Coronavirus & EuroMillions: How to Play Online
EuroMillions draws are scheduled to continue as normal amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, the spread of Covid-19 has forced governments around the world to bring in extreme measures, leading to questions from our users about how to keep playing EuroMillions in the nine participating countries.
Note: This page will be updated as any further information is released that may affect how you can play EuroMillions in any of the participating countries.
The easiest and safest way to ensure you don't miss a draw is to take part online. This means you can still enjoy the game from home, while there is also the added security of knowing that your numbers can never get lost or damaged. Find out here about the impact of coronavirus on EuroMillions in different countries and what you need to know about playing the game at the current time.
Select your country from the list below to see up to date information on how you can play EuroMillions:
Entering EuroMillions Draws in the UK
At the time of writing (16/04/2020), it's still possible to buy your EuroMillions tickets online and in-store across the UK.
Following the UK Government’s announcement that the country has entered a state of lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, opting to choose your EuroMillions numbers online rather than in-store is a safe option.
By entering online, you reduce physical contact with others and your entries will be stored safely in your online account.
FAQs for UK EuroMillions players
Can I still buy tickets in-store in the UK?
Yes, National Lottery tickets can still be purchased in some stores. Shops such as supermarkets, which sell essential goods, have remained open during the lockdown.
The UK Government has stated that during the lockdown people can leave their homes to shop for “basic necessities” such as food and medicine. When you do go out to shop for goods like these you will also be able to purchase lottery tickets.
Some shops have introduced measures to reduce contact, though, such as only accepting card/contactless payments, rather than handling cash.
Can I pick my EuroMillions numbers online?
Yes, it's possible to choose your numbers online. Use the button below, where you will be taken to select your five main numbers and two Lucky Star numbers the same way you would in a shop.
Once you have paid for your entries, you will be able to view them in your online account. In the event of a win, you will receive an email notification, informing you that you should check your account.
Are online sales suspended now that the country has gone into lockdown?
No, online sales are not suspended. The UK National Lottery has stated that it expects draws to continue as normal. If the situation regarding retail stores changes, there is no reason why online sales would cease.
You can buy your tickets online, ensuring that your numbers will be entered into all draws for your selected period.
Are any EuroMillions draws being cancelled?
There has been no news to suggest that any EuroMillions draws will be cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Draws take place in Paris every Tuesday and Friday and have continued during the restrictions in France so far. Should this change, this page will be updated accordingly.
Ticket sales for EuroMillions have continued everywhere apart from Spain, where they were suspended temporarily while the country was in lockdown. The situation in Spain has not impacted on the scheduling of draws.
What is the National Lottery doing to support people?
The National Lottery will give up to £300 million to support community projects battling the coronavirus outbreak. The money for good causes is generated from ticket sales for all National Lottery games, including EuroMillions. It is distributed across various sectors in normal times but the focus at the moment will be on providing aid to those that are most vulnerable.
Can I still play in advance as normal?
Yes. You can play up to four weeks in advance. The National Lottery had previously reduced how far in advance you could enter draws during the peak of the outbreak, due to uncertainty over whether they would be able to go on as scheduled for long. For this reason, advance play was limited to the next two draws. However, with the situation constantly assessed and restrictions easing, it was decided to restore the rules to normal.
How to Play EuroMillions Online in Spain
After a two-month suspension, EuroMillions tickets are back on sale in Spain. Loterias y Apuestas, the official operator of EuroMillions in Spain, suspended all ticket sales on 15th March 2020. Tickets that had already been sold for the EuroMillions draws on 17th and 20th March remained valid, but it was not possible to purchase tickets for further draws until the suspension was lifted and sales resumed on 18th May.
Ticket sales for other lottery games in Spain have also resumed. Any lottery tickets purchased for draws that were then suspended are still valid and can be used when the rescheduled draw takes place. Here’s when draws will resume:
- The week of 18-24 May: EuroMillions and La Primitiva
- The week of 25-31 May: Bonoloto and El Gordo de la Primitiva
- 11 June onwards: All other National Lottery draws
You can still play EuroMillions online through a concierge service. Online play remains the safer option as it means you do not have to come into contact with other people.
FAQs for Spanish Players
Read some FAQs about the suspension of lottery sales in Spain below:
Can I Still Buy EuroMillions Tickets Online in Spain?
Yes, to purchase EuroMillions tickets online from Spain, click the "Play Online from Spain" button below.
Note: As you are purchasing tickets for the non-Spanish version of EuroMillions, you will not receive your El Millón raffle code and will not be entered into the additional €1 million draw.
You will be directed to one of our recommended concierge websites, where you will be able to choose your numbers, and tickets will be purchased on your behalf in another participating EuroMillions country.
Your tickets will then be scanned and a copy saved in your online account. If you win a prize, your winnings will be paid into your account, or alternatively you will be contacted in the event of a larger prize win.
As tickets are sold in Austria, the validity period for prizes is three years from the date of a draw, so there is no immediate rush to claim your winnings in the event of a jackpot win. You will also be automatically entered into the Austria Bonus draw to give you a chance to win €100,000.
What Happens If I Have Already Bought A Ticket?
