Euro Millions is one of the biggest regional lottery games in the world and was first launched in 2004. Euro Millions is classified as a ‘transnational lottery’ and was originally jointly launched by the French lottery organization Française des Jeux, the Spanish lottery organization Loterías y Apuestas del Estado and the United Kingdom lottery organization Camelot. While it may seem unlucky for an auspicious first draw, the Euro Millions first draw date was on the 13th of February 2004.
Initially the inaugural draw saw participants exclusively from the United Kingdom, Spain and France. However, from the 8th of October 2004, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Portugal began to participate in Euro Millions. Since its launch in 2004, Euro Millions has lived up to its name on multiple occasions and has made many overnight millionaires throughout continental Europe, the UK and Ireland. Average jackpot prize pools regularly exceed the €100.000.000 mark. Euro Millions draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night in Paris at 20:45 CET.
Over the years, the Euro Millions lotto has grown to include a number of European countries and, as long as you reside in one of these countries and are over the age of 18, you can purchase a Euro Millions ticket. It is also important to note that the legal age is lower in some countries such as the UK, where the legal age to purchase a Euro Millions lotto ticket is just 16 years of age.
Euro Millions lotto participating countries include the following:
- France (including overseas regions and collectivities)
- Isle of Man
- United Kingdom.
Number of Players
The average numbers of players participating in the Euro Millions weekly draw varies considerably although average Euro Millions ticket sales are around 20 million (for a 15 million first prize) and around 55 million (for a 150 million first prize).
Average Prize Pool
Average jackpot prize pools regularly exceed the €100.000.000 mark although these figures are often much higher. Prize pool figures are also effected by local currency rates (such as British Pounds for example.
In November 2009, new rules were introduced regarding rollovers. Among these new rules was the introduction of the Prize Pool Cap. Based on these new rules, a jackpot will continue to rollover if there is no winner until it reaches or exceeds the €185,000,000 mark. At this point the jackpot will be capped and will remain at this figure and any additional prize money that is rolled over will be added to the next lowest Euro Millions prize level.
However, there was an interesting rule included regarding the Jackpot Pool Cap and, once the Jackpot Pool Cap has been won, the total Jackpot Pool Cap will be extended by €5,000,000. Essentially what this means is that, the next Jackpot Pool Cap will be set at €190,000,000 instead of at €185,000,000.
A new ruling in 2012 altered this interesting Prize Pool Cap by permanently locking the Jackpot cap at €190,000,000. With the new ruling, if the jackpot is not won after two consecutive draws, the jackpot is then redistributed among winners in the next prize tier. This ruling received another rule change in 2016 which altered the number of rollovers of the jackpot from two to five before the jackpot would be redistributed among winners from the next prize tier.
How to Play Euromillions
Playing Euro Millions is very easy and the structure is very similar to the traditional lottery format. Players purchase a ticket and can then select five number from a card ranging from one to fifty. The player can then also select two additional numbers known as lucky star numbers from a separate pool consisting of twelve numbers.
Euro Millions draws tale place every Tuesday and every Friday evening, with the draw happening in Paris at 20:45 CET. Results are published soon after on a variety of associated Euro Millions websites.