Here is the question on everyone’s lips! The answer is: yes, you can play EuroMillions even if you don’t live in one of the nine participating countries. You can play EuroMillions online with official tickets or by betting on the numbers that will be drawn in the next draw of the EuroMillions lottery.
EuroMillions Lottery Overview
- Play format: 5 out of 50 + 2 out of 12
- Draw days: Tuesdays & Fridays
- Overall odds : 1 in 13
- Jackpot odds: 1 in 139,838,160
- Starting jackpot: €17 million
- Record jackpot: €220 million
How to Play EuroMillions Online
You can easily and safely purchase EuroMillions tickets online via trusted lottery operators, such as theLotter or PlayHugeLottos which offers different and exciting ways to play. You will just have to pick the numbers and select the play format you prefer. Some of the platforms allow you to purchase also syndicate shares.
Alternatively, you can bet on the results of EuroMillions draws via reliable lottery betting sites such as Lottoland or WinTrillions. The rules of the game remain the same and they are pretty straight forward:
- Select five numbers (1-50);
- Choose two Lucky Stars (1-12);
- Match all five numbers and the two Lucky Stars to win the jackpot.
- Additionally, tickets purchased in some of the participating countries have a raffle code that can bring the owner extra prizes.
When are the EuroMillions Draws?
Draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings with a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €17 million which can roll over to a monumental €220 million.
If you don’t want to miss any EuroMillions draw, you can purchase multi-draw packages which will automatically enter you into a set number of consecutive draws for a specific lottery. At theLotter, players can purchase a package of 5, 10, 25, or 52 draws. With WinTrillions, you can purchase tickets for up to 8 draws.
Those who are more committed can purchase a subscription. theLotter subscribers will be entered into every draw until they decide to either pause their subscription or unsubscribe from the lottery. WinTrillions offers monthly, half-year or yearly subscriptions.
How Big is the EuroMillions Jackpot?
EuroMillions offers the biggest jackpots in Europe. Its top prizes might not reach the billion dollars level as it happens with the American lotteries Powerball and Mega Millions, but EuroMillions is certainly no. 1 when it comes to European jackpots.
The EuroMillions jackpot starts at €17 million and has reached a record jackpot of €210 million. In the future, the record might get as high as €250 million, but for now, it is not possible to grow over €250 million. Why? Because the EuroMillions lottery has a jackpot cap. Currently the cap stands at €220 million, but it is planned to increase by €10 million each time it is reached until it gets to €250 million.
EuroMillions Prizes & Odds
The EuroMillions lottery offers 12 categories of secondary prizes, besides the jackpot. The jackpot is at least €17 million million, but the second prize can get to amazing heights as well. The highest it got so far is €5,6 million.
When you enter EuroMillions, you have a 1 in 13 chance of winning any prize. The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are of 1 in 139,838,160. This may seem quite steep, but compared to the 1 in 292,201,338 odds of winning the Powerball jackpot or the 1 in 622,614,630 chance of getting your hands on the Italian SuperEnalotto jackpot, scooping the EuroMillions jackpot is a far more achievable goal.
|Prize Division||Match||Odds of Winning|
|1st Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 139,838,160|
|2nd Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 6,991,908|
|3rd Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪||1 in 3,107,515|
|4th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 621,503|
|5th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 31,075|
|6th Prize||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 14,125|
|7th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪||1 in 13,811|
|8th Prize||⚪⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 985|
|9th Prize||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 706|
|10th Prize||⚪⚪⚪||1 in 314|
|11th Prize||⚪ + 🟠🟠||1 in 188|
|12th Prize||⚪⚪ + 🟠||1 in 49|
|13th Prize||⚪⚪||1 in 22|
A pan-European lottery, EuroMillions offers amazing prizes as a number of nine countries contribute to its prize fund. Besides that, some of the countries offer an extra-feature in the form of a raffle, giving EuroMillions players the chance to win extra prizes that are not to be neglected. Tickets purchased in the UK, France, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland come with a raffle code that can bring their holders appealing prizes.
