EuroMillions changes the rules of the game? Yes! Starting this September! Why? To bring bigger jackpots more often and make more millionaires in many different ways. If you are a fan of the European lottery, you might want to know what’s a stake for you. First of all, a SuperDraw: to celebrate the announced EuroMillions changes, the European lottery organizes a special event on September 23, 2016! The guaranteed jackpot is €130 million!
Bigger EuroMillions Jackpots
If now EuroMillions has a starting jackpot of €15 million, the European lottery officials decided to give it a €2 million boost starting September 27, 2016. So, every time the numbers on a player’s ticket match the winning numbers of the draw, the EuroMillions jackpot will be reset to a mouth-watering €17 million, from where it can grow with each rollover until it reaches the €190 million cap.
The jackpot cap will remain unchanged, but the rules are slightly different here as well: instead of keeping the jackpot at the cap amount for only one draw, the EuroMillions top prize will display the €190 million value for 4 consecutive draws. If it is not won during one of these draws, it will roll down and be shared by 2nd prize winners. In the rare case that there will be no 2nd prize winners either, it will roll down to the 3rd prize or even further down to the next tier for which there are winning tickets.
EuroMillions Changes Game Matrix
The main EuroMillions game matrix will remain the same and you will continue to pick 5 lucky numbers out of 50, but Lucky Stars pool will be enlarged, containing not 11, but 12 numbers starting September.
Odds of Winning
You might be wondering how this affects your odds of winning the top prize or any EuroMillions prize, for that matter. If we look at the averages, everything stays the same: each EuroMillions line will stand an average change of 1 in 13. However, the breakdown looks a little different. With more Lucky Stars to choose from, the odds of hitting the jackpot are less good. If now you stand 1 in 116,531,800 chances of cashing in top prize, starting September 27, 2016, your chances will be of 1 in 139,838,160. This will create the premises for more rollovers and bigger jackpots, which is definitely a valid reason to continue to play the most popular Euro lotto!
|Prize Tier||Current Game Format||New Game Format|
|Match 5 + 2 Stars||1 in 116,531,800||1 in 139,838,160|
|Match 5 + 1 Star||1 in 6,473,989||1 in 6,991,908|
|Match 5||1 in 3,236,995||1 in 3,107,515|
|Match 4 + 2 Stars||1 in 517,920||1 in 621,503|
|Match 4 + 1 Star||1 in 28,774||1 in 31,076|
|Match 3 + 2 Stars||1 in 11,771||1 in 14,126|
|Match 4||1 in 14,387||1 in 13,812|
|Match 2 + 2 Stars||1 in 882||1 in 986|
|Match 3 + 1 Star||1 in 654||1 in 707|
|Match 3||1 in 327||1 in 314|
|Match 1 + 2 Stars||1 in 157||1 in 188|
|Match 2 + 1 Stars||1 in 46||1 in 50|
|Match 2||1 in 23||1 in 22|
EuroMillions is famous not only for its awesome jackpots and exciting SuperDraws, but also for the raffles held in different participating countries, together with the EuroMillions draw, whether this is as a special event or as a rule.
European Millionaire Maker
Following the success of the UK Millionaire Maker, the European lottery officials decided to introduce a pan-european raffle – the European Millionaire Maker. This will be held as a special event. The tickets participating to the respective draw will get a unique and randomly generated 9-digits raffle code upon purchase. The raffle code will be made of 4 letters and 5 numerical characters.
The Million Raffle in Spain
EuroMillions tickets bought in Spain will enter a weekly raffle taking place each Friday. The Spanish The Million raffle will offer EuroMillions fans the chance to win €1 million. All EuroMillions tickets purchased in Spain (for both the Tuesday and Friday draws) will automatically have a raffle code.
More UK Millionaires
The UK National Lottery will continue to create millionaires with the beloved Millionaire Maker raffle. The only difference: with the implementation of the EuroMillions changes at the end of September, there will no longer be just one winner of £1 million per draw, but two!
The special Mega Friday raffle has been making millionaires and sending them on luxury trips since October 2014. Starting September 27, 2016, Mega Friday turns into Mega Week, with two special raffle events being held in the last week of the month.
EuroMillions fans who play their favorite lottery game with tickets bought in the UK will also enjoy the new Monthly Bonus Draw starting this autumn. The first Monthly Bonus Draw will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. This special raffle will offer a special prize of £1 million on the second draw of each month.