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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.

How to Play

How do you play EuroMillions?

To play EuroMillions, you must select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Star numbers between 1 and 12. You can buy tickets from authorised retailers in any of the nine participating countries, or enter online. View the How to Play EuroMillions page for a step-by-step guide to taking part.

What is the cut-off time for ticket sales?

Ticket sales close at 7:30pm UK time on the night of a draw. Sales remain closed until the draw has taken place, reopening shortly after for the next draw.

Can you enter more than one draw in advance?

You can buy tickets for up to four weeks in advance, entering either the Tuesday draw each week, the Friday draw, or both. It is therefore possible to enter your numbers into eight consecutive draws by playing every Tuesday and Friday for four weeks. You can also sign up to play continuously by direct debit.

Can the same number appear as a main number and a Lucky Star?

Yes, the Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate pool of 12 numbers. You can therefore select the same number(s) as a Lucky Star and a main ball.

How much does it cost to play?

The cost of a single EuroMillions play in the UK is £2.50. This price also enters you automatically into the Millionaire Maker.

Can you play EuroMillions if you don’t live in a participating country?

EuroMillions tickets are available from retailers in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, as well as the UK. However, the game can also be played online in other countries thanks to online concierge and betting services. Go to the Tickets page to take part.

Европейские лотереи

Лотереи в Европе чрезвычайно популярны. По статистике, в них хотя бы раз в жизни принимали участие 70% населения, а большинство из них делает это регулярно. Основные и наиболее масштабные розыгрыши перечислены здесь.

Eurojackpot

Испытай удачу в Eurojackpot →

Одна из наиболее молодых европейских лотерей, в которую с 2012 года играют жители Евросоюза. Сейчас в розыгрыше могут принимать участие 14 стран. Проходит еженедельно по пятницам.

    • Правила игры: участник должен выбрать 5 номеров из 50, и два дополнительных из десяти
    • Вероятность сорвать джекпот: один шанс на 95,5 миллионов
    • Размеры возможного выигрыша начинаются от десяти миллионов евро и могут достигать девяноста миллионов
  • Есть несколько интернет-сайтов, которые имеют лицензию на продажу онлайн билетов
  • Участникам должно быть не менее 18 лет, но возраст может быть изменен в зависимости от того, каковы законы его родной страны

Euromillions

Попытай счастье в Euromillions →

Этой лотерее уже 15 лет, на настоящий момент она доступна в тринадцати странах.

  • Розыгрыши проходят в Париже дважды в неделю: во вторник и пятницу
  • Игрок должен самостоятельно или с помощью генератора случайных чисел выбрать пять цифр из пятидесяти и два счастливых числа из двенадцати
  • Вероятность выигрыша: сорвать джекпот есть один шанс на 117 миллионов
  • Реальный шанс на получение любого приза составляет один из тринадцати
  • Существует лимит для джекпота, который равняется 185 миллионам евро. Все суммы, превышающие его, отходят победителю следующей категории
  • Играть могут жители стран, участвующих в лотерее, достигшие 18 лет. В Великобритании разрешено участвовать в играх с 16 лет

Superenalotto (Италия)

Сыграйте в Superenalotto →

Лотерея Superenalotto проходит под флагом Италии трижды в неделю во вторник, четверг и субботу.

  • Игроку необходимо выбрать шесть номеров в пределах шестидесяти
  • Срывает джекпот тот, кто угадал все шесть чисел
  • Джекпот не имеет лимита, соответственно повышаться может без ограничений до любой суммы, пока один из игроков не выиграет
  • Минимальная сумма составляет два миллиона евро

La Primitiva (Испания)

Купи билет, а второй получи в подарок! →

Национальная испанская лотерея, которая проводится дважды в неделю. Лотерее Ла Примитива более 250 лет, хотя с 60-х годов XIX века до 80-х XX века тиражи не проводились.

