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EuroMillions Price Increase For September

12.07.2016

Changes in Europe

It's happening again! We're midway through summer and already rule changes have been announced for another lottery – this time everyone's favourite, EuroMillions. There's some big changes coming in September, including a drastic overhaul of jackpots, rules and prices – so what does it mean for you, the player?  

EuroMillions Rule Changes

Big changes