|Up to and including £500||Prizes will be paid directly into your National Lottery account shortly after the draw and the winnings can either be transferred into your bank account or used to fund future ticket purchases.|
|Over £500 up to £30,000||You will need to confirm during the claim period (180 days from the date of the draw) that the prize should be transferred into your bank account via the debit card registered to your online account.|
|Over £30,000 up to £50,000||These prizes can be claimed by calling the National Lottery Customer Care Team on 0333 234 44 33 to arrange payment of your winnings. Please have your ticket or play number and account details to hand.|
|Over £50,000||You will need to contact the National Lottery Customer Care Team on 0333 234 44 33 to claim your prize. A National Lottery representative will arrange for you to receive your prize in person at an agreed location such as your home or a Regional Lottery Centre.|
|Direct Debit||If you play online via Direct Debit and win a prize up to and including £50,000, the prize money will be transferred into your bank account via a transfer or cheque.|
|Prize Total||Authorised Retailer|
|Up to £100||Prizes can be claimed from any official lottery retailer.|
|Over £100 up to £500||Can be claimed from any authorised retailer provided that they have sufficient funds available and that your ticket has not yet been validated. If your ticket has already been validated then you must return to the retailer who originally validated your ticket or claim your prize at a National Lottery affiliated Post Office.|
|Over £500 up to £50,000||
Can be claimed either at a National Lottery affiliated Post Office or by sending your winning ticket and completed claim form (for prizes over £500 only) by post* to:
The National Lottery
Claim forms are available from some retailers or by contacting the National Lottery on 0333 234 50 50.
|Over £50,000||You must first contact the National Lottery and arrange for your prize to be awarded at an agreed location such as your home or Regional Lottery Centre. You will be required to provide proof of identity and complete a claim form in order to receive your prize.|
EuroMillions players in the UK have 180 days to claim any prizes.
UK Tax Implications
While there is no tax on lottery winnings in the UK, there are a number of important considerations to keep in mind if you are lucky enough to bank a substantial amount such as a EuroMillions jackpot.
Inheritance tax (IHT) is paid when a UK resident dies and their estate is worth more than £325,000. Everything above that threshold will be taxed at 40 percent. If you win a large EuroMillions prize and your estate exceeds the £325,000 valuation, you should be aware of the rules regarding IHT and how it will affect your heirs.
It is very common for big winners to want to share their jackpot in some way, but if you want to make a gift without paying tax you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Give the gift more than seven years before you die.
- Give the gift to your husband, wife, or civil partner.
- Give less than your annual allowance of £3,000.
The seven-year rule is in place to stop people from giving money away just before they die so that they can avoid IHT. As long as you live for at least seven years after making your gift, you can give as much as you want to whoever you want without it being liable for IHT.
If you were to die within seven years, the recipient would have to pay IHT based on a sliding scale. The rate of tax is the full 40% if there are less than three years between you giving your gift and dying, and then it goes down to 32% in years three to four, 24% in years four to five, 16% in years five to six and 8% if there are between six and seven years between your gift and your death.
Any gifts made to your spouse or civil partner are exempt from IHT, so it would not matter if you died within seven years. You can also give gifts to any registered charity without being liable for tax, along with some national organisations, such as the National Trust, universities or museums.
You can also take advantage of the £3,000 ‘gift allowance’ each year without incurring IHT. If you give away more than this amount and pass away within seven years, the recipient would have to pay tax. It is possible to carry over your leftover allowance from one tax year to the next, but only up to a maximum of £6,000.
Other Tax-free Gifts
You can also give smaller gifts of up to £250 to as many people as you want without them being subject to IHT, although this would not include anyone who has already received gifts totalling the whole £3,000 annual exemption.
Wedding gifts can also be exempt from IHT, but only if they are made before the wedding and there has to be proof that the marriage does go ahead. You can make wedding gifts of up to £5,000 to a child, £2,500 to a grandchild or great-grandchild or £1,000 to anyone else. You can also make gifts to help pay the living costs of an ex-spouse, an elderly dependent or a child.
Lottery rules in the UK stipulate that only one person can be paid a prize, so when playing in a syndicate it is essential to have a formal agreement in place to show to tax authorities. This will prove the money was not just a gift and that everyone is entitled to their share. Anyone playing in an informal syndicate should be aware that they may have to pay inheritance tax on the full amount if the syndicate leader dies within seven years of the prize money being shared.