|UK||Millionaire Maker||£1 million||3 letters & 6 numbers|
|France||My Million||€1 million||2 letters & 7 numbers|
|Spain||El Millon||€1 million||3 letters & 5 numbers|
|Austria||Österreich Bonus Raffle||€100,000||10 numbers|
|Switzerland||Switzerland Super Star||CHF 4-250,000||2 letters & 3 numbers|
In addition to that, there is a type of special event called EuroMillions Millionaire Maker. This is a raffle that unites all the 9 EuroMillions participating countries, raffling out 25 prizes of €1 million to 25 lucky players who have the the winning codes on their tickets. The format of the code for this raffle is of 4 letters and 5 numbers. The European Millionaire Maker is held periodically and it is announced a few weeks in advance. This special raffle event is also known as the EuroMillionaires Raffle Draw in Ireland and Pluies de Millionnaires in Belgium and France.
EuroMillions Record Jackpots
The current EuroMillions jackpot record stands at €210 million. This mouth-watering prize was won on a single ticket by a player from Switzerland on Friday, February 26th, 2021. This came only 2 months after the previous record had been established : a €200 million jackpot won by a French ticket holder in the draw of December 11th, 2020. Before that, the record was of €190 million and it had been reached three times:
- in October 2017, won on a single ticket purchased in Spain.
- in October 2014, scooped by a single ticket holder in Castelo Blanco, Portugal.
- in August 2012, when Adrian and Gillian Bayford took home the prize that made them famous (and rich).
EuroMillions holds the national records for biggest jackpot in almost all the participating countries:
- Austria: €55 million from May 2008.
- Belgium: €168 million from October 2016.
- France: €200 million from December 2020.
- Ireland: €175 million from February 2019.
- Luxembourg: €65 million from September 2013.
- Portugal: €190 million from August 2012.
- Spain: €190 million from October 2017.
- Switzerland: €210 million from February 2021.
- United Kingdom: £170 million from October 2019.
Biggest Online EuroMillions Winners
Below is a sample list of the biggest online EuroMillions winners.
- July, 2019- H.S.L. from South Korea won a €1 million El Millón raffle prize (theLotter)
- October, 2013 – I.K. from Hungary won €489,777 (theLotter)
- December, 2016 – Sarah and Joe from Hampshire, UK won £343,284 (Lottoland)
- March, 2017 – Valentin from London won €248,864 (Jackpot.com)
- July, 2012 – G.R. won €144,000 (theLotter)
Taxes on EuroMillions Prizes
The amount of taxes one has to pay when winning EuroMillions prizes depends on the country where the ticket was purchased. In 6 countries EuroMillions winnings are tax-free. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the UK. In the other 3 EuroMillions countries, different taxation laws apply:
- Portugal: 20% for prizes worth more than €5,000.
- Switzerland: 35% for any winnings over CHF1 million.
- A20% for prizes exceeding €20,000
You should know that most lottery services providers do not allow you to chose the country where your EuroMillions ticket will be bought. On theLotter, you can choose if to purchase a EuroMillions ticket from Spain or from Austria, but at the moment they do not offer other possibilities.
FAQs about EuroMillions
Yes, players from non-participating countries can play EuroMillions regardless of their geographical location using the services of a lottery messenger service such as theLotter. Alternatively, they can bet on the results of EuroMillions draw on a reliable bet-on platform.
If your ticket is purchased in a country organizing also a raffle, a special code will be assigned to your ticket on the moment of purchase. The raffle code comes at no extra cost and there is no opt-out option.
Yes, the cost is slightly higher when buying EuroMillions tickets online. The extra cost comes for the service of purchasing the ticket on your behalf that the lottery courier service has. Betting-on services come at similar prices to offline tickets, but the costs can be higher when jackpots are higher.