Have you played Euromillions yet? It’s the big lottery that’s so huge it covers multiple countries. This means that even if you and a friend are in two different European countries, you guys can both try to catch the big jackpot together! Euromillions isn’t a new game at all, in case you’re curious. The Euromillions tradition actually started in 2004. At first, it was just a lottery alliance between France, Spain, and the UK. However, it grew to include many more countries. By October of 2004, the list expanded to include quite a few heavy hitters: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland all joined the lottery group.
The drawings are held twice a week in Paris, and the tickets are pretty cheap to play. Unlike lotteries in the United States, Euromillions allows you to keep your winnings tax-free, and you get the money as a lump sum payment. This means that if you haven’t set aside any big dreams when you hit the lottery, you might want to start writing them down early!
Gameplay for Euromillions is pretty easy: you just have to pick five numbers from 1 through 50. After the player picks those five numbers, they will pick “lucky star numbers”. You get two of these special numbers. Your winnings are based on the number of matches you get, along with those lucky star numbers. In order to be eligible to win, you must reside in a country that participates in Euromillions. The biggest jackpot is only available if you get all five numbers and the two lucky star numbers as well. The odds of winning the highest jackpot are 1 in 116,531,800.
If no one wins the big jackpot, it rolls over to the next draw. But here’s where things get interesting: the jackpot hits a certain cap (currently 185 million euros) and then trickles down to the next prize bracket underneath that. So it gives the second tier underneath a chance to get bigger, which is very interesting. The odds are a little less at that level, with 1 in every 6,473,989 getting the win.
Another interesting angle for the EuroMillions lottery is that all of the money is placed into a trust account. This is designed to be the ultimate in default protection. Even if a country goes bankrupt for a time, the lottery winnings should be protected from this event.
This guide should get you excited about EuroMillions. Although there are smaller lotteries outside the EM system, this is the big lottery that everyone talks about. If you haven’t played it, you should definitely check it out when you can!