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EuroMillions FAQ

Can you buy a EuroMillions ticket online outside the EuroMillions countries?

Yes, you can. You can buy tickets for the EuroMillions from anywhere in the world on lottery messenger service theLotter.

How late can you buy a EuroMillions ticket?

You can buy your EuroMillions ticket up to a few hours before the draw. The official cutoff time is 20:30 CEST, but when you get the tickets online, you need to get them a couple of hours early.

Can foreigners buy EuroMillions tickets?

Yes, they can. The EuroMillions rules permit anybody to buy tickets for the game. The easiest way for foreigners to get tickets is purchasing them online.

Is it safe to buy EuroMillions tickets online?

Yes, it’s completely safe as long as you use the services of a reliable lottery messanger service such as theLotter.

Portugal

Prize Total Online
Up to €150 Prizes are paid directly into your online account.
Between €150 and €5,000 Prizes are paid directly into your bank account.
Over €5,000 Prizes are paid into your bank account after a 12-day period in which the award can be challenged.
Prize Total Authorised Retailer
Up to €150 Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer.
Between €150 and €5,000 Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer or lottery headquarters. Winnings will be paid by bank transfer.
Over €5,000 Paid by bank transfer from lottery headquarters following a 12-day period in which the award can be challenged.

EuroMillions players in Portugal have 90 days to claim any prizes.

Quelles sont les règles de l’EuroMillions ?

Les règles de l’EuroMillions sont on ne peut plus simples. Pour chaque grille EuroMillions validée, vous devez choisir deux ensembles de nombres :

  • 5 numéros principaux de 1 à 50.
  • 2 Bonnes Etoiles de 1 à 12.
  • Découvrez les 7 numéros sélectionnés lors du tirage pour remporter le jackpot.

Bien entendu, jouer en ligne ne diffère en rien, même sélection de numéros, jackpots ou prix secondaires similaires… En réalité il existe même plus d’options de jeux en ligne que via un revendeur officiel ! En ligne, vous pourrez jouer en groupe, vous abonner, opter pour des multi-tirages… De nombreuses option permettant d’augmenter significativement les cotes de gain de la loterie européenne.

Nouvelles règles EuroMillions 2020

En février 2020, les règles de la loterie Euromillions ont été modifiées et validées par l’ensemble des différents opérateurs européens. Si ces règles ne viennent pas modifier les probabilités de la loterie Euromillions, elles viennent en revanche modifier la façon dont sont attribué et distribuer les lots.

∙        Les gains des rangs intermédiaires sont abaissés avec les nouvelles règles Euromillions de 2020. La part des mises distribuées aux rangs 2 à 13 a été revue à la baisse pour l’ensemble des rangs.

∙        La part des mises dans l’augmentation du jackpot (rang n°1) a été renforcée, permettant aux cagnottes de grossir plus vite qu’auparavant. 

∙        Le plafond du jackpot EuroMillions a été revu à la hausse pour la première fois depuis 2004. Le montant maximum de la loterie européenne EuroMillions est fixé à 200 millions d’euros. Une fois atteint, il pourra être mis en jeu 5 fois de suite et lors d’une prochaine série, le plafond maximum sera étendu de 10 millions d’euros, pouvant atteindre au maximum 250 millions d’euros (10 millions d’euros en 10 millions d’euros).

Tous les changements des règles Euromillions 2020.

2nd Tirage (2nd Loto draw)

Players can also take part in a 2nd Loto draw for an extra €0.80 per line. This is a separate draw which sees five numbers selected between 1 and 49 – the Chance number is not used in the 2nd draw. Ticket holders play with their same numbers from the main game, and win prizes for matching between two and five numbers. The winning combinations, odds and prizes are as follows:

Winning Combination Odds of Winning Prize
Match 5 1 in 1,906,884 €100,000
Match 4 1 in 8,667 Estimated €500
Match 3 1 in 201 Estimated €30
Match 2 1 in 14 Estimated €3

The jackpot prize and the Match 2 prize are fixed amounts. The other two prizes are pari-mutuel so the amount varies between draws. The fixed prizes are paid first using money from the prize fund, then of the remaining fund, 28% goes to players in the Match 4 category and 72% is allocated to Match 3.

