Euro Lotto (or Euro Lottery) is a phrase most often used when referring to one of the two big pan-European lotteries - EuroMillions and EuroJackpot.
Tuesday 26th May 2015
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EuroMillions began in 2004 and is currently played in the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. There is a minimum jackpot of €15 million and the highest-ever top prize claimed by a single ticket was €190 million with UK residents Adrian and Gillian Bayford winning the top prize in August 2012 and a Portuguese player achieving the same feat in October 2014.
EuroJackpot was first drawn in 2012 and is played in Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The odds of winning the jackpot are better than those for EuroMillions, but the prize money is lower, with EuroJackpot starting at a guaranteed €10 million and a highest ever jackpot pay-out of €61.1 million in September 2014.
Despite being played in fewer countries, EuroMillions remains the more popular of the two games.
Check your Ticket
You must check that the euro lotto numbers you have selected, the weeks you wish to play, the number of weeks and the draw date(s) are correct, that the barcoded serial number is clearly readable and that the "void" box on your ticket has not been marked. Keep your ticket safe, you'll need it to check off your numbers in the draw. Don't lose it ! You'll need it to claim your prize, as it is the only proof that you are a winner.
Don't change countries
Rule (5) says, "Subject to the Rules, the Company will only pay out a Prize in the UK Game in respect of a Ticket and, for the avoidance of doubt, will not pay out a prize in respect of any ticket or entry for a lottery forming part of the EuroMillions Game issued by or on behalf of a Co-Promoter." This means if you buy a physical (not online) euro lotto winning ticket in France, you can only collect your winnings in France - same for Spain and the UK. Of course, if its a jackpot, you'll fly over and collect, but if you only win £25 or £50 it probably wont be worth it. Moral: check your tickets before coming back off holiday. The solution is to buy your tickets online.
How to win the Euro Lotto
There are twelve ways to win the Euro lotto. To win the Jackpot you must match all five main numbers AND your two Lucky Star numbers. There are thirteen ways to win the Euro lotto. To win the Jackpot you must match all five main numbers AND your two Lucky Star numbers. Matching just two main numbers will also win you a prize after changes made in May 2011. Check your EuroMillions results here. See here for more information on how the euromillions prizes are allocated between the different tiers.
Maximum Rollovers/Jackpot Cap
On 20th January 2006, the EuroLotto operators introduced a cap on the number of times the jackpot could roll over. Predicting that it 'should' occur only once every 25 years, they set the limit at 12 rollovers, with the jackpot on the 12 draw rolling down to the next highest winning tier if not won directly - most likely the 5+1 star tier, see below. In March 2009 this rule was changed and we saw the introduction of the Euro Millions Jcakpot cap of €185 million. This was first reached in July 2011 with the first draw after the cap failing to produce any winners this meaning the jackpot remained the same but the prize pool above the cap rolled down to the next winning prize tier creating 6 mult-millionaires who match 5 main and 1 Lucky Star.
Winning Selection Odds Est. prize
|Main Numbers||Lucky Star numbers||Odds|
|5||2||1 in 116,531,800|
|5||1||1 in 6,473,989|
|5||0||1 in 3,236,995|
|4||2||1 in 517,920|
|4||1||1 in 28,774|
|4||0||1 in 14,387|
|3||2||1 in 11,771|
|3||1||1 in 654|
|2||2||1 in 822|
|3||0||1 in 327|
|1||2||1 in 157|
|2||1||1 in 46|
|2||0||1 in 23|