The Euro Millions is the largest euro lottery to date. It was established by the UK National Lottery (Camelot), France’s Francaise des Jeux and Spain’s Apuestas Del Estado on 7 February 2004. The very first draw took place in Paris on Friday 13 February 2004 and the winning numbers were 16, 29, 32, 36, and 41 with the two Lucky Star numbers being 7 and 9. Since then there have been hundreds of jackpot winners with other lucky players winning between €16 million and the maximum €190 million.
Its original birth can be dated back to 1994 when several European countries first had the idea of launching a mulit-European lottery. In 2004, when it officially launched, it included only the UK, France, and Spain but has since grown to include 9 European countries and 4 smaller principalities in total.
Euro Millions Lottery
The good news is that anyone can play! The Euro Millions Lottery rules page states no restriction on the nationality of the ticket buyer – tourists and non-residents are just as eligible to participate – and tickets can be bought online or are currently available for purchase in the following countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France (including their overseas regions), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.
The age restriction varies by country but the majority will not allow those younger than 18 years of age to play. Countries such as the UK allow those 16 years and older to play.
As of 2016, the cost per card is £2.50/€2.50 per ticket. The player is required to choose seven numbers; five main numbers ranging from 1 to 50, and two lucky Star numbers ranging from 1 to 12. To become a lucky jackpot winner, a player must match all 7 numbers on their card. With exception to Switzlerand, Spain, and Portugal, all prizes, including the jackpot, are absolutely tax-free and are paid out as one lump sum. This means no small payments every month for years on end.
In 2014 three countries added a bit of a twist to their Euro Millions games. Ireland introduced an option called Plus which adds €1.00 per line whilst France introduced a non-option addition called “My Million” which adds €0.50 per line, and Portugal introduced what they call “M1lhão” and represents €0.30 of the whole €2.50 bet.
All Euro Millions players in the UK are automatically entered into the UK Million Maker. A unique code which is made up of four letters and five numbers can be found on each ticket and guarantees two winners a fantastic £1 000 000 each.
Euro Millions Drawing Time
Draws for the Euro Millions are held every Tuesday and Friday night in Paris at 8:45pm CET (Central European Time). The draw can be watched on the official National Lottery UK website about three hours after the draw takes place. Alternatively, winning numbers are published on associated and independent websites shortly after the draw – around 11pm CET.
The minimum guaranteed jackpot is €17 million which can roll over to a rather impressive €190 million.
Go on, you could be the next one smiling all the way to the bank as the next Euro Millions Millionaire!
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