Changes to EuroMillions in September 2016

September 2016 brought big changes to EuroMillions as the game sought to create more millionaires than ever before. Europe’s biggest lottery introduced new special draws, bigger rolling jackpots, an additional Lucky Star to choose from and much more. These changes came into effect on Tuesday 27th September, presenting players with more opportunities to win life-changing prizes.

Bigger Jackpots

To celebrate the new changes to EuroMillions, a special jackpot worth an estimated £100 million (guaranteed €130 million) was offered on Friday 30th September, while regular Superdraws with jackpots of £75 million (guaranteed €100 million) were introduced to take place several times a year.

More money was allocated to the jackpot fund than ever before, helping jackpots to grow at a faster rate as the top prize rolls over. The changes helped to increase the average value of the jackpot, with top prizes of £50 million or greater now far more common.

The value of the starting jackpot also increased, going from €15 million (approximately £12 million) to €17 million (approximately £14 million). The jackpot cap was untouched, remaining at €190 million (estimated £165 million), but instead of only staying at that limit for one draw before having to be won, the top prize now stays at €190 million for four draws before it is either won or is rolled down and shared among the next-highest prize tier with winning players.

New Prizes and Odds

An additional Lucky Star was added to the ball pool, which means that players must select two Lucky Stars from a possible 12 instead of from 1 to 11 as they did before the changes were brought into play. Players still pick five main numbers from a separate pool of 1 to 50. The odds of winning the jackpot also changed to 1 in 139,838,160, but the overall chances of winning any prize on the game remained at 1 in 13.

New Special EuroMillions Draws

The number of winning UK Millionaire Maker codes drawn in every game increased from one to two, although this changed back to one in January 2019. In addition, Mega Week promotions occasionally take place, in which several UK ticket holders are given the chance to scoop £1 million and a luxurious non-cash prize.

Other participating countries also launched their own special draws as part of the changes to the main EuroMillions game. For example, players in Ireland were given the opportunity to win one of ten guaranteed prizes of €5,000 in every draw, while in Switzerland a player’s five main EuroMillions numbers were entered into a second-chance draw for the opportunity to win up to CHF150,000.

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