Knowing the EuroMillions rules before you play is advisable, as it ensures the process of purchasing your tickets runs smoothly and you don't miss out on any prizes you are due. Take a look at the guidelines for playing the game and the method of claiming awards in each of the different participating EuroMillions nations.
For more details on buying EuroMillions tickets, visit the How to Play page.
- Players must select five main numbers between 1 and 50, followed by two additional Lucky Star numbers between 1 and 12.
- Ticket sales close on the day of the relevant draw at 20:30 CET (19:30 GMT).
- All players must be aged 18 or over, regardless of which country EuroMillions is played from.
- Simply by playing EuroMillions, players are entered into the supplementary games, UK Millionaire Maker and the occasional Europe-wide raffle, European Millionaire Maker.
Claiming EuroMillions Prizes
- Prizes can only be claimed in the country in which the winning ticket was originally purchased.
- The process for claiming EuroMillions prizes works differently in each of the participating nations. This table shows you how long you have to claim a prize and what happens to the award if you miss the deadline.
|Country||Claim Period||What Happens to Unclaimed Prizes?|
|Austria||3 years||Returned to the lottery for three years before being used to fund boosted prizes.|
|Belgium||20 weeks||Returned to the Belgian National Lottery.|
|France||60 days||Used to fund special promotions, creating a number of millionaires over the course of a week.|
|Ireland||90 days||Returned to the Irish National Lottery and used to promote its games in order to raise money for good causes.|
|Luxembourg||60 days||Returned to the lottery’s reserve fund.|
|Portugal||90 days||Transferred to Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, which runs hospitals and funds other worthy causes.|
|Spain||3 months||Transferred to the state’s treasury.|
|Switzerland||26 weeks||Returned to the lottery to be distributed to good causes.|
|UK||180 days||Transferred to the National Lottery Good Causes Fund|
For details on what to do if you win a prize, see the How to Claim page.
If no player wins the jackpot in a EuroMillions draw, the top prize will roll over and be added to the fund for the next draw, up to a jackpot cap of €230 million. It can stay at that level for four draws without a winner before the full amount is rolled down and shared between the winners in the next prize tier. See the Jackpot Cap section for more information.