One of Europe’s top transitional lotteries that is amongst the top lotteries known to man around the globe with the most payouts throughout Europe. Euromillions has turned many Europeans into millionaires overnight since the game’s debut in 2004.
EuroMillions is a transnational lottery, launched on 7 February 2004 by France‘s Française des Jeux, Spain‘s Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, and the United Kingdom‘s Camelot. The first draw was held on Friday 13 February 2004 in Paris. Initially, only the UK, France, and Spain participated, with the Austrian, Belgian, Irish, Luxembourgish, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries joining for the 8 October 2004 drawing.
Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 20:45 CET in Paris. A standard EuroMillions ticket costs €2.00, £2.00 or CHF3.00 per line played, depending on the local currency. (An option, called Plus, currently available only in Ireland and Portugal, adds €1.00 per line.) The cost of playing in the UK increased from £1.50 to £2.00 per line on 7 November 2009, due to the combination of: the EUR/GBP exchange rate, and an automatic entry in its Millionaire Raffle.
All prizes, including the jackpot, are tax-free (except in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal since 2013) and are paid as a lump sum. Draws take place at 20:45 every Tuesday and Friday in Paris, France and can be played by any person 18 or over who resides in a participating country. The minimum age differs in some countries, for example the age limit in the UK is 16 years of age. The game is currently available to players in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France (including overseas regions and collectivities), Ireland, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Euro Millions has a feature called the booster fund which contributes to the jackpot, for example to boost the initial jackpot in a sequence of growing jackpots. The amount utilized each week is determined in advance by the participating lotteries. A new rule change of 12 January 2012 locks the Jackpot cap at €190,000,000 permanently and if the jackpot is not won after two draws, the prize money will be distributed amongst the winners at the next level. The EuroMillions jackpot can grow to a maximum of £161.5m. Super Draws and Event draws are special drawings when the Jackpot is set to a guaranteed amount (often €100 million or €130 million at times), regardless of the expected Jackpot. The difference being that a Super Draw jackpot will roll over to the next drawing if not won but an Event Draw jackpot will be distributed amongst the winners in the next lower tier (i.e. match 5 + 1).
Euro Million Winners
25 June 2013 €187,937,614 or £159,559,034 2 winning tickets (Ireland and Belgium) Anonymous, tickets were bought in the Dublin region and in the province of Limburg 28 May 2013 €95,372,874 or £81,381,673.30 1 UK ticket Anonymous 29 March 2013 €132,486,744 or £112,017,541 1 French ticket Anonymous, ticket sold in departement Seine-et-Marne. 21 December 2012 €101,835,641 or £83,087,699 1 French ticket Anonymous, ticket sold in departement Haute-Garonne. 13 November 2012 €169,837,010 or £136,124,363 1 French ticket Anonymous, ticket sold in departement Alpes-Maritimes. 28 September 2012 €100,000,000 or £79,750,000 1 Spanish ticket Montserrat Mutgé from Barcelona 10 August 2012 €190,000,000 or £148,656,000 1 UK ticket Adrian and Gillian Bayford of Haverhill, Suffolk