I do not live in one of the participating countries?

Players from non-participating countries can still win big jackpots by using our recommended lottery ticket concierge service, regardless of their geographical location.

Visit the How to Play EuroMillions page for more information.

Can I claim a EuroMillions prize from a ticket purchased in another country?

No. You must claim a EuroMillions prize in the country where it was purchased, as each country has their own system for registering tickets and has their own terminals. A EuroMillions ticket purchased in one country cannot be validated in another country. See the Playing Abroad page for more details.

General

I've received a message from EuroMillions saying I've won a prize. Is this a scam?

It's important to remember that you cannot win a EuroMillions prize if you have not bought a ticket. This rule applies in all nine EuroMillions countries. Here is some advice on what to do if you receive a notification that you have won a lottery prize:

  • I have not bought a ticket
  • If you have not bought a EuroMillions ticket and have received a notification stating that you have won a prize, it is definitely a scam.

    You should never respond to any lottery-related messages that you don't believe are legitimate. Furthermore, no official lottery operator would ask you to respond to an email with personal or financial details. If you have sent any financial information to a potential scammer, you should contact a fraud agency immediately for further advice.

  • I have bought a ticket in-store
  • If you bought a ticket at a retailer without having to register any of your personal details, there is no way that the lottery operator knows who you are, so they cannot notify you if you have won. In this instance, any notification that you have won a prize can be treated as a scam.

    Some countries require or allow players to provide personal details to purchase lottery tickets. If this applies to you then it is possible that you will receive a notification informing you that you have won. You should check the results of the draw yourself to confirm that you have won, and then follow the instructions on the back of your ticket to initiate the claim.

  • I played online
  • If you played online then it is very likely that you will receive an email notification when you win a prize. If you’re unsure about the authenticity of the email, visit the lottery provider’s website (don’t click any links in the email) to log in and check the results.

    Visit the Scams page to learn more about lottery scams and find out what to do if you think you have been the target of one.

What are the odds of winning EuroMillions?

The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160 and the overall odds of winning a EuroMillions prize are 1 in 13. To view the odds for each prize tier, visit the Odds of Winning page.

What television channel is the EuroMillions draw broadcast on?

Below is a list of countries that broadcast EuroMillions results with the channel and time of each broadcast:

Country TV Channel Broadcast Time
Austria ORF2 22:25 CET
Belgium La Une
VRT één
From 22:30 CET
From 23:00 CET
France TF1 23:25 CET
Ireland RTE One From 21:00 GMT
Luxembourg Télé L?tzebuerg
RTL Lux
22:05 CET
00:15 CET After Draw
Portugal TVI From 21:00 CET
Spain TVE2 22:00 CET
Switzerland RTS Deux 22:45 CET
UK Online From 22:30 GMT

Can UK residents still play EuroMillions after Brexit?

Yes, UK residents can still play EuroMillions. For more information, visit the Brexit page.

What is the difference between UK EuroMillions and European EuroMillions?

Prizes in the UK are paid out in GBP (£), whereas in other participating countries prizes are paid out in Euro (€), with the exception of Switzerland, which pays out prizes in Swiss Francs (CHF).

In the UK, each EuroMillions ticket includes a free entry into the UK Millionaire Maker draw. Other participating countries offer their own supplementary games, but these may be optional and may carry an additional cost.

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