EuroMillions has been played since 2004, and during this time there have been several changes to the game and many record-breaking moments. Take a look at the most important updates and milestones.
In January 2019, the number of winning UK Millionaire Maker codes selected in each draw dropped from two to one. In return, the National Lottery stated that special raffles would be held more often, guaranteeing many winners at once. The first of these events was held on Friday 1st March, when 40 prizes of £1 million were given away.
Here is a timeline of all the major events that have occurred during EuroMillions history:
7th Feb 2004
The first EuroMillions draw was held, with players from the UK, France and Spain taking part.
Marion Richardson became the first UK winner, receiving a prize worth £16.7 million.
The first draw involving players from Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium and Austria took place.
A rollover cap of eleven was introduced. If there was no jackpot winner in the twelfth draw, the top prize would roll down into the next winning tier.
EuroMillions Plus was introduced in Ireland, where players pay €1 extra to take part in an additional draw that offers a jackpot of €500,000.
- A jackpot cap of €185 million was introduced to replace the rollover cap, on the understanding that it would increase by €5 million after the jackpot was won at the maximum amount allowed.
- The cost of a UK ticket rose from £1.50 to £2.
Millionaire Raffle was introduced, guaranteeing one UK player in every draw wins £1 million by matching the code drawn with the one automatically generated on their ticket when they play EuroMillions.
- The first Tuesday EuroMillions draw was made, offering a jackpot of €100 million in celebration.
- The number of Lucky Stars was increased from nine to eleven.
- A new prize for matching two main numbers was introduced.
- Colin and Christine Weir from Largs in Ayrshire became the first players to win the top prize on EuroMillions at the jackpot cap. Their €185 million windfall worked out at £161.6 million at the time.
- The jackpot cap was raised to €190 million.
Millionaires Month saw 50 Millionaire Raffle winners created in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
A rule was introduced that kept the jackpot cap at €190 million permanently, with a maximum of two draws allowed at that level before the prize money rolls down and is shared between ticket holders in the next winning prize tier.
EuroMillions celebrated the opening of the London Olympic Games by drawing out 100 winning Millionaire Raffle codes, each worth £1 million. In total, 97 were claimed, breaking the world record for the largest number of millionaires made in one night.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Haverhill in Suffolk became the first EuroMillions players to win at the revised jackpot cap of €190 million. However, due to exchange rates at the time, their sterling payout was £148.6 million, which was less than Colin and Christine Weir, who won €185 million (£161.6 million) the previous year.
The 180-day deadline for claiming a £63.8 million jackpot prize from the draw on Friday 8th June 2012 passed without the ticket holder coming forward. The full amount, plus the interest it accrued, was donated to the Good Causes fund.
A special version of Millionaire Raffle was drawn called £1 Million Every Month for a Year. The ticket holder did not claim the win before the 180-day deadline, meaning that the entire prize of twelve installments of £1 million was donated to the Good Causes fund.
The My Million supplementary game was introduced in France, guaranteeing to award €1 million to at least one player in every draw.
A Portuguese player from Castelo Branco won €190 million, becoming the second ticket holder in the game’s history to win a prize at the jackpot cap.
- Millionaire Raffle became Millionaire Maker.
- The first ever Mega Friday Millionaire Maker draw took place, with 25 players winning £1 million plus a luxury VIP trip to Makepeace Island in Australia for themselves and seven guests.
Changes to EuroMillions came into effect on 24th September 2016 in an effort to generate bigger jackpots, create more prize winners and make the game even more fun for players of Europe’s big-money lottery game.
Here’s an overview of the changes made:
- Cost of a UK EuroMillions ticket went from £2 to £2.50.
- Extra Lucky Star added, taking the pool from 11 to 12
- European Millionaire Maker introduced
- Jackpot capped draw duration increased to four draws
- Minimum jackpot increased from €15 million to €17 million.
- Number of UK Millionaire Maker prizes rose from one to two in every draw.
- Mega Fridays were replaced with Mega Weeks, these special draws take place several times a year and give players the chance to win £1 million and exciting non-cash prizes.
Under the previous format, 32% of the prize fund was allocated to the jackpot, this was increased to 43.2% meaning that jackpots increase in value at a faster rate. It is expected that top prizes of £50 million or more will occur more frequently under the new rules.
The first European Millionaire Maker draw took place. Three UK players won £1 million each.
The EuroMillions jackpot reached its cap of €190 million for the third time on Tuesday 3rd October, before being won in the following draw by a Spanish player from Grand Canaria.
The first EuroMillions HotPicks draw took place.
The number of Millionaire Maker winners per draw was cut from two to one, with more special draws taking place instead where multiple players would be guaranteed to win £1 million.
A special UK Millionaire Maker raffle was held, in which 40 winning codes were selected. Each player with a matching code on their ticket won £1 million.
A UK player won the country’s largest-ever lottery prize, pocketing a £170 million EuroMillions jackpot. For details of other big EuroMillions wins in the UK, view the Top Lottery Winners list.