How Much Has Been Won?
A total of €34.6 billion has been given away as prize money since the first EuroMillions draw took place on 13th February 2004. There have been 481 million winning lines in the UK, sharing a combined £6.99 billion, while in Ireland just over €1 billion has been split between 43.9 million winning tickets.
Which Has Been The Top Country?
France has provided 85 of the 365 jackpot winners, ahead of Spain on 82 and the UK on 65. France has also had the most winners across all the prize tiers, with an astonishing 490.9 million in 1,000 draws.
Chris and Colin Weir set a record for the largest Sterling EuroMillions prize ever won when they scooped £161.6 million in July 2011 (€185 million at the time). The jackpot cap was then increased to its current value of €190 million, and two lucky ticket holders have struck lucky at this amount. Adrian and Gillian Bayford matched all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to win £148.6 million in August 2012 (their Sterling prize was lower than the Weirs’ due to the exchange rate), before a Portuguese player also pocketed €190 million in October 2014.
Frequently Drawn Numbers
The most frequently drawn number from the first 1,000 draws has been 50, which has appeared 120 times. The number 44 has now been drawn 117 times following its appearance on Friday, while the numbers 4, 19 and 23 have all come out 115 times. The number 8 has been the most frequently drawn Lucky Star, with 211 appearances.
How Do Winners Spend Their Money?
A Euro-Millions.com survey ahead of the 1,000th draw discovered that only 23% of players would give up their jobs if they won a fortune, while top destinations for a first holiday as a lottery millionaire would be the Caribbean, the USA and Dubai.
1,000 Draws and Counting
The EuroMillions jackpot will now climb to £37 million (€45 million) for the 1,001st draw tomorrow night. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you can choose your numbers online or visit an authorised retailer in any of the participating countries. Good luck!