20 UK Millionaires
Friday’s draw offers a better chance of winning a prize than usual because of the special Millionaire Maker draw taking place in the UK, with 20 millionaires guaranteed rather than the usual one winner.
The odds of winning a Millionaire Maker prize are always more favourable than the odds of winning the jackpot, although they depend on how many tickets are sold and do vary from draw to draw. But on Friday night it is approximately 20 times more likely than usual that you will win £1 million, thanks to the special event.
Twenty winning raffle codes will be selected, rather than just one, and as the winning codes are only drawn from valid entries to that night's EuroMillions draw, the prizes are guaranteed to be given away. The only thing that might prevent any of the prizes being paid out is if they go unclaimed, which, unfortunately, is not an uncommon occurrence.
Make sure you're not one of those to let £1 million slip through your fingers; check your Millionaire Maker code on the Results page straight after the draw. You can find your code on your lottery ticket, just below your numbers for the main draw.
This special raffle is just one of many that the National Lottery plans to hold to bring even more excitement to EuroMillions. The previous such event took place on Friday 1st March, when 40 prizes of £1 million were awarded. These events aren't scheduled for any specific dates, as the National Lottery usually announces them just a few weeks in advance, so keep checking Euro-Millions.com to be the first to know when the next special raffle is set to take place.
Recent EuroMillions Winners
There have now been 10 draws without a winner since an anonymous UK ticket holder pocketed £123 million on Tuesday 11th June. The top prize started at £15 million and has built impressively with each rollover to the point that it is now tantalisingly poised just below the £100 million mark again.
There have already been three nine-figure jackpots given away since the start of 2019, including the €175 million prize won by a family syndicate from County Dublin in February and the £114 million claimed by Frances and Patrick Connolly back on New Year’s Day.
The key to success for both the Connollys and the Irish family was simply to choose random numbers. The Connollys bought a Lucky Dip online, while the Dublin winners had spent €14 on a Quick Pick ticket at Reilly’s Daybreak in the village of Naul.
The great thing about playing random numbers is that it’s so quick and is perfect for anyone who is struggling for inspiration. You can just opt for a Lucky Dip when you make your purchase, or even use the Number Generator to create a line first. That way, you can always pick another set if you don’t like the first selection.
Another advantage of a random line is that you are less likely to have the same numbers as other players. If you use a familiar pattern, such as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, you would probably have to share your prize with lots of other ticket holders if they did come up. EuroMillions prizes depend on how many tickets are sold and how many winners are in each category, explaining why the amounts are different in every draw.
Of course, the only guaranteed way to increase your chances of winning a EuroMillions prize, and perhaps even the jackpot, is to pick up more entries. If the cost of purchasing too many lines on your own seems off-putting, you can also think about playing in a syndicate to split the expenditure.
Joining forces with other players is an ideal way to get your hands on more EuroMillions entries without spending too much, therefore boosting your odds. It has worked for many lottery groups over the years, including the syndicate from Dublin in February. You can play with friends, family members or colleagues, or even join an online syndicate to avoid having to organise one yourself.