Odds of winning euromillions

The Biggest EuroMillions Winners

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: EuroMillions’ odds are pretty impressive for a lottery of this scale. In fact, there have been a total of 365 jackpot winners from the 9 countries that run EuroMillions. Here are some of the biggest winners:

  1. One of the biggest EuroMillions’ jackpots won was back in October 24, 2014, when an anonymous winner from Castelo Branco, Portugal nabbed the €190 million prize. The astronomical prize was the result of six roll overs.
  2. The jackpot has reached the €190 million jackpot ceiling other times as well. Interestingly, these happened in October as well. One was in October 6, 2017, and another in October 8, 2019. We’re sensing some kind of pattern here..
  3. In August 12, 2012, couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the £148,656,000 jackpot. Their story took a sad turn, however, as their new life – and the new problems that come with it – took a toll on their relationship. They have since divorced and are now living separate lives.
  4. Next up are Colin and Chris Weir who, in July 12, 2011, won the £161,653,000 jackpot. The couple went on to establish the Weir Charitable Trust, a charity organization that aims to support the Scottish community by way of funding worthwhile projects.

So What Happens if You Win?

Unlike other lottery games, if you win the jackpot in EuroMillions, you don’t have the option to be paid in annuity. Instead, jackpots are paid as a lump sum – which means that you get to take home more than if annuity adjustments were involved.

As for taxes, you will be glad to know that EuroMillions games are tax-free – except for three European countries, that is. Portugal, for starters, takes 20% taxes from prizes exceeding €5,000. Spain, on the other hand, takes 20% off from prizes that exceed €2,500. Switzerland players have it worst though. The taxes collected from their winnings are approximately 35%.

Lotterycodex Patterns and The Best Combinations In EuroMillions

Earlier, we discussed that any questions you ask about the lottery must be a probability problem to solve.

So to know the probability of 1-2-3-4-5, we ask the question “What is the probability of a combination composed of three-odds and two-even numbers?”

However, this is not the only question we can ask, we can also ask:

“What is the probability of a combination composed of five low numbers?”

The problem though, two different questions may provide different probability results.

When you deal with low-high and odd-even patterns as two separate probability analyses, you will encounter serious contradiction.

To illustrate the contradiction, 1-2-3-4-5 is one of the best combinations under odd-even patterns.

But then we know that under the analysis of the low-high patterns, such combination is one of the worst ones.

So combinatorial mathematics and probability theory can be very confusing if you are not careful.

So what is the solution?

The solution is Lotterycodex patterns

Using Lotterycodex patterns, we put these two analyses together into one combinatorial equation.  The result is what we call the Lotterycodex patterns.

So now to solve the probability of the combination 1-2-3-4-5, we ask this question instead:

“What is the probability of a combination composed of three-low-odds and two-low-even numbers?”

That’s how Lotterycodex patterns can help you along the way.  However, combinatorial calculation with probability analysis can be very complex so I created the Lotterycodex calculator to make everything much simpler and faster.

For simplicity, I have divided EuroMillions patterns into three groups.

Best Group Middle Group Worst Group
Patterns #1, #2 Patterns #3 to #28 Patterns #29 to #56
Two patterns 26 patterns 28 patterns

As you notice, there are only two best patterns out of 56 patterns in EuroMillions 5/50 game.

For those of you who want to delve deeper into the nitty-gritty aspect of calculation, I don’t hide the formula. I want to discuss how these patterns are obtained in detail, so I invite you to check the Free Guide: The Lottery and the Winning Formula According to Math.

The table above is very straightforward.  If you want to win the EuroMillions, then focus on patterns #1 and #2.  And forget about the rest of the patterns.

The problem, almost 90% of the lotto players, do not know the worst combinations that will put their money down the drain.  For example, many people pick their combinations that belong to the worst group.

There are millions of these worst combinations in EuroMillions.  How do you know your combinations are not one of these worst types?

The Huge Difference Between Odds and Probability

You have to understand that composition matters in a random game.  Please understand that odds and probability are two different terms with two different equations.  While all combinations may have the same probability, the composition of each combination has different odds that all lotto players must pay attention to.

By studying the composition of combinations, we’re entering the realm of combinatorial patterns.  And combinatorial patterns reveal a certain ratio of success to failure.

As a lotto player, you don’t have the power to change the underlying probability.  But you have control over your choice of odds.

What is the difference?

Probability refers to the measurement that an event will likely occur.  And we measure the likelihood by using the formula:

We don’t use that formula if we want to obtain the odds.  To get the odds, we use this formula instead:

In simple terms, the probability is the measurement of chance while the odds are the ratio of success to failure.

Therefore, the difference between odds and probability can be described in the following way:

Probability = Chance

Odds = Advantage

That is, we cannot control the chance, but at least we can choose a better ratio of success to failure.

As a EuroMillions player, your objective is to get better odds. Or in other words, be wrong less.

In a random event like the Euromillions game, being wrong less requires mathematical strategy.  This article will not provide an adequate explanation on that subject, so I invite you to check out the complete guide (it’s free).

In this article, let me give you a gist of how to be wrong less through the study of combinatorial patterns.

Remember the Basics

It seems obvious, but you cannot win EuroMillions without buying a ticket. Once you have bought your tickets, you know that you have a chance of winning that jackpot. You really do have to be in it to win it.

Similarly, you can’t collect a prize if you do not check your ticket. Make sure you use the EuroMillions Ticket Checker soon after the draw takes place to see whether you have matched any numbers and if you are due a prize.

The advantage of playing EuroMillions online is that you are notified of any prizes you win on your tickets, and you can’t lose or damage them because your numbers are digitally connected to you in your player account.

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