About EuroMillions UK
The Euro Millions is a transnational lottery game which pools the stakes to create large jackpot and prize values. If there is no Jackpot winner from one draw then the main prize pool is rolled over to the next draw, which allows for some potentially high value Jackpots to accumulate.
How to play EuroMillions UK
The EuroMillions game itself is simple to play. The player needs to pick 5 balls from a selection of 1 to 50 and then two additional numbers called ‘Lucky Stars’ from a selection of 1 to 12. The jackpot is won if all five main balls and the two Lucky Star balls that are drawn match the winning numbers.
The Euro Millions lottery pools the stakes to create large jackpot and prize values. If there is no Jackpot winner from one draw then the main prize pool is rolled over to the next draw, which allows for some potentially high value Jackpots to accumulate.
EuroMillions Odds and Prize Categories
There are 13 prize categories up for grabs in total, as expected with the odds of winning being better for smaller prizes than they are for the jackpot. The draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, with exclusive coverage online.
Please find below a breakdown of all the prize categories available and the odds of winning them:
|Category 1||5 + 2||1 : 139,838,160|
|Category 2||5 + 1||1 : 6,991,908|
|Category 3||5 + 0||1 : 3,107,515|
|Category 4||4 + 2||1 : 621,503|
|Category 5||4 + 1||1 : 31,075|
|Category 6||3 + 2||1 : 14,125|
|Category 7||4 + 0||1 : 13,811|
|Category 8||2 + 2||1 : 985|
|Category 9||3 + 1||1 : 706|
|Category 10||3 + 0||1 : 314|
|Category 11||1 + 2||1 : 188|
|Category 12||2 + 1||1 : 49|
|Category 13||2 + 0||1 : 22|
EuroMillions UK Winners and Jackpots
Since launching in 2004, the Euro Millions has seen some great winner stories. One of the most notable wins and happiest stories came from Chris and Colin Weir from Glasgow who scooped £161 million in 2011. As well as using their money for other good causes, the generous couple donated £750,000 to football club Partick Thistle, who they are avid fans of, to establish a new Youth Academy. Other biggest jackpot winners were Adrian and Gillian Bayford, again from the UK who won £149 million in 2012.
On January 1st, 2019, Frances & Patrick Connolly, a couple from Northern Ireland, bagged almost £115 million in the EuroMillions jackpot, and said they celebrated with a cup of tea.
Most recently, in 2020, on May 26 somebody from the UK won the jackpot and became the 3rd EuroMillions jackpot winner of the year. The anonymous player split a bounty of £33 million with a lucky winner from France, taking home £13.5 million. Before that success, there have been two more jackpot winners in the UK in 2020: on March 17th somebody landed £57.9 million, while on 17th April Ryan Hoyle scooped £58.3 million.
EuroMillions Game History
The Euro Millions launched on the 7th February 2004 after an agreement between the French, Spanish, and UK lottery operators. The Jackpot was originally a tax free lump sum payment, however this had to change following legal changes in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland deeming all Jackpot winners in these countries liable to pay tax on all winnings. The game initially only had one draw a week, however a second draw was introduced on May 10th 2011 with the number of Lucky Star balls increasing from 9 – 11. On 24 September 2016, the number of Lucky Star balls increased again, from 11 to 12.
In the beginning there was no limit on how many times the Jackpot could roll over, allowing for the exciting prospect of some rather high value prizes accumulating. However in January 2012, a cap on the Jackpot of €190 million was put in place.
In February 2020 the jackpot cap was increased again from €190 million to €200 million. Once the jackpot reaches €200 million, it will be allowed to stay at this level for a maximum of five draws. If there are no winners in the 5th draw then the full jackpot will be split between winners of the next category (5 numbers plus one Lucky Star). Also, every time the jackpot is won, an extra €10 million will be added to the jackpot cap, until a maximum of €250 million.
Since February 2020, it was agreed between the lottery operators of the participating countries that Superdraws will be celebrated more often, and that the jackpot will receive a higher percentage of the prize fund, which means that the jackpot now grows quicker.
EuroMillions Participating Countries
The game is currently played in 12 countries:
|Austria||8th October 2004|
|Belgium||8th October 2004|
|France (including overseas regions and collectives)||7th February 2004|
|Ireland||8th October 2004|
|Luxembourg||8th October 2004|
|Portugal||8th October 2004|
|Spain||7th February 2004|
|Switzerland||8th October 2004|
|United Kingdom (including the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey)||7th February 2004|
In addition to the above, 3 micro-states are also part of the game: Andorra, the principality of Monaco and Liechtenstein.
Interesting EuroMillions Facts
On February 2019, a family from Ireland became the largest EuroMillions Syndicate winners of all time, taking home a €175 million jackpot.
The youngest British EuroMillions winner is Jane Park, who was only 17 when she won £1 million, after buying her first Lucky Dip ticket back in July 2013.