  • Необходимо выбрать 6 чисел из 49
  • Джекпот в итоге получает тот игрок, у которого кроме всех шести чисел также совпал бонусный номер от одного до девяти – он проставляется на билете до того, как его купят. Для этого номера (он называется Reintegro) существует отдельный лототрон (Lottothrill) с девятью шарами
  • Минимальный банк составляет три миллиона евро с шагом в четыреста тысяч. Лимита у него нет

Bonoloto (Испания)

Играть в Bonoloto →

Испанская лотерея Бонолото – одна из самых популярных. Розыгрыши в ней проводяться четырежды в неделю.

  • Необходимо выбрать шесть чисел от 1 до 49
  • Джекпот начинается с суммы в 400 тысяч евро, из-за частых тиражей значительных величин не достигает. Максимальным за всю историю считается розыгрыш семи миллионов евро

El Gordo (Испания)

Играй в El Gordo →

Еженедельная воскресная испанская лотерея.

  • Игрок выбирает 5 чисел от единицы до пятидесяти четырех и одну дополнительную цифру в пределах от нуля до девяти
  • Джекпот начинается от ста тысяч евро, не лимитирован

Loteria de Navidad (Испания)

Участвуй в рождественском розыгрыше от Loteria de Navidad →

Ежегодная рождественская лотерея, которой уже более двухсот лет, проводится в конце декабря в Испании. В нее играет практически все взрослое население страны.

Так как лотерея Loteria de Navidad (сорри за тавтологию) является международной, то и жители других государств могут попытать в ней счастья. В тираже каждый год разыгрываются не менее 11 разных категорий призов, при этом выигрыш самого большого размера составляет 4 миллиона евро.

Правила игры: достаточно просто купить билет. Каждый из них разделен на десять частей, одна часть стоит двадцать евро. Можно приобрести любое количество.

Все о лотерее EuroMillions

Думаю, это логично – немного узнать об истории возникновения и традициях лотереи, прежде чем начинать играть. А в ЕвроМиллионах особенно интересны финансовые традиции – распределение средств. Уверен, что они вас приятно шокируют.

Но начнем сначала – с самых истоков, с зарождения лотереи.

Это было не так давно – первый розыгрыш состоялся в 2004 году в Париже, заявленный главный приз составлял 15 миллионов евро и его выиграл участник из Франции.

Изначально ЕвроМиллионы учредили три станы: Великобритания, Франция и Испания. Позже к ним присоединились другие участники, и теперь число соучредителей составляет 13 стран.

Джекпот лотереи имеет накопительный характер с граничным «потолком» –  то есть при достижении суммы главного приза определенной черты (190 миллионов евро) повышение прекращается. Если и эту огромную сумму никто не выигрывает, учредители начинают повышать призы второй и третьей категорий. И если результаты тиражей Евромиллионов не радуют Джекпотом, то они обязательно окрыляют обладателей второстепенных выигрышей, ведь тогда вся сумма равномерно распределяется между ними.

Но и это еще не самое интересное в лотерее. Оказывается, что учредители проекта –  очень альтруистичные люди. Себе они оставляют только 0,5% от вырученной за продажу билетов суммы.

Остальное распределяют таким образом:

  • 50% — на призы победителям всех категорий;
  • 28% — на поддержку благотворительных фондов;
  • 12% — в государственную казну;
  • 5% — комиссионные распространителям билетов;
  • 4,5% — на текущие расходы.

Questions or Comments About EuroMillions

Please, I invite you to join the conversation. If you have questions about the EuroMillions game, please let me know.  If you have comments about this article, then leave your comment below. Thank you for reading

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The Huge Difference Between Odds and Probability

Odds and probability are two different terms with two different equations.  The difference between the two can be best describe when we study the composition of combinations. 

As a lotto player, you don’t have the power to change the underlying probability and you cannot beat the odds of the Euromillions game.  But you have the power to know all the possible choices and make the right decision based on those choices.

And making the right choice is possible when you know the difference between odds and probability.

What is the difference?

Probability refers to the measurement that an event will likely occur.  And we measure the likelihood by using the formula:

We normally expressed the results of this formula in percentage.

Now, to get the odds, we use this formula instead:

What you get from this formula is a ratio.

