As the European Union has continued to expand over the years, there is really no lottery that spans all the members of the EU. However, a lottery involving a considerable number of European countries does exist. This is called the EuroMillions.
The EuroMillions was launched by Camelot in the 7th of February in 2004. Originally, only the UK, France, and Spain were the countries involved in the lottery. Later on in the same year, however, more European countries joined the endeavor. These are Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland.
To join the EuroMillions, you only have to purchase a ticket worth 2 euros. In the UK, however, the tickets cost the equivalent in Pound Sterling. In Switzerland, a ticket would set you back the equivalent in Swiss Franc. The jackpot and other prizes are determined depending on the participation in each country. Each Friday, the draws are held in Paris.
How do you play the EuroMillions? It is quite simple, actually. You can choose 5 main numbers and 2 lucky star numbers. For the main numbers, you can pick out any integer from 1 to 50. For the lucky star numbers, you can pick out any integer from 1 to 9. There are two machines which are used during the draw. The Stresa is the one which contains the balls with which are numbered from 1 to 50 while the Paquerette is the machine with the balls numbered from 1 to 9. During each draw, the 5 main numbers and 2 lucky star numbers are picked at random.
The prize structure is based on how many main numbers and lucky star numbers you get. The odds of winning any prize at all are 1:24. In case the jackpot is not won in a week, the amount is carried over to the next drawing, making the prize even larger. However, if, after 12 weeks, the jackpot still has not been won, it would be rolled down. That is, the amount will be spread among the winners at the next level.
The EuroMillions is perhaps the most popular lottery in Europe today. This may be due to the fact that many countries participate in each draw. In addition to this, all the winnings of a person will be awarded to him in full. That is, no taxes are deducted. Though the odds of winning are not that all great, you do win big time when you do.
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