Who else wants to walk away with millions of euros from one of the biggest lottery jackpots on the planet? If you said you wanted in, then you definitely need to run to buy your tickets for the Euro Millions jackpot lottery. Similarly to the American Mega Millions and Power Ball lotteries, the Euro Millions lottery is a multi state (or multi country, depending on what you call a state) lottery.
Initially, when the lottery was created in 2004, only three countries participated in the lottery – the United Kingdom, France and Spain. However, the lotto mania quickly spread across Europe with Austria, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland all joining the party (yes, even the Swiss, who are fiercely independent and don’t participate in the European Union knew a good thing when they see it). Officially based in Paris, the Euro Millions jackpot drawing is held every Friday in that city.
The Euro Millions lottery game works in much the same way as multi state lottery games in the United States. You have to pick five numbers out of 50 main numbers. Then, you pick two additional numbers between one and nine which are called “lucky star” numbers. In order to win the jackpot, you need to hit all five main numbers plus the two lucky star numbers. However, there are a total of 12 prize options available meaning that your chances of winning something from the Euro Millions lottery are quite good.
The jackpot also increases over time if no one wins on the initial draw, meaning that you potentially could win hundreds of millions of euros in the Euro Millions lottery (the largest prize ever was a whopping €183 million, or about $260 million as of May, 2011).
As noted, the grand prize jackpot in the Euro Millions lottery requires picking the 5 main numbers along with the two lucky star numbers. However, you could also win by picking five main numbers plus one lucky star, four main numbers, plus two lucky star numbers, four main numbers plus one lucky star number and so on and so forth all the way to simply picking the two lucky star numbers along with one main number.
Officially, you must be a European citizen in one of the participating countries to win the jackpot in the Euro Millions lottery. However, with the advent of the Internet, tickets are now being sold to anyone who cares to play the game, even if they don’t happen to be lucky enough to live in one of the participating countries.
The only requirement is that you must be at least 18 years of age to participate or 16 years of age if you live in the UK. And of course, you need to have a dream about what you’ll do with all that money when you hit the jackpot in the Euro Millions lottery (though we imagine you probably will fit that requirement into your life rather easily regardless of where you are in the world).