Odds of winning euromillions

Picking lottery numbers

Play a EuroMillions System

System entries are often best suited to syndicates, as they involve buying a large number of entries for a draw. You would play more a combination of more numbers than the required five main numbers and two Lucky Stars. For example, you might choose to play six main numbers and three Lucky Stars, which would give you more chances to win should your numbers come up.

You can play system entries in Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain, but in the UK and Ireland you will need to create your own by writing down all possible combinations of the numbers you choose and entering them on multiple lines to ensure that they are all covered.

Claim the Prize

The length of time you have to claim a prize depends on the country in which you bought your ticket. If you play in the UK, for example, you have 180 days to come forward, so there is no immediate rush. However, if you want to take a bit of time to come to terms with the news, make sure to keep the ticket in a safe place and sign the back of it until you are ready to make your claim.

While smaller wins can be claimed from local retailers or affiliated Post Offices, you will need to contact the National Lottery to pick up a jackpot or large prize. Visit the How to Claim page to find out more information on the process.

Your win will then have to be validated before the money can be paid into your account, and this will be done at a meeting with winners’ advisors. You will be asked to present two forms of ID and hand over the winning ticket so the relevant paperwork can be completed.

Publicity

One of the first big decisions facing a EuroMillions winner is whether to go public or not, and this is something you should think carefully about. It might be tempting to shout your news from the rooftops, or even do what US couple John and Lisa Robinson did when they won a share of the record Powerball jackpot in January 2016 and went on the Today show before their ticket had even been verified. Unsurprisingly, this is not the recommended course of action.

You will receive advice when you come forward on the merits of publicity vs anonymity, but ultimately it is your own decision. The majority of jackpot winners do keep their identities private, as they can then get on with their lives as normally as possible away from the spotlight of the media. However, you may feel an extra pressure in trying to keep such a big win secret and see ways in which you could make a difference by sharing your name. Chris and Colin Weir, winners of £161.6 million in 2011, would not have been able to make such a big contribution to good causes across Scotland with their Weir Charitable Trust if they did not have a public profile.

SuperEnalotto

The Italian lottery players has a plethora of lotto games to choose from, however, the premiere Italian lotto is without a doubt SuperEnaLotto. Created in December of 1997 it is based on the well-known EnaLotto which had been running in Italy since 1950. Draws take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM.

The jackpots won are among the largest in the world, and the odds of winning one of the lowest in the world. The record prize being so far €177,800,000, after more than 8 months of rollovers, the largest single-ticket jackpot up to date is worth €177,800,000 ($247,943,104). This was won by a syndicate of 70 winners on October 30, 2010.

The SuperEnaLotto is held on a weekly basis, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Italy. Just select 6 numbers from 1 to 90. You will win a prize if you get at last two numbers right. Draws take place at 20:25pm (Italian time).

SuperEnalotto is having a chance up to 3 times weekly to win the jackpot. The jackpot of SuperEnaLotto increases rapidly after each draw with millions of Euros! Check the current jackpot and play SuperEnalotto online or check the latest SuperEnalotto lottery results now.

el Gordo

The National lottery operator of Spain, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, has a long tradition of holding several special draws each year. The most famous of these lottery draws, because of their huge payouts and tradition, are El Gordo Primitiva and the El Gordo Navidad Christmas lottery, also known as the Loteria de Navidad in Spain.

The El Gordo de La Primitiva is held on a weekly basis, every Sunday in Spain. Just select 5 numbers from 1 to 54 and a key number from 0 to 9. This key number will be the same for all bets on your lotto ticket. You will win a prize if you get at least two numbers right. If you only get the key number right you will receive the amount played on the ticket. Draws take place on Sundays at 9:00 pm (Spanish time).

Playing El Gordo is playing one of the most popular national lotteries of Spain which takes place once a week, on Sunday. Play El Gordo now or check the latest El gordo lottery results.

la Primitiva

La Primitiva is one of the oldest lotteries, dating back to 1763 where the so called “Loteria Real” (Royal Lottery) was introduced by the king as the official Spanish lottery. In 2013, La Primitiva made its mark on the list of the world’s biggest lottery wins.

The La Primitiva is held on a weekly basis, every Thursday and Saturday in Spain. Just select 5 numbers from 1 to 45 and a key number (Reintegro) from 0 to 9. You will win a prize if you get at last three numbers right. If you only get the key number (Reintegro) right you will receive the amount played on the ticket. Draws take place at 9:00 pm (Spanish time).

Playing la Primitiva is playing one of the most popular national lotteries of Spain which takes place twice a week, on Thursday and Saturday. Play La Primitiva now or check the latest La Primitiva results.

Take Advantage of the Jackpot Cap

The EuroMillions jackpot is capped at €200 million, with excess funds that would have been added to the top prize diverted to next-highest prize tier with any winners. While this technically doesn’t make you a jackpot winner, you could still pick up a seven-figure sum for matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star, and the odds of winning in this prize tier are just 1 in 6,991,908, compared with 1 in 139,838,160 for the jackpot.

On Friday 8th July 2011, six winners in the Match 5+1 tier won £3.3 million (€4.5 million) after the jackpot hit its then cap of €185 million.

Once the jackpot reaches €200 million, it can roll over four times before it either must be won or is rolled down into the next winning prize tier. During these rollovers, any excess funds that would have been added to the jackpot are also rolled down, bringing you a better chance of winning a life-changing prize without having to match all of the numbers drawn. See the Jackpot Cap page for more about how it works.

Mega Millions

Mega Millions is one of the most famous lotteries in USA. To play Mega Millions, players choose five numbers from a guess range of 1-70 and an additional number, the Mega Ball, from a separate number matrix with a guess range of 1-25.

The additional number is required to win the Mega Millions jackpot, as well as for several secondary prizes from the lottery’s nine prize categories. Players can pick their numbers manually, or have their numbers randomly chosen (Lucky Dip!). Additionally, players can choose a Subscription to ensure they never miss a draw. Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million.

Playing Mega Millions is playing one of the most popular national lotteries of the USA which takes place twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. Play Mega Millions now or check the Mega Millions latest results.

Portugal

Prize Total Online
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.

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