How to claim a euromillions prize

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Tickets Purchased Outside the UK

It is only possible to collect a EuroMillions prize in the country where the ticket was purchased. Players who purchased an entry in another country must return there to claim their money. Below are the details for the length of time before prizes expire in each of the other eight participating countries:

Country Tickets Are Valid For EuroMillions Operator
Austria 3 years Österreichische Lotterien
Belgium 140 days Nationale Loterij
France 60 days FDJ
Ireland 90 days Irish National Lottery
Luxembourg 60 days Loterie Nationale Luxembourg
Portugal 90 days Jogos Santa Casa
Spain 90 days Loterías y Apuestas del Estado
Switzerland 180 days Swisslos

Small prizes will be redeemable from any authorised retailer in the country. If you win a larger amount, or even the jackpot, then you will need to contact that country’s official operator for advice.


Only three of the nine participating countries charge taxes on lottery winnings:

  • Spain — Prizes of €40,000 or more are taxed at 20%
  • Switzerland — A 35% tax is owed on any winnings worth over CHF1 million
  • Portugal — Prize amounts over €5,000 are taxed at 20%

The Odd-Even Patterns Based On The Actual EuroMillions Results

Remember that in the list of the odd-even patterns above, we also included the probability. We use the Probability value to determine how likely an event will happen in a given period.

In this case, we want to know the frequency of each odd-even pattern. To take things up a notch, we will compare our calculation against the actual results of the EuroMillions.

There are 1,276 draws in EuroMillions from April 16, 2004, to February 4, 2020. Therefore, we calculate the expected frequency by multiplying the probability by 1,276 draws.

Expected Frequency = Probability X 1,276

In the case of 3-odd-2-even with the probability of 0.3256621797655230, the expected frequency will be 416.

Expected Frequency(3-odd-2-even) 
= 0.3256621797655230 x 1,276 = 415.544941381
or 416

Doing similar computation with the rest of the odd-even patterns, we will come up with a completed comparison table below with accompanying graph:

As you see from the graph above, you should notice the agreement between probability prediction and the actual results of the EuroMillions game.  The agreement proves that the EuroMillions game follows the dictate of probability principle.

  • 3-odd-2-even is expected to appear 416 times – it occurred 461 times in the real draw.
  • 4-odd-1-even is projected to appear 190 times – it appeared in 184 times in the actual draw.
  • 0-odd-5-even is supposed to be drawn 32 times – it was drawn 31 times in the real draw.

Thanks to the power of probability.  And you don’t need statistical analysis of the historical results to do such high-accuracy and high-precision prediction.

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