The very first EuroMillions draw took place on the 13th February 2004. Players from three different countries could then try their luck : the British, the French and the Spanish. A few months later, not less than six countries joined the EuroMillions club, leading to 9 countries. The EuroMillions draw take place every Tuesday and Friday, at 8.00pm in Paris. The draw's video is recorded without sound, and then sent to the lottery operator of each participating country. They can then add the voice of their favorite TV speaker and broadcast the draw when they wish.
At the EuroMillions beginnings, the jackpot started at 10 millions euros. Then, when six other countries joined the game, the minimum jackpot was uplifted to 15 millions euros (about £12M). To date, the record prize for a single ticket is held by a lovely british couple. They're in their fourties, and won £ 161 millions on the 12th of July 2011. Chris and Colin Weir are now managing their own charitable trust. You will find below that latest EuroMillions results, free tools and statistics.
Tuesday 19 January 2021 :
No jackpot winner !
to win on next Friday.
EuroMillions is a lottery game which was launched in February 2004 as a joint venture between the national lotteries of Spain, France and the UK. The idea is that the jackpot each week is much higher if the ticket sales from several different countries are pooled together.
Originally, you could only enter the draw by purchasing a ticket in one of these countries, but the geographical range has since been extended to include Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. The winning numbers are drawn in Paris at 20:45 CET every Tuesday and Friday, but are recorded and played back at about 3 hours later on BBC One. In the UK, each line you play will cost £2 (it increased from the original £1.50 in 2009). Your ticket includes an entry to the EuroMillions draw as well as the UK Millionaire Maker, which guarantees to make two new millionaires every single week and is exclusive to the UK.
You must be aged 16 or over and a resident of the UK on the day that you purchase your ticket in order to be able to play.
Playing is very straightforward. You simply choose 5 different numbers, between 1 and 50, and two Lucky Star numbers, from between 1 and 11. If you don’t want to choose your own numbers then you can, just as is possible in the UK National Lottery, buy a lucky dip ticket in which your numbers are generated randomly by the machine. You don’t get to choose your UK Millionaire Maker numbers but your entry is included with your EuroMillions ticket regardless of whether you chose your own numbers or you purchase a lucky dip. If you want to pick your own numbers but are struggling to do so, there are various ‘random number generator’ tools online which can help to take away the pressure of choosing which numbers to play.
On each slip you can purchase up to 7 lines of numbers, and each person can buy a maximum of 10 different pay slips at once. You can choose to buy your ticket just for the next draw or can enter the same numbers for various upcoming draws. If you purchase a ticket in store then you can buy one for draws up to four weeks in advance. If you play online then you can set up a direct debit, ensuring that you never miss a draw. EuroMillions sales close on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm for that night’s draw, but you can still buy tickets for later draws up until 11pm each night of the week.
Playing online couldn’t be simpler. You simply visit either the EuroMillions section of the National Lottery UK website or the EuroMillions website itself and click on the option to play online. Then you just pick the numbers that you would like to enter, using a random number generator if you wish, and select the draws that you would like to enter and how many weeks you would like to play for. Click the play button and enter your personal details to complete the registration form and set up a form of payment for your tickets.
You can only win the EuroMillions jackpot by matching all 5 main numbers and the 2 Lucky Stars. It doesn’t make a difference to the winnings whether you choose the numbers yourself or whether they were selected randomly by the machine. It is important to remember that there are sometimes more than one person who match all 7 numbers, and in the event of this happening, the jackpot will be shared equally between all of the winning ticket holders. Your odds of winning the jackpot prize are calculated as being 116,531,799 to 1 for every line you play.
Your Millionaire Maker code(s) will be visible at the bottom of your EuroMillions ticket, and a separate code is generated for every line that you play. It consists of three letters followed by 6 numbers, but you do not get the opportunity to choose your own code. Every code is automatically entered into the prize draw in which one is guaranteed to win every single week. You can have a maximum of 7 EuroMillions lines on one play slip, so you can only have a maximum of 7 Millionaire Maker codes on the same ticket.
Matching the UK Millionaire Maker code exactly will win you £1,000,000 regardless of whether or not you have matched any of the EuroMillions numbers. Unlike with the main EuroMillions draw, you do not get any smaller prizes for a partial match on the Millionaire Maker code. You must match all of the letters and numbers in the right order in order to win £1,000,000. It is theoretically possible for you to win the EuroMillions jackpot and the UK Millionaire Maker on the same night with the same ticket.
