Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about EuroMillions, from playing the game and claiming prizes to queries about associated draws such as EuroMillions HotPicks.
How to Play
How do you play EuroMillions?
To play EuroMillions, you must select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Star numbers between 1 and 12. You can buy tickets from authorised retailers in any of the nine participating countries, or enter online. View the How to Play EuroMillions page for a step-by-step guide to taking part.
When are the draws?
EuroMillions draws take place in Paris on Tuesday and Friday evenings at approximately 8:00pm UK time (9:00pm CET).
What is the cut-off time for ticket sales?
Ticket sales close at 7:30pm UK time on the night of a draw. Sales remain closed until the draw has taken place, reopening shortly after for the next draw.
Can you enter more than one draw in advance?
You can buy tickets for up to four weeks in advance, entering either the Tuesday draw each week, the Friday draw, or both. It is therefore possible to enter your numbers into eight consecutive draws by playing every Tuesday and Friday for four weeks. You can also sign up to play continuously by direct debit.
Can the same number appear as a main number and a Lucky Star?
Yes, the Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate pool of 12 numbers. You can therefore select the same number(s) as a Lucky Star and a main ball.
How much does it cost to play?
The cost of a single EuroMillions play in the UK is £2.50. This price also enters you automatically into the Millionaire Maker.
Can you play EuroMillions if you don’t live in a participating country?
EuroMillions tickets are available from retailers in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, as well as the UK. However, the game can also be played online in other countries thanks to online concierge and betting services. Go to the Tickets page to take part.
How do you win prizes?
You win prizes by matching the numbers you select to the winning numbers drawn. There are 13 different prize tiers, and you can win prizes just by matching two main numbers. To win the jackpot, you must match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars.
What are the odds of winning?
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 13. The chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160.
Does the jackpot roll over if there’s no winner?
The jackpot starts at a minimum of €17 million (approximately £15 million) and rolls over if there is not a winner. However, the jackpot can only go up to a maximum of €230 million. Once it reaches that level, it is capped and can only stay at €230 million for four draws at the most. In the next draw (the fifth one at €230 million), the jackpot must be won and the money will be shared between players in the highest winning tier if there are no Match 5 + 2 winners.
How much of the money from ticket sales goes towards prizes?
Fifty percent of the money you spend on a ticket is returned to players as prize money. A percentage of this prize fund is then allocated to each of the 13 prize categories. This is known as a pari-mutuel prize structure, so the prizes are not fixed and vary from draw to draw depending on how many tickets are sold and the number of winners.
The money that is not given to the prize fund is distributed in a number of different ways – with 28 percent going to good causes, 12 percent to the UK Government as Lottery Duty and five percent to retailers as commission. The remaining five percent covers operating costs and profit for the lottery operator.
How do you claim prizes?
The method for claiming prizes depends on how you play and how much you win. If you play online, smaller amounts will be transferred straight into your lottery account, but you must contact the National Lottery for anything larger than £30,000. If you buy a paper ticket, you must visit an authorised retailer for awards up to £100. You can go to a National Lottery Post Office or claim by mail if you win up to £50,000, but you must claim larger amounts in person. Take a look at the page on Claiming EuroMillions Prizes for more details.
What happens to prize money before it's claimed?
When a prize is waiting to be claimed, it is held in trust managed by Law Debenture rather than a Camelot bank account. Any interest that accrues during this time is transferred to the Good Causes Fund – but is first used to pay various fees. These include Law Debenture’s trustee fees and fees owed to external auditors, along with bank charges and tax.
Millionaire Maker and EuroMillions HotPicks
How do you win a Millionaire Maker prize?
You win if the Millionaire Maker code on your ticket matches the winning code selected on the night. The code consists of four letters and five numbers and you must match it exactly with each digit in the same order. At least one code will be drawn alongside each EuroMillions game and the prize for winning is £1 million.
How does EuroMillions HotPicks work?
In EuroMillions HotPicks, you are able to decide how many numbers you want to try and match, from one up to five. You select your numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 and the winning numbers are the same five main balls from the EuroMillions draw. You must match all the numbers you choose to win the associated prize; you can win £10 for matching just one number or £1 million for matching all five. Go to the EuroMillions HotPicks page to find out more.
Can you play EuroMillions HotPicks without playing EuroMillions?
Yes, you can play EuroMillions and EuroMillions HotPicks independently from each other.
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