Draws are held every Friday night, and take place in Paris. A standard EuroMillions ticket costs €2.00 per line played, or €3.00 if one plays with the "Plus" option (available only in the Republic of Ireland). This is the standard price in all the countries mentioned above. In the UK, it is the equivalent in pounds Sterling, rounded to the nearest 10p (although it has been fixed at £1.50 since the draw began). In Switzerland it is the equivalent in Swiss francs, rounded to the nearest 10c (although it has been fixed at 3.20 CHF since the draw began). Prizes, aside from the jackpot, are sized according to participation per country.
During the draw, five main and two lucky star numbers are then drawn at random from two draw machines containing numbered balls. The machines containing fifty balls is called Stresa, and the one containing nine is the Paquerette
|Main numbers||Lucky stars||Odds||Probability of winning||% of prize fund||expected winnings|
|2||1||1 in 39||0.0256||24.0%||€ 9.-|
|1||2||1 in 103||0.00971||10.1%||€ 10.-|
|3||0||1 in 367||0.00272||4.7%||€ 17.-|
|2||2||1 in 538||0.00186||4.4%||€ 23.-|
|3||1||1 in 551||0.00181||5.1%||€ 28.-|
|3||2||1 in 7,705||0.00013||1.0%||€ 77.-|
|4||0||1 in 16,143||0.0000619||0.7%||€ 113.-|
|4||1||1 in 24,215||0.0000413||1.0%||€ 242.-|
|4||2||1 in 339,002||0.00000295||1.5%||€ 5,085.-|
|5||0||1 in 3,632,160||0.000000275||2.1%||€ 76,275.-|
|5||1||1 in 5,448,240||0.000000182||7.4%||€ 403,169.-|
|5||2||1 in 76,275,360||0.0000000131||32.0%||€ 15,000,000.-|
The booster fund is available to contribute to the jackpot, for example to boost the initial jackpot in a sequence of growing jackpots. The amount utilised each week is determined in advance by the participating lotteries.
On 10 August 2007, Angela Kelly, a 40-year-old former Royal Mail postal administrator from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, won a EuroMillions jackpot of €52.6 million (£35.4 million). This is the largest lottery win ever in the United Kingdom.
On 9 February 2007, a Belgian man won the EuroMillions jackpot of €100 million ($132 million or £67.9 million) with a ticket bought in a newspaper shop in Tienen. This is the biggest lottery win in Belgium and the second-biggest individual win in EuroMillions history.
By 17 November 2006, after rolling over eleven times, the EuroMillions jackpot reached €183 million ($285 million or £124 million). No ticket matched all the winning numbers for the twelfth draw, so the jackpot was divided among the twenty tickets that matched five numbers and one lucky star. Each such ticket was worth €9.6 million (£7.1 million, or $12.6 million), i.e., 5% of the jackpot plus the regular match 5 +1 prize. Seven of the twenty tickets were sold in the United Kingdom, four in France, three each in Spain and Portugal, two in Ireland, and one in Belgium.
On 31 March 2006, after rolling over six times, the EuroMillions jackpot of €75,753,123 (£56,608,222; $100,175,909) was won by one Belgian man, the second biggest win ever in Belgium, and the third-biggest prize won by a single person.
On 3 February 2006, after rolling over eleven times, the EuroMillions jackpot of €180 million (£134 million; $238 million) was won by three ticket holders, two in France and one in Portugal. The three winners won €60 million ($79 million) each.
On 31 July 2005, after rolling over nine times, the EuroMillions jackpot of €115 million (£85 million; $152 million) was won on a ticket purchased in Garryowen, Limerick, Ireland. The winner was Dolores McNamara, a 45-year-old mother of six; she remains the biggest individual winner in Euromillions history. She claimed the prize on 4 August 2005 at the Irish National Lottery's headquarters in Dublin.
|Breakdown of UK Euromillions revenue|
|0.5%||in profit to Camelot|
|4.5%||in operating costs|
|5%||in commission to the retailers.|
|12%||to the Government (Lottery Duty)|
|28%||for the Good Causes|
In June 2007, with the success of the main Euromillions game, the Irish National Lottery launched Euromillions Plus. For an extra €1 per line players could enter the additional draw with the top prize each week of €500,000. Sales of the main EuroMillions in Ireland for 2006 were over €145million; this success led to the introduction of 'Plus'.