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EuroMillions Changes

EuroMillions has been played since 2004, 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.

Recent Events

On Thursday 25th January, 2018, EuroMillions HotPicks was launched, with the first game taking place a day later on Friday 26th January. The additional game costs £1.50 per line and offers participants five different options for how to play, with the chance to win prizes ranging from £10 to £1 million.

Previous Changes

Here is a timeline of all the major events that have occurred during EuroMillions history:


Launch Date:
7th Feb 2004
13th Feb 2004

The first EuroMillions draw was held, with players from the UK, France and Spain taking part.

9th April 2004

Marion Richardson became the first UK winner, receiving a prize worth £16.7 million.

8th Oct 2004

The first draw involving players from Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium and Austria took place.

20th Jan 2006

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.

15th Jun 2007

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.

7th Nov 2009
  • 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.
13th Nov 2009

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.

10th May 2011
  • 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.
12th Jul 2011
  • 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, which remains the biggest ever sterling prize won. For details of other large EuroMillions wins in the UK, view the Top Lottery Winners list.
  • The jackpot cap was raised to €190 million.
Dec 2011

Millionaires Month saw 50 Millionaire Raffle winners created in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

12th Jan 2012

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.

27th Jul 2012

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.

10th Aug 2012

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.

5th Dec 2012

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.

31st May 2013

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.

4th Feb 2014

The My Million supplementary game was introduced in France, guaranteeing to award €1 million to at least one player in every draw.

24th Oct 2014

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.

31st Oct2014
  • 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.
24th Sep 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.

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.

28th Oct2016

The first European Millionaire Maker draw took place. Three UK players won £1 million each.

6th Oct2017

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.

26th Jan2018

The first EuroMillions HotPicks draw took place.