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EuroMillions Changes: What Does 50p Get You?

EuroMillions Changes: What Does 50p Get You?
Updated: Tuesday 19th July 2016

The announcement that changes to EuroMillions will take place in September 2016 has caused more discussion about the game than has been seen in years. Lottery.co.uk decided to ask users of the site about how they felt about the changes by placing a poll on the homepage of the website over the last week.

More than 1,500 site visitors over the past week submitted votes, and the results showed that a large portion of EuroMillions players aren’t pleased with the alterations to the game:

The change to the price of a EuroMillions ticket has caused a huge amount of discussion across news sites and social media platforms, and it seems to be the main point of contention for those who don’t like the idea of alterations to the existing game. However, not a lot has been said about what players will get in return for the increase in cost - and as it turns out, by adding 50p to the price of admission to the game, you have the potential to get far more out of the new EuroMillions than you do at the moment.

What Do You Get for 50p?

Quite a lot! The updated cost of a EuroMillions entry (£2.50 after 24th September 2016) gives players in the UK access to some incredible prizes and much better chances of becoming a millionaire. The cost of a ticket hasn’t increased in seven years; the last price rise was in November 2009, when Millionaire Raffle was launched and a single EuroMillions line went from £1.50 to the current price of £2, which represents an increase of 33 percent. The new price from late September 2016 is actually an increase of 25 percent. Costs everywhere are always rising, and lotteries are no exception. To provide the bigger jackpots that attract more players, a price increase had to be approved.

Your odds of winning Millionaire Maker will improve thanks to addition of another prize in every game, going from 1 in 4.8 million in a Tuesday draw to just 1 in 1.9 million. On a Friday draw, the odds of winning the £1 million prize will go from 1 in 7.5 million to 1 in 2.95 million.

That 50p also gives you access to Mega Week, in which the last Tuesday and Friday draws of the month will offer multiple windfalls of £1 million in addition to the fantastic lifestyle prizes for which Mega Friday is already well known. The extra 50p stretches even further with the addition of the Monthly Bonus Draw, where a prize pool of £1 million will be on offer.

‘The extra 50p added to the cost of a EuroMillions ticket will unlock more chances to win big than ever before.’

The change in the cost of a ticket will also help allocate more money to funding the jackpot. This means that the base value of the top prize will increase by as much as £2 million, and that when the jackpot rolls over, the amount by which it increases will be larger than ever before. The average value of a EuroMillions jackpot is expected to be £19 million higher than it was in 2015. Superdraws will become even more super, as they will provide a jackpot worth an estimated £100 million (guaranteed €130 million) for players to chase. Some non-jackpot prizes are also expected to increase in value.

On special occasions, you’ll also have a chance to take part in the new European Millionaire Maker event, which will offer multiple prizes of £1 million (or €1 million) that can be won by any player in any participating country.

Simply put, your chances of winning big on EuroMillions are now better than ever, whether you grab a huge prize in the main game or snap up a massive payout in any of the new supplementary draws on offer. These great new opportunities simply wouldn’t be possible under the existing price structure.

What about the Jackpot?

The odds of winning the jackpot will change, rising to 1 in 139,838,160 as a 12th Lucky Star is added to the game. It’s true that this makes it harder to win the jackpot, but again, with more money put into the prize fund, if you do hit the jackpot, you’ll be more likely to pick up a bigger cheque. 

You can still improve your odds of hitting the top prize by buying more tickets or joining a EuroMillions syndicate. As jackpots grow larger, pitching in together to purchase entries isn’t just an affordable way to play – it’s simply smarter.

More Money, More Prizes, More Fun

It’s important to keep a sense of perspective about the changes to EuroMillions that will be happening later this year. In exchange for one more Lucky Star and an extra 50p per ticket, you’ll have the chance to win more prizes than ever before, and that’s certainly something to be positive about!

Published: Tuesday 19th July 2016

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