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€220m to be won

EuroMillions: over 90,000 tickets for record jackpot



Since 2013, some generous prizes have been won in Luxembourg, including €28.6m in January 2020 and €31.6m in January 2015. The record prize so far? A win of €65,793,284 on 27 September 2013, following six draws without a winner. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Since 2013, some generous prizes have been won in Luxembourg, including €28.6m in January 2020 and €31.6m in January 2015. The record prize so far? A win of €65,793,284 on 27 September 2013, following six draws without a winner. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Thousands of players in Luxembourg will be trying to win €220m in the next EuroMillions draw on 12 October, a record jackpot.

Whether it's date of birth, lucky numbers, number plates or random numbers, everyone will use their own method to try and find the seven winning numbers in the next EuroMillions draw, where €220m are at stake.

This is the first time in the history of the European lottery that such an amount has been reached; it even exceeds the €210m won in Switzerland last February.

As the rules state, this amount is not expected to increase, even if no player finds the right combination. "If it is not won on Tuesday, the jackpot will remain at the same amount for four more draws. If it has not been won by the end of these five draws, it will be redistributed to the rank below," the National Lottery said.

One in 139 million chances

Normally, between 45,000 and 50,000 tickets are validated in Luxembourg for each draw. But the exceptional amount of €220m attracts more players. "We are talking about the number of tickets played, because a player can validate several tickets or even play several boxes on the same ticket. The exceptional sum of the jackpot attracts occasional players a little more and we are on average around 90,000 validated tickets,” said Xavier Feller, head of marketing and communication at the National Lottery.

On average, players spend between €8 and €10. The chances of winning the jackpot are one in 139 million.

Since 2013, a few larger prizes have been won in Luxembourg, including €28.6m in January 2020 and €31.6m in January 2015. The record? A win of €65,793,284 on 27 September 2013, following six draws without a winner.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.