EuroMillions History

There have been many events in the history of EuroMillions since the game started in 2004, including format alterations and the addition of new draws, such as the El Millón raffle that was introduced in 2016.

You can find a historical overview of major events and changes to the game below, with the most recent first:

Tuesday 27th 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 12th Lucky Star to the ball pool, the increase of starting jackpots from €15 million to €17 million, the addition of Rain of Millionaires events throughout the year and Spain's very own El Millón draw.

Thursday 12th January 2012

Lottery officials introduced a jackpot cap of €190 million. This total has been reached three times since, once in August 2012 by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK, again in October 2014 when an anonymous Portuguese ticket holder claimed the top prize, and most recently by a Spanish player in October 2017.

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.

Tuesday 10th May 2011

A Tuesday draw was introduced to the game and the pool of Lucky Stars to choose from increased from 9 to 11.

Saturday 7th November 2009

The rollover cap was removed and replaced with a jackpot cap of €185 million.

Friday 9th February 2007

The first Big Friday draw was held, offering a jackpot worth €100 million. A Belgian player won the entire prize that same evening.

Friday 20th January 2006

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.

Friday 8th October 2004

Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined EuroMillions, bringing the total number of participating countries to nine. No more countries have joined the game since this date.

The number of winners from each country in the first draw with all nine participating countries was:

Friday 13th February 2004

The first EuroMillions draw took place with three participating countries – France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The number of winners from each country in the first draw was: