Bigger jackpots more often
Twice as many £50Million+ jackpots expected over the next year
More UK Millionaires – double in fact
- Including 2 guaranteed UK millionaires in every draw
- Special Mega Week draws - more millionaires on the last Tuesday and Friday of every month
- That's over 250 UK millionaires expected in the next year
And more spectacular promotions throughout the year!
Starting with a £112M* jackpot event on 30th September
All this for just £2.50
And don't forget, by playing our games, you'll raise even more for good causes, currently £36Million a week
All of your questions answered...
EuroMillions Game Changes
EuroMillions Game Changes
|Bigger, better EuroMillions game||Previous EuroMillions game|
||18* x £50Million+ jackpots|
|More UK Millionaires||
|More spectacular promotions||
||£75Million# jackpot events|
- *2015 actual
- **Expected in 12 months from launch
- #2015 €100*Million jackpot event converted at prevailing exchange rate
- ##Subject to exchange rate. Jackpot guaranteed at €130Million
1. Why has the cost of a EuroMillions ticket increased to £2.50? Why not just increase the number of Lucky Stars?
- Because a change to just the number of Lucky Stars doesn't make all of the wider benefits possible.
- The new price reflects all of the enhancements we are making to make the game even better and more exciting for you:
- Bigger jackpots, more often
- More UK millionaires, including 2 guaranteed in every draw
- More spectacular events
- No other lottery game offers all of that.
2. Have all the EuroMillions operators increased their prices?
- The overall price per line paid by players in each country is influenced by any local changes or additions to the main EuroMillions game, but the new price in most countries is €2.50.
3. Why does EuroMillions cost £2 on other websites?
- The National Lottery is the only official operator of EuroMillions in the UK. Other websites offer bets or commercial syndicates on the EuroMillions draw but do not offer players the chance to play EuroMillions.
- As the only licenced operator of EuroMillions in the UK, we will continue to offer even more millionaire prizes for our customers - not just huge jackpots, but 4 guaranteed UK millionaires every week in the UK Millionaire Maker and multiple millionaire prizes with amazing experiences in our end of month Mega Weeks. We expect to make over 250 UK millionaires over the next year!
- Most importantly every time you play EuroMillions from The National Lottery, you're contributing to UK Good Causes. EuroMillions from The National Lottery is part of a portfolio of games that has contributed £35bn back to the UK to support people and projects big and small.
1. Why did you make the game harder to win by increasing the number of Lucky Stars?
- It’s is about making the game even more exciting every time you play. Changing the number of Lucky Stars that you can choose from to 12 (previously 11) will help us do just that.
- We’re now able to offer bigger jackpots more often – more than twice as many jackpots of over £50 million expected in a year, in fact – creating more excitement and more money for UK Good Causes.
- The overall odds of winning any prize on the main European-wide jackpot game will stay at 1 in 13.
- Although the odds of winning the jackpot have changed to approximately 1 in 140 million (compared with approximately 1 in 117 million previously), that is still significantly better than other comparable, large-scale lottery games designed to have big, rolling jackpots (such as Powerball and MegaMillions in the US).
2. Can I still play the same numbers I've played for years?
- Yes, you can still play the same numbers if you wish.
Jackpots and Prizes
1. How are you creating bigger jackpots more often?
- Although we can't guarantee what will happen to jackpots from draw to draw (it is a lottery, after all), we expect rolls to be faster as a result of increasing the percentage of the prize fund allocated to the jackpot in draws 1 to 7 [from 32% today to 43.2%].
- Starting jackpots will also be bigger (by around £1Million to £2Million).
- Finally changing the number of Lucky Stars that players can choose from to 12 numbers (previously 11) will mean that the game is expected to roll a little more often.
- As a result average jackpots are expected to be around £19 million higher than they were in 2015 and there will be more than twice as many jackpots of over £50 million expected in a year.
2. What are the new odds of winning the jackpot?
- The odds of winning the jackpot will be around 1 in 140 million (compared with 1 in 117 million previously).
- That is still significantly better than other comparable, large-scale lottery games designed to have big, rolling jackpots (such as Powerball and Mega Millions in the US).
- The overall odds of winning any prize on the main community-wide jackpot game will stay at 1 in 13.
3. How often will the jackpot be won on the new-look game?
- It's impossible to give a definitive answer because it's a lottery, with many varying factors including the number of entries, the balls drawn and whether someone matches 5 main numbers and 2 Lucky Stars.
4. Does the jackpot from the old game roll into the new game?
- Yes, the jackpot will roll into the new game.
- We'll be publicising the changes well in advance, so you will be given all the information you need to help decide whether you want to buy tickets in the run-up to the new-look game.
5. How high could the jackpot rise?
- The jackpot can rise to €190 million (approximately £157 million based on current exchange rates).
- If it reaches this level, it will be capped - if the jackpot is not won, any additional money in the jackpot prize fund over and above €190 million will roll down to boost the prize money at the next highest tier where there are winners (most likely the 5+1 tier).
- This can happen four times before the €190 million must be won.
- If this happens and the jackpot is still not won, the entire €190 million - plus any additional money in the jackpot prize fund over and above this amount - would roll down to the next highest tier where there are winners (most likely the 5+1 tier).
6. So what's different?
- The only thing that's different is the number of times the EuroMillions jackpot can roll over once it reaches €190 million.
- Currently, it can only roll over once before it must be won.
- Under these changes, it can roll over four times before it must be won.
7. The jackpot and UK Millionaire Maker aside, why have you changed the prize amounts at every other tier?
- We've tried to create the best game possible for you.
- We wanted to offer you the chance to win bigger jackpots more often and make lots of millionaires - that's what creates player excitement, drives sales and boost returns to UK Good Causes.
- At the same time, we want to ensure that the lower prize amounts represent good value compared with the cost per line.
- To do both means that we have needed to adjust (some up and some down) the prize amounts across the other tiers.
At certain times in the year, we have big EuroMillions Jackpot Events. Some of you have been asking questions about these events on our social channels, so we've put together the following Q&A to help explain what they are and why we have them.
1. What is a Jackpot Event?
- A Jackpot Event is where we 'guarantee' that the EuroMillions jackpot will be a minimum (and substantial) amount on a certain date.
2. What is the minimum amount?
- For a Jackpot Event, the EuroMillions jackpot will be guaranteed at a set Euro amount, which, if there is a UK winner, we will convert into Sterling on the night of the draw and pay the prize. This set amount is €130Million for the Jackpot Event on the 30th September 2016, which is estimated at £112Million* based on current (27th September 2016) exchange rates.
3. How do you know when you will have these draws?
- The Jackpot Events are planned in advance with the agreement of all nine EuroMillions countries. They are scheduled on days that work for all the countries in relation to other lottery event draws as well as local events, such as public holidays.
4. Why do you have these draws?
- The main reason players buy EuroMillions tickets is to win huge jackpots - people get more excited the higher the jackpot amount. As it is a lottery, anything can happen, so it is difficult to predict when there'll be a giant jackpot. Planning a Jackpot Event enables us to plan advertising and promotions around the substantial jackpot. This keeps the game fresh and exciting for players, helping to drive sales, the number of winners and, ultimately, the amount of money for National Lottery-funded Projects, which to date, you've all helped raise £35 billion for.
5. How does it work?
- Whatever the jackpot has naturally reached by the date of the agreed draw, we'll boost it to the amount of the advertised Jackpot Event (normally €130Million). For example, if on the Tuesday before the Jackpot Event, the jackpot rolled and going into Friday's draw was estimated at €60Million, we would boost the jackpot to €130Million from the EuroMillions Reserve Fund. If there is a UK winner, we will convert the amount into Sterling on the night of the draw and pay the prize.
6. Where does the money come from?
- For each EuroMillions draw, a small percentage of the EuroMillions prize fund is added to a fund known as the 'EuroMillions Reserve Fund'. This Reserve Fund is used to increase the jackpot for Jackpot Events.
7. If you don't need to top up the jackpot, what happens to the money?
- If the jackpot reaches the set EuroMillions amount (normally €130Million) for the draw designated to be the Jackpot Event Draw, the money that would have been used to top it up remains in the EuroMillions Reserve Fund and will be used to fund future Jackpot Events or promotions.
8. Why don't you add the guaranteed amount to the existing jackpot?
- A Jackpot Event guarantees a minimum set jackpot amount (normally €130Million) - it's not adding a guaranteed amount on top of the natural jackpot, it's simply boosting it.
9. I've seen a £100Million jackpot advertised elsewhere, why is that?
- We have to create some of our promotional copy well in advance of the Jackpot Event and so we use the exchange rate available at the time to work out what the Jackpot on the date of the Jackpot Event might be (£109Million* in this case). However, as we move closer to the Jackpot Event, we want to ensure that our players see the most up to date Jackpot estimate (£112Million in this case), based on later and more accurate currency exchange rates (27th September 2016). Therefore, players may see our Jackpot Event advertised as £100Million* in some places and, in others, £109Million.
