The Biggest EuroMillions Winners
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: EuroMillions’ odds are pretty impressive for a lottery of this scale. In fact, there have been a total of 365 jackpot winners from the 9 countries that run EuroMillions. Here are some of the biggest winners:
- One of the biggest EuroMillions’ jackpots won was back in October 24, 2014, when an anonymous winner from Castelo Branco, Portugal nabbed the €190 million prize. The astronomical prize was the result of six roll overs.
- The jackpot has reached the €190 million jackpot ceiling other times as well. Interestingly, these happened in October as well. One was in October 6, 2017, and another in October 8, 2019. We’re sensing some kind of pattern here..
- In August 12, 2012, couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the £148,656,000 jackpot. Their story took a sad turn, however, as their new life – and the new problems that come with it – took a toll on their relationship. They have since divorced and are now living separate lives.
- Next up are Colin and Chris Weir who, in July 12, 2011, won the £161,653,000 jackpot. The couple went on to establish the Weir Charitable Trust, a charity organization that aims to support the Scottish community by way of funding worthwhile projects.
So What Happens if You Win?
Unlike other lottery games, if you win the jackpot in EuroMillions, you don’t have the option to be paid in annuity. Instead, jackpots are paid as a lump sum – which means that you get to take home more than if annuity adjustments were involved.
As for taxes, you will be glad to know that EuroMillions games are tax-free – except for three European countries, that is. Portugal, for starters, takes 20% taxes from prizes exceeding €5,000. Spain, on the other hand, takes 20% off from prizes that exceed €2,500. Switzerland players have it worst though. The taxes collected from their winnings are approximately 35%.
How Does it Work?
You must pick five main numbers from 50 and two Lucky Stars from 12, matching all seven to win the jackpot. The main numbers and Lucky Stars are drawn from two separate machines, so the same numbers can be drawn from both. There are prizes available for matching anything from just two main numbers upwards. Take a look at the winning matches at the EuroMillions Prizes page.
From every ticket sold across Europe, 50 percent of the fee to play the main draw funds prizes in that draw.
Each tier receives a set percentage of that draw’s total prize fund and the values are calculated by dividing the amount of money dedicated to that tier by the number of winners at that level. This means that prizes in the same tier can vary from draw to draw.
UK players are also automatically entered into Millionaire Maker. You receive one code for each EuroMillions line you play and two codes are randomly selected in every draw, much like a raffle, guaranteeing two UK players win £1 million each.
Deciding Whether to Go Public
In the UK, you can choose to go public with the news of your win or stay anonymous. It is entirely up to you which course of action to take, but one of the questions that you will be asked at your validation appointment will be about how many people you have already told, as it may help you to make up your mind.
Some winners prefer to keep their identity private and continue with their lives as normally as possible, but others find it a burden to keep a secret. Visit the Publicity page to learn more about the pros and cons, and find out what previous winners have done.
If you do opt for publicity, you will have to fulfil various media obligations, including a winner’s ceremony, during which your name will be released to the wider world and you will be asked questions about your life and plans for the money.
The National Lottery provides the same level of support for winners who opt to go public and those who don’t, and it says that only around 10% of big winners decide to go public.
How to Play EuroMillions
EuroMillions is slightly similar to how other lottery games function – but they put their own spin on the formula. The gist is this: You select five numbers from 1 to 50, plus two additional numbers – also known as Lucky Stars – from 1 to 12. For players to win the jackpot, all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars have to match the combination drawn. The standard pricing for one EuroMillions ticket costs €2.50, but it may be a bit higher in some online outlets due to additional fees imposed by some lottery sites.
The Super Draw
The EuroMillions Super Draw offers a guaranteed minimum prize of €130 million!
The EuroMillions Super Draws are special events held every now and then that ensures a big payout to winners. These draws function pretty much the same as any regular EuroMillions draw, with one difference: jackpots are set to a guaranteed amount of at least €130 million. Should no one win the jackpot, it will simply roll over to the succeeding draw, and the next, and so on until it reaches the €190 million jackpot cap. The jackpot can remain at the aforementioned cap for a total of four drawings.
If no one still wins the jackpot, then the prize money will be distributed among winners of the 2nd prize tier. This is what is called an Event Draw. So far, however, there has never been a EuroMillions Event Draw.
The Odds of Winning
If you were thinking that it would be impossible to match all 5 numbers, plus 2 Lucky Stars, you’d be surprised to know that you actually have much better odds of winning a EuroMillions jackpot than, say, a Powerball one. Compared to the latter’s 1 in 292,201,338.00 odds, EuroMillions’ odds look much, much better. The overall odds for winning any prize, for instance, are 1 in 13 – pretty impressive, if you ask me. Take a gander at the table below to see what I mean:
How to Play
How many numbers do you have to pick?
In EuroMillions HotPicks, it is up to you how many numbers you choose, from a minimum of one to a maximum of five. Just specify how many numbers you are picking and select your numbers from a choice of 1 to 50, or opt for a Lucky Dip.
What is the different between Pick 1 and Pick 5?
When you play EuroMillion HotPicks, you choose how many numbers you want to play; the caveat is that you have to match them all to win a prize. If you play Pick 1, for instance, you choose one number and must match it with one of the winning numbers. If you play Pick 5, you choose five numbers and must match them all with the winning numbers.
How much does it cost to play?
It costs £1.50 to play EuroMillions HotPicks. The price is the same for each game, whether you play Pick 1, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4 or Pick 5.
Can you play different games on one ticket?
Yes, you can select up to five lines on one play slip and you do not have to enter the same game. You could therefore play a full combination of Pick 1 to Pick 5 on a single play slip, at a total cost of £7.50.
When do draws take place?
The winning EuroMillions HotPicks numbers are taken from the main EuroMillions game. The five main balls are used as the winning line – the Lucky Stars are not used for HotPicks. Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at approximately 20:00 GMT.
When do ticket sales close?
You must purchase tickets before 19:30 GMT on Tuesdays and Fridays to enter the draw on that particular night. If you miss the cut-off time, you must wait until sales reopen for the following draw.
Do you have to play EuroMillions to enter EuroMillions HotPicks?
No. Although the two games use the same winning numbers, they are separate to each other so you can play one or the other, or both.
Can you cancel an entry?
Under normal circumstances, EuroMillions HotPicks entries cannot be cancelled. However, if you play online and are given two or more identical Lucky Dip selections, you can contact National Lottery operator Camelot’s customer care team. At Camelot’s discretion, the money spent on the duplicate entry may be refunded into your account.
EuroMillions Prize Breakdown
There are 13 prize tiers in EuroMillions lottery with the odds to win the smallest prize are 1 in 22. The prizes for each tier are not fixed unlike some other lotteries like UK Lotto, but they are calculated based on the number of tickets sold and number of winners per each tier. Sometimes you can win more money by matching less numbers but this is quice an exception.
|Winning selections||MAX prize||AVG prize||MIN prize|
|Match 5 + 2||£170,810,000.00||£42,193,614.70||£4,093,500.00|
|Match 5 + 1||£3,696,996.80||£291,036.16||£37,653.60|
|Match 4 + 2||£9,850.60||£2,921.89||£196.90|
|Match 4 + 1||£302.20||£136.49||£26.30|
|Match 3 + 2||£102.40||£45.19||£14.70|
|Match 2 + 2||£24.60||£13.69||£4.80|
|Match 3 + 1||£29.60||£10.91||£4.30|
|Match 1 + 2||£11.50||£7.09||£2.50|
|Match 2 + 1||£8.70||£5.47||£2.50|
History since 13 February 2004.