In Portugal, EuroMillions is managed by Jogos Santa Casa, the organization responsible for various lottery and betting games in the country. Playing EuroMillions The M1LHÃO in Portugal follows the same format as in other participating European countries: you select 5 main numbers from 1 to 50 and 2 “Lucky Star” numbers from 1 to 12.
After purchasing your ticket, you’ll participate in the regular EuroMillions draw for a chance to win prizes ranging from smaller amounts up to the jackpot, which can go as high as €240 million.
Euromillions M1LHÃO feature
What sets Portugal apart is the M1LHÃO (One Million) feature. When you purchase a EuroMillions ticket in Portugal, it automatically comes with a unique M1LHÃO code, which is a three-letter and five-digit alphanumeric combination. This code serves as your entry into the special M1LHÃO draw that takes place every Friday.
How to play?
Click on the playing area and select the Euromillions option.
Single bets are placed by marking each group:
- There are 5 crosses in the “numbers” grid;
- There are 2 crosses in the “Star” grid;
- A maximum of 11 crosses on the “number” grid;
- There are a maximum of 12 crosses in the “star” box;
- Multiple bets only apply to the first set. Possible combinations can be found in the Euromillions rules.
- The number of crosses must be ticked in the corresponding box.
You can also fill in the “Random bet” box (single or multiple bets and the number of bets or crossovers) and click on “Generate key” to fill in the ticket. The blind key option allows you to register random bets, and players only learn the generated key after confirming their bet registration.
The M1LHó is a EuroMillions bet
For each EuroMillions bet you place, the gaming system automatically generates an alphanumeric code (3 letters and 5 digits) corresponding to the bet on the M1MILLIONS game. When you place a multiple bet, as many codes are generated as there are single bets in that multiple
What could i win with M1LHÃO code?
The M1LHÃO draw guarantees that one ticket holder in Portugal will win €1 million. The winning code is drawn randomly, and if your ticket’s code matches the winning M1LHÃO code, you win €1 million in addition to any prizes you may have won in the main EuroMillions draw.
What is spent on charities?
SCML, or Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, is a Portuguese charitable organisation that also functions as the national lottery and betting operator in Portugal1. They receive revenue from Euromillions proceeds.
SCML is based in Lisbon, it is run as a private company but is recognised for public benefit, under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs. It is funded by proceeds from lottery games in Portugal.
Jogos Santa Casa takes control of Euromillions
Jogos Santa Casa is the official lottery and gaming operator in Portugal. It was established in the 18th century and is managed by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML), a charitable organization. Here’s a comprehensive overview:
The Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, which oversees Jogos Santa Casa, has its roots in the 15th century. However, the lottery operations as we know them began in the 18th century.
Jogos Santa Casa offers a variety of games, including:
- Euromilhões: A transnational lottery in Europe.
- Totoloto: A traditional lottery game.
- Raspadinha: Instant scratch cards.
- Placard: A sports betting game.
- Totobola: A football prediction game.
- Loto: A daily draw game.