It is suggested that many people play the previous winning line in the following draw, hoping that the numbers will come up again. It is certainly possible; in September 2009, the same balls turned up in two consecutive draws of the Bulgarian national lottery. However, even if that did occur in EuroMillions, you would almost certainly have to split the prize a number of ways, receiving only a portion of the advertised amount.
Some people like to make their selections on the numbers that have appeared most often in the winning line, whilst others prefer to choose those that haven’t been drawn for the longest time, suggesting they may be due an appearance in the EuroMillions results. These are known as hot or cold numbers and you can find this information and more at the Statistics page.
Other National Lottery Games
EuroMillions is one of the UK’s favourite lottery games, but it is not the only major lottery on offer in the country. The games below are also enjoyed by many players every week.
HotPicks uses the same winning numbers as the main Lotto draw but is treated as a separate game. It costs £1 per line and to play you must first decide how many numbers you want to try and match. For example, you can play a ‘Pick 1’ game, where you pick and try to match just one number, right up to a ‘Pick 5’ game, where you must pick and match five numbers. You do not win anything for matching fewer numbers than you choose, so for example if you play a Pick 5 game, you do not win anything for matching four or fewer numbers. The top prize is worth £350,000 and is won by picking and matching five numbers.
Thunderball is another UK National Lottery game, which takes place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, offering prizes of up to £500,000. Players must select five main numbers between 1 and 39 and one Thunderball number from 1 to 14. Anyone matching all five numbers plus the Thunderball wins the £500,000 top prize. In addition, there are eight other prize levels on offer, and you can be a winner by matching just the Thunderball.
Set For Life
Set For Life is the first annuity lottery ever to be played in the UK, with draws held every Monday and Thursday. It costs just £1.50 per line, and you can play by selecting five main numbers from 1 to 47 and a Life Ball between 1 and 10.
The top two prizes are paid in the form of an annuity, in which winners receive the prize money gradually over a certain time period. The top prize pays £10,000 every month for 30 years, for a total of £3.6 million; match five numbers and the Life Ball to win it. The second prize pays £10,000 per month for one year, for a total of £120,000; just match five main numbers to claim the prize. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 15,339,390 and the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 12.4.
Occasionally, the National Lottery will hold special Set For Life draws called Super Chance Draws. During a Super Chance Draw, you can win £10,000 a month for 30 years by matching just the five main balls – increasing your odds of winning the top prize to 1 in 1,533,939. Super Chance Draws will be announced several weeks ahead of their draw date, and you can enter them in the same way as a regular Set For Life draw.
Smart EuroMillions Strategies
Join a EuroMillions Syndicate
Playing in a EuroMillions syndicate is one of the smartest strategies for playing the game. The more lines you have entered into the draw, the better your chances of winning are, and a EuroMillions syndicate has the sort of buying power that individuals are unlikely to be able to achieve over an extended period of time. See the Syndicates section for more details on this fantastic way to play EuroMillions.
Using systematic entries can maximise the amount of prizes that you could win on EuroMillions. This could involve choosing more main numbers than the five that are drawn and playing every combination of five numbers within that set, or playing with more than two Lucky Stars.
For example, if you wanted to play a systematic entry containing the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, you would have to buy 21 lines to cover every combination of five main numbers within the seven. This system certainly can’t guarantee you the jackpot but, if you match just two numbers from the seven chosen, you are guaranteed to win some prizes.
While systematic EuroMillions tickets are available for purchase in several participating countries, players in the UK and Ireland will need to create their own if they’d like to use this approach by playing all of the possible combinations they’d like to use across a number of different tickets.
|Up to €150||Prizes are paid directly into your online account.|
|Between €150 and €5,000||Prizes are paid directly into your bank account.|
|Over €5,000||Prizes are paid into your bank account after a 12-day period in which the award can be challenged.|
|Prize Total||Authorised Retailer|
|Up to €150||Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer.|
|Between €150 and €5,000||Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer or lottery headquarters. Winnings will be paid by bank transfer.|
|Over €5,000||Paid by bank transfer from lottery headquarters following a 12-day period in which the award can be challenged.|
EuroMillions players in Portugal have 90 days to claim any prizes.