The EuroMillions is Europe’s biggest lottery because of the amazing prizes it offers. Not only does it have the highest jackpots, but it also offers the most prize categories, which makes it the top choice when it comes to European lotteries. Here is everything you need to know about EuroMillions prizes.
The EuroMillions Jackpot
|Minimum Amount||€17 Million|
|Maximum Amount||€200 Million|
The EuroMillions jackpot starts out at €17 million, which is the minimum amount for the first prize. With each draw when there are no jackpot winners, the amount of the jackpot is increased. The highest it can get is €200 million. This is the current cap jackpot for the EuroMillions lottery as of February 2020, when the rules of the game were changed. If and when this cap will be reached, a new one of €210 million will be set.
The EuroMillions jackpot can stay at €200 million for four consecutive draws. If there are still no winners during these four draws, the jackpot amount is split between the winners of the next prize category.
The previous jackpot cap of €190 million was reached three times. The first time was in 2012 and the maximum prize was scooped by Gillian and Adrian Bayford, who are probably the best-known EuroMillions winners.
The second time the jackpot reached the cap of €190 million was in 2014 and the prize was won by a Portuguese player who decided to remain anonymous. In October 2017, the jackpot got to €190 million again and this time, it was won by a player from Spain, who also decided to stay anonymous.
The current jackpot cap of €200 million was reached only once so far, in December 2010. This amazing jackpot was won by a ticket holder from France.
The EuroMillions Secondary Prizes
The EuroMillions offers 13 prize categories in total, including the jackpot. This means that there are as many as 12 other prizes to win in the game aside from the top prize. In the table below, you can see the entire prize list for the EuroMillions.
(% of Prize Fund)
|1st Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||€17M – €200M (50%)|
|2nd Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡||2.61%|
|4th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||0.19%|
|5th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡||0.35%|
|6th Prize||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||0.37%|
|8th Prize||⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||1.30%|
|9th Prize||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡||1.45%|
|11th Prize||⚪ + 🟡🟡||3.27%|
|12th Prize||⚪⚪ + 🟡||10.3%|
All of the EuroMillions prizes are pari-mutuel, which means that the total amount of the prize is shared equally between all the winners of that prize category. For each prize tier, the EuroMillions has assigned a quota of the EuroMillions prize fund, which will be distributed evenly to all the winners of that prize category.
The lower prize categories have a larger percentage of the prize fund because these are likely to have more winners than the top EuroMillions prizes and each of them should get a worthy prize.
The table above displays the percentage of the prize fund allocated to each prize level. The remaining 10% goes into the Booster Fund. This acts as a reserve fund making sure there is always enough for the advertised minimum jackpot of €17 million. The Booster Fund is also used when EuroMillions holds the special draws known as EuroMillions SuperDraws for which the guaranteed minimum jackpot can be as much as €130 million.
The 50% allocated to the jackpot only applies for the first five draws in a series of rollovers. Once the top prize has rolled over five times in a row, the ‘Match 5 + 2’ allocation is adjusted down to 42% until the jackpot gets won. The remaining 8% goes to the Booster Fund, ensuring that this reserve pot receives 18% of funds from the sixth draw in a rollover series until the jackpot is won.
The Odds of Winning the EuroMillions Prizes
The odds of winning the EuroMillions may seem quite steep, but compared to other European lotteries, they are actually worth taking on. For instance, with each EuroMillions ticket, you have 1 in 139,838,160 chance to win the jackpot. Compared to the 1 in 622,614,630 chance you get to win the Italy SuperEnalotto jackpot, winning the EuroMillions jackpot is a far more achievable goal.
|1st Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||1 in 139,838,160|
|2nd Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡||1 in 6,991,908|
|3rd Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪||1 in 3,107,515|
|4th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||1 in 621,503|
|5th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡||1 in 31,075|
|6th Prize||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||1 in 14,125|
|7th Prize||⚪⚪⚪⚪||1 in 13,811|
|8th Prize||⚪⚪ + 🟡🟡||1 in 985|
|9th Prize||⚪⚪⚪ + 🟡||1 in 706|
|10th Prize||⚪⚪⚪||1 in 314|
|11th Prize||⚪ + 🟡🟡||1 in 188|
|12th Prize||⚪⚪ + 🟡||1 in 49|
|13th Prize||⚪⚪||1 in 22|
How to Increase Your Odds of Winning the EuroMillions Prizes
When you play EuroMillions online, you can try out some play strategies that can boost your chances of winning. Play with a EuroMillions syndicate to enter the draw with more tickets, all at a fraction of the cost. You can also play with every possible combination of your lucky numbers with systematic forms. This will boost your chances and get you more prizes if you match the winning combination. These are available on theLotter, the world’s leading lottery messenger service.
To win the EuroMillions jackpot, you have to match all 5 of the main numbers and both the Lucky Stars. If you have them all on your ticket, then you win the top prize in the game.
Yes, you do. To win the jackpot, you have to guess both Lucky Stars from 1 to 12.
There are 13 EuroMillions prizes in total, including the jackpot. To win one of the prizes, you need to have the winning combination on your ticket.
To win anything in the EuroMillions, you have to guess at least 2 of the 5 main numbers from 1 to 50. If you match any 2 of the 5 main numbers, then you win the 13th prize category in the game.
For every EuroMillions ticket you play, you have a 1 in 139,838,160 chance of winning the jackpot. The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have at becoming a winner.
The minimum EuroMillions jackpot is €17 million. This is the guaranteed amount for the first prize in the game. If nobody matches the winning numbers for the jackpot, then it increases for the following draw.
The maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions or the jackpot cap is €200 million. This is the largest amount that the first prize can reach in the game.
When the EuroMillions jackpot gets to the maximum amount of €200 million, then it will stay at this amount. There can be a maximum of four consecutive cap jackpots and the last one is a “Must be Won” draw, when the €200 million must find a winner.