How to play euromillions

How to win euromillions

Remember the Basics

It seems obvious, but you cannot win EuroMillions without buying a ticket. Once you have bought your tickets, you know that you have a chance of winning that jackpot. You really do have to be in it to win it.

Similarly, you can’t collect a prize if you do not check your ticket. Make sure you use the EuroMillions Ticket Checker soon after the draw takes place to see whether you have matched any numbers and if you are due a prize.

The advantage of playing EuroMillions online is that you are notified of any prizes you win on your tickets, and you can’t lose or damage them because your numbers are digitally connected to you in your player account.

HotPicks

Entry to HotPicks is not included with a standard EuroMillions ticket. It is a stand-alone game which costs £1.50 to play. The results use the same five numbers as the main EuroMillions draw, the Lucky Stars are not used. Find out your odds of winning in the table below:

Game Type To Win Odds
Pick 5 Match 5 numbers 1 in 2,118,760
Pick 4 Match 4 numbers 1 in 46,060
Pick 3 Match 3 numbers 1 in 1,960
Pick 2 Match 2 numbers 1 in 123
Pick 1 Match 1 number 1 in 10

Why are the odds different?

As HotPicks is played differently to the main EuroMillions game, the odds of winning are not the same. For example, the chances of matching two numbers in EuroMillions are 1 in 22 because you can match any two of five chosen numbers. In the Pick 2 HotPicks game, you only choose two numbers and have to match them both to win. As a result, there is less chance that you will match two numbers so the odds are longer at 1 in 123.

The longer odds for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 versions of HotPicks can be explained in the same way, but the reverse is true for the Pick 5 game. The chances of winning are actually better than your odds of matching exactly five main numbers in the main game. This is because you have to select two Lucky Stars to play EuroMillions and there is a chance you will match at least one of them in addition to the five main numbers. The Lucky Stars are not played in HotPicks, so there is more chance of matching exactly five main numbers.

Millionaire Maker and EuroMillions HotPicks

How do you win a Millionaire Maker prize?

You win if the Millionaire Maker code on your ticket matches the winning code selected on the night. The code consists of four letters and five numbers and you must match it exactly with each digit in the same order. At least one code will be drawn alongside each EuroMillions game and the prize for winning is £1 million.

How does EuroMillions HotPicks work?

In EuroMillions HotPicks, you are able to decide how many numbers you want to try and match, from one up to five. You select your numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 and the winning numbers are the same five main balls from the EuroMillions draw. You must match all the numbers you choose to win the associated prize; you can win £10 for matching just one number or £1 million for matching all five. Go to the EuroMillions HotPicks page to find out more.

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How to WIN Euro Millions

Below are a few lotto tips to help you pick euro millions winning combinations, but Gail Howard’s book,
Lottery Master Guide, explains all of her
successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples
of patterns shown throughout.

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns
that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the
drawings in past lottery results of more than 180 different Lotto games worldwide, with
histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

That which is MOST POSSIBLE happens MOST OFTEN.
That which is LEAST POSSIBLE happens LEAST OFTEN.

The key to Smart Luck’s successful lotto number selection methods is playing
the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five
percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95
percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of
the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

EuroMillions on LottoSmile

LottoSmile offers players from around the world the opportunity to participate in different national versions of the EuroMillions lottery online: EuroMillions & El Millón and Austria EuroMillions.

At  LottoSmile, players can acquire a EuroMillions Subscription to any of the three versions we offer. Subscriptions allow you to automatically enter every draw with your lucky numbers. You’ll never have to worry about missing another draw deadline again. If you’re not ready for the commitment of a subscription, you can also try out a Multi-Draw package which pre-orders your tickets for a set number of draws.

If you’re in it to win it, EuroMillions Syndicates are probably the most lucrative EuroMillions play options, especially if you want to boost your EuroMillions odds. What’s more: LottoSmile’s syndicates are exclusive to our site and cannot be played anywhere else — neither online or offline! By joining groups of other online lottery players you are able to joint-purchase a large number of tickets and give your chance of winning the lottery an enormous boost. Buy your EuroMillions tickets today!

