Odds of winning Euromillions
To win the Euromillions jackpot prize, players need to match 5 main numbers from 50, and 2 lucky stars from 11. The Euromillions odds of this actually happening is approximately 116,531,800 to 1. To demonstrate how difficult it is to win the Euromillions many humorously state that statistically speaking:
- chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets are greater than your chances of winning.
- you are more likely to be killed by an alligator than you are to win the lottery.
- you have more chance of being hit by lightning 10 times than winning the lottery.
- you have more chance of having tea with the Queen than winning the lottery, etc.
Although the odds of winning the Euromillions lottery may appear very slim, the more than generous Euromillions jackpot prize can reach as much as 190 million euro. In the absence of a first prize winner, the money is rolled over to the next draw which will grow in successive categories until either a Euromillions jackpot winner is produced, or the Euromillions Pool Cap (190 million euro) is reached. In addition, these odds (116,531,800 to 1) actually refer to the odds of winning the Euromillions in one particular draw. Finally, and more encouragingly, the Euromillions lottery features 13 different tiers (consult Euromillions Prize Structure) thus, the odds of a Euromillions win is approximately 1 in 13. The typical 13 Euromillions payouts levels and their corresponding odds are displayed in the following table:
|Main numbers||Lucky stars||Odds of winning||% of fund|
|2||0||1 in 23||18.0%|
|2||1||1 in 46||17.6%|
|1||2||1 in 157||6.5%|
|3||0||1 in 327||3.7%|
|3||1||1 in 654||2.2%|
|2||2||1 in 822||2.3%|
|3||2||1 in 11,771||0.5%|
|4||0||1 in 14,387||0.7%|
|4||1||1 in 28,774||0.7%|
|4||2||1 in 517,920||0.8%|
|5||0||1 in 3,236,995||1.6%|
|5||1||1 in 6,473,989||4.8%|
|5||2||1 in 116,531,800||32.0%|
Record EuroMillions jackpot is won by a French player