One of the biggest and quite frankly most exciting super lottery games around has to be the EuroMillions. This pan-European super lottery was launched in 2004, by the joint efforts of French lottery company Française des Jeux, the UK’s National Lottery licence holder Camelot and the Spanish state lottery Loterías y Apuestas del Estado which is the operator for the El Gordo lottery. Since the big three of the European lottery world first embarked on this super lottery enterprise it has grown substantially, with Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, Belgium and Ireland all joining the fray, providing some of the most attractive lottery jackpots in the world today.
Due to the amount of ticket sales for this super lottery the amount of cash available to win as prizes can be amazing, usually for matching all the numbers correctly the estimated prize fund available to be won is in the region of €15,000,000 however with rollovers the prizes that are actually won are usually far in excess of this. The biggest individual super lottery Euromillions win recorded to date is €190,000,000 (equivalent to £148 million the time of winning), which was won in August 2012 by the UK ticket holders Adrian and Gillian Bayford. However, the biggest Sterling amount won in the EuroMillions was an impressive £161 million (€185 million) which was won in July 2011 by the UK ticket holders Colin and Chris Weir.
To participate in the Euromillions lottery is relatively simple; tickets can be purchased in the UK at the usual outlets as for the National Lottery as well as online at the National Lottery website. Five numbers are selected between 1 and 50 and two further numbers called ‘Lucky Stars’ are selected between 1 and 11. It is also possible to select a ‘lucky dip’ whereby numbers are randomly generated.
The draws are carried out each Tuesday and Friday in Paris, five balls are drawn first and then two lucky stars numbers are drawn, these numbers are the winning numbers. If no winner is declared then the prize fund will rollover to the following week and so on until it reaches the Jackpot Pool Cap, which was first reached in July 2011. It used to be the case that each time the jackpot pool cap was reached and then won the subsequent cap will increased by €5 million, however as of the 17th February 2012 the rules regarding the jackpot cap changed. It is stands now the jackpot cap cannot rise above €190 million and will not increase by €5 million no matter how many times it is reached. When the jackpot cap reaches €190 million it will stay at this amount of two draws. By the end of the second draw if the jackpot still hasn't been reached then the jackpot will roll down and be split by players in the next winning prize tier.
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