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EuroMillions Changes 2016

On Tuesday 27th September 2016, several exciting changes to EuroMillions will take place, including an additional UK Millionaire Maker winner in every draw, Mega Friday becoming Mega Week and the introduction of a UK Monthly Bonus draw. It’s all designed to create exciting prizes and even more fun for players of Europe’s biggest lottery.

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Here’s a brief summary of the changes that will come into effect towards the end of September:

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Changes to the Jackpot

On Friday 30th September 2016, a special Superdraw will be held, offering an estimated £100 million jackpot (guaranteed €130 million), and other Superdraws will be held throughout the year providing a guaranteed €130 million jackpot (estimated £100 million) to play for.

The guaranteed starting jackpot will rise from €15 million to €17 million (from £12 million to approximately £14 million). Changes to the Lucky Star pool, as well as the increase in ticket prices, will see bigger rolling EuroMillions jackpots, with an expectation that players will see twice as many jackpots worth more than £50 million throughout the year.

The EuroMillions jackpot cap will stay at €190 million (approximately £157 million), but instead of only allowing the top prize to remain at the cap for one draw before it must be won, the jackpot will be allowed to stay at that amount for four draws before it must either be won or roll down to be shared among winners in the next highest prize tier.

Changes to the Game Matrix

Players will still pick five main numbers from 1 to 50, but will now select two Lucky Stars from a pool of 12 instead of 11. This will lengthen the odds of winning the jackpot, but will help create even larger top prizes once the changes are put into effect.

Changes to Prizes and Odds

While the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot will increase to 1 in 139,838,160, the overall odds of winning any prize on the game will remain at just 1 in 13.

Here is a full breakdown of how the odds will change when the new format comes into effect in September:

Prize Tier Current Format New Format
Match 5 + 2 Stars 1 in 116,531,800 1 in 139,838,160
Match 5 + 1 Star 1 in 6,473,989 1 in 6,991,908
Match 5 1 in 3,236,995 1 in 3,107,515
Match 4 + 2 Stars 1 in 517,920 1 in 621,503
Match 4 + 1 Star 1 in 28,774 1 in 31,076
Match 3 + 2 Stars 1 in 11,771 1 in 14,126
Match 4 1 in 14,387 1 in 13,812
Match 2 + 2 Stars 1 in 882 1 in 986
Match 3 + 1 Star 1 in 654 1 in 707
Match 3 1 in 327 1 in 314
Match 1 + 2 Stars 1 in 157 1 in 188
Match 2 + 1 Stars 1 in 46 1 in 50
Match 2 1 in 23 1 in 22
The overall odds of winning a prize will remain at 1 in 13.

In the UK, your odds of winning a UK Millionaire Maker prize will also change:

UK Millionaire Maker Current Format New Format
Tuesday Draw 1 in 4.8 million 1 in 1.9 million
Friday Draw 1 in 7.5 million 1 in 2.95 million

Changes to Special Draws

A number of special draws are offered alongside the main EuroMillions game to give players more chances to win prizes.

All Participating Countries

As part of the overall changes, a new European Millionaire Maker raffle will be held on occasions, giving participants across all nine countries the opportunity for at least one ticket to win a guaranteed life-changing prize. For these special draws, your ticket will be printed with a code consisting of four letters and five numbers. Here are the starting letters of the raffle codes that will be used in each participating country:

Country Starting Letter of Raffle Code
Austria A, N, O or W
Belgium B
France F
Ireland I
Luxembourg L
Portugal P
Spain E
Switzerland R or S
United Kingdom H, J, M, T, V, X or Z

UK:

Not only will there be two guaranteed UK Millionaire Maker prizes in every EuroMillions draw, the special Mega Friday game introduced in the UK in October 2014 will become Mega Week. That means even more opportunities to become a millionaire and receive incredible accompanying prizes!

UK players will also benefit from the new Monthly Bonus Draw, which will start on Tuesday 1st November and hold its first draw on Tuesday 6th December. This additional draw will provide a prize pool of £1 million on the evening of the second draw of each month.

Ireland:

A new Ireland Only Raffle offering ten guaranteed prizes of €5,000 in every EuroMillions draw will be introduced for Irish players.

France:

Ticket holders will have the chance to add the ‘Etoile+’ (Star+) game to their ticket for an extra €1, giving them the chance to win a prize if they match a Lucky Star but none of the main numbers.

Spain:

A weekly raffle called ‘El Millón’ (The Million) will be introduced for Friday EuroMillions draws, offering Spanish players the chance to win €1 million. Tickets purchased for both Tuesday and Friday draws will be entered into the supplementary game.

Portugal:

Portuguese EuroMillions players will participate in a weekly raffle called ‘M1LHÃO’ (The Million). The draw will take place alongside Friday EuroMillions draws, offering players the chance to win €1 million. Tickets purchased for both Tuesday and Friday draws will be entered into the supplementary game.

Belgium:

Belgian EuroMillions players will get to take part in ‘My Bonus’, which will guarantee that 600 tickets will each win €500 every week. The supplementary game will also guarantee that one Belgian winner of €1 million will be created in every European Millionaire Maker draw if no Belgian tickets are selected in the raffle game itself.

Switzerland:

Swiss EuroMillions players will have their five main EuroMillions numbers entered into a ‘2. Chance’ (Second chance) draw giving them the chance to win up to CHF150,000.

Changes to Ticket Prices

To facilitate these new changes, the price of a single ticket entry into EuroMillions will increase:

Country Previous Cost New Cost
Austria €2.00 €2.20
Belgium €2.00 €2.50
Ireland €2.00 €2.50
Luxembourg €2.00 €2.50
Portugal €2.00 €2.50
Spain €2.00 €2.50
Switzerland CHF3.00 CHF3.50
UK £2.00 £2.50

The current EuroMillions rules will remain in effect until Saturday 24th September 2016, when tickets for the new and improved format will go on sale.

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