UK players now get a second chance to win with EuroMillions. A new draw started on Friday 13th November 2009 called EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle. This is drawn every week before the main EuroMillions draw takes place.
The big prize is £1 Million, and because the game is a raffle, it is guaranteed to be won by someone every week.
Who Can Play?
Only players buying tickets in the UK are included in the draw. This is an add-on game for the UK only.
How Do You Play?
You just buy your EuroMillions ticket as normal. But each ticket will now automatically include an extra raffle number unique to that ticket only.
If you buy more than one line of numbers, you will receive a unique raffle number for each entry.
What Does A Millionaire Raffle Number Look Like?
Raffle numbers are 9 digits long, made up of three letters then six numbers, like this ABC123456.
Can I Pick My Own Numbers?
Sorry, no. Each raffle number is created when printing your EuroMillions ticket. But it doesn't matter anyway because one number is selected at random out of just those allocated (i.e. a raffle, not a lottery). That ticket wins 1 Million.
What Are The Chances Of Winning?
The EuroMillions odds have not changed. But your chances of winning the Millionaire Raffle depend on how many people in the UK buy a EuroMillions ticket. That varies from week to week.
Typically about 6 million tickets are sold in the UK each week. So your odds will tend to be around 1-in-6 million. But special draws and rollover draws sell a lot more tickets, so the odds will be a lot worse for those weeks.
What's The Catch?
Well the catch is, if you live in the UK you now have to pay 2 UK pounds for a EuroMillions ticket! (Tickets used to be 1.50). So you're effectively paying 50p to play Millionaire Raffle. Unfortunately it's not optional, but it isn't terrible value for money either given the prize and typical odds.
Can I Play If I Don't Live In The UK?
Only EuroMillions tickets bought in the UK will include the raffle number.
If you do want to play but don't live in the UK, you can join a UK based EuroMillions Syndicate (if they buy their tickets in the UK all their tickets will include the Millionaire Raffle entry).