The EuroMillions is a lump sum, tax free European lottery which takes place twice a week. It is one of the biggest lotteries in the world, with participating countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. As the EuroMillions is open to residents in all these countries the prize pool is significantly larger than that of national lotteries.
If there are no EuroMillions jackpot winners then the main prize pool is rolled over to the next draw. There is no limit to the amount of rollovers that can take place, however the Jackpot Prize is limited to 190 million Euros. The record EuroMillions jackpot pay out currently stands at £161 million.
The two weekly draws take place around 9:00 pm EPT or 10:00 pm CET on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Friday draw is broadcast live in the UK at approximately 10:30 pm on the BBC 1 channel. Between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm on Tuesdays there is also a EuroMillions results update broadcast. The EuroMillions results and purchased tickets can also be viewed from the EuroMillions iPhone app, which is available for download to Apple iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. The results on the EuroMillions iPhone app are updated as the draw takes place to keep all players up to date wherever they are. The app is free from the iTunes store.
The odds of winning a prize in the EuroMillions lottery are 1 in 13 but the chance of winning the jackpot by matching all five numbered balls and the 2 Lucky Stars is 1 in 116,531,800.
All UK EuroMillions players are also automatically entered into the Millionaire Raffle for free. Every EuroMillions ticket will contain two unique raffle numbers that are made up of three letters and six numbers. During each EuroMillions draw a single raffle ticket number will be announced. The owner of the EuroMillions ticket that has the matching raffle number printed on it will be paid a fixed prize sum of £1 million. The EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle is only available to those who purchase their EuroMillions tickets in the UK.
In addition to this the EuroMillions also celebrates certain annual occasions including Christmas. During the festive season EuroMillions players will have the chance to win additional prizes in the draw. The UK Millionaire Raffle has also created a number of millionaires during the Christmas period. On 24th December 2010 25 EuroMillions players were made into millionaires and in 2011 this total reached 50 millionaires in just one month.
The Christmas EuroMillions draw took place for the first time on Christmas day 2012. Overnight 25 players became millionaires, with a further 25 winning one million on the Millionaire Raffle that took place on New Year’s Day 2013. The Christmas UK Millionaire Raffle and Christmas EuroMillions draw add an extra level of excitement to the festive period by awarding players with life-changing cash prizes.
Tickets to the two EuroMillions weekly draws can be purchased in stores or online at bigfatlottos.com. They are available for purchase up until 7:30 pm on the evening of the draw.