How Do I Play EuroMillions?
Playing EuroMillions is similar to playing any other lottery game anywhere in the world. The difference is that with EuroMilllions the prizes are much larger.
To play you have to choose numbers, from two sets of numbers. First you have to select a set of five from 50 possible choices. Next you must choose two “Lucky Star” numbers from a selection of 11. A random number generator is available if you don’t want to choose your numbers.
If you match all of the numbers you win big. There are a number of different prize levels that depend on the number of choices you match.
Before May 2011, there were only 9 Lucky Star numbers. The two additional numbers were added at the same time that the number of drawings per week was doubled.
How Do I Buy a EuroMillions Ticket?
To buy your ticket you need only make use of an online lottery ticket concierge service. Links to these services are found here. The concierge service will purchase the physical ticket for you, using numbers that you select, of course. The ticket is scanned into your secure account.
Should you win, you will be notified by email and/or SMS. Small winning are paid directly into your account. You can withdraw these winnings or use them to pay for further lottery purchases.
In the event of a large win, the concierge service will arrange to give you the physical ticket in the presence of a lottery official.
Can Australians Play EuroMillions?
Absolutely yes they can! In Australia it is easy to purchase a EuroMillions lottery ticket. The EuroMillions Lottery was originally for nine European countries, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France and Luxembourg. With residents from all those countries, jackpots were huge. That was in 2004.
Now, people from all over the world, including Australia, can play the EuroMillions lottery. You simply purchase your tickets online, using the EuroMillions ticket concierge service described above.
Nothing could be faster, safer, easier or more secure. Australians can participate in lottery jackpots that can go up to 190 Million Euros. And because more people from around the world can buy EuroMillions tickets, the prizes get bigger even faster.
What Are The Odds Of Winning EuroMillions?
The odds of winning the EuroMillions lottery are much higher if you buy a lottery ticket!
To be exact, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 116,531,800. On average, the jackpot is won once every three draws. To win the jackpot you must match all five regular numbers and both Lucky Star numbers.
The next level winner down requires a match of five regular numbers and one Lucky Star number. The odds of winning at this level are 1 in 6,473,939, with an average wins per draw of 5.2.
The third tier winner requires a match of all five regular numbers. To win at this level, you need not match any Lucky Star numbers. The odds of winning here are 1 in 3,236,995, with an average of 10 wins for every draw.
Moving down, the fourth level of winner requires four regular matches and two Lucky Star matches. There is a 1 in 517,920 chance winning at this level, with an average of 66 winners per draw.
The odds of winning continue to improve as the number of matches required decrease.
The odds of winning the smallest prize are 1 in 23. This level win requires a match of only two regular numbers. There is an average of 1,488,488 winners per draw. The lowest ever prize paid out in the EuroMillions lottery was at this level at just over two pounds, or AUD$3.5.
There are many intermediate prizes to be won above the level of two regular number matches and below four regular and two Lucky Star number matches. The odds for winning those range in between those given two. The smaller the prize, the better the odds that you will win, and vise versa.
With odds of 1 in 23, if you bought one lottery ticket every week for a year, you could expect to win twice a year. The more tickets that you buy, 1, 2, 3, to as many as you can afford, the better your odds of winning. This is one of these reasons that ticket buying syndicates are so popular. Just keep in mind that statistical probabilities like these operate under what statisticians call the “law of large numbers”. This means it takes lots and lots and lots of trials for statistical probabilities to average out. Just because you have not won for 23 weeks straight, there is no guarantee that you will win on week 24 or 25 or 26 or so on.
In fact, there is never a guarantee that you will win unless you purchase all possible number combinations. That would mean buying over 110 million EuroMillions lottery tickets. The odds of winning only tell us what the odds are on any given lottery or trial. The odds do not change from one trial to the next.
Think of rolling a dice. To get any number, say a six, you have a 1 in 6 chance every time you roll the die. The odds of rolling that six are the same every time you roll the dice. If you roll a six, ten times in a row, the odds of rolling a six on the 11th roll are still 1 in 6. The last roll has no effect at all on the next roll.
This is one of the things that make the EuroMillions lottery so exciting. Apart from the fact that you are in the running to become really wealthy, you have the chance of doing so the first time you play. You have the same chance the second time you play, and the third, and so on.
The online purchase of a EuroMillions lottery ticket puts the odds in your favour. Every time you play you can win!
When and Where Does EuroMillions Lottery Draw Take Place?
The EuroMillions draw happens every Wednesday and Saturday at 05:30 AEST. That is Tuesdays and Fridays 20:30 in the United Kingdom. Ticket sales close one hour before the drawing and re-open the following day.
What Was The Largest Ever Payout?
A couple from the United Kingdom won the British Sterling equivalent of 190 million Euros on 12 August 2012.
The smallest amount paid out was just over two Euros. That has been paid out thousands of times.
Is There a Limit to the Number of Times the Jackpot Can Rollover?
No, there is no limit. However, if the jackpot is not paid out after two rollovers, on the third draw it will be paid for a winner at the next lowest tier level. So on the third drawing, a jackpot can be won with only 4 matching regular numbers (not five) and two Lucky Star number matches.
Is there an Age Limit to Play EuroMillions?
The online ticket concierge service requires that you be 18 years old. Since you must use this system to buy lottery tickets in Australia, you will have to be 18 to play.
What Is EuroMillions Superdraw?
EuroMillions Superdraw is a lottery game just like EuroMillions. In fact, it is identical to EuroMillions except that the minimum payment is guaranteed to be at least 100 million Euros, which is roughly equivalent to AUD$145 million. The SuperDraw lottery can be announced at any time, but is usually reserved for special events and anniversaries.
The last Superdraw game was played in March 2014. A jackpot was paid out after two prize rollovers.