Widely regarded as Europe’s answer to the massive American lotteries, EuroMillions has been draw on Tuesdays and Fridays in Paris since 2004. Back in the early days tickets were only sold in France, Spain and the UK. However, other countries including Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland soon joined, and the residents of Andorra, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein and Monaco were also allowed to buy tickets, making it a truly pan-European lottery.
The biggest EuroMillions jackpots won so far have been €190 million – which is the current jackpot limit. In August 2012 it was won by a ticket purchased in the UK, and in October 2014 by a ticket bought in Portugal.
EuroMillions rules and prizes
To play EuroMillions you simply choose 5 main numbers from 1-50, and 2 extra ‘Lucky Star’ numbers from 1-12. To win the jackpot you’ll need to get all 7 numbers correct, however, matching just 2 will still get you the lowest-tier prize.
The jackpot can rollover up to a massive €190 million limit, and 2-3 times per year there are Super Draws with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of €130 million or more.
This is another lottery that directly helps support good causes. For example, 28% of revenues from EuroMillions sales in the United Kingdom goes to help support good causes, ranging from community groups and projects addressing issues like homelessness, to big artistic, cultural and sporting events.
The tax rate on EuroMillions winnings will depend on the specific country the ticket was purchased in. However, for the UK, for example, there is no tax at all on lottery winnings. But, as always, please remember you will also be subject to the tax laws of the country you are resident in.