Brexit - How will leaving the EU affect EuroMillions?
After voting to leave the European Union, UK residents may be wondering how Brexit will affect the way they enter EuroMillions. Read on for updated answers to your questions about EuroMillions in the UK after the EU referendum.
Can the UK still play EuroMillions?
Yes, UK residents can still play EuroMillions. You do not have to live in a participating EU country to buy tickets; for example, Switzerland is not an EU member and has participated in EuroMillions since October 2004.
Will the UK have to leave EuroMillions?
No, the UK National Lottery will not have to leave EuroMillions.
The agreement to take part in EuroMillions is organised between the official lottery operators of the participating member states, not their respective governments.
I’m a UK expat in a participating EuroMillions country. How does this affect me?
You can still play EuroMillions if you are a UK expat in a participating country.
If you are a UK citizen living in Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain or Switzerland, you can still buy tickets as usual, either online or from participating retailers in those countries.
How will jackpots and prizes be affected?
Jackpots are worth more for UK players after Brexit than they were before Brexit.
For example, a €100 million pre-Brexit jackpot, the amount usually offered in Superdraws, would usually be worth around £73.2 million. On Brexit day, that same jackpot was worth approximately £80.8 million, an increase of £9.5 million.
Current example of a €100 Million Jackpot:
What about non-jackpot prizes?
It is important to note that non-jackpot prizes in the UK are not affected by Brexit, as these are paid out from the UK’s Camelot Prize Fund, not the Common Prize Fund which is paid into by all participating countries. Every participating country contributes €1 of every ticket towards the jackpot prize fund.
Did you know?
Along with France’s Francaise des Jeux and Spain’s Loterias y Apuestas del Estado, the UK National Lottery was one of the founding members of the game back in February 2004.