Countdown to Winning Euro Millions
Winning the Euromillions jackpot is something that a massive percentage of lottery players throughout Europe dream about. But what is the experience of winning Euromillions really like? And what happens after you find out that your numbers have come up? Here’s our guide to how a Euromillions win typically unfolds...
Six Days To Friday...
Euromillions tickets can be bought at any time from the Saturday morning preceding the draw until early evening on the day of the draw itself, which is of course Friday. The day on which you buy your Euromillions tickets has no bearing at all on the chance of you winning, so the most experienced of players tend to but theirs early in the week before the last-minute rush has had time to develop. In weeks where there is a rollover, queues for tickets on Fridays can be lengthy, so buying before Wednesday or Thursday is definitely advisable. Just be sure to keep your tickets safe until the draw itself.
Every Friday is Euromillions day, and the big draw can be seen live on UK television at 9:55pm (on Challenge, which is channel 124 on Sky and 152 on NTL). Check with the lottery organiser in other participating countries for local times and details. To win the Euromillions jackpot, players need to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Star numbers. The jackpot is never less than €15 million, and in many cases it is a great deal more.
Checking Your Entry
If you watch the Euromillions lottery draw live on television then checking your entry is simple – watch the screen and see if your numbers come up! If you aren’t able to catch the draw live, you can check the Euromillions Results using the internet, teletext or by looking in newspapers published the next morning. Now, if you check your numbers and you discover that you are a jackpot winner, this truth may take some time to sink in. To speed up the process, consider asking a spouse or other relative to double-check your numbers for you. This will enable you to share the feeling of shell-shock that almost all Euromillions winners report experiencing.
Making The Phone Call
Euromillions jackpot winners need to register their claim by calling the lottery operator of the country they are playing in. For players in Great Britain, Camelot plc is the lottery operator, and so Euromillions winners need to call Camelot on 0845 9 100 100. The number you need to call appears on the reverse of your Euromillions ticket, so if you have your ticket you also have the necessary contact details. Making the phone call quickly is usually a good idea, because although you have up to 180 days to claim, the chances of you losing your ticket increase the longer you wait to make yourself known.
Becoming A Multi-Millionaire
When you have registered your claim by calling the appropriate number, you will need to brace yourself for a whirlwind of activity. First, the lottery operator will need to confirm your win and also your identity. You will need to decide whether or not you want to be named as the winner. Your prize money will be deposited into your bank account. And, after all of that, you will be offered free financial advice on the options that are available to you now that that you are a Euromillions multi-millionaire.
After The Win
Winning a Euromillions jackpot takes some getting used to, and most winners report that it takes months, not weeks, for them to accept the reality of their wealth. For this reason, our best advice is for you to take things easy, and to try and avoid falling into the trap of being too reckless.