United Kingdom

Prize Total Online
Up to and including £500 Prizes will be paid directly into your National Lottery account shortly after the draw and the winnings can either be transferred into your bank account or used to fund future ticket purchases.
Over £500 up to £30,000 You will need to confirm during the claim period (180 days from the date of the draw) that the prize should be transferred into your bank account via the debit card registered to your online account.
Over £30,000 up to £50,000 These prizes can be claimed by calling the National Lottery Customer Care Team on 0333 234 44 33 to arrange payment of your winnings. Please have your ticket or play number and account details to hand.
Over £50,000 You will need to contact the National Lottery Customer Care Team on 0333 234 44 33 to claim your prize. A National Lottery representative will arrange for you to receive your prize in person at an agreed location such as your home or a Regional Lottery Centre.
Direct Debit If you play online via Direct Debit and win a prize up to and including £50,000, the prize money will be transferred into your bank account via a transfer or cheque.
Prize Total Authorised Retailer
Up to £100 Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer.
Over £100 up to £500 Can be claimed from any authorised retailer provided that they have sufficient funds available and that your ticket has not yet been validated. If your ticket has already been validated then you must return to the retailer who originally validated your ticket or claim your prize at a National Lottery affiliated Post Office.
Over £500 up to £50,000

Can be claimed either at a National Lottery affiliated Post Office or by sending your winning ticket and completed claim form (for prizes over £500 only) by post* to:

The National Lottery
Accounts Dept
PO BOX 287
Watford
WD18 9TT

Claim forms are available from some retailers or by contacting the National Lottery on 0333 234 50 50.

Over £50,000 You must first contact the National Lottery and arrange for your prize to be awarded at an agreed location such as your home or Regional Lottery Centre. You will be required to provide proof of identity and complete a claim form in order to receive your prize.

EuroMillions players in the UK have 180 days to claim any prizes.

Multiply Your Chances of Winning the Lottery with Second-Chance Games

Don’t Pass Up Another Chance to Win the Lottery.
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OK, so your numbers didn’t come up in the drawing. That means it’s time to toss your lottery ticket, right?

Wrong!

Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets. Fill out the form on the back, send it in, and you’ll have a bonus chance to be a winner.

On June 8, 2010, a TheBalance Everyday reader reported a big lottery win. She didn’t win because of the numbers she played when she bought the ticket, but because she entered the second-chance game in the Kentucky Lottery.

Her name was randomly drawn as the second-chance winner, and she took home $120,610.70 after taxes.

When is the Next EuroMillions Superdraw?

The next EuroMillions Superdraw will take place on 21-Nov-2020

There are typically about 3 each year, and they can come at any time. They’re usually announced a few weeks before the draw, so be sure to check in regularly with The Lottery Office to make sure you don’t miss out on the next EuroMillions Superdraw.
For every ticket you buy in our own government licensed European Millions lottery, we buy a matching ticket in the corresponding EuroMillions draw. With this system, entry in our lottery ensures you can win from the AUD$210 million Superdraws offered by the EuroMillions.

Here are the EuroMillions Superdraws results since it first started way back in 2007:

Draw Date Initial Jackpot Winning Jackpot Winner From
25 September 2020 AUD$215 million AUD$215 million Spain
3 July 2020 AUD$210 million AUD$230 million Spain
7 February 2020 AUD$210 million AUD$210 million Spain
7 June 2019 AUD$210 million AUD$220 million UK
1 February 2019 AUD$195 million AUD$285 million Ireland
21 September 2018 AUD$210 million AUD$280 million Switzerland
20 April 2018 AUD$210 million AUD$217 million UK
15 September 2017 AUD$210 million AUD$305 million Spain
30 June 2017 AUD$156 million AUD$156 million UK
30 September 2016 AUD$210 million AUD$273 million Belgium
6 November 2015 AUD$160 million AUD$265 million Portugal
5 June 2015 AUD$160 million AUD$165 million UK
6 March 2015 AUD$160 million AUD$160 million Portugal
3 October 2014 AUD$160 million AUD$305 million Portugal
7 March 2014 AUD$160 million AUD$190 million UK
15 November 2013 AUD$160 million AUD$160 million Spain
7 June 2013 AUD$160 million AUD$305 million Belgium
22 March 2013 AUD$160 million AUD$215 million France
28 September 2012 AUD$160 million AUD$160 million Spain
4 October 2011 AUD$160 million AUD$180 million UK
10 May 2011 AUD$160 million AUD$197 million Spain
1 October 2010 AUD$160 million AUD$202 million UK
5 February 2010 AUD$160 million AUD$210 million UK & Spain
18 September 2009 AUD$160 million AUD$160 million France
6 March 2009 AUD$160 million AUD$160 million Austria & France
9 February 2007 AUD$160 million AUD$160 million Belgium

Improving your Odds

There is no practical way to guarantee that you will win the EuroMillions jackpot as you would have to buy every combination of numbers, but there are some ways you can improve your chances of winning.

