How to Play EuroMillions
Ireland joined EuroMillions in October 2004 alongside Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland, eight months after the game originally launched in Spain, France and the UK. The game has become famous for giving away huge jackpots that can quickly reach nine figures.
To take part, players choose five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from a pool of 1 to 12 and must match all seven digits to claim the multimillion-Euro jackpot, which starts at €17 million. Tickets cost €2.50 and draws take place in Paris on Tuesday and Friday nights. Irish ticket holders also receive an entry into the Ireland Only Raffle for every line of EuroMillions numbers they purchase.
You can find the latest EuroMillions results soon after the numbers are drawn.
How to Win EuroMillions
You can buy EuroMillions tickets online and from authorised retailers across Ireland. Here are the combinations you need to win EuroMillions prizes and the odds of winning in each tier.
|Match||Odds of Winning||Estimated Prize||Percentage of Prize Fund|
|5 + 2||1 in 139,838,160||Varies (minimum €17 million||43.2% or 27%*|
|5 + 1||1 in 6,991,908||€303,798||3.95|
|5 + 0||1 in 3,107,515||€31,448||0.92%|
|4 + 2||1 in 621,503||€3,076||0.45%|
|4 + 1||1 in 31,076||€164||0.48%|
|3 + 2||1 in 14,126||€102||0.67%|
|4 + 0||1 in 13,812||€59||0.38%|
|2 + 2||1 in 986||€19||1.75%|
|3 + 1||1 in 707||€14||1.85%|
|3 + 0||1 in 314||€12||3.50%|
|1 + 2||1 in 188||€10||4.95%|
|2 + 1||1 in 50||€8||14.85%|
|2 + 0||1 in 22||€4||18.25%|
*During the first six draws of a rollover cycle (starting from the first draw with the base jackpot of €17 million), approximately 43.2% of the prize fund is allocated to the jackpot, with 4.8% allocated to the Reserve Fund. Starting from the seventh draw until the jackpot is won or it rolls down, 27% percent of the prize fund is allocated to the jackpot, with 21% diverted to the Reserve Fund.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 13. Players have 90 days from the date of the relevant draw to claim EuroMillions prizes from tickets purchased in Ireland.
The minimum jackpot is worth €17 million, but its value can quickly increase due to rollovers and high levels of ticket sales. The EuroMillions jackpot is capped once it reaches €190 million; it can then stay at this amount for four draws if needed, but if there is no winner in the fourth draw at the jackpot cap, the full amount rolls down to the next prize tier with winning players and is shared equally across all tickets.
The EuroMillions jackpot has hit €190 million on two occasions, with UK couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford claiming the prize on 10th August 2012 and a Portuguese ticket holder winning the same amount on Friday 24th October 2014.
EuroMillionaire's Raffle Draw
As part of changes to EuroMillions in September 2016, the EuroMillionaire’s Raffle Draw was introduced. This special game guarantees that a pre-determined number of tickets from across all nine participating EuroMillions countries will win €1 million in a single night.
All Irish tickets entered into the EuroMillionaire’s Raffle Draw will receive a code beginning with the letter ‘I’, followed by three more letters and five numbers. On the night of a EuroMillionaire’s Raffle Draw, a predetermined number of codes entered into the draw are randomly selected to win prizes.
Here is a list of all the EuroMillionaire’s Raffle Draws to date:
|Date||Number of Prizes||Value of Prizes Offered|
|28th October 2016||25||€1 million|
Irish EuroMillions Winners
There have been a number of Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners since the country joined the game in October 2004:
|29th July 2005||€115.4 million||Dolores McNamara of Limerick.|
|25th June 2013||€93.9 million||Ticket bought in Beaumont, Dublin. Split €187.9 million jackpot with a Belgian player.|
|19th September 2014||€86.7 million||Syndicate who bought their ticket in Ballybrack, Dublin.|
|29th January 2016||€66.1 million||Split €132.3 million jackpot with a French player.|
|12th June 2009||€29.4 million||Ticket bought in Dublin. Split €58.8 million with a UK player.|
|1st April 2014||€15 million||Ticket bought in Castlebar, Co Mayo.|
|4th July 2008||€15 million||Ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.|
|6th September 2013||€12.8 million||Ticket bought in Ardkeen, Co Waterford. Split €25.6 million jackpot with a Spanish player.|
|1st July 2016||€23.8 million||A 22-strong syndicate from Dublin, consisting of 21 drivers and an inspector.|
The Irish EuroMillions supplementary game is EuroMillions Plus, which allows you to enter the five main numbers, but not the Lucky Stars, from your EuroMillions line into an additional draw for an extra opportunity to win. Access to EuroMillions Plus costs €1 on top of the usual EuroMillions ticket price.