The EuroMillions is the biggest lottery in Europe, bringing together several major nations and millions of players, all vying for their chance of scooping a grand prize that can go as high as €190 million. But where does the Euromillions draw take place, when is the deadline for buying tickets and when can you learn if you are one of the lucky winners?
Where Does the EuroMillions Draw Take Place?
The actual EuroMillions draw takes place in Paris, France, and players from a total of nine countries can play: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK. If you reside in one of these countries then you can purchase tickets online through an official lottery website or offline through an authorized retailer, of which there are thousands across the country.
All tickets, regardless of the country in which they were bought, have a chance at winning the many EuroMillions prizes, including the jackpot. There are also country-specific prizes, such as the Millionaire Maker, a UK-only addition that comes free with every ticket purchase and promises to make at least 1 UK millionaire every draw (not available at Multilotto).
A Euromillions ticket consists of 7 numbers, with 5 main numbers from 1 to 50 and 2 Lucky Stars from 1 to 12. The EuroMillions jackpot is paid out to players who match all seven numbers and the least amount of numbers you need to secure a prize is 2 main numbers.
When Does the EuroMillions Draw Take Place?
There are two EuroMillions draws a week, one on Tuesday and one on Friday. The EuroMillions draw is at 8pm GMT. During the summer, after the clocks change, the draw takes place at approximately 21:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) which is one hour ahead of British Summer Time.
You can buy tickets for the Euromillions draw up to half an hour before it takes place and tickets can be purchased online or in-store. Typically, it is easier to buy online, but you may not be able to buy tickets around the clock. The official UK lottery site, for instance, shuts down from around 2am to 8am every morning for what it calls “system processing”.
This means that you can’t buy Euromillions tickets during this time, nor can you purchase tickets to other lotteries if you are in the UK. Of course, it’s the same story with offline ticket purchases as the stores don’t open until 8am anyway and they are closed long before 2am.
Whether you purchase online or offline you can choose to play your numbers during the Tuesday or the Friday draw. If you purchase your lotto tickets online you can play for a set number of weeks and you can also opt to play by Direct Debit, with the money taken out as and when needed to pay for your tickets.
How Much Can you Win?
You can win a maximum of €190 million on a EuroMillions draw. This is the maximum jackpot amount and usually requires several rollovers to get to this point. If it continues to rollover then any additional prize monies will be used to bolster the smaller prizes and the jackpot will remain the same.
The same jackpot amount will be paid out whether there is 1 winner or 10 winners, and the amount of winners will also dictate how big the other prizes are. To give you an idea, a recent EuroMillions jackpot of around €100 million saw just under 3 million winners in total, over 1.6 million of which won the smallest price, collecting around €4 each and basically earning enough to buy another ticket and have €1.50 spare.
Winners who matched three numbers received closer to €10, those who hit 4 main numbers won in excess of €50, and those who hit five numbers (just 11 players in total) won over €26,000. As you can see, those early wins are pretty small compared to the bigger wins, but with every additional number you get above 3 there is a significant jump in prize money.
This is true even if those additional numbers are Lucky Stars. Staying with the same draw, the 2,600+ players who got their €50+ from 4 main numbers would have won more than double that amount if they had 1 Lucky Star and in excess of €2,800 if they had both of the Lucky Stars.