People are always asking me: What is Euro Millions? Particularly Americans, who play Powerball and Mega Millions, and who have vaguely heard about this European lottery game, but don’t know much about it.
Well, let me tell you, it’s an awesome twice a week, big jackpot game.
Whenever I’m in Europe on a gambling junket (last time was a year ago, in London), I always play EuroMillions, the Powerball-like multi-country game that is NOW played on both Tuesday and Fridays (the draw takes place in Paris).
It’s a cool game that takes the Powerball concept and gives it a bit of a twist.
You pick five balls correctly and then two more lucky balls.
Pick them all and you win the jackpot, millions of euros.
The game began in February 2004, with nine participating countries, including the U.K., France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Belgium.
The jackpots start at 15 million euros, depending on the U.S. rate exchange, that comes to about 19 million U.S. dollars. And when no one wins, it rolls over. And over. And over.
After many years of an unchanged format, Euro Millions changed it’s matrix on the 9th of May, 2011.
Originally a 5/50 and 2/9, the new matrix is a 5/50 and a 2/11, with the added excitement of an additional weekly draw held on Tuesdays, along with the Friday draw.
Add to this this a new prize level and improved overall odds, and Euro Millions has continued its reign as one of the world’s most exciting lotteries.
I love playing it. AND, if you read this web site regularly, along with my www.lotterymoments.com, you’ll often find stories about Euro Millions winners.
So if you’re in Europe, and love to gamble, as I do, playing the game might just bring you riches beyond your fondest dreams.