  • Join a syndicate – In a syndicate, you can enter multiple lines into a draw without increasing the cost of playing. By having a share of multiple lines, rather than just one single line, you improve your chances of winning a prize.
  • Play with random numbers – The odds of a random set of numbers being drawn are just the same as the odds of a more familiar pattern of numbers being drawn. However, prize amounts are partly determined by how many players win, so it is worth trying to choose numbers which have not been picked by anyone else. Many players use significant dates to select numbers – limiting their choice to 31 and under – or just a memorable sequence such as 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50. Therefore, if you want to improve your chances of being the sole winner of a prize, choose random numbers greater than 31.

Types of EuroMillions Scams

EuroMillions scams can turn the popular dream of winning a jackpot into a costly nightmare. Here are some of the most popular methods used by fraudsters.

The first point of contact is generally made using one of the following approaches:

Direct Mail

A letter is sent through the post informing the recipient that they have won a lottery prize and need to register their claim in order for their winnings to be processed.

Telephone

A ‘lottery official’ calls the potential victim to tell them about the ‘good news’ and, during the telephone call, will try to extract a payment and/or bank details under the pretence that a ‘processing fee’ or ‘tax’ needs to be paid.

Some scammers have taken to selling fake lottery tickets over the phone. They will ask for payment upfront, requiring the target to disclose their bank details, but the tickets are never sent as they do not exist.

Mobile

A text message is sent informing the recipient that their mobile number was entered into a raffle or lottery and selected at random as the winner.

FAQ

Can you play EuroMillions abroad?

Yes, you can play the game online from anywhere in the world on theLotter. You don’t have to be in a EuroMillions country to play. All you have to do is log in and you can play online.

Until what time can you play EuroMillions?

You can play the game up until the cutoff time, which is 20:30 CEST. That’s just 15 minutes before the draw takes place. If you’re playing online, remember that you can only play up until a few hours before the draw.

How many countries play the EuroMillions?

The EuroMillions is a pan-European lottery played in nine countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Can you play EuroMillions in advance?

Are EuroMillions Prizes Taxed?

All EuroMillion lottery prizes are paid out tax-free except for Spain EuroMillions. In Spain, there are two tax bands imposed on lottery winnings:

  • Tax Band 1: Tax-free up to €40,000.

  • Tax Band 2: Any portion of the prize exceeding €40,000 is subject to a tax rate of 20%.

Lucky for players from abroad, citizens of most countries other than Spain are exempt from these tax bands and entitled to a full tax refund in order to prevent double taxation on the winner’s prize. One thing that should be noted is that claiming a tax-refund is the sole responsibility of the winner and must be done through the Spanish tax authorities.

My Bonus (Raffle)

A My Bonus code is automatically assigned for each Euromillions line played. To take part in the My Bonus draws, as well as the special Millionairs draw in which 25 winners* win € 1.000.000. The special EuroMillions Millionairs draws 4 times a year for 25 winners of € 1,000,000 each. Is there no winner? Then My Bonus draw a extra winner of € 1.000.000! My Bonus draws guarantee 600** extra winners of € 500 every week. There are also thousands of winners of € 10 several times a year.

* The number of winners per special Millionairs draw may vary and depends on what the participating EuroMillions countries decide together.** 200 winners on Tuesday and 400 winners on Friday.

What Are EuroMillions Superdraws?

