How Prizes Are Funded
EuroMillions prizes are funded using revenue from ticket sales. A percentage of the money you spend on entering the game is allocated to the prize fund, with the remainder distributed to good causes, Government Lottery Duty and retailer commission, as well as covering operating costs.
When you play EuroMillions in the UK, the £2.50 you spend per line is broken down into £1.74 for entering the main draw and £0.76 for the UK Millionaire Maker raffle. Fifty percent of the £1.74 spent on the main game is allocated to the prize fund. Thirty percent of the £0.76 spent to enter the Millionaire Maker is used to pay prizes in the supplementary raffle.
Why Prizes Differ Between Currencies
The Euro is the base currency for EuroMillions as it is used by seven of the nine participating countries. When a jackpot is won in the UK the equivalent figure in pounds is paid out, based on the exchange rate on the day of the draw.
For non-jackpot prizes, the amount you receive in the UK is not worked out purely on the basis of the exchange rate. Instead, a formula is in place to take into account each country’s contribution to the game.
Each country that participates in EuroMillions contributes €1.10 into the Common Prize Fund, which is used to pay out prizes to all winners. Camelot’s contribution to the Common Prize Fund is the 50% of £1.74 from every EuroMillions ticket sold.
If, using the exchange rates on the day of a draw, Camelot’s contribution to the Common Prize Fund works out at less than €1.10, prizes paid out to UK players will be reduced to compensate for the shortfall. If, on the other hand, Camelot’s contribution amounts to more than €1.10, UK winners will receive comparatively bigger prizes than winners in other countries.
To put it simply, if £1.74 is worth less than €2.20, UK winners will receive smaller prizes than those in other countries. If £1.74 is worth more than €2.20, UK players will receive more. These rules ensure that prizes are always in line with how much each participating country contributes to the Common Prize Fund.
Prize Amounts and Statistics
Here is how the EuroMillions prize fund is distributed across each of the 13 prize tiers. The table also shows statistics for the highest and lowest amount ever given away in each category, along with the highest and lowest number of winners in each tier.
|Match||% Prize Fund||Odds of Winning||Lowest Ever Prize Amount||Highest Ever Prize Amount||Average Prize Amount Per Draw||Lowest Ever Winners||Highest Ever Winners||Average Winners Per Draw|
|5 + 2||50%||1 in 139,838,160||€17,000,000.00||€190,000,000.00||€59,501,591.35||2||0.2|
|5 + 1||2.61%||1 in 6,991,908||€64,840.10||€5,227,531.10||€422,836.78||17||3.5|
|5 + 0||0.61%||1 in 3,107,515||€7,000.00||€969,918.10||€60,700.70||36||8.3|
|4 + 2||0.19%||1 in 621,503||€309.80||€9,956.60||€3,196.61||8||172||42|
|4 + 1||0.35%||1 in 31,075||€61.30||€266.30||€163.94||249||3,119||823|
|3 + 2||0.37%||1 in 14,125||€23.10||€179.30||€102.53||517||6,898||1,838|
|4 + 0||0.26%||1 in 13,811||€21.50||€91.90||€56.86||630||5,668||1,846|
|2 + 2||1.30%||1 in 985||€8.40||€31.10||€18.91||7,338||98,958||26,263|
|3 + 1||1.45%||1 in 706||€7.40||€20.30||€14.06||12,558||116,308||35,976|
|3 + 0||2.70%||1 in 314||€6.40||€17.30||€11.74||29,444||221,456||80,571|
|1 + 2||3.27%||1 in 188||€4.40||€16.50||€10.01||38,881||486,402||136,819|
|2 + 1||10.30%||1 in 49||€4.30||€11.10||€7.69||181,198||1,438,780||512,210|
|2 + 0||16.59%||1 in 22||€3.20||€5.30||€4.30||488,245||2,959,529||1,145,546|
Figures calculated using results drawn between 27/09/2016 and 21/08/2020.
This column displays the percentage of the prize fund allocated to each prize level. The remaining 10% goes into a separate fund, known as the Booster Fund, which is used to ensure there is always enough for the advertised minimum jackpot of €17 million. EuroMillions occasionally holds special draws or promotions, where the guaranteed minimum jackpot can be increased up to as much as €130 million, using surplus funds from the Booster Fund.
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 lowest and highest prize amounts for each prize tier, other than the jackpot, are in respect of individual winning tickets.
The Match 5 + 2 Lucky Stars prize values represent the total jackpot amounts regardless of how many winning tickets there were.
All prize data included in the table above relates to EuroMillions lottery draw results since 27th September 2016 when the Lucky Star pool increased from 11 numbers to 12. The details provided are for information purposes only and are not indicative of future prize values.