Europe – EuroMillions Information
EuroMillions is a transnational lottery, launched on February 7, 2004, by France’s Française des Jeux, Spain’s Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, and the United Kingdom’s Camelot. The first draw was held on February 13, 2004 in Paris. EuroMillions lottery is hosted in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, U.K., Europe.
|Hosted In||Schedule||Guess Range||Jackpot Type||Tax Requirements|
|5/50 + LS 2/11||Cash||About 20.00%|
EuroMillions is a rather unique lottery, being conducted across Europe in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
HISTORY OF EUROMILLIONS
The EuroMillions was launched on the 7th February 2004, and is one of the newest lotteries to take its place among the world’s best. Three lottery operators from three different European countries came together to establish the lottery. These are Britain’s Camelot Group, Spain’s Loterias y Apuestas del Estado, and France’s Française des Jeux. On the 13th February that same year, the first draw was held in Paris.
HOW TO PLAY EUROMILLIONS
EuroMillions is 5/50 game. This means that players must choose 5 numbers from a set of 1 to 50 in order to enter. Also, players need to choose 2 Lucky Star numbers from 1 to 11. These Lucky Star numbers are relevant for the jackpot prize, where players need to match all 5 numbers plus both Lucky Stars, as well as for tiers 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12.
HOW TO PLAY EUROMILLIONS WITH LWG
You don’t have to live in any of the countries where EuroMillions is run in order to be part of the fun. LWG gives you access to all the excitement with a click of a button. Just select PLAY in EuroMillion’s NEXT DRAW and you’re on your way to winning. Then pick 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and 2 Lucky Stars from 1 to 11 in up to 5 lines, or add 5 more lines to your ticket by clicking on MORE LINES. That way, you have double the chances of winning.
EUROMILLIONS SCHEDULE OF DRAWS
EuroMillions draws are held in Paris every Tuesday and Friday night at 9pm. Not only are there draws twice a week, but on occasion, EuroMillions will run a SuperDraw or Event Draw. A SuperDraw may occur at any time, but generally in honor of an anniversary or other special event. For example, a SuperDraw was held on 10th March 2011 to celebrate the start of a second weekly draw of EuroMillions. A SuperDraw guarantees a €100 million jackpot, which is rolled over to the next draw if not won. The Event Draw also promises a €100 million jackpot, but if it is not won, it is redistributed to the winners of the 2nd tier, requiring players to match all 5 main numbers plus 1 Lucky Star ball.
EUROMILLIONS JACKPOT HISTORY
For a lottery that has only been around for a decade, EuroMillions has surely created its fair share of jackpot winners. Being a multinational game, some of the countries involved proudly boast a much larger percentage of the winners than others. For example, France has had 24.9% of all jackpot winners. Spain comes in a close 2nd, with 22.6% of winners hailing from that country. Unfortunately for Luxemburg, they only contribute 0.7% of winners to the total. But in a country so small that is somewhat understandable.
The biggest ever jackpot prize won with EuroMillions was on October 24th, 2014. A single winner from Portugal won a life changing €190 million. The money, as with all EuroMillions winnings, was paid in cash.
PICKING STRATEGIES WITH EUROMILLIONS
Many people like to pick their own numbers and base them on special family dates, such as birthdays or anniversaries. While this is a nice way to play, it may not be the most effective if you wish to win the EuroMillions substantial jackpot. Rather, use Quick Pick and let the computer pick the numbers for you at random. This increases your winning chances and takes the hassle out of decision-making. You can also choose to enter as many as 100 draws with LWG, benefiting from purchase discounts along the way. Your chances of winning increase as you enter more and more draws.
If you do wish to choose your own numbers but would like some guidance in this, there are a few golden rules to stick to. These include making sure there a few frequently drawn numbers in your pick, avoiding least frequently drawn numbers, throwing in some overdue numbers, and trying to have a frequently drawn pair in the mix.
EuroMillions’ most frequently drawn number is number 50. This number has been drawn a huge 98 times! The numbers 3 and 5 are the most frequently drawn Lucky Stars, having appeared 166 times each! Other frequently drawn main numbers include 4 (93 times), 38 (92 times), 44 (91 times), 19 (88 times), 25 (87 times) and 23 (85 times). Most common Lucky Stars other than 3 and 5 include 2 and 8 (both drawn 159 times each), 1 (drawn 156 times), 9 (155 times) and 7 (154 times).
Avoid the least frequently chosen numbers. They are 46, 32, 2, 34 and 48. Least frequently chosen Lucky Stars include 11 and 10. All these numbers have been chosen less than 83 times.
Overdue numbers are those that have not appeared for a while, so are due to appear again soon. They include at present, 16, 11, 35, 4 and 36, as well as Lucky Stars 5 and 2.
Sometimes numbers pair up nicely, and with EuroMillions, there are some that just keep appearing together. They are 4 and 23, 11 and 29, 1 and 48, 4 and 50, and 5 and 38 for the main balls and for the Lucky Stars 2 and 6, 1 and 6, 5 and 8, 8 and 9, and 3 and 9.