EuroMillions (Euro Millions) is a multinational lottery which first appeared in 2004 and its first draw was on February 13-th 2004 in Paris. At first, the participants in EuroMillions could be from the United Kingdom, France or Spain and afterwards, 6 months later, the lottery became available to people in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxemburg, Portugal and Switzerland, as well.
The draws of this lottery are done every Tuesday and Friday in Paris, France. The price of the standard EuroMillions ticket depends on the country where you live and your local currency, therefore, the price can be €2, £2 or 3 CHF. The winnings from the lottery are tax-free in all participating countries except for Portugal, Spain and Switzerland where a tax started being collected from the beginning of 2013. The biggest jackpot ever won in EuroMillions is €190,000,000, however, the jackpot is usually somewhere between €30,000,000 and €90,000,000.
Countries where you can participate: Austria, Andorra, Belgium, France, Ireland, Isle of Man, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
A person may buy an EuroMillions lottery ticket only if he is 18 years old or older and lives in one of the participating countries. Nowadays, of course, by taking advantage of the online lottery platforms, it is possible to buy an EuroMillions ticket from almost any part of the world.
When a player fills out his ticket, he chooses 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and apart from them he chooses 2 additional lucky numbers out of 11 numbers.
The pay out of the EuroMillions winnings has been changed over the years and the last change has been done in 2010. Below you may find details as to how many numbers you need to guess in order to grab the jackpot, as well as what you will win if you guess a certain amount of the 7 numbers which are drawn.
1. 5 numbers and 2 lucky numbers
– odds: 1:116,531,800
– win: current jackpot
2. 5 numbers and 1 lucky number
– odds: 1:6,473,989
– win: €310,751
3. 5 numbers
– odds: 1:3,236,994
– win: €51,792
4. 4 numbers and 2 lucky numbers
– odds: 1:517,919
– win: €4,143
5. 4 numbers and 1 lucky number
– odds: 1:28,773
– win: €201
As you have already noticed, the amount of the winnings decreases if you have guessed less than all the 7 numbers which have been drawn.