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EuroMillions Myths Debunked

EuroMillions is Europe’s most popular lottery, allowing players across nine nations to dream of winning huge cash amounts twice a week. However, a number of misconceptions have sprung up about the game and have spread around, despite having no grounding in reality at all. Here are some of the most common EuroMillions myths and the truth behind them.

Countries have to be members of the EU in order to sell tickets.

EuroMillions is organised by the national lotteries of participating countries, not their governments, and so a country doesn't have to be a member of the European Union in order to offer the game to its lottery players. For example, Switzerland is not a member of the EU, and has been selling EuroMillions tickets since October 2004. The Isle of Man is also not part of the EU, and players living there can play EuroMillions through the UK National Lottery.

It’s harder to win EuroMillions when the jackpot is higher.

Each EuroMillions line of five main numbers and two Lucky Stars offers a 1 in 116,531,800 chance of winning the jackpot in every draw, no matter what its value might be. When the top prize grows larger, there tend to be more tickets purchased, which means there is a greater chance that you would have to share the jackpot, but you will always find the same odds of bagging the top prize whether it stands at £11 million (€15 million) or £148 million (€190 million).

The only way to increase your chances of winning is by playing multiple tickets in a draw. EuroMillions syndicates can slash the odds of winning, due to their increased buying power, and you can find out more about joining lottery groups at the Syndicates section.

You have a better chance of winning when fewer people play.

Due to the fact that the odds of winning for every single line in the main EuroMillions game remain static regardless of external factors, the number of other players has no bearing on your chances. However, the amount of tickets sold does affect the odds of winning Millionaire Maker and My Million in the UK and France respectively.

These raffle-style supplementary games allocate ticket holders with a unique code for each line played in the main game, with a set number drawn out on the night and awarded with seven-figure prizes. The more players involved, the less likely it is for your code to be drawn, but if fewer people play, often when the jackpot in the main game is lower, your odds are much more favourable.

You only receive the full EuroMillions jackpot if you go public.

Although lottery companies love the publicity that comes with a winner who agrees to recount their story to the press, a player’s right to privacy is completely respected and you will receive the same treatment and the total prize value if you stay anonymous as you would if you went public. Learn more at the Publicity page.

You don’t receive the same support from the lottery company if you stay anonymous.

Lottery companies have a duty of care to support their winners whether they go public or not. In the UK, the National Lottery offers all winners of £500,000 or more access to financial and legal advice and can also arrange for an account to be set up at a private bank if you wish.

You can guess future EuroMillions winning numbers from those that have been drawn before.

Although the EuroMillions Statistics page contains a huge amount of information on past draws, including the most drawn and most overdue numbers, it is not possible to predict a winning line based on past performance. Each draw is a brand new event and the balls have no memory of games gone by.

Some people swear by the ‘hot numbers’ principle, expecting those that have historically been drawn the most to continue that trend, whilst others religiously play ‘cold numbers’, those that have not been dispensed for the longest time. Neither method has any basis in science.

The combination 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 with Lucky Stars 6 and 7 is as likely to appear as any other and it is entirely possible for the same numbers to be drawn in two consecutive draws, as occurred in the Bulgarian lottery in September 2009.

If you want to put your newfound knowledge into practice, you can buy EuroMillions tickets online or from authorised retailers in each of the participating nations for the draws on Tuesday and Friday nights. Good luck!

Published: Tue, 17 May 2016 - 10:23am
Last Updated: Tue, 28 June 2022 - 12:29pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com