EuroMillions is a multi-national lottery, which started 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; and a new (as of February 2014) non-optional addition called “My Million” in France adds €0.50 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.
The player selects five main numbers which can be any number from 1 to 50.
The player selects two different lucky star numbers from a pool of 11 numbers.
Draws take place at 20:45 every Tuesday and Friday in Paris. The results are published shortly after the draw on associated and independent websites around 23:00 hours.
To participate in the EuroMillions Lotto, you can purchase tickets from many outlets, namely at licenced stores and online websites.
The gameplay changed on Tuesday 10 May 2011 with a second weekly draw and the number of “lucky stars” in the Pacquerette machine increasing from 9 to 11. A prize for matching two main numbers and no lucky stars was also introduced on the same date.
Any person 18 or over who resides in a participating country. The minimum age differs in some countries, e.g. it is 16 years in the UK.
The game is currently available to players in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France (including overseas regions and collectivities), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The odds of winning any prize at all are 1 in 13
The odds of getting none of the 50 main balls, but getting both lucky stars is approximately 1 in 95. This means that it is less likely than getting 2 main balls and one lucky star (1 in 46). However, there is no prize for only getting 2 lucky stars.
As of 10 May 2011, 8.6% of the prize fund is allocated to a “Booster Fund” which can be used to boost the jackpot prize.
If the Jackpot is not won, it rolls over to the next draw.
Note: This is a similar lottery to EuroJackpot which is played in different countries