Changes to EuroMillions
Changes to EuroMillions took place on Saturday 24th September 2016, coming into force in time for the draw on Tuesday 27th September. The tweaks to the game allow jackpots to grow quicker to larger amounts, provide exciting pan-European events like the EuroMillionaires Raffle Draw and saw an Ireland Only Raffle introduced. Here are the main EuroMillions changes:
- Larger rolling jackpots.
- The base level jackpot rose from €15 million to €17 million.
- The Ireland Only Raffle guarantees to pay out ten prizes of €5,000 in every draw.
- The Lucky Stars pool increased from 11 to 12.
- The cost of a EuroMillions line rose to €2.50 from €2.
- Special EuroMillionaires Raffle Draw events will be held occasionally throughout the year.
EuroMillions Jackpot Changes
After jackpots are won, the guaranteed minimum top prize is set at €17 million instead of the previous €15 million; this is funded by an increase in ticket prices to €2.50 per line and a larger proportion of the prize pool being directed to the jackpot fund. This also means that the top prize can roll quicker, which is expected to result in bigger jackpots appearing more often.
The jackpot cap of €190 million remained, but whereas previously it could only stand at that level for one draw before it had to be won, there can now be four draws at €190 million before the full amount rolls down to the next prize tier with winners.
Additional EuroMillions Games
EuroMillionaires Raffle Draw events will be scheduled at different points across the year, with multiple prizes of €1 million guaranteed to be won on the night. All players who buy lines for the corresponding main draw will entered into the competition thanks to automatically-generated codes on their tickets. The first such draw took place on Friday 28th October, with 25 prizes distributed across the nine participating nations.
The Ireland Only Raffle ensures that ten participants in the Republic win €5,000 every time EuroMillions is drawn.
Changes to Odds of Winning
Due to the extra Lucky Star, the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot rose from 1 in 116,531,800 to 1 in 139,838,160. However, the odds of winning any prize remain at 1 in 13.
Make sure you visit the Irish.National-Lottery News pages to keep up to date with the latest information from this exciting pan-European lottery.