The Euro Millions lotto was originally devised by the national lotteries of France, Spain and the UK and was unveiled in early February 2004. The initial Euro Millions lotto draw occurred on February 13th 2004 in Paris. The UK, France and Spain were the only three countries involved in the beginning but lotteries from Austria, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland also became involved in October 2004.
The Euro Millions lotto pools the ticket revenues of all nine participating European nations resulting in a considerable Euro Millions lotto jackpots. With the amount of countries joining the European Union rising, this will undoubtedly lead to new nations registering with the EuroMillions. An increase in the quantity of individuals partaking in the Euro Millions lotto will lead to a further increase in the already huge jackpots.
How To Play The Euro Millions Lotto
Every participant is required to pick 5 main numbers from 1 to 50 and 2 “Lucky Star” numbers from 1 to 9. During the draw, 5 main and 2 lucky star numbers are then chosen at random from two draw machines containing numbered balls.
Euro Millions Lotto Prizes
The probability of winning the Euro Millions lotto jackpot is a distant 1 in 76 million but the odds of winning a cash prize is a generous 1 in 24. If the jackpot is not won in a given week, it rolls over to the next week which results in an ever increasing Euro Millions lotto prize fund. New rules brought in during February 2007 limit the amount of consecutive “rollovers” to eleven, with the jackpot rolling down to lower prize levels in the eleventh draw if the prize is not won.
The new rules also introduced EuroMillions “Super Draws” which happen twice every year and offer jackpots in the region of £100 million. The difference with “Super Draws” is that the jackpot must be won in the week of that draw; as a result, if there is no ticket matching all the drawn numbers then the top prize will be distributed to the ticket holder(s) in the next winning prize tier.
Notable Euro Millions Lotto Wins
• On the 8th of February 2008, the “Super Draw” jackpot of €130 million was collected by sixteen people who matched the 5 main numbers and 1 “Lucky Star” number.
• On the 10th of August, a forty year old former Royal Mail postal officer from Scotland collected a Euro Millions lotto jackpot of €52.6 million. Up to now, this is the largest lottery win of all time in the UK.
• In November 2006, after rolling over 11 times, the Euro Millions lotto jackpot arrived at €183 million and was split among twenty blessed ticket buyers.
Different Euro Millions Lotto Playing Methods
Typically, to partake in the Euro Millions lotto you would have to be a citizen of one of the nine participating member nations. However, with the launch of lottery ticket sales agents you can now purchase your required number of Euro Millions lotto tickets on the internet in spite of where you reside worldwide. If you are looking for a boost in your odds of winning the Euro Millions lotto, you may want to consider signing up to one of e-Lottery’s Euro Millions syndicates. As a player in a EuroMillions syndicate you receive a thirty-six times greater prospect of scooping the jackpot in comparison to everyone buying tickets. With e-Lottery there are very few geographic barriers preventing members from joining and as a result the current membership consists of individuals from no less than 133 countries around the world.
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