If you’re off on holiday but want to make sure that you’re still entering EuroMillions draws while you’re gone, you have a few options available.
Play via Direct Debit
If you play EuroMillions online, you have the option of setting up a Direct Debit so you can continuously enter every draw, no matter where you are in the world. You’ll receive an email notification if you have won any prizes while you’re away.
Play in Advance
If you don’t want to set up a Direct Debit, you can purchase tickets online or from retailers for up to four weeks in advance for both of the weekly EuroMillions draws. If you play online, you’ll receive an email notifying you of any wins, but if you buy a physical ticket, you’ll need to keep them in a safe place and check them when you return.
You could also consider buying EuroMillions tickets while on holiday if you’re visiting any of the countries that participate in the game. However, you may only claim a EuroMillions prize in the country where the ticket was purchased. For example, if you live in the UK and decide to buy a EuroMillions ticket while visiting Paris, you will need to claim any prize you might win from the French National Lottery, not the UK National Lottery.
There may also be tax implications when you play EuroMillions abroad. Portugal, Spain and Switzerland all levy a tax on large lottery prizes:
Any lottery prize won in Portugal that is worth more than €5,000 is subject to a tax of 20 percent.
In Switzerland, lottery winnings are taxed at a rate of 35 percent, which is withheld from the initial prize by officials and is transferred to the Federal Tax Administration.
Spain levies a tax of 20 percent on all lottery prizes above €2,500.