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Which Countries Participate in the EuroMillions ?

EuroMillions is a multistate lottery played in a total of nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Europe’s most popular lotto game, EuroMillions offers on its two weekly draws happening on Tuesdays and Fridays appealing jackpots that start at €17 million and can grow up to €190 million. In this article you will find out all about the regional differences of the EuroMillions lottery, the special features available in each participating country and the top jackpots.

EuroMillions participating countries EuroMillions France

1. France EuroMillions & My Million

France is one of the first three participating countries in the EuroMillions lottery as the official French Lottery operator – La Française des Jeux is one of the game’s founding partners. The FDJ, the British Camelot and the Spanish Loterias y Apuestas del Estado joined forces back in 2004 to create a pan-european lottery that would offer bigger prizes and more exciting draws than the national lotteries. The idea itself was born long before the first EuroMillions draw – in the 1990s, but it became reality only in 2004, with the participation of only three national lottery operators at first, but the EuroMillions family got bigger and bigger.

The Française des Jeux is in charge of the EuroMillions operations in France, Monaco, the overseas territories, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. In French Polynesia, the responsibility of the EuroMillions operations fall to the Pacifique des Jeux. The jackpot is also expressed in different currencies depending on the territories: euros for France and the overseas departments and CFP francs for French Polynesia.

France is also the host of the bi-weekly EuroMillions draws taking place at the National Lottery’s headquarters at Boulogne Billancourt. Since 2012, the EuroMillions draw is also broadcast on TF1.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in France

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€169,837,010

11, 16, 21, 24, 29
Lucky Stars 2 & 6

November 13th, 2012

€162,256,622

9, 28, 30, 32, 49
Lucky Stars 9 & 10

September 13th, 2011

€132,486,744

13, 30, 43, 44, 46
Lucky Stars 5 & 9

March 29th, 2013

€101,835,641

3, 5, 22, 40, 42
Lucky Stars 3 & 10

December 21st, 2012

€100,000,000

6, 16, 30, 38, 41
Lucky Stars 2 & 4

September 18th, 2009

My Million Raffle

Since February 2014, the French lottery operator Française des Jeux offers also a raffle (My Million), which makes a guaranteed millionaire with each time EuroMillions draw. All EuroMillions tickets purchased in France get printed with an alphanumeric code automatically generated by the terminal. The owner of the ticket on which the winning My Million code is printed wins €1 million.

Year Amount of My Million winning codes

2016

143

2015

146

2014

139

Fun Facts about EuroMillions Winners from France

  • France is the leading countries when it comes to jackpot winners, with a total of 87 lucky players (in October 2017) who scooped the European lottery’s top prize. Despite this, France is home only to the 4th biggest EuroMillions jackpot.

  • The largest jackpot won in France was worth €169 million, and it was cashed in by a player from Nice on November 13th 2012. The 60-year-old man decided, one year after to reward the shop owner where he bought the winning ticket. As for the way he spent his sudden windfall, he kept an amount of €113 million for him and his wife and gave the rest to charity.

  • The best known players from France are the inhabitants of Venelle, in Bouches-du-Rhône, who played together as a syndicate and won the €100 million EuroMillions SuperDraw jackpot on September 18th 2009.

EuroMillions UK

2. UK EuroMillions & Millionaire Maker

The United Kingdom is another one of the EuroMillions pillars, and also the country hosting the best known EuroMillions jackpot winners. Names like the Bayfords, Neil Trotter, Jane Park and Matt Myles often make the newspapers’ headlines.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in the UK

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€190,000,000
(£148,656,000)

11, 17, 21, 48, 50
Lucky Stars 9 & 10

August 8th, 2010

€185,000,000
(£161,653,000)

17, 19, 38, 42, 45
Lucky Stars 9 & 10

July 12th, 2011

€129,818,431
(£113,019,926)

9, 30, 35, 39, 46
Lucky Stars 6 & 8

October 10th, 2010

€129,384,564
(£107,932,603.20)

6, 24, 25, 27, 30
Lucky Stars 5 & 9

March 14th, 2014

€117,705,979
(£101,203,600)

18, 26, 34, 38, 42
Lucky Stars 5 & 8

October 10th, 2011

Fun Facts about EuroMillions Winners from the UK

  • UK is on the third position when it comes to how many EuroMillions jackpots the Brits scooped, but it is home to some of the biggest winners, including the famous ones such as Adrian and Gillian Bayford who took home a record amount of €190 million in August 2012, or Colin and Chris Weir, whose cashed in €185 million in 2011.