Tax on Interest
Most people can earn some interest from their savings without paying tax, but this might not be the case if you win a large enough EuroMillions prize. While there is no tax on the initial sum paid into your account, it may be that the win starts to produce an income through interest. This will then be taxed as part of your normal income tax.
2nd Tirage (2nd Loto draw)
Players can also take part in a 2nd Loto draw for an extra €0.80 per line. This is a separate draw which sees five numbers selected between 1 and 49 – the Chance number is not used in the 2nd draw. Ticket holders play with their same numbers from the main game, and win prizes for matching between two and five numbers. The winning combinations, odds and prizes are as follows:
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|Match 5||1 in 1,906,884||€100,000|
|Match 4||1 in 8,667||Estimated €500|
|Match 3||1 in 201||Estimated €30|
|Match 2||1 in 14||Estimated €3|
The jackpot prize and the Match 2 prize are fixed amounts. The other two prizes are pari-mutuel so the amount varies between draws. The fixed prizes are paid first using money from the prize fund, then of the remaining fund, 28% goes to players in the Match 4 category and 72% is allocated to Match 3.
Most Common Triplets and Most Common Consecutive Triplets
|Common Triplets:||Consecutive Triplets:|
Top 5 Highest Jackpots Won (£)
|Friday 6th October 2017||£170,810,000||1|
|Tuesday 8th October 2019||£170,221,000||1|
|Tuesday 12th July 2011||£161,653,000||1|
|Tuesday 25th June 2013||£159,559,034||2|
|Friday 23rd February 2018||£155,597,796||2|
Top 5 Highest Jackpots Won (€)
|Tuesday 8th October 2019||€190,000,000||1|
|Friday 6th October 2017||€190,000,000||1|
|Friday 24th October 2014||€190,000,000||1|
|Friday 10th August 2012||€190,000,000||1|
|Tuesday 25th June 2013||€187,937,614||2|
Top 5 Highest Number of Jackpot Winners
|Friday 2nd September 2016||£32,837,522||5|
|Friday 4th February 2011||£24,368,199||5|
|Friday 5th October 2007||£10,425,000||5|
|Friday 28th April 2006||£17,970,266||4|
|Friday 30th September 2005||£17,020,072||4|
What to Do About Tax Issues
When you win a large lottery prize in the UK, you will have the chance to speak to experienced advisors who have guided other lucky players through what to do with their newfound wealth. They will be able to point you in the direction of financial experts and will recommend the most appropriate banks for you to open an account with based on your own circumstances.
With regards to the issue of IHT, it is a good idea to think carefully about the timing of any gifts you plan to make, and then keep a record of any payments. Your financial advisor will also speak to you about the tax on your interest and discuss possible investments to give you the maximum benefit. It may be a complicated topic, but any advice you receive will be tailored to your own personal situation and one very positive aspect is that your prize will not be subject to the same sort of tax laws as it would be in other countries.
Horaire de diffusion
À l’origine, un seul tirage de l’Euromillions était effectué chaque semaine, les vendredis soirs. Ce n’est que depuis le 10 mai 2011 que les joueurs ont l’on a pu voir apparaître un deuxième tirage de la loterie européenne chaque semaine, effectué cette fois-ci les mardis. À ce jour, il n’existe toujours que deux tirages de l’Euromillions chaque semaine, et les jours n’ont pas été modifiés : les mardis et vendredis.
Du fait de son internationalité, les résultats et rapports de gains ne sont pas nécessairement divulgués au même moment. Pour autant une chose est sûre : c’est à 20h précise que les prises de paris son clôturées, afin de permettre aux différentes sociétés organisatrices d’envoyer leurs prises de jeu à la Française des jeux, société centralisant celles-ci, et effectuant le tirage dans ses locaux.
Chaque pays a donc son processus et son horaire de diffusion des résultats. En Belgique par exemple, on peut déjà découvrir le montant de la prochaine cagnotte avant même que le résultat ne soit dévoilé, tandis que c’est l’inverse pour l’Irlande.
En France, le tirage du jeu My Million est effectué aux alentours de 20h40 et diffusé sur la chaîne TF1 depuis 2014 (anciennement France 2). Le tirage de l’Euromillions est quant à lui diffusé entre 22h et 23h en fonction de la grille des programmes télévisés. Les résultats sont en parallèle diffusés sur le site officiel de la FDJ, et accessibles en replat sur la plateforme de la chaîne TF1.En savoir plus sur les heures de tirages de l’Euromillions My Million