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EuroMillions FAQs

If you have a question about EuroMillions, you may be able to find the answer below. If you need any more information about the game, including what prizes you can win and how to claim winnings, visit the EuroMillions information page.

How do I play EuroMillions?

Choose five main numbers from between 1 and 50, and two Lucky Stars from between 1 and 12. Match these numbers with those randomly selected in the EuroMillions draw you entered, and you win a prize. There are 13 ways to win in EuroMillions, from matching just two numbers to matching all five and both Lucky Stars.

When do draws take place?

Draws take place every Tuesday and Friday evening at approximately 8:00pm.

Where can I play EuroMillions?

EuroMillions is played in nine participating countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Anyone living in or visiting these countries can enter by purchasing a ticket from an authorised retailer. Alternatively, players across the world can participate by picking their numbers online.

Is there a minimum age limit for playing EuroMillions in Ireland?

Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a EuroMillions ticket.

What are the Lucky Stars?

In addition to selecting five main balls, you are also required to choose two additional numbers; these are known as Lucky Stars. Ranging from 1 to 12, Lucky Stars are randomly selected from a separate machine once the main EuroMillions numbers have been drawn. These extra numbers can increase the value of any prize and both must be matched with all five main numbers in order to win the jackpot.

Why do prizes differ from draw to draw?

EuroMillions prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning that they are determined by how many tickets are sold and how many people have won a prize. Unlike fixed prizes, which stay the same regardless of these factors, EuroMillions prizes can fluctuate from draw to draw.

Does EuroMillions have a jackpot cap?

Yes, the EuroMillions jackpot is capped at €190 million. Should the jackpot reach its cap, the prize will no longer be allowed to grow, with any additional money rolling down to winners in lower prize tiers. If no winner can be found after the fourth draw at €190 million, the entire jackpot rolls down to the winners in the next tier below. For more information, visit the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap page.

How much time do I have to collect a prize?

If you win a prize, you have 90 days from the date you won to collect it. If a prize remains unclaimed after 90 days, it is returned to the National Lottery for use in promotional draws and special events.

Are EuroMillions winnings taxed?

No, EuroMillions prizes are tax free in Ireland. If, however, you are playing online from outside Ireland, you may be subject to tax withholdings according to the laws in the country in which you played.

What is EuroMillions Plus?

EuroMillions Plus is a supplementary game that is played alongside the main draw. For an additional €1, your EuroMillions numbers are entered into the Plus draw, where you have more chances to win a prize – up to a jackpot of €500,000.

What is the Ireland Only Raffle?

The Ireland Only Raffle is included in the price of a EuroMillions ticket. As well as your entry into the main draw, you are given a randomly generated raffle code. Match it with one of 10 raffle codes randomly selected on the night of the EuroMillions draw and you win €5,000.

What is the EuroMillionaires Raffle Draw?

The EuroMillions Raffle draw is a special draw played by all nine participating countries. Raffle codes from each country’s raffle draws, including the Ireland Only Raffle, are entered into the EuroMillionaires Raffle Draw and twenty-five codes are drawn during the game, each of which win a €1 million prize.

EuroMillionaires Raffles are not scheduled for any specific time of the year; instead, the participating lotteries will announce when one is due to take place.