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Which EuroMillions Country is the Most Successful?

EuroMillions has created billions of prize winners and given away hundreds of jackpots since it started in 2004, with all nine participating countries claiming a share of the glory. But which countries have been the luckiest and what are the reasons for their success?

Winning Statistics

The Winner Statistics page provides a number of tables which rank the nations for how they have fared in EuroMillions history. All of them - Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK - have enjoyed success, but three stand out.

France, Spain and the UK are at the top of the list for the most jackpots won, the total number of winners across all prize categories and the total amount won. In terms of jackpot winners, France currently leads the way again after a €30 million payout on Friday 2nd October put it one ahead of the UK.

France has also had the most winners altogether - more than 738 million - of any EuroMillions country, and paid out the most money. More than €10 billion has gone to winners in France since the first draw.

Why Some Countries Win More

It is perhaps not too surprising to see the UK, France and Spain at the top of the rankings for EuroMillions winners. They are the countries with the largest populations, so more tickets are sold in these locations than the smaller nations which also offer the game.

France, Spain and the UK have also participated in more draws than the other six countries. When EuroMillions started on 13th February 2004, it was a joint venture by these three national lotteries. The rest only joined in October of that year, when 34 draws had already taken place and millions had been given away in prize money.

Luckiest Countries

However, it may be too simple to say that those countries which have had the most winners have actually been the luckiest. Luxembourg, for example, has only had three jackpot winners in comparison with France’s 109, but it also has the smallest pool of players because of its tiny population.

With around 620,000 residents, Luxembourg has roughly one jackpot winner per 207,000 people. France, with its population of 67 million, only has one jackpot winner per 615,000 people. EuroMillions players in Luxembourg may therefore fancy their chances of landing the jackpot even more than some of their counterparts in other countries.

It is worth remembering, though, that the odds of winning are exactly the same regardless of where you play EuroMillions. You are no more or less likely to win if you buy your ticket in France, Luxembourg or anywhere else. You have to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to land the jackpot.

EuroMillions can now also be enjoyed around the world courtesy of online services which open up the game for fans outside of the nine participating countries. Regardless of how and where you play, you can set your sights on the next jackpot now and take part online for the chance to win.

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Published: Tue, 13 October 2020 - 10:29am
Published By: Euro-Millions.com