EuroMillions Changes 2016
On Tuesday 27th September 2016, several exciting changes to EuroMillions took place, including an additional UK Millionaire Maker winner in every draw and Mega Friday becoming Mega Week. It’s all designed to create exciting prizes and even more fun for players of Europe’s biggest lottery.
Here’s a brief summary of the changes that came into effect from 24th September:
- Two guaranteed UK Millionaire Maker winners in every draw
- The introduction of special European Millionaire Maker events
- The monthly UK Mega Friday changed to Mega Week, providing the chance to win on a Tuesday as well as Friday in the last week of each month
- Starting jackpots increased from €15 million to €17 million
- Superdraw jackpots increased from €100 million to €130 million (estimated £100 million)
- 12 Lucky Stars to choose from (prior to the change you could pick from 11)
- Ticket price increased from £2 to £2.50
- Bigger rolling jackpots
Changes to the Jackpot
On Friday 30th September 2016, a special Superdraw was held, offering an estimated £109 million jackpot (guaranteed €130 million). Other Superdraws were set to take place throughout the year, providing a guaranteed €130 million jackpot (estimated £100 million) to play for.
The guaranteed starting jackpot rose 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 is now 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 still pick five main numbers from 1 to 50, but must now select two Lucky Stars from a pool of 12 instead of 11. This lengthens the odds of winning the jackpot, but does help to create even larger top prizes.
Changes to Prizes and Odds
While the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot have increased to 1 in 139,838,160, the overall odds of winning any prize on the game remain at just 1 in 13.
Here is a full breakdown of how the odds changed when the new format came into effect:
|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 remain at 1 in 13.|
In the UK, your odds of winning a UK Millionaire Maker prize have also changed:
|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 to be used in each participating country:
|Country||Starting Letter of Raffle Code|
|Austria||A, N, O or W|
|Switzerland||R or S|
|United Kingdom||H, J, M, T, V, X or Z|
Not only are there now two guaranteed UK Millionaire Maker prizes in every EuroMillions draw, the special Mega Friday game introduced in the UK in October 2014 has become Mega Week. That means even more opportunities to become a millionaire and receive incredible accompanying prizes!
A new Ireland Only Raffle offering ten guaranteed prizes of €5,000 in every EuroMillions draw was introduced for Irish players.
Ticket holders now 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.
A weekly raffle called ‘El Millón’ (The Million) was introduced for Friday EuroMillions draws, offering Spanish players the chance to win €1 million. Tickets purchased for both Tuesday and Friday draws are entered into the supplementary game.
Portuguese EuroMillions players now participate in a weekly raffle called ‘M1lhão’ (The Million). The draw takes place alongside Friday EuroMillions draws, offering players the chance to win €1 million. Tickets purchased for both Tuesday and Friday draws are entered into the supplementary game.
Belgian EuroMillions players get to take part in ‘My Bonus’, which guarantees that 600 tickets will each win €500 every week. The supplementary game also guarantees 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.
Swiss EuroMillions players 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 increased:
|Country||Previous Cost||New Cost|
Tickets for the improved format went on sale from Saturday 24th September 2016.