Meet the Team

There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to ensure that the website is up to date with accurate information for you. Meet the team who make it happen:

Sam Weren
Sam is our lottery expert content writer with 20+ years experience in the industry. He’s previously appeared on the BBC lottery programme and was a Lottery Guru for national newspapers including the Daily Mail.

Recent articles by Sam:

  • Systems and Strategies
  • Picking Lottery Numbers

Background:

Sam has been with us from the start providing invaluable expertise of the industry and countless cups of coffee. As a writer, Sam has a history in print publication, including the best-selling book ‘The National Lottery Book: Winning Strategies’.

Lewis Rutledge
Lewis is an experienced writer in several different areas, with an in-depth knowledge of how lotteries work.

Recent articles by Lewis:

  • UK Player Wins £79 Million EuroMillions Jackpot
  • Fourth EuroMillions Superdraw of 2020 Set for 20th November
  • Which EuroMillions Country is the Most Successful?

Background:

Lewis’ background as a sports writer helped him to gain an understanding of odds and betting strategies, before he joined the team several years ago. He prides himself on his knowledge of all things EuroMillions, even trivia about the biggest winners!

George Morley
George has worked in the lottery industry for over seven years and has an in-depth knowledge on local and foreign lotteries.

Recent articles by George:

  • £57.8M EuroMillions Jackpot Won in the UK
  • EuroMillions Prizes Changing from 1st February 2020
  • UK EuroMillions Player Wins £40 Million Jackpot

Background:

George joined Euro-Millions.com at the start of his professional career and specialises in Search Engine Optimisation. He is also certified in Google Analytics and plays a big part in day-to-day management of the site, such as running social media campaigns and being part of the results verification team.

Alex Kiam
Alex is a specialist author and money editor, who contributes his financial knowledge across the site and vets all news articles to guarantee accuracy.

Recent articles by Alex:

  • Are EuroMillions winnings taxed?
  • How to claim lottery prizes
  • How to spend £100 million

Background:

Alex Kiam is our resident financial whizz and the go-to guy for anything involving numbers. Having previously published books such as ‘Understand Financial Risk and Analysis in a Day’, Alex regularly contributes towards helpful articles on Euro-Millions.com.

Jim Coulson
Jim is a freelance content writer, blogger and voiceover who loves finding interesting stories from the world’s favourite lotteries.

Recent articles by Jim:

  • Can I Play EuroMillions and Claim Prizes in Another Country?
  • Your Big Rollover EuroMillions Questions Answered
  • Next European Millionaire Maker Draw Announced for 23rd February 2018

Background:

Jim writes articles about everything to do with EuroMillions, from information on the latest game rule changes to stories about the lottery’s biggest winners. He also provides the voiceover for some of the Euro-Millions.com videos found on this site.

Horaire de diffusion

À l’origine, un seul tirage de l’Euromillions était effectué chaque semaine, les vendredis soirs. Ce n’est que depuis le 10 mai 2011 que les joueurs ont l’on a pu voir apparaître un deuxième tirage de la loterie européenne chaque semaine, effectué cette fois-ci les mardis. À ce jour, il n’existe toujours que deux tirages de l’Euromillions chaque semaine, et les jours n’ont pas été modifiés : les mardis et vendredis.

Du fait de son internationalité, les résultats et rapports de gains ne sont pas nécessairement divulgués au même moment. Pour autant une chose est sûre : c’est à 20h précise que les prises de paris son clôturées, afin de permettre aux différentes sociétés organisatrices d’envoyer leurs prises de jeu à la Française des jeux, société centralisant celles-ci, et effectuant le tirage dans ses locaux.

