Changes to EuroMillions in September 2016
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. Many of the alterations will benefit UK players, such as the addition of a special monthly draw and the introduction of Mega Week.
Here’s a quick overview of the changes to EuroMillions that took effect in September 2016:
- Bigger rolling jackpots are expected as more money is allocated to jackpot prize fund.
- The starting jackpot increased from €15 million (estimated £12 million) to €17 million (estimated £14 million).
- The ball pool for choosing your Lucky Stars increased to 12.
- Two UK Millionaire Maker prizes are now offered in every draw instead of one.
- Mega Friday has become Mega Week, with the last draws of the month offering the chance to win £1 million and spectacular non-cash prizes.
- A UK Monthly Bonus Draw was introduced.
- The price of a UK EuroMillions ticket is now £2.50.
To celebrate the new EuroMillions game, a special Superdraw has been called for Friday 30th September which will offer a jackpot worth an estimated £100 million (guaranteed €130 million). Other Superdraws will still be held from time and will give players the chance to compete for additional fixed prizes throughout the year.
Under the previous regulations for the game, just 32 percent of the prize fund was allocated to the EuroMillions jackpot, but the new EuroMillions rules stipulate that 43.2 percent of the prize fund is to be directed to the jackpot. This means that jackpots increase in value at a faster rate, generating even more excitement about the game. It is expected that top prizes of £50 million or more will occur more frequently under the new rules.
Starting jackpots have increased, rising to a guaranteed €17 million (estimated £14 million) from the previous value of €15 million (estimated £12 million). The jackpot cap has remained in place at €190 million (estimated £157 million), but it is now allowed to stay at the cap for four draws, not one, before it has to be won or rolled down into the next winning prize tier.
Prizes and Odds
While you still pick five main numbers from 1 to 50, as part of the changes to EuroMillions you now select two Lucky Stars from 1 to 12 instead of from 1 to 11. This sets the odds of winning the jackpot at 1 in 139,838,160, but your overall odds of winning any prize on the game are still 1 in 13. In addition, the increase in EuroMillions ticket prices could help boost the value of any non-jackpot prizes you might win.
Millionaire Maker and Mega Week
Instead of just one UK Millionaire Maker winner in each EuroMillions draw, there are now two prizes of £1 million on offer every Tuesday and Friday evening. This will improve your chances of winning a prize on this special game:
|Previous Odds of Winning Millionaire Maker||Current Odds of Winning Millionaire Maker|
|Tuesday Draw: 1 in 4.8 million||Tuesday Draw: 1 in 1.9 million|
|Friday Draw: 1 in 7.5 million||Friday Draw: 1 in 2.95 million|
Mega Friday has been replaced by Mega Week, an exciting new development which sees the last Tuesday and Friday EuroMillions draws offer up great prizes of £1 million and fantastic luxury giveaways.
A special European Millionaire Maker raffle will also be held from time to time, offering UK players the chance to compete for fantastic prizes alongside their European counterparts. You will receive a random code for every EuroMillions line you play, though in this instance it will have four letters and five numbers, with the first letter of the code being H, J, M, T, V, X or Z in the UK.
Monthly Bonus Draw
A Monthly Bonus Draw has also been introduced for UK players, which provides a prize pool of £1 million in the second EuroMillions draw of each month. Entries will open on Tuesday, 1st November and the first draw will be held on Tuesday, 6th December. If you play EuroMillions online or by subscription, you will automatically receive one entry for every line you play. If you play EuroMillions through of any of the authorised retailers in the UK, you will need to register your physical ticket online for the chance to take part in the Monthly Bonus Draw.
In the UK, the cost of a EuroMillions ticket has risen to £2.50 from the previous price of £2. This will help jackpots grow faster as well as help fund the additional prizes that are offered in Millionaire Maker and in the Mega Week draws.
Similar price increases have come into effect in other participating countries.
Players were able to take part in EuroMillions under the old rules up to Friday, 23rd September 2016, after which the new changes took effect and new tickets went on sale reflecting the updated game matrix.