UK Millionaire Maker
1. Why did you increase the number of UK Millionaire Maker prizes?
- We had been making guaranteed UK millionaires - almost 1,200, in fact - through the UK Millionaire Maker since we launched it in 2009, so, seven years on, it's time to refresh the game.
- We've doubled the number of guaranteed UK millionaires from 1 to 2 in every draw through the UK Millionaire Maker. There's also new Mega Week draws creating more UK millionaires, as well as a new UK Monthly Bonus Draw. That means there will be over 250 millionaires expected in the next year from September, something for UK players to get really excited about.
Ultimately, this means more money for UK Good Causes, which is what we're here to do.
European Millionaire Maker
1. Why have you introduced a European Millionaire Maker raffle?
- This is one way that we are offering more spectacular promotions and it's a great way of ensuring multiple guaranteed millionaire prizes for players across the EuroMillions community.
- There are a couple of European Millionaire Maker events each year and this is just one of a number of exciting enhancements being introduced by the EuroMillions operators to create player excitement.
2. How does the European Millionaire Maker work when there is a special event?
- Just the same way as the UK Millionaire Maker works - For every line played, you will receive a unique, randomly-generated code consisting of 4 letters and 5 numbers that will be printed on their EuroMillions ticket.
- The first letter of the code will be country-specific. Here in the UK, we will be using the letters H, J, M, T, V, X and Z.
- When the European Millionaire Maker raffle takes place, the winning codes are published alongside the main EuroMillions draw results.
- On those occasions when both the European Millionaire Maker and the UK Millionaire Maker raffles take place, you will only need to check one raffle number as it will be entered into both draws.
3. Can I choose my own numbers?
- The European Millionaire Maker codes are unique and randomly generated for each line of EuroMillions purchased.
1. How do Mega Weeks work?
- We've transformed our successful Mega Friday events into fantastic Mega Weeks, which take place in the last week of every month.
- Mega Weeks have amazing jackpots, multiple millionaires and UK players winning luxury lifestyle experiences - not just on Fridays, but on Tuesdays too!
- We'll celebrate launch week with the first Mega Week. On Friday 30th September, we'll be offering a massive jackpot of around £112M*.
New Prize Structure
|Odds Comparison table|
|New EuroMillions Game||Previous EuroMillions Game|
|Prize Tier||Estimated Prize Value||Odds Of Winning - 1 in X||Estimated Prize Value||Odds of Winning - 1 in X|
|Match 5 + 2||Jackpot||139,838,160||Jackpot||116,531,800|
|Match 5 + 1||£227,848.80||6,991,908||£211,823.60||6,473,989|
|Match 5 + 0||£23,586.00||3,107,515||£35,303.90||3,236,995|
|Match 4 + 2||£2,307.30||621,503||£2,824.30||517,920|
|Match 4 + 1||£123.00||31,076||£137.20||28,774|
|Match 3 + 2||£78.00||14,126||£40.10||11,771|
|Match 4 + 0||£43.30||13,812||£68.60||14,387|
|Match 2 + 2||£14.20||986||£12.80||822|
|Match 3 + 1||£10.70||707||£9.80||654|
|Match 3 + 0||£9.00||314||£8.20||327|
|Match 1 + 2||£7.60||188||£6.90||157|
|Match 2 + 1||£6.00||50||£5.40||46|
|Match 2 + 0||£3.30||22||£2.70||23|
|Overall Odds of Winning||1 in 13||Overall Odds of winning||1 in 13|
|UK Millionaire Maker||2 x £1,000,000||1 in 1,900,000* (Tuesday)
1 in 2,950,000* (Friday)
|1 x £1,000,000||1 in 4,800,000 (Tuesday)
1 in 7,500,000 (Friday)
* The odds of winning a UK Millionaire Maker prize in a given draw are dependent on the total number of UK Millionaire Maker entries that draw and the number of UK Millionaire Maker prizes available to be won. Figures shown are the comparative approximate odds of winning a UK Millionaire prize in a EuroMillions base draw where there are 2 UK Millionaire Maker prizes available to be won and there is no European Millionaire Maker draw (new game) versus a EuroMillions base draw where there is 1 UK Millionaire Maker prize available to be won (previous game). Further details can be found in the EuroMillions Game Procedures.