EuroMillions History

EuroMillions certainly has an interesting history and its popularity across the continent is clear to see, with millions of people playing the game twice a week.

The first EuroMillions draw took place on Friday 13th February 2004 with three participating countries France, Spain and the United Kingdom. In October 2004, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined the game, making EuroMillions one of the biggest lotteries in the world.

A rollover cap was introduced in 2006, with the jackpot allowed to roll over for 11 consecutive draws. If no player won the jackpot in the 12th draw, the entire sum of money would roll down into the next prize tier with winning players.

The first Superdraw was held on Friday 9th February 2007, offering a jackpot worth 100 million (66 million according to historical exchange rates). A Belgian player won the entire prize that same evening.

The rollover cap was removed in November 2009 and replaced with a jackpot cap of 185 million. At the same time, UK Millionaire Maker was launched under the name Millionaire Raffle.

In May 2011, a Tuesday draw was introduced to the game and the pool of Lucky Stars to choose from increased from 9 to 11.

In early 2012, lottery officials introduced a jackpot cap of 190 million. This total has only been reached twice, once in August 2012 when Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the full amount (an estimated 148.6 million) and again in October 2014 when an anonymous Portuguese ticket holder claimed the top prize. Should the jackpot reach the cap, it will stay at that amount for a maximum of five draws. During these draws, money from ticket sales that would have normally been added to the jackpot is allocated to the next prize tier with winners. If there is no jackpot winner in the fifth draw, then the entire 190 million sum is rolled down and distributed to players in the highest winning prize tier.

In September 2016, a number of changes were made to the game in order to generate larger jackpots on a more regular basis. These alterations included the introduction of a twelfth Lucky Star to the ball pool, starting jackpots increasing to 17 million, the addition of European Millionaire Maker events throughout the year and a number of supplementary games for players in each individual participating country.

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