Chaque pays a donc son processus et son horaire de diffusion des résultats. En Belgique par exemple, on peut déjà découvrir le montant de la prochaine cagnotte avant même que le résultat ne soit dévoilé, tandis que c’est l’inverse pour l’Irlande.

En France, le tirage du jeu My Million est effectué aux alentours de 20h40 et diffusé sur la chaîne TF1 depuis 2014 (anciennement France 2). Le tirage de l’Euromillions est quant à lui diffusé entre 22h et 23h en fonction de la grille des programmes télévisés. Les résultats sont en parallèle diffusés sur le site officiel de la FDJ, et accessibles en replat sur la plateforme de la chaîne TF1.En savoir plus sur les heures de tirages de l’Euromillions My Million

FAQ

Can you play EuroMillions abroad?

Yes, you can play the game online from anywhere in the world on theLotter. You don’t have to be in a EuroMillions country to play. All you have to do is log in and you can play online.

Until what time can you play EuroMillions?

You can play the game up until the cutoff time, which is 20:30 CEST. That’s just 15 minutes before the draw takes place. If you’re playing online, remember that you can only play up until a few hours before the draw.

How many countries play the EuroMillions?

The EuroMillions is a pan-European lottery played in nine countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Can you play EuroMillions in advance?

Belgium

Prize Total Online
Up to €500 Small prizes are added to your lottery account, although they are paid directly to your bank account instead if they would take the lottery account balance over €500.
Between €500 and €25,000 Prizes are paid directly into your bank account.
Over €25,000 Prizes must be collected from National Lottery headquarters in Brussels.
Prize Total Authorised Retailer
Up to €1,000 Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer. Should the retailer not have the required funds on the premises, you will need to return at a later date.
Between €1,001 and €2,000 These prizes can be paid by authorised retailers, however, if the money is not available you will be required to visit any regional lottery office or lottery headquarters in Brussels.
Between €2,001 and €25,000 Can be claimed by visiting any regional lottery office or lottery headquarters in Brussels.
Over €25,000 You must make an appointment to meet a representative at lottery headquarters in Brussels. The number to call is 02 238 45 54 or 0494 10 99 67.

EuroMillions players in Belgium have 20 weeks to claim any prizes.

UK Tax Implications

While there is no tax on lottery winnings in the UK, there are a number of important considerations to keep in mind if you are lucky enough to bank a substantial amount such as a EuroMillions jackpot.

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance tax (IHT) is paid when a UK resident dies and their estate is worth more than £325,000. Everything above that threshold will be taxed at 40 percent. If you win a large EuroMillions prize and your estate exceeds the £325,000 valuation, you should be aware of the rules regarding IHT and how it will affect your heirs.

It is very common for big winners to want to share their jackpot in some way, but if you want to make a gift without paying tax you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Give the gift more than seven years before you die.
  • Give the gift to your husband, wife, or civil partner.
  • Give less than your annual allowance of £3,000.

The seven-year rule is in place to stop people from giving money away just before they die so that they can avoid IHT. As long as you live for at least seven years after making your gift, you can give as much as you want to whoever you want without it being liable for IHT.

If you were to die within seven years, the recipient would have to pay IHT based on a sliding scale. The rate of tax is the full 40% if there are less than three years between you giving your gift and dying, and then it goes down to 32% in years three to four, 24% in years four to five, 16% in years five to six and 8% if there are between six and seven years between your gift and your death.

Any gifts made to your spouse or civil partner are exempt from IHT, so it would not matter if you died within seven years. You can also give gifts to any registered charity without being liable for tax, along with some national organisations, such as the National Trust, universities or museums.

You can also take advantage of the £3,000 ‘gift allowance’ each year without incurring IHT. If you give away more than this amount and pass away within seven years, the recipient would have to pay tax. It is possible to carry over your leftover allowance from one tax year to the next, but only up to a maximum of £6,000.

Other Tax-free Gifts

You can also give smaller gifts of up to £250 to as many people as you want without them being subject to IHT, although this would not include anyone who has already received gifts totalling the whole £3,000 annual exemption.