From time to time, the EuroMillions announces a special EuroMillions Superdraw, which replaces the jackpot at the time and instead takes place with a minimum starting guaranteed jackpot of €100 million. The Superdraw is played in exactly the same manner as the regular EuroMillions lottery – players pick five main numbers and two Lucky Stars. If not won, the Superdraw jackpot rolls over and continues to climb as high as its cap of €200 million, similar to the regular EuroMillions. The jackpot, if still not won, remains at that amount for a maximum of four drawings. When is the next EuroMillions Superdraw? Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

Online Winners

Amount Won How to Claim
Up to £500 Prizes up to £500 are paid directly into your National Lottery account.
£501 — £30,000 This is paid to the debit card associated with your National Lottery account, but you need to confirm the payment should be made before it can be issued.
£30,001 — £50,000 Contact the National Lottery Customer Care team on 0333 234 44 33 and quote your ticket number. You will be paid either by cheque or directly into your bank account.
£50,001 and over Contact the National Lottery Customer Care team on 0333 234 44 33 and quote your ticket number. Once your claim has been verified, you must collect your winnings in person. The National Lottery reserves the right to choose whether to issue your payment as a cheque or bank transfer.

Direct Debit and Pingit

For players who pay by Direct Debit, prizes of up to £50,000 are directly transferred into the bank or building society account associated with the payment. Pingit prizes are paid into your Pingit account. For sums worth more than £50,000, you must contact the Customer Care Team to arrange the receipt of your winnings.

Syndicates and Subscriptions

If you joined an online syndicate, or chose your EuroMillions numbers online through theLotter.com, then you will receive any prizes directly into your private account. For larger amounts, you will need to contact their support team to arrange collection of your winnings.

Latest News about EuroMillions Winners

It is a player from UK that won the last EuroMillions jackpot to date:  €87.7 Million!  Well played choosing the numbers 13-15-28-32-44/3-12 at the October 27 draw. The latest Super Jackpot was won on September 25, when the big prize worth €130 Million was scooped by a player from Spain with these lucky numbers: 19-23-34-37-45/1-7. By the way, the next EuroMillons Superdraw was annonced and will start on November 20, 2020. It will offer a starting jackpot of €130 Million! 

There is more good news with EuroMillions! This pan-European lottery changed its rules starting February 2020 and now offers more jaw-dropping jackpots and holds more special draws, known as Superdraws. If the past jackpot cap was standing at €190 Million, the threshold is now growing to €200 and even €250 Million. So, don’t miss your chance to participate in the next draw and put in your EuroMillions tickets on LottoSmile!

Take Advantage of the Jackpot Cap

The EuroMillions jackpot is capped at €200 million, with excess funds that would have been added to the top prize diverted to next-highest prize tier with any winners. While this technically doesn’t make you a jackpot winner, you could still pick up a seven-figure sum for matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star, and the odds of winning in this prize tier are just 1 in 6,991,908, compared with 1 in 139,838,160 for the jackpot.

On Friday 8th July 2011, six winners in the Match 5+1 tier won £3.3 million (€4.5 million) after the jackpot hit its then cap of €185 million.

Once the jackpot reaches €200 million, it can roll over four times before it either must be won or is rolled down into the next winning prize tier. During these rollovers, any excess funds that would have been added to the jackpot are also rolled down, bringing you a better chance of winning a life-changing prize without having to match all of the numbers drawn. See the Jackpot Cap page for more about how it works.

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

Double-Check Your Lottery Tickets So You Don’t Miss a Win.
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Imagine winning a big jackpot—but missing out on your money because you forgot to double-check your numbers. It happens more often than you think.

For example, one MegaMillions lottery ticket worth nearly $300,000 was never claimed. Somewhere out there, there’s someone with no idea that they won, and lost, a huge prize. Don’t let that happen to you.

When you buy a lottery ticket, keep it somewhere where you can find it again easily. Jot down the drawing date and time in your calendar if you’re afraid you might forget it.

Check the numbers against your ticket, and double-check them, just to be sure. Also, make sure that you are looking at the numbers for the correct date.

Portugal

Prize Total Online
Up to €150 Prizes are paid directly into your online account.
Between €150 and €5,000 Prizes are paid directly into your bank account.
Over €5,000 Prizes are paid into your bank account after a 12-day period in which the award can be challenged.
Prize Total Authorised Retailer
Up to €150 Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer.
Between €150 and €5,000 Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer or lottery headquarters. Winnings will be paid by bank transfer.
Over €5,000 Paid by bank transfer from lottery headquarters following a 12-day period in which the award can be challenged.

EuroMillions players in Portugal have 90 days to claim any prizes.

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