The jackpot is not the only prize you can win by entering the EuroMillions. Matching 2 main numbers or more will guarantee you a cash prize which can range from £2.70 to upwards of £200,000. The jackpot isn’t necessarily won every time there is a draw, so it will rollover until someone matches all of the numbers, up to a value of €190 million. If the jackpot still isn’t won once it has reached its maximum, then the additional prize money generated by the sales of the next draw’s tickets will be shared amongst the winners of the next prize level down. The jackpot can only rollover once when it is at its maximum and after that it must be won on the next draw. If nobody matches all 5 numbers and the 2 Lucky Stars then the whole jackpot amount will be shared amongst the winners of the next prize level (i.e. those who match 5 numbers and 1 Lucky Star).
If you win on a EuroMillions ticket which you bought in the UK, your prize, however large or small, will be paid as a lump sum and is completely tax free.
The way in which you claim your tax-free EuroMillions prize will depend on the amount that you have won and how you bought your ticket. Try to get into the habit of checking your tickets after each draw, as prizes can only be claimed within 180 days of the draw date.
If you played EuroMillions online and you have won a prize worth up to £500 then your winnings will be paid straight into your online National Lottery account automatically a short while after the draw. From here you can choose to either transfer the money into your bank account or to use it to buy more lottery tickets in the future.
For any amount between £500 and £30,000 then you will need to confirm, within 180 days from the draw date, that your winnings should be paid into the account linked to the debit card you used to register your online account. Unlike with smaller prize amounts, the money cannot be transferred automatically without your consent.
Prizes from £30,000 to £50,000 can only be claimed by calling up the National Lottery customer care department on 0845 278 8000 with your ticket, account and bank details to hand.
Any prize worth over £50,000 will have to be collected in person at an agreed location. A National Lottery representative will meet you personally to ensure that nobody else claims your winnings on your behalf. To arrange this then you will need to call the National Lottery customer helpline on 0845 278 8000.
If you have set up a direct debit to pay for your lottery tickets online then any prize up to the value of £50,000 will be automatically transferred into that account.
Any winnings up to the value of £100 can be claimed at any authorised retailer. It doesn’t have to be the same place where you originally bought the ticket. Stores can give out prizes up to £500 as long as they have enough cash available to pay out and that your ticket is not yet validated. Validated tickets must be returned to the retailer who validated your ticket or you can claim your winnings from a Post Office which is affiliated with the National Lottery.
For any prize worth between £500 and £50,000 you will have to claim your winnings either from a Post Office affiliated with the National Lottery or by phoning the National Lottery helpline on 0845 278 8000 to request a claim form and mailing your ticket along with the filled out claim form to the National Lottery accounts department at: The National Lottery, Accounts Department, PO BOX 287, Watford, WD18 9TT
As with tickets purchased online, to receive any winnings worth over £50,000 then you will have to meet a National Lottery representative at an agreed location to prove your identity. You will have to fill out a claims form and bring valid identification with you in order to be awarded your winnings. To make these arrangements then you will have to phone the National Lottery helpline first.
By playing online you can make sure that you never miss a draw. You can set up a direct debit to ensure that your numbers are entered every week without fail, so you needn’t worry about your numbers coming up the one week you were unable to make it to the shop. Playing online also means that you can buy your ticket at any time of the day, from anywhere in the world. You don’t need to worry about the shops being closed or you being away on holiday. If you play by purchasing a ticket from a retailer then you can’t collect your winnings online, you would have to physically return to the store in order to collect your winnings; whereas it can all be done automatically online. You also have no insurance against losing your ticket. If it is lost or damaged in any way then you won’t be able to collect your winnings.
Unfortunately, there are some people out there who attempt to capitalise on the fact that it is possible to win money on the EuroMillions to try and con people into paying to claim non-existent winnings. Fraudsters of this type will often send an e-mail, text or a letter telling you that you have been chosen to win a random prize. There are several really important things that you should remember which will prevent you from being conned by one of these scams.
Fake e-mails are often sent from questionable e-mail addresses which do not seem official at all. They won’t be addressed to you personally, but will begin with something very general like ‘Congratulations Winner’. Spelling and grammar mistakes in letters and e-mails are a dead giveaway that they are not really from EuroMillions at all and pleas for confidentiality are just an attempt to protect the fraudsters from friends or family of the victim who are more aware of these scams.
If are the victim of one of these scams then it is extremely important not to pay any money. Don’t open any potentially harmful e-mail attachments. Don’t reply to e-mails or letters which you think are scams and don’t give out any personal information at all. You can report the incident to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 and they will work to try and make sure that no one falls victim to the same scam in the future.