If you purchased a EuroMillions ticket in Spain for the draws on Tuesday 17th and Friday 20th March, your tickets were valid for those draws. If you won a prize in those draws you can claim it using the methods below.
If you have bought a ticket for any other state lottery game (not EuroMillions), your ticket will still be valid for the draw when it takes place on the rescheduled date.
Will I Still Be Able to Claim Prizes?
The claim period for prizes is suspended during the state of alarm, so you do not need to worry about missing out on claiming any winnings on existing tickets you have.
You cannot claim prizes below €2,000 at a Loterias y Apuestas point of sale during the term of the Royal Decree. However, if you have any funds in your Loterias y Apuestas lotobolsa (wallet), you will still be able to claim them online through the www.loteriasyapuestas.es website.
Any prizes over the value of €2,000 can also still be claimed from payment centres or banks that remain open. However, it is recommended that you wait until the end of the term of the Royal Decree.
Playing EuroMillions in France
France is the country where EuroMillions draws are held every Tuesday and Friday evening, and tickets are still on sale. The country has now emerged cautiously from a strict lockdown, with many shops allowed to reopen.
You can purchase tickets from points of sale where they remain open, but playing online is a safer and easier option.
FAQs for Playing EuroMillions in France
Find out more information about playing EuroMillions in France during the pandemic with these frequently asked questions.
Can I Still Play EuroMillions in France?
Yes. You can play EuroMillions from France as normal despite the Coronavirus outbreak.
How do I Buy Tickets if I'm Staying at Home?
While tickets are still available from some points of sale and the lockdown has now ended, it is still safest to take part in EuroMillions online. It is simple to play online without leaving home. Your numbers will be kept secure and you will be notified automatically if you are a winner.
Will I Be Given More Time to Claim Prizes?
Yes. The time period for claiming prizes has been extended in France. For prizes won before the lockdown - between 15th January and 16th March - the deadline has been extended by 90 days, giving winners a total of 150 days to come forward. For prizes won during the lockdown - from 17th March onwards - the deadline has been extended by 60 days. This gives winners a total of 120 days to come forward.
Every EuroMillions country is having to cope with coronavirus and various actions have been taken everywhere to try and stem the tide. These measures have made a big difference to everyday life, but lottery draws have not been suspended anywhere yet apart from Spain.
While national lotteries are currently continuing to operate as normal, the health and safety of their employees and players remains the priority and extra restrictions could be introduced in future. You can still buy EuroMillions tickets from authorised retailers, but entering draws online is safer and easier.
It is still possible to purchase EuroMillions tickets online and in-store in Ireland. There have, however, been some restrictions set by the Irish National Lottery in relation to prize claims, for the safety of employees and players.
A number of staff have been told to work remotely from home during the outbreak, while a limited number of staff members will continue to work at Lottery headquarters in Dublin to facilitate the draws and the claiming of prizes.
If you win a prize worth more than €15,000, it must be claimed at the Lottery headquarters, however due to the current circumstances, any winners that would need to visit the Dublin offices are asked to contact prior to their visit. You can reach the Irish National Lottery claims team on 1800 666 222 or 01 836 4444.
To help make sure that players do not miss out on prizes, the Irish National Lottery has extended its claims period. Any winners, from 9th January to 5th July, will be allowed an extra three months to come forward. The normal deadline is 90 days after a draw has taken place.
Advance play has now returned to normal, allowing you to enter up to eight consecutive draws. There had been a temporary limit on playing in advance until 5th May.
While there are restrictions in place in Austria that include a ban on all social gatherings of five or more people, it is still possible to play EuroMillions.
Residents are advised only to visit shops for essentials such as food, so playing online is a much safer option.
The Austrian Lottery (Österreichische Lotterien) has said that the nation's Lotto game will continue as usual, however it will not be televised. Sports-related lottery games are likely to see disruption as a result of wider cancellations to matches aroud the world.
Austrian residents are able to purchase entries online using the link below:
As of midday on Wednesday 18th March, residents in Belgium are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, in particular to purchase food, for health reasons and to help others.
It is therefore possible to purchase tickets in retail shops that are open and sell EuroMillions tickets, however it is safer to purchase your entries online, as this avoids any unneccesary visits to shops or standing in queues.
If you are visiting this page from Belgium, you can use the link below to purchase your entries online:
Like many other nations in Europe, Luxembourg has declared a 'state of crisis'. Residents have been asked to stay at home, and should only leave for urgent and unavoidable trips.
Purchasing entries for EuroMillions online in Luxembourg is quick and easy, while also reducing the need to leave your home:
In Portugal, a state of emergency has been declared, with new measures coming into place from Thursday 19th March until 2nd April at the earliest.
As is the case with other countries, the safest way to play is online as it reduces social contact with others. Entries are stored in your online account after payment, and you will be notified automatically of any wins.
As of Monday 16th March 2020, a state of emergency was declared in Switzerland, due to last until at least 19th April. As a result, all shops, bars, restaurants, leisure and entertainment facilities are closed. Food shops, fuel stations, pharmacies and health-related facilities will remain open.
As many shops and facilities are closed, the simplest way to get your EuroMillions entries while avoiding queuing and unneccesary contact with others is to play online.
This page was last updated on 28/05/2020.