EuroMillions is the most popular lottery in Europe. It is an otherwise simple game but there are some rules that most players don’t explore. Here are some of the rules of EuroMillions game that you should be aware of.
First, the general rules of eligibility apply to all. You should be eighteen or older. In UK, you can qualify if you are sixteen or older. You should be a national of France, Spain, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Monaco, Luxembourg, Isle of Man, Andorra or Liechtenstein to be eligible. Nationals of other countries should check with their laws and the availability of online EuroMillions game concierges to know if they can get the tickets.
Now, let us explore some of the rarely talked about rules.
- You can claim your winnings in the same country where you have purchased the ticket. You cannot buy a ticket in Spain and claim your winnings in the UK. Also, if you have purchased the EuroMillions game tickets from a concierge service such as TheLotter, you have to claim your winnings from the concierge and not the operator of the lottery.
- All prizes need to be claimed within a timeline. The number of days varies from country to country. From the date of the draw, Austrians have 3 years to claim the prize, Belgians have 140 days, the French have 60 Days, the Irish have 90 days, a Luxembourgian has 60 days, a Portuguese has 90 days, the Spanish have 90 days, Swiss have 180 days and UK nationals have 180 days. Prizes cannot be claimed after the deadlines are up.
- To claim the EuroMillions game prize money, you need to have the ticket on you. Purchasers of the tickets are not by default the claimers. Anyone who has the ticket with the winning combinations gets to claim the prize. If a ticket is lost or misplaced and if someone other than the purchaser claims the prize, then EuroMillions or the concierge services are not accountable for the discrepancy.
Now that you know the fine print of the EuroMillions game, let us shed some light on a few useful facts. The odds of winning the jackpot in EuroMillions are about 1 in 116,531,800. The odds of winning any prize in EuroMillions are 1 in 13.
The EuroMillions draw is broadcast in Austria on ORF2, in Belgium on La Une and VRT Één, in France on TF1, in Ireland on RTE One, in Luxembourg on Télé Lëtzebuerg and RTL Lux, in Portugal on TVI, in Spain on TVE2, in Switzerland on RTS Deux and in the UK on BBC1.