In the late 1990s, after the launch of the UK Lotto, the idea was put forward for a pan-European lottery across several European countries. Bureaucracy was such that the EuroMillions was to be consigned to history for a few years and it looked as though the draw may never take place. By 2004, all legal issues were resolved and the first EuroMillions draw took place, although the lottery was nowhere near as big as it is now. Originally there were three participating countries in the EuroMillions, France, the UK and Spain but it wasn’t long before other countries decided to join, making the rich EuroMillions history that we know today.
After ten years of legal wrangling and ironing out the fine print, the EuroMillions Lottery made history when it launched in 2004 as the only lottery draw in the world to span several countries. Now the EuroMillions players in nine European countries, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, UK, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, making the EuroMillions one of the biggest lottery draws in the world.
In early 2012, the EuroMillions jackpot cap was set at €190 million. So far, it has only been reached once in August 2012 when Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the full amount (an estimated £148.6 million). If the EuroMillions jackpot reaches the capped amount at any point in time, then it will stay at that amount for a maximum of two draws.The money from ticket sales that would have normally been added to the jackpot is transferred into the next winning prize tier. If there is no jackpot winner in the second draw, then the entire €190 million sum is rolled down and distributed to players in the highest winning prize tier.
The jackpot cap rolling down is an exciting event for players because there are considerably better odds of becoming a multi-millionaire.
The EuroMillions history is interesting and its success has been resounding with players across Europe considering it the No.1 lottery draw. Draws now take place every Tuesday and Friday evening, at 8.45pm in Paris and the jackpots the EuroMillions boasts are some of the biggest in the world.