What are the chances of winning a cash prize? And what are my chances of winning the jackpot of minimum 17 and maximum 240 million euros? Here is a more detailed explanation of EuroMillions, focusing on the odds of winning and other aspects that make it unique.
How EuroMillions works
EuroMillions is a pan-European lottery in which players choose 5 main numbers from a set of 1 to 50 and also choose 2 “Lucky Star” numbers from a set of 1 to 12. Draws take place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Here more info how to play
Chance to win the Euromillions Jackpot
The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160. This chance is calculated by taking the number of possible combinations of the 5 main numbers and the 2 Lucky Star numbers.
Detailed Winning Odds
Here is an explanation of the odds for different prize categories:
- 5 numbers + 2 Lucky Stars: 1 in 139,838,160 (Jackpot)
- 5 numbers + 1 Lucky Star: 1 in 6,991,908
- 5 numbers: 1 in 3,107,515
- 4 numbers + 2 Lucky Stars: 1 in 621,503
- 4 numbers + 1 Lucky Star: 1 in 31,076
- And so it continues down to the lowest prize category, where the probability of winning is highest.
Chance of Sole Prize
The overall chance of winning a prize at EuroMillions is about 1 in 13.
Maximum and Minimum Jackpots
EuroMillions has a minimum jackpot of €17 million and a maximum jackpot that can reach €220 million. After reaching the maximum, the jackpot cannot grow further and extra money is added to the prizes of the following lowest prize categories.
There are also special “Superdraw” draws where the jackpot is set to a significantly higher amount, regardless of the outcome of previous draws.
EuroMillions is available in many countries, including the UK, France, Spain, and many more, contributing to the large jackpots.
Part of the proceeds of EuroMillions go to charities, depending on the participating country.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it is advisable to check the official EuroMillions website or your country’s national lottery organisation.