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Improving your Odds

There is no practical way to guarantee that you will win the EuroMillions jackpot as you would have to buy every combination of numbers, but there are some ways you can improve your chances of winning.

  • Join a syndicate – In a syndicate, you can enter multiple lines into a draw without increasing the cost of playing. By having a share of multiple lines, rather than just one single line, you improve your chances of winning a prize.
  • Play with random numbers – The odds of a random set of numbers being drawn are just the same as the odds of a more familiar pattern of numbers being drawn. However, prize amounts are partly determined by how many players win, so it is worth trying to choose numbers which have not been picked by anyone else. Many players use significant dates to select numbers – limiting their choice to 31 and under – or just a memorable sequence such as 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50. Therefore, if you want to improve your chances of being the sole winner of a prize, choose random numbers greater than 31.

February 2020 — Changes to the Jackpot Cap

On 1st February 2020 a number of changes were made to EuroMillions and the jackpots on offer. The changes were implemented to help jackpots grow bigger and faster than under previous game rules, without an increase in ticket price or the number of balls to choose from. In addition, the new prize structure meant that the average number of Superdraws taking place each year would increase.

The Jackpot Cap, which stood at €190 million since January 2012, increased to €200 million, with the potential of climbing further to €250 million in future. Read more about the EuroMillions jackpot cap changes from February 2020.

HotPicks

Entry to HotPicks is not included with a standard EuroMillions ticket. It is a stand-alone game which costs £1.50 to play. The results use the same five numbers as the main EuroMillions draw, the Lucky Stars are not used. Find out your odds of winning in the table below:

Game Type To Win Odds
Pick 5 Match 5 numbers 1 in 2,118,760
Pick 4 Match 4 numbers 1 in 46,060
Pick 3 Match 3 numbers 1 in 1,960
Pick 2 Match 2 numbers 1 in 123
Pick 1 Match 1 number 1 in 10

Why are the odds different?

As HotPicks is played differently to the main EuroMillions game, the odds of winning are not the same. For example, the chances of matching two numbers in EuroMillions are 1 in 22 because you can match any two of five chosen numbers. In the Pick 2 HotPicks game, you only choose two numbers and have to match them both to win. As a result, there is less chance that you will match two numbers so the odds are longer at 1 in 123.

The longer odds for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 versions of HotPicks can be explained in the same way, but the reverse is true for the Pick 5 game. The chances of winning are actually better than your odds of matching exactly five main numbers in the main game. This is because you have to select two Lucky Stars to play EuroMillions and there is a chance you will match at least one of them in addition to the five main numbers. The Lucky Stars are not played in HotPicks, so there is more chance of matching exactly five main numbers.

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