Euromillions operators promise more €100m+ jackpots - but there's a catch

Euromillions operators promise more €100m+ jackpots - but there's a catch

The ten operators of EuroMillions today announced a range of changes which they say will result in more jackpots over €100m and twice as many jackpots over €50m every year.

To celebrate the launch, there will be a massive €130m guaranteed jackpot on Friday, September 30.

Euromillions operators promise more €100m+ jackpots - but there's a catch

The change will come at a price, however - with cost of a line will be increasing by 50 cent per line to €2.50 in Ireland.

Guaranteed starting jackpots will rise to €17m (currently €15m) up to a maximum jackpot of €190m and average jackpots are expected to be €24m higher than they were in 2015, with the odds of winning the jackpot moving to 1 in 140 million (from 1 in 117 million).

The overall odds of winning any prize will be 1 in 13.

For each new EuroMillions draw, players will still pick five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars, now from 1 to 12 (rather than the current 1-11).

In Ireland, an exclusive Ireland-only raffle with 10 guaranteed winners of €5,000 in each draw will also be added.

Tickets for the new EuroMillions game will go on sale on Saturday 24 for the guaranteed €130m jackpot draw on Tuesday, September 27.

Dermot Griffin, CEO of Premier Lotteries Ireland, said: “Since EuroMillions was launched in Ireland in October 2004, it has captured the public’s imagination with its mega, rolling jackpots and life changing prizes – boosting returns to goodcauses in Ireland in the process.

“Over 100,000 players on average claim cash prizes each week and nine Jackpots have been won in Ireland to date totalling €457.9m in top tier jackpot prize money.

“The new Ireland only raffle and pan-European changes being made to the main game are designed to deliver even more for our players and good causes in the years to come.”


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