So the difference is that the probability is the measurement of chance while the odds are the ratio of success to failure.

In layman’s term, the difference between odds and probability can be described in the following way:

Probability = Chance

Odds = Advantage

That is, you cannot control the probability and you cannot beat the odds, but at least you can choose the best odds and get the best ratio of success to failure.

Let’s consider the combination 2-4-6-8-10. This combination is composed of 5 even numbers with no odd numbers. This combination belongs to the 0-odd-5-even group.

In the Euromillions game, there are 53,130 ways you can combine 5 numbers that are all even numbers and no odd numbers.

Therefore we calculate the odds of a 0-odd-5-even in the following way:

Odds of 5-even-0-odd = 53,130 / 2,065,630

This means that 2-4-6-8-10 and all similar combinations under the group of 0-odd-5-even will give you 2 or 3 opportunities to match the winning combinations for every 100 attempts that you play the Euromillions game.

As you can see, a combination such as 2-4-6-8-10 offers a very low ratio of success.

In comparison, you will have a better ratio of success when you pick a more balanced odd and even numbers.

Let’s prove that.

There are 690,000 ways you can combine numbers of type 3-odd-2-even. If we calculate the odds, we get:

Odds of 3-odd-2-even = 690,000 / 1,428,760

In simple terms, a 3-odd-2-even combination will give you the opportunity to match the winning numbers 32 to 33 times in every 100 attempts that you play the Euromillions game.

If we compare the two classes of combinations, we can see a big difference:

0-odd-5-even VS 3-odd-2-even

0-odd-5-even 3-odd-2-even
2 to 3 opportunities to match the winning numbers in every 100 draws 32 to 33 opportunities to match the winning numbers in every 100 draws
The worst ratio of success The best ratio of success
The worst choice An intelligent choice

In a random event like the Euromillions game, making an intelligent choice requires mathematical strategy.  We calculate all the possible choices and finally make an intelligent choice.

Remember this: As a EuroMillions player, your objective is to get a better ratio of success to failure. Know all the possible choices and make an intelligent choice.

I explained the details of this mathematical strategy in my article The Lottery and the Winning Formula of Combinatorial Math and Probability Theory.

But to give you a gist of how to make an intelligent choice, let’s dig deeper through these combinatorial patterns below.

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.

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.

Predicting the Outcome of the EuroMillions Draw

You have to understand that probability theory is simply a reliable guide.  Naturally, the expected frequency and the actual frequency will not always match exactly.

You use probability to predict the future outcome of the game to guide you on how to play your game.

For example, if we want to know in advance the outcome of EuroMillions after 2000 draws, we use the same formula for expected frequency:

If we are to predict the outcome of all the odd-even patterns, we will come up with the following prediction table below:

Pattern Probability Estimated Occurrence in 2000 draws
3-odd-2-even 0.3256621797655230 651 times
2-odd-3-even 0.3256621797655230 651 times
4-odd-1-even 0.1492618323925310 299 times
4-even-1-odd 0.1492618323925310 299 times
All-odd 0.0250759878419453 50 times
All-even 0.0250759878419453 50 times

As a smart EuroMillions player, you don’t want to waste your money on patterns with low probability. That is the power of probability calculation as we apply it in EuroMillions.

As a lotto player, you want to win the jackpot. Therefore, you should stick with either 3-odd-2-even or 2-odd-3-even and forget about the rest of the patterns.

You get the same idea when it comes to low-high patterns.  You don’t want to pick a combination whose composition is purely low numbers or strictly high numbers.

However, EuroMillions is not only about low-high or odd-even patterns.

We discuss low-high and odd-even patterns to show that the lottery can be predicted to an extent.  But the low-high and odd-even patterns don’t provide the whole picture of the EuroMillions game.

You must understand the EuroMillions game as a whole if you want to win the game.  For you to achieve that, you have to understand intricate combinatorial patterns, which is the real key to EuroMillions’ success.

Let’s proceed to discuss what advanced patterns can do to level up your lotto playing strategy.

Total Winners to Date

The total number of EuroMillions winners across all thirteen prize tiers is shown below. This is updated shortly after the latest draw has taken place.

