How to play EuroMillions

EuroMillions was the first pan-European lottery and originally launched in 2004 with just three participating countries France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Since then the popularity of EuroMillions has spread and there are now nine participating countries in the game, with Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland also selling tickets.

EuroMillions draws take place in Paris, France on a Tuesday and Friday night. To win the EuroMillions jackpot, a player must match all five of the main numbers plus both of the Lucky Stars drawn. The main numbers are selected from a pool of numbers between 1 and 50 and the Lucky Stars are drawn from a pool between 1 and 12. As the Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate machine, it is possible that numbers between 1 and 12 can be selected as both a main ball and a Lucky Star in the same draw.

The EuroMillions prize tiers and odds of winning are:

Match Odds of Winning
5 plus 2 1 in 139,838,160
5 plus 1 1 in 6,991,908
5 plus 0 1 in 3,107,515
4 plus 2 1 in 621,503
4 plus 1 1 in 31,076
3 plus 2 1 in 14,126
4 plus 0 1 in 13,812
2 plus 2 1 in 986
3 plus 1 1 in 707
3 plus 0 1 in 314
1 plus 2 1 in 188
2 plus 1 1 in 50
2 plus 0 1 in 22

EuroMillions prizes vary from draw to draw depending on ticket sales. Winnings are not taxed in most participating countries with the exceptions of Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.

Playing at a Local Retailer

Depending on the country in which you buy your ticket, you may also be able to enter a side game for an extra chance to win a prize. For example, the UK's National Lottery does not charge players for entry into the Millionaire Maker, which guarantees that two ticket holders will win 1 million in each draw. In Ireland, players can take part in EuroMillions Plus draws for a small additional fee for a chance to win up to 500,000.

If purchasing a ticket from a retailer, please ensure that you keep your ticket safe as you will need to produce it in the event that you win a prize. It is also very important that you sign the back of your ticket as, if you lose it, your prize could be claimed by the finder of the ticket if it is unsigned.