Which Countries Perform The Best on EuroMillions, and Why?
12th July 2016 9:18 AM
All nine participating countries have enjoyed jackpot success in EuroMillions over the years and players from every corner will be hoping to snap up the next huge prize, but sometimes fans of the game may wonder why some nations produce a greater share of winners than others and whether there is anything they can do to boost their own chances.
The statistics show that France has had the most jackpot winners since EuromIllions began with 79 top-tier winners, followed closely by Spain on 77. Portugal and the UK are third and fourth, with 59 and 58 respectively, while Luxembourg has had the fewest jackpot winners with just two since joining the game. Visit the EuroMillions Winners page to find a full table of winners by country.
There are a number of reasons why some countries have had more winners than others. France, Spain and the UK began playing EuroMillions a little earlier than the other nations - who joined in October 2004, eight months after the game had been launched - so they have had slightly more opportunities to create jackpot winners.
It also makes sense that those countries which sell more tickets due to having a larger population would expect to have the most winners. For example, France has approximately 64 million residents, while Luxembourg has just over 580,000, and it is reasonable to expect that the country with the larger pool of eligible players will have more entries into a EuroMillions draw and a greater chance of winning the jackpot or one of the bigger prizes on offer.
Another factor could possibly involve the use of system entries in certain countries. The Portuguese national lottery, for instance, will allow players to buy tickets with more than the usual five numbers and two Lucky Stars. By marking off more numbers, players can cover more combinations and increase their chances of winning, and this could explain why Portugal have had more jackpot winners than the UK despite having a smaller population.
Using system entries is a good option for participants who want to quickly and easily maximise their chances of hitting a winning combination, but they will be charged for every combination their ticket generates and costs quickly start to mount. UK players may not have this option on a standard ticket, but there is nothing to stop them working out the different combinations themselves and buying multiple tickets, or entering into a EuroMillions syndicate where such systems are calculated on their behalf and the price of the entries is shared with other players.
The important thing to remember is that, regardless of whether you are playing from France, Portugal, the UK or Luxembourg, the chances of any one line winning the jackpot are always the same. The pattern of winners can also change as the game ultimately comes down to chance, so it may just be that UK players win the jackpot for three draws in a row, and are then followed up by French, Portuguese or Swiss winners in the following months.
However, the UK does exceptionally well on EuroMillions even when they don’t win the jackpot, often boasting the largest number of overall prize winners in each draw. In the last game on Friday 8th July, 570,303 participants scooped cash rewards, while Ireland was the last country to produce a jackpot winner when a syndicate of bus drivers scooped €23.8 million on Friday 1st July - but is also one of the countries to see less success in a given draw, with the total number of prize winners usually coming in at under 100,000.
It remains to be seen if any country will be celebrating a big win tonight, when there is a jackpot of £25 million (€30 million), up for grabs, but if you want to be in with a chance you will have to buy a EuroMillions ticket by either playing online or visiting an authorised retailer in one of the participating nations. Good luck!
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