With the EuroMillions having recently soared, the game has attracted a lot of new players, which has, in turn, led to quite a few people asking various questions about how this pan-European lottery works. In this article, we will answer the most common EuroMillions lottery questions.
After last week’s €156 million draw, a substantial number of newly registered players on PlayEuroMillions wanted to know whether the size of the jackpot affects the odds of winning, others have asked if EuroMillions winnings are taxable.
To make life as easy as possible for all players, we have put together a list of questions and answers to the most common questions received by our dedicated Customer Support Representatives:
How come the same numbers turn up in the main balls and the Lucky Star numbers?
The EuroMillions lottery uses two gravity pick lottery machines as seen on the left. It’s the most commonly used lottery machine, as it is seen as being the most fair and secure.
International lotto games such as the Mega Millions, Powerball and EuroMillions all opted to use this machine.
The first gravity pick machine contains the numbers 1 to 50 and five of those are drawn as the main numbers. The second machine contains the numbers 1 to 11 and two of those are drawn as the Lucky Stars.
With both machines containing numbers 1 to 11, it is, therefore, possible that one or two numbers that are drawn as main numbers could also be drawn as the Lucky Star numbers.
Are higher EuroMillions lottery jackpots more difficult to win?
The short answer to this question is no. The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are determined by the number of balls used in the game. Since the number of balls are fixed from draw to draw, so are the odds. However, to boost your chances of ensuring that you don’t share the jackpot with anyone else, you could play numbers and combinations that most people won’t play.
If 1-2-3-4-5, plus 1 and 2 in the Lucky Stars, ever came up (and there's no reason it couldn't) the odds would be in your favour that most people would not have chosen those numbers. The reason being is that most lottery players prefer to either choose numbers based on special dates, play using number patterns or spread their numbers out.
If you’ve been avoiding playing the number 13, think again. It's the 7th most-picked EuroMillions lottery number. The 10 most picked EuroMillions numbers, in order, are 7, 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 13, 9, 1.
Can I play the EuroMillions from my country?
Lottery enthusiasts who are located in any one of the nine participating nations (France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK) can purchase a ticket from any authorised retail store in that country.
For online lottery players who do not reside in those countries, PlayEuroMillions.com gives them the ability to partake in this legendary lotto European lotto game. However, there are certain territories that unfortunately cannot play due to legislation issues. If, however, you are able to register, you will be able to play.
Can I stay anonymous if I win?
Yes, of course! By default all registered online lottery players on PlayEuroMillions, without exception, operate under full privacy protection.
No matter where you are based or which lottery you win, your privacy and anonymity are always 100% guaranteed.
While the big data kingpins of Silicon Valley say the notion that privacy is for people with "something to hide" at PlayEuroMillions we believe that privacy is not a cause for suspicion. Far from it – we believe that privacy is, and always should be, a basic human right.
If you woke up to discover you're millions of Euro, Dollars or Pounds richer would you immediately rush out to tell the world or would you err on the side of caution?
In the end, it's your decision to make.
Do I have to pay tax on EuroMillions jackpots?
Whether or not EuroMillions jackpots are taxable depends entirely on the tax laws of the country in which one plays the game. At the time of writing, participants in several countries, such as Spain, Portugal and Switzerland, must pay tax on their winnings. In the UK, however, all lottery prizes are tax-free, so if you are lucky enough to win a jackpot you will get to keep every penny of it.
How high can the EuroMillions jackpot rollover to?
The EuroMillions Jackpot Cap increased to €200 million in February 2020.
If the jackpot reaches the €200 million cap, all funds from ticket sales that would have pushed the top prize higher are rolled down into the next winning tier. The jackpot can roll over four more times, but if there is still no jackpot winner in the final draw - the fifth successive draw when the jackpot is €200 million - the full amount is split between the winners in the next tier.
This potentially means that a number of multimillionaires can be made in a single draw.
If you would like even more information about Europe’s favourite lottery, you are invited to explore the EuroMillions section of this website, which covers all of the most important aspects of the game in some detail.