The First Draw
The first of EuroMillions draw was held in Paris on February 13, 2004. The epic draw of the first transnational euro lottery was advertised by the operators of France, Spain, and UK national lottery. Starting with the first draw, the founders established the starting EuroMillions jackpot in the amount of €15 millions, and approved the limits of the jackpot amount accumulation (in case of a series of EuroMillions rollovers) up to €190 millions.
Later the European countries that had launched the popular euro lottery were joined by the new members of the EuroMillions’ club: Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, and Portugal.
After the new participating countries entered the global lottery project, the proportions of distribution of EuroMillions tickets in the territory of the EU increased manyfold.
On May 10, 2011 the format of EuroMillions draws was changed due to the introduction of the second weekly draw on Tuesdays. The quantity of additional «Lucky Star» numbers was also increased from 9 to 11, and the range of winning combinations was extended, the simplest one of which assumes only two matched numbers from the main range of balls.
On September 30, 2016 the lottery organizers increased the minimum Euromillions jackpot from 15 to 17 millions euros, and the range of additional «Lucky Star» numbers was extended from 11 to 12, which raised the number of winning categories and chances of winning the best euro lottery even more.