EuroMillions – the Biggest European Lottery

EuroMillions – the Biggest European Lottery

2016-09-23 10:14:44 - Braňo "Ace"

Basic facts about EuroMillions

Minimum jackpot € 15 000 000
Maximum jackpot € 190 000 000
Draws 2x per week (Tuesday, Friday)


The lottery was created on 7 February 2004 by a merger of the national lotteries of France, Spain and Great Britain. Other countries also joined over time, and in 2016 EuroMillions officially span 9 countries with a total of 217 million inhabitants.

Principles of EuroMillions

The principles aren't difficult or special in any way. Your task is to hit 5 main numbers and 2 lucky star numbers. Main numbers are selected out of 50 options and lucky stars from 12 options (from 24 September 2016).

Draws take place twice per week, and you can win one out of 13 prizes. The probability of winning the legendary jackpot is currently 1 : 116 531 800, which is better than in the case of American lotteries.

Some countries, such as Ireland or France, also offer special games to its playerbase (Plus, MyMillion). However, these are only available in the given countries – players from abroad cannot participate in these.

Highest jackpot of the EuroMillion lottery

High winnings are fairly regular, however the really highest one only occurred twice. On 10 August 2012, a married couple from Bayford, Great Britain, won €190 million. The same amount was also awarded to a lucky winner from Portugal on 24 October 2014.

Difference between EuroMillions and EuroJackpot

The greatest competitor of EuroMillions on the old continent is EuroJackpot. Both lotteries are fairly similar. However, EuroMillions have a longer history and currently offer higher Jackpots. The minimum jackpot in EuroJackpot is only € 10,000,000. And the difference between maximum jackpots is even larger, amounting to an advantage of up to € 100,000,000 for EuroMillions. Of course this is due to its longer tradition and also the greater number of inhabitants of participating countries.

On the other hand, EuroJackpot has a larger winning percentage. However, it is worth noting that EuroJackpot draws only take place once a week.

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