Wedding gifts can also be exempt from IHT, but only if they are made before the wedding and there has to be proof that the marriage does go ahead. You can make wedding gifts of up to £5,000 to a child, £2,500 to a grandchild or great-grandchild or £1,000 to anyone else. You can also make gifts to help pay the living costs of an ex-spouse, an elderly dependent or a child.

Syndicates

Lottery rules in the UK stipulate that only one person can be paid a prize, so when playing in a syndicate it is essential to have a formal agreement in place to show to tax authorities. This will prove the money was not just a gift and that everyone is entitled to their share. Anyone playing in an informal syndicate should be aware that they may have to pay inheritance tax on the full amount if the syndicate leader dies within seven years of the prize money being shared.

Tax on Interest

Most people can earn some interest from their savings without paying tax, but this might not be the case if you win a large enough EuroMillions prize. While there is no tax on the initial sum paid into your account, it may be that the win starts to produce an income through interest. This will then be taxed as part of your normal income tax.

The Advantages of Playing EuroMillions Online

Don’t play EuroMillions online just because it is the simplest way to get in the game! There are quite a few advantages that come with it! Take a look!

  • Convenience – Fill out your entry, make the online purchase, and you are done. Then, you can check results and catch up on the latest news online from the comfort of your own home.
  • Play EuroMillions with Official Tickets – theLotter gets you official EuroMillions tickets from authorized retailers and then stores them safely on your behalf. You are the only legal owner of the ticket, which means that you are entitled to all the winnings it may generate.
  • Safety – When you play with physical tickets, you have to find a safe place to store them. When you play EuroMillions on theLotter, your tickets are stored in a safe for you. If you win any of the EuroMillions prizes, you can rest assured that your entry is safe.
  • Automatic Win Notifications – Millions in prize money go uncollected every year. When you play online, you’ll be notified via email or SMS every time you win.
  • Play Strategy Opportunities – theLotter offers EuroMillions syndicates, bundles, and systematic forms, which can help you improve your odds of winning. Boost your game by playing online!

How My Million Works

A My Million code is automatically generated for every line of EuroMillions numbers purchased. There is no extra cost to enter the game.

Shortly after the main EuroMillions draw, one unique My Million code will be selected at random from all of the codes purchased for that particular draw. From time to time, special editions of My Million are held in which multiple prizes of €1 million are given away.

The odds of winning a My Million prize will vary from draw to draw as they are dependent on the number of EuroMillions tickets purchased, rather than correctly matching the numbers drawn in the main EuroMillions game.

Taxes in Other EuroMillions Countries

If you win a EuroMillions prize in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland or Luxembourg, you will not be taxed on your winnings, just like in the UK. However, winners will be taxed in Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

In Portugal, any prize worth more €5,000 is taxed at a rate of 20 percent, while there is a levy of 35 percent in Switzerland on any winnings over CHF1 million. Spanish prizes of more than €40,000 are subject to tax at 20 percent.

You can only claim a EuroMillions prize in the country where you bought your ticket, so you will have to accept the local rules on tax even if you are not a resident of the country.

EuroMillions et Covid19 : les changements pendant la période de confinement

La France est entrée en confinement dû à la crise du coronavirus le 16 mars 2020. La fin du confinement a été annoncée au 11 mai 2020.

Pendant cette période, certaines règles ont été modifiées par la Française des jeux concernant les tirages de l’Euromillions. Souhaitant conserver la continuité des services, la FDJ maintient l’ensemble des tirages, mais modifie les règles de perception des gains.

∙        Une grille Euromillions achetée avant le 16 mars a une durée de validée étendue à 150 jours contre 60 habituellement.

∙        Une grille Euromillions achetée après le 16 mars a une durée de validité étendue à 120 jours. Vous aurez donc entre 4 et 5 mois pour réclamer vos gains de façon exceptionnels.

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