Picking Lottery Numbers

Picking the winning EuroMillions numbers is the dream of everyone who plays the game. Some people like to implement systems and strategies of varying degrees of practicality, some leave it to chance and others have special reasons for selecting the numbers that make up their EuroMillions lines.

Written by Sam Weren

Sentimental Significance

Many people pick significant dates for their EuroMillions numbers, a method that instantly limits you to only the first 31 main balls. If a number from 32 onwards is drawn, you will be unable to win the jackpot. There is also the added problem that if, by some chance, all the main numbers do come in below 31, you might have to share the prize with a larger than usual number of players due to the popularity of this system, diminishing any winnings you do receive.

An alternative is to use the door numbers of houses in which you have lived or even portions of loved ones’ telephone numbers, neither of which are limited to a certain range of values. You can still achieve some level of personal meaning with these numbers, but you won’t put yourself out of the running for the jackpot if a number in the 40s or high 30s is drawn.


It is reported that many people choose runs of numbers such as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, which do have as much chance as any other of being drawn, but would also result in you having to share your prize with an unusually large group of other ticket holders if they did come up in the EuroMillions draw. Similarly, choosing neat rows of numbers or patterns on the playslip is a popular method of selecting numbers and can achieve the same unfortunate outcome.

Random Numbers

A way to ensure you don’t restrict your selection is to choose your numbers completely at random. You can do this by marking the Lucky Dip option when you buy your ticket, or using the EuroMillions Number Generator to dispense as many random lines as you would like to play.

Even when you think you are choosing random numbers manually, you can still fall into patterns subconsciously and both these methods help eradicate that issue. You are also less likely to choose the same numbers as someone else with a random selection so there is less chance you will have to share your prize if you win.


It is suggested that many people play the previous winning line in the following draw, hoping that the numbers will come up again. It is certainly possible; in September 2009, the same balls turned up in two consecutive draws of the Bulgarian national lottery. However, even if that did occur in EuroMillions, you would almost certainly have to split the prize a number of ways, receiving only a portion of the advertised amount.

Some people like to make their selections on the numbers that have appeared most often in the winning line, whilst others prefer to choose those that haven’t been drawn for the longest time, suggesting they may be due an appearance in the EuroMillions results. These are known as hot or cold numbers and you can find this information and more at the Statistics page.