  • The first British big win in EuroMillions happened in 2007, when a jackpot of £35 million went to Angela Kelly, a 40-year-old former Royal Mail postal administrator.

  • The UK is also home to one of the biggest EuroMillions lottery winning syndicate of all time – the Magnificent Seven, a group of seven Hewlett-Packard employees from Liverpool, who took home £45 million back in 2010.

Millionaire Maker Raffle

The UK was the first EuroMillions participating country to add a raffle to the draws of the most popular lottery in Europe. The Millionaire Raffle was launched in 2009, the first code being drawn on November 13th.

Two years later, the UK National Lottery decided to mark the holidays’ season with special event called the Millionaire Month. A total of 50 millionaires were minted between November 25th and December 23rd 2011, each one scooping an awesome £1 million prize. In 2012, the same raffle had a special way of celebrating the Olympic Games in London, making 100 millionaires in one single night. This marked a new world record for the most millionaires made in one night.

On May 31st 2013, the £1 Million Every Month for a Year event took place. Instead of the prize being worth £1 million, this draw offers one lucky player a prize of £12 million, paid in twelve £1 million monthly installments. In July the same year, another 100 Millionaires draw was held.

The year 2014 marked a name change, the raffle switching its name from Millionaire Raffle to Millionaire Maker, the possibility to add non-cash prizes being added. This is how the Mega Friday, currently known as the Mega Week was born.

The Mega Week Raffle

A special addition to the interesting UK raffles, Mega Week is a special draw held in the last week of each month, on both Tuesday’s and Friday’s draws. The Mega Week adds various luxury non-cash prizes, which usually consists of exotic holidays, to the £1 million prize delivered within the Millionaire Maker raffle on every draw. Whether it is a ski vacation in the French Alps, a beach holiday on a Caribbean island or a stylish city break, Mega Week is certainly spicing up the world of EuroMillions raffles.

Spain EuroMillions

3. Spain EuroMillions & El Millón Raffle

Spain’s official lottery operator - Loteria de Apuestas is in charge of the EuroMillions draws for Spain and Andorra. Spain was one of the founding EuroMillions countries. The game is known locally under the name of EuroMilliones.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Spain

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€190,000,000

1, 9, 15, 19, 25
Lucky Stars 1 & 7

October`6th, 2017

€137,313,501

16, 18, 22, 28, 46
Lucky Stars 9 & 11

June`13th, 2014

€126,231,764

4, 23, 24, 29, 31
Lucky Stars 8 & 9

May 8th, 2009

€121,019,633

9, 11, 17, 36, 47
Lucky Stars 1 & 2

May 13th, 2011

€100,000,000

20, 23, 26, 30, 33
Lucky Stars 6 & 9

September 28th, 2012

€75,888,514

3, 13, 15, 29, 42
Lucky Stars 1 & 4

November 15th, 2013

Fun Facts about EuroMillions Winners from Spain

  • Spain is the 2nd luckiest EuroMillions country in point of jackpot winners, but not too many stories about Spanish winners have surfaced since Spain allows its luckiest to remain anonymous. Spain is also home to one of the record jackpot winners. A lucky ticket holder from Gran Canaria pocketed €190 million in October 2017, when a SuperDraw followed by a rollover streak made the EuroMillions jackpot reach its cap.

  • Francisco Delgado Rodriguez's story is probably the best known one. He scooped €121 million in May 2011, and decided to make his identity public. The consequences didn't wait to appear, and it all went down to the bankruptcy of his family business and having to leave town. However, the door of his baker became a pilgrimage place. People would come touch it in the hope this will bring them luck.

