September 2016 – EuroMillions Overhaul
September 2016 saw sweeping changes made to the EuroMillions format, including the introduction of new supplementary games in six countries and a €2 million increase to the minimum jackpot. The price of entry was increased as follows:
The price change covered the cost of new raffles and supplementary games implemented across Europe. With the new games came the introduction of a Europe-wide raffle event, the European Millionaire Maker. The first European Millionaire Maker raffle took place on Friday 28th October 2016, with 25 winning codes selected.
Another big change was the introduction to the game of a 12th Lucky Star; the odds of winning in each prize tier changed as a result:
|Match 5 + 2 Stars||1 in 116,531,800||1 in 139,838,160|
|Match 5 + 1 Star||1 in 6,473,989||1 in 6,991,908|
|Match 5||1 in 3,236,995||1 in 3,107,515|
|Match 4 + 2 Stars||1 in 517,920||1 in 621,503|
|Match 4 + 1 Star||1 in 28,774||1 in 31,076|
|Match 3 + 2 Stars||1 in 11,771||1 in 14,126|
|Match 4||1 in 14,387||1 in 13,812|
|Match 2 + 2 Stars||1 in 882||1 in 986|
|Match 3 + 1 Star||1 in 654||1 in 707|
|Match 3||1 in 327||1 in 314|
|Match 1 + 2 Stars||1 in 157||1 in 188|
|Match 2 + 1 Stars||1 in 46||1 in 50|
|Match 2||1 in 23||1 in 22|
|The overall odds of winning a prize remained at 1 in 13.|
The UK’s popular ‘Mega Friday’ promotional draw — which saw multiple £1 million raffle prizes and luxury non-cash prizes awarded on the last Friday of each month – also saw a major change. The event was expanded to offer prizes in two consecutive draws and was renamed ‘Mega Week’.
All changes came into effect as of Saturday 24th September 2016, with the very first Mega Week beginning on Tuesday 27th September. Ten raffle prizes of £1 million plus a 100-day round-the-world trip were given out, and a special €130 million Superdraw took place on Friday 30th September. Mega Week ran for nine months, with the last Mega Week draws taking place on Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th June 2017.
Changes Summary (General)
- Minimum jackpot increased from €15 million to €17 million
- European Millionaire Maker raffle introduced
- Ticket price increased in all participating countries
- The number of draws in which the jackpot could stay at its cap before triggering a rolldown increased from two to five
- Number of Lucky Stars increased from 11 to 12, resulting in a change to the odds of winning individual prizes
Changes Summary (UK)
- UK Mega Friday transformed into Mega Week, an occasional event that offered multiple Millionaire Maker prizes, and non-cash prizes including luxury holidays
- Number of UK Millionaire Maker prizes offered per draw increased from one to two. The chances of winning improved from 1 in 4.8 million to 1 in 1.9 million for a Tuesday draw, and from 1 in 7.5 million to 1 in 2.95 million for a Friday draw
Changes Summary (Rest of Europe)
- ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ supplementary game introduced to Ireland, offering ten €5,000 prizes every draw
- ‘El Millón’ supplementary raffle introduced to Spain, offering a €1 million prize every Friday
- ‘My Bonus’ supplementary raffle introduced to Belgium, offering 600 prizes of €500 and one prize worth €1 million every week
- ‘M1lhão’ supplementary raffle introduced to Portugal, offering a €1 million prize every Friday
- ‘2. Chance’ supplementary draw introduced to Switzerland, offering players the chance to win up to CHF150,000 using their main EuroMillions numbers
- ‘Etoile+’ add-on game introduced in France, offering increased prizes and additional prize tiers for matching Lucky Stars
Examples of Lottery Scams
As more and more people are becoming wise to lottery scams, fraudsters are getting increasingly creative. Here are just some examples of lottery scams you may receive:
Second Chance Lottery/Raffle
Usually based around a rollover draw, the scammer will claim you have won a prize in a ‘second chance’ EuroMillions draw. EuroMillions does not hold such ‘second chance’ draws. Unclaimed prizes are always either returned to the prize pool to pay winners in future draws or transferred to the good causes supported by the lottery.
Lottery Winner Trusts
Some scammers are using the names of known charitable lottery winners to try and extract personal information from the intended victim by claiming that the legitimate jackpot winner is looking to donate funds to people who are less fortunate or in need.
Anti Terrorism Agency
The victim receives a letter telling them there is a cheque waiting to be sent to them as soon as they pay a fee to an agency that ensures international money transfers over a certain value do not contain funds associated with terrorism.
To see an example of a scam letter received, visit the Example EuroMillions Scam page.
As different nations offer their own supplementary games, playing EuroMillions in another country allows you the opportunity to win additional prizes. Discover more about a game by tapping the link below.
Here are the games you can enter, along with the top prize available:
|Austria||Austria Joker||Jackpot varies|
|Belgium Joker||€200,000 (minimum)|
|France||My Million||€1 million|
|Etoile+||Increases value of main draw prize.|
|Ireland Only Raffle||€5,000|
|Spain||El Millon||€1 million|
|United Kingdom||UK Millonaire Maker||£1 million|