The Big European Lottery Game
The EuroMillions lotto was originally formulated by the national lotteries of France, Spain and the UK and was launched on Saturday The 7th of February 2004. The first EuroMillions draw took place on February 13th 2004 in Paris. The United Kingdom, France and Spain were the only nations taking part initially but lotteries from Austria, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland then signed up to the draw on the 8th of October 2004.
The EuroMillions lottery or the Euro lotto, as it is frequently known, pools the stakes of all 9 participating European countries resulting in a huge EuroMillions jackpot. With the number of countries joining the EU increasing, this will clearly lead to new states signing up to the Euro Millions lotto. An increase in the quantity of people participating in the Euro Millions lotto will lead to a further growth of the already sizable EuroMillions jackpots.
How To Play
Each player must choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 50 and 2 “Lucky Star” numbers from 1 to 9. During the draw, 5 main and 2 lucky star numbers are then picked at random from two draw machines containing numbered balls.
How The Prizes Are Allocated
The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot is a remote 1 in 76 million but the likelihood of winning a cash prize is a reasonable achievable 1 in 24. If no one matches the drawn numbers to win the jackpot in a given week, it is carried forward to the next week which results in an ever growing EuroMillions prize fund. New rules brought in on the 4th of January 2007 and became law on the 9th of February 2007 limit the quantity of successive “rollovers” to eleven, with the jackpot rolling down to lower prize levels in the eleventh draw if the prize is not won.
The new rules also introduced EuroMillions “Super Draws” which take place twice every year and offer jackpots in the region of £100 million. The difference with “Super Draws” is that the jackpot must be won in the week of that draw; therefore, if no ticket holder manages to match all the numbers drawn then the top prize will be distributed to the ticket holder(s) in the next winning prize tier.
A Selection Of The Top EuroMillions Wins
• On 8 February 2008, the “Super Draw” jackpot of €130 million was collected by sixteen people who matched the 5 main numbers and 1 “Lucky Star” number.
• On the 10th of August, a forty year old former Royal Mail postal administrator from Scotland scooped the EuroMillions lottery jackpot of €52.6 million. Up to now, this is the biggest lotto win ever in the United Kingdom.
• On the 17th of November 2006, after rolling over 11 times, the Euro Millions jackpot arrived at €183 million and was divided between 20 blessed ticket buyers.
EuroMillions Playing Options
Usually, to play the EuroMillions you would have to be a resident of one of the nine participating member nations. However, with the introduction of lottery ticket sales agents you can now buy your requisite number of EuroMillions tickets via the web regardless of where you reside worldwide. If you desire a boost in your odds of winning the EuroMillions, you may want to reflect on registering as a member of an e-Lottery EuroMillions syndicate. As an e-Lottery syndicate member you receive a thirty-six times greater prospect of obtaining the jackpot in comparison to all those people purchasing tickets in the normal manner. With e-Lottery there are very few geographic barriers preventing members from joining and as a result the existing membership consists of persons from no less than 133 worldwide nations.
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