El Millón Raffle

Since September 2016, the Spanish Lottery also holds a raffle – El Millón, which distributes €1 million prizes every Friday. The EuroMillions tickets purchased in Spain for the draws of Tuesday and Friday get an automatic alpha-numeric code. The ticket matching the respective Friday’s winning code get the €1 million prize. The draw can be watched live on TVE2.

Ireland EuroMillions

4. Ireland EuroMillions

Ireland participates in the EuroMillions draws thanks to the UK National Lottery. Irish participants can watch the draw live on TGA. Besides the original EuroMillions game, Ireland offers a supplementary draw called EuroMillions Plus, which gives Irish fans of the pan-European lottery the chance to win more prizes with their EuroMillions numbers. When purchasing a EuroMillions ticket, Irish players can decide whether to play also EuroMillions Plus. During the draw, five numbers are randomly picked and prizes are awarded to players whose original EuroMillions numbers match 3 or more of the five EuroMillions Plus numbers drawn.

The Irish version of EuroMillions is very similar, in point of format, to the multi-national lottery, but it does not have the Lucky Stars. This makes the odds of winning a prize much higher. There are three prize tiers with a guaranteed top prize of €500,000 for those who match the 5 main numbers.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Ireland

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€115,436,126

3, 19, 26, 49, 50
Lucky Stars 4 & 5

July`29th, 2005

€93,968,807

4, 5, 13, 27, 35
Lucky Stars 1 & 2

June 25th, 2013

€86,732,923

6, 8, 34, 38, 48
Lucky Stars 3 & 9

September 9th, 2014

€66,188,316

1, 5, 23, 29, 32
Lucky Stars 1 & 7

January 21st, 2016

€29,430,608

6, 14, 16, 34, 50
Lucky Stars 4 & 6

July 4th, 2008

Fun Facts about EuroMillions Winners from Ireland

  • Ireland's biggest EuroMillions winner is Dolores McNamara of Garryowen, Limerick, who pocketed a € 115 million jackpot back in July 2005. She has worked hard all her life until the day she won the lottery, when she offered herself a luxurious villa. Dolores McNamara became a media star at that time as Ireland was very proud to be home to such an amazing win at the EuroMillions.

  • Another Irish EuroMillions winners the international media wrote a lot about is Margaret Loughrey, who scooped £27 million in 2013. The 48-year-old unemployed woman decided to use her win to support various causes, and help create jobs for the local community. However, two years later, she was being convicted for having assaulted a taxi driver, ordered to complete 150 hours of community service, and to pay £559 as damages and £200 compensation. .

Austria EuroMillions

5. Austria EuroMillions

EuroMillions fans from Austria can also purchase official tickets to the pan-european lottery offline as the Österreichische Lotterien is one of the organizing partners. The game is known as Euro Millionen in this country  and the draw can be watched live on ORF2. One important detail: in Austria, lottery winnings are not taxable, being paid out to the ticket owner without deductions.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Austria

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€55,609,411

6, 9, 15, 25, 38
Lucky Stars 4 & 9

May`16th, 2008

€54,304,297

4, 7, 11, 34, 47
Lucky Stars 7 & 8

August 19th, 2014

€50,000,000

13, 17, 19, 25, 35
Lucky Stars 7 & 8

March 6th, 2009

€46,258,004

12, 18, 19, 43, 49
Lucky Stars 3 & 9

March 5th, 2010

€28,912,566

4, 27, 32, 46, 50
Lucky Stars 8 & 9

February 22nd, 2008

Fun Facts about EuroMillions Winners from Austria

  • Carinthia, the southernmost Austrian land is also the luckiest when it comes to EuroMillions winners. This is also where the highest EuroMillions jackpot won in Austria went.

