The Validation Appointment
You have to meet with National Lottery advisors in person to be able to claim a prize of more than £50,000. You will be welcome to have this meeting at your home, or you can travel to one of the lottery’s regional centres in Watford or Liverpool if you would prefer. This meeting is as much an opportunity for winners to find out more about the process and what to do next as it is for the lottery to check the validity of a claim.
You can expect the appointment to take around two hours. You will need to provide two forms of identification, for example your passport and driving licence, as well as your signed winning ticket. The National Lottery’s claims advisor will fill out all the necessary paperwork and will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Deciding Whether to Go Public
In the UK, you can choose to go public with the news of your win or stay anonymous. It is entirely up to you which course of action to take, but one of the questions that you will be asked at your validation appointment will be about how many people you have already told, as it may help you to make up your mind.
Some winners prefer to keep their identity private and continue with their lives as normally as possible, but others find it a burden to keep a secret. Visit the Publicity page to learn more about the pros and cons, and find out what previous winners have done.
If you do opt for publicity, you will have to fulfil various media obligations, including a winner’s ceremony, during which your name will be released to the wider world and you will be asked questions about your life and plans for the money.
The National Lottery provides the same level of support for winners who opt to go public and those who don’t, and it says that only around 10% of big winners decide to go public.
How to Play EuroMillions
EuroMillions is slightly similar to how other lottery games function – but they put their own spin on the formula. The gist is this: You select five numbers from 1 to 50, plus two additional numbers – also known as Lucky Stars – from 1 to 12. For players to win the jackpot, all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars have to match the combination drawn. The standard pricing for one EuroMillions ticket costs €2.50, but it may be a bit higher in some online outlets due to additional fees imposed by some lottery sites.
The Super Draw
The EuroMillions Super Draw offers a guaranteed minimum prize of €130 million!
The EuroMillions Super Draws are special events held every now and then that ensures a big payout to winners. These draws function pretty much the same as any regular EuroMillions draw, with one difference: jackpots are set to a guaranteed amount of at least €130 million. Should no one win the jackpot, it will simply roll over to the succeeding draw, and the next, and so on until it reaches the €190 million jackpot cap. The jackpot can remain at the aforementioned cap for a total of four drawings.
If no one still wins the jackpot, then the prize money will be distributed among winners of the 2nd prize tier. This is what is called an Event Draw. So far, however, there has never been a EuroMillions Event Draw.
The Odds of Winning
If you were thinking that it would be impossible to match all 5 numbers, plus 2 Lucky Stars, you’d be surprised to know that you actually have much better odds of winning a EuroMillions jackpot than, say, a Powerball one. Compared to the latter’s 1 in 292,201,338.00 odds, EuroMillions’ odds look much, much better. The overall odds for winning any prize, for instance, are 1 in 13 – pretty impressive, if you ask me. Take a gander at the table below to see what I mean: