Twice a week, people across Europe are given the chance to win life-changing figures during the EuroMillions lottery draw. Tonight, there’s a staggering £33million jackpot up for grabs, as well as additional opportunities to win smaller sums from the pot.
EuroMillions is a transnational lottery first launched on February 7, 2004, by France’s Française des Jeux, Spain’s Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, and the United Kingdom’s Camelot.
EuroMillions is played across nine European countries, comprising of UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland, and has had over 1,000 draws since its launch.
The draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday and results are announced at approximately 8:45pm GMT.
The draw closes at 7:30pm GMT, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning, you need to buy your ticket before then.
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How to play EuroMillions
To play, you must choose five main numbers from one to 50 and two lucky stars from one to 12.
You can then decide how many lines you want to buy – the rate is currently £2.50 per line.
The more lines you buy, the higher your chances of winning.
Tonight (March 15), there is a jackpot of £33m to be won. In order to win the jackpot, one of your lines must match all five numbers and both lucky stars.
Don’t panic if you miss out on tonight’s draw, there will be another opportunity on Friday.
How to improve your odds of winning
With millions taking part across nine European countries, odds of winning are naturally quite slim, however, there are certain ways you can boost your chances.
You could join a syndicate, which means to join a group of players purchasing tickets.
If one person wins, you split the money. This option allows you to enter multiple lines into the draw without increasing the cost of playing.
Having a share of multiple lines as opposed to just one singular will improve your chances of winning.
Another option, suggested by EuroMillions, is to play with random numbers greater than 31.
Most players use significant dates to select numbers, which limits their choice to 31 and under.
The odds of a random set of numbers being drawn are the same as the odds of a familiar pattern being drawn, but the prize amounts are partly determined by how many players win.
So by swimming against the tide and choosing a mix of small and large numbers, you’re more likely to choose numbers that haven’t been picked by anyone else.
Results will be announced here when they are available.