Portugal EuroMillions

6. Portugal EuroMillions

In Portugal, the EuroMillions lottery is known as Euromilhões and is operated by Depatamento de Jogo. Draws are broadcast on TVI. Portugal is home to one of the record jackpots worth €190 million, but no details are known regarding the identity of the winner as Portuguese winners are allowed to remain anonymous.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Portugal

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€190,000,000

3, 9, 20, 30, 42
Lucky Stars 1 & 6

October`24th, 2014

€163,553,041

4, 30, 34, 46, 49
Lucky Stars 7 & 8

November 20th, 2015

€55,609,411

6, 9, 15, 25, 38
Lucky Stars 4 & 9

May 16th, 2008

€54,304,297

4, 7, 11, 34, 47
Lucky Stars 7 & 8

August 19th, 2014

€50,000,000

13, 17, 19, 25, 35
Lucky Stars 3 & 9

March 6th, 2009

Belgium EuroMillions

7. Belgium EuroMillions

In Belgium, EuroMillions is operated by three official institutions: Loterie Nationale SA in the French speaking part of the country, Nationallotterie AG in the German speaking side, and Nationale Loterij NV in the Dutch speaking regions. The draw is broadcast live on RTBF1 in French and on VRT TV1 in Dutch.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Belgium

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€168,085,323

5, 12, 20, 24, 37
Lucky Stars 4 & 11

October`11th, 2016

€153,873,716

8, 10, 24, 33, 42
Lucky Stars 3 & 9

June 2nd, 2017

€100,000,000

6, 9, 13, 28, 37
Lucky Stars 4 & 5

February 9th, 2007

€93,968,807

4, 5, 13, 27, 35
Lucky Stars 1 & 2

June 25th, 2013

€79,026,422

5, 11, 22, 34, 40
Lucky Stars 9 & 11

June 8th, 2012

Fun Facts about EuroMillions Winners from Belgium

  • The EuroMillions draw of December 26th 2014 was an exceptional one for Belgium. The € 25 million jackpot went to a Belgian ticket owner, but this is not all! Five EuroMillions fans from Belgium shared the second prize.

  • A lucky ticket holder from from Schaerbeek, in the Brussels-Capital Region won the 4th largest EuroMillions jackpot to date – €168 million. He preferred to remain anonymous, but the media did find out a few details about this 45-year-old father of four: he loves football, Robert De Niro films and cooking with fish. A man of Albanian origin, he was described by his neighbors as a friendly person. He told the Belgian National Lottery officials that he would continue to play EuroMillions and that he was planning to share his win with “people in need”.

Luxembourg EuroMillions

8. Luxembourg EuroMillions

As one of the EuroMillions participating countries, Luxembourg has its share of euro lottery exciting as well. The draw is broadcast on RTL Lux. The first EuroMillions jackpot winner appeared on September 27th 2013, scooping a € 65,793,284 win. The second one pocketed €31,666,941 on January 9th 2015. These were the only two EuroMillions jackpots won to date with tickets purchased in Luxembourg.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Luxembourg

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€65,793,284

11, 15, 38, 41, 43
Lucky Stars 2 & 6

September`27th, 2013

€31,666,941

6, 21, 24, 32, 45
Lucky Stars 1 & 11

January 9th, 2015

Switzerland EuroMillions

9. Switzerland EuroMillions

In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, there are two official operators managing the EuroMillions draws: La Loterie Romande in the French speaking part of the country and Swisslos in the German speaking side. The draw is broadcast in French on RTS Deux.

Top EuroMillions Jackpots Won in Switzerland

Jackpot Amount Winning Numbers Date

€93,948,087

1, 6, 26, 30, 37
Lucky Stars 5 & 8

August`23rd, 2013

€67,939,184

1, 4, 18, 23, 30
Lucky Stars 3 & 7

November 11th, 2011

€64,040,749

7, 11, 25, 31, 50
Lucky Stars 1 & 3

April 8th, 2005

€60,298,933

12, 15, 28, 30, 44
Lucky Stars 8 & 9

February 19th, 2013

€34,204,133

7, 9, 18, 35, 43
Lucky Stars 5 & 7

July 7th, 2006

Can I play EuroMillions if I do not live in one of the participating countries?

This is probably one of the questions on anyone’s mind... The answer is YES! EuroMillions fans from non-participating countries can still try their luck at the mouth-watering jackpots displayed by the European lottery from Canada or any other geographical location, using theLotter’s safe and secure services. Anything is possible! So, follow your dream and play EuroMillions from wherever you are! You can even try out other European lotteries, buy EuroJackpot tickets or play Italy SuperEnalotto to expand your experience even further.