A link between Eurovision and EuroMillions success?
Of the nine EuroMillions countries, France occupies the dreamy number one position in the list of the most jackpots won with 85, just ahead of Spain, the UK and Portugal. Curiously, Portugal is the only one of the nine participating EuroMillions nations not to have triumphed at Eurovision. For Portugal there has been only teardrops so far, but this year they are among the favourites to rise like a phoenix and claim glory for the first time.
A couple of the countries at the bottom of the EuroMillions rankings have actually produced more than their fair share of Eurovision winners. Ireland has had the most Eurovision wins, with seven acts who have been able to return from the competition as national heroes. Luxembourg has provided five Eurovision winners, the same as France and the UK, although Luxembourg has been running scared since deciding to refrain from the Song Contest in 1993, and will again be absent this year.
While viewers will be turning on in their droves to watch Eurovision in Kiev on Saturday, there is also a huge £75 million (€90 million) EuroMillions jackpot up for grabs tonight. From the town of Waterloo in Belgium to the sandy shores of the Iberian Peninsula, lottery fans across the continent will be watching the draw in Paris with interest and hoping they are receiving heartfelt congratulations and drinking Buck’s Fizz by the end of the weekend.
If you’re having trouble making your mind up over which numbers to choose, you could use statistics or perhaps significant dates. For example, if someone in your family was born in 1944, you could pick 1, 4, 9, 19 and 44 as your main numbers.
A big win would allow you to do all kinds of everything, whether you want to buy a new home, travel the world and live the diva lifestyle or try something completely different like launch a ventriloquism career with a silly puppet. On a stringent note, any winner just needs to make sure they come forward in time to claim their money.
If you have euro signs in your eyes and believe this could be your lucky weekend, you can either select your numbers online or visit an authorised retailer in one of the participating countries. Good luck!
How’s your Euro vision? Did you spot all 17 of the winning Eurovision song titles in this news article?