EuroMillions prizes have been calculated to give a good chance of winning to as many players as possible as well as providing a massive jackpot to attract new players. As you can see from the table below, there are 13 levels of EuroMillions prizes awarded each week.
The EuroMillions prize jackpot will roll over to the next week if it is not won, being added to the next week's regular jackpot. Otherwise prize levels are shared amongst all the prize winners in that tier, with the exact amount differing in line with sales levels.
EuroMillions Prize Amounts and Odds of Winning
What are the chances of winning a EuroMillions prize? The simple answer is, a lot! There are 13 prize categories in total, with the odds of winning naturally being better for smaller prizes than they are for the jackpot. If you've ever wondered "what are the Euro Millions prizes?" then the table below will answer your question showing not only the average amounts won for each prize band but the odds of winning too:
|Match||% Prize Fund†||Odds of Winning||Lowest Ever Prize Amount||Highest Ever Prize Amount||Average Prize Amount Per Draw||Lowest Ever Winners||Highest Ever Winners||Average Winners Per Draw|
|5 + 2||32%||1 in 116,531,800||£11,805,000||£164,761,000*||£42,622,450||0||3||0.3|
|5 + 1||4.8%||1 in 6,473,989||£40,699||£3,314,251||£293,418||0||24||5.3|
|5 + 0||1.6%||1 in 3,236,995||£4,316||£466,457||£49,479||1||50||10|
|4 + 2||0.8%||1 in 517,920||£649.50||£7,227||£3,299||16||327||66|
|4 + 1||0.7%||1 in 28,774||£66.90||£228.20||£146.79||465||3,101||1,191|
|4 + 0||0.7%||1 in 14,387||£26.00||£114.10||£72.67||926||6,512||2,383|
|3 + 2||0.5%||1 in 11,771||£14.70||£72.10||£44.27||994||8,973||2,894|
|3 + 1||2.2%||1 in 654||£6.30||£15.50||£10.11||23,652||141,269||52,591|
|2 + 2||2.3%||1 in 822||£6.20||£21.50||£13.97||15,059||99,416||41,351|
|3 + 0||3.7%||1 in 327||£4.90||£11.70||£8.44||46,509||307,015||105,092|
|1 + 2||6.5%||1 in 157||£3.70||£11.50||£7.45||78,837||516,608||216,546|
|2 + 1||17.6%||1 in 46||£4.00||£8.30||£5.54||355,128||2,104,930||752,404|
|2 + 0||18%||1 in 23||£2.10||£3.50||£2.80||752,029||4,598,171||1,504,008|
Figures calculated using results drawn between 10/05/2011 and 07/03/2014.
†This column displays the percentage of the prize fund allocated to each prize level set by the lottery operators. The remaining 9% goes into a separate fund known as the Booster Fund. This Booster Fund is used to boost the jackpot level – often in weeks where the jackpot needs topping up to provide the guaranteed minimum of €15,000,000.
*The highest jackpot amount shown above was never won, this was the amount for draw number 396 in Sterling that would have be awarded to the match 5 main and 2 Lucky Stars winner had there been one. The winner would have to have been from the UK to win this jackpot, the Euro amount was €185 million.
All of the prize data in the table above is taken from EuroMillions lottery draw results that have taken place since 10th May 2011 when the new number matrix (addition of two Lucky Stars and the additional prize tier was introduced). The lowest and highest prize amounts shown are for individual winners with the average amount calculated from all the data since the rule change and introduction of the Tuesday draw. An exception is with the match 5 + 2 Lucky Stars prize values – these are total jackpot amounts rather than individual winner amounts for the same period.
The table is updated after each draw with the amounts changing dependent on the most recent EuroMillions results.
As you can see, to win the EuroMillions prize jackpot you would need to correctly find all five main board numbers and both lucky star numbers. The odds of this occurring are slightly less than 1 in 117 million. Those are very long odds, but when you consider the enormity of the jackpot prize (at least 15 million Euros, and often a great deal more - see the biggest winners here), the cost of a basic entry, and the spectacular entertainment value that this competition offers, we think it’s more than a fair deal.
If the jackpot is not won, it will rollover to the next draw and be added to that draws jackpot prize. There are, however, two exceptions:
- When the jackpot reaches €190 million (EuroMillions Jackpot Prize pool cap). When that happens the jackpot will stay at €190,000,000 for two draws. Prize money that would have been added to the jackpot (but for the cap) is added to the next lowest tier in which there is at least one winner (likely to be 5+1, but could be match-5 only or even lower).
- If there is an event draw, like a superdraw, the jackpot pool will not rollover, but will straightaway be allocated to the next lower prize category in which there is at least one winner.
Of course, the Euro Millions draw offers twelve more prize categories apart from the jackpot, and the odds of a player winning one of these are a lot better. In fact, the odds of a player winning the smallest EuroMillions prize category are an impressive 1 in 23!
Overall, the odds of a player winning any prize are around 1 in 13.