Number of players that have won a EuroMillions prize since 13th February 2004:

2,000,000,000

To view a comprehensive breakdown of winners from all countries, visit the Winner Statistics page.

Biggest Jackpot Winners from the UK

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Tuesday 8th October 2019 £170,221,000 Anonymous
Tuesday 12th July 2011 £161,653,000 Colin and Chris Weir, Largs, Scotland
Friday 10th August 2012 £148,656,000 Adrian and Gillian Bayford, Haverhill, Suffolk
Tuesday 11th June 2019 £123,458,008 Anonymous
Tuesday 24th April 2018 £121,328,187 Anonymous
Tuesday 1st January 2019 £114,969,775 Patrick and Frances Connolly, Moira, Northern Ireland

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Austria

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Friday 16th May 2008 €55,609,411 Anonymous, Carinthia
Tuesday 19th August 2014 €54,304,297 Anonymous, Tirol
Friday 6th March 2009 €50,000,000 Anonymous, Styria
Friday 5th March 2010 €46,258,004 Anonymous, Burgenland
Tuesday 8th May 2018 €45,566,998 Anonymous, Tirol

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Belgium

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Tuesday 11th October 2016 €168,085,323 Anonymous, Schaerbeek
Tuesday 2nd June 2017 €153,873,716 Anonymous, Flemish Region
Tuesday 21st August 2018 €107,839,228 Anonymous, Flemish Region
Friday 9th February 2007 €100,000,000 Anonymous, Tirlemont
Tuesday 25th June 2013 €93,968,807 Anonymous

Biggest Jackpot Winners from France

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Tuesday 13th November 2012 €169,837,010 Anonymous, Alpes-Maritime
Tuesday 13th September 2011 €162,256,622 Anonymous, Calvados
Tuesday 1st September 2020 €157,170,843 Anonymous, Bas-Rhin
Friday 29th March 2013 €132,486,744 Anonymous, Seine-et-Marne
Friday 21st December 2012 €101,835,641 Anonymous, Haute-Garonne

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Ireland

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Tuesday 19th February 2019 €175,475,380 Anonymous, Co Dublin
Friday 29th July 2005 €115,436,126 Dolores McNamara, Co Limerick
Tuesday 25th June 2013 €93,968,807 Anonymous, Co Dublin
Tuesday 24th January 2017 €88,587,275 Anonymous, Co Dublin
Friday 19th September 2014 €86,732,923 Anonymous, Co Dublin

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Luxembourg

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Friday 27th September 2013 €65,793,284 Anonymous
Friday 9th January 2015 €31,666,941 Anonymous
Friday 24th January 2020 €28,601,720

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Portugal

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Friday 24th October 2014 €190,000,000 Anonymous, Castelo Branco
Friday 20th November 2015 €163,553,041 Anonymous, Eiras
Friday 17th January 2020 €100,779,289 Anonymous, Mafra
Friday 6th March 2015 €100,000,000 Anonymous
Tuesday 14th March 2017 €80,571,199 Anonymous, Faro

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Spain

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Friday 6th October 2017 €190,000,000 Anonymous, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Tuesday 7th July 2020 €144,542,315 Anonymous, Mayorga, Valladolid
Friday 13th June 2014 €137,313,501 Anonymous, Parla, Madrid
Friday 7th February 2020 €130,000,000 Anonymous, Madrid
Friday 25th September 2020 €130,000,000 Anonymous, Valladolid

Biggest Jackpot Winners from Switzerland

Draw Date Jackpot Won Winner(s)
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 €162,403,002 | CHF 183,897,039.30 Anonymous, North-West Switzerland
Tuesday 19th December 2017 €135,346,147 | 157,096,272.80 Anonymous, Zurich
Friday 23rd August 2013 €93,948,087 | CHF 115,507,763.80 Anonymous, Valais
Friday 6th April 2018 €76,119,641 | CHF 89,415,763.15 Anonymous
Tuesday 11th November 2011 €67,939,183 | CHF 83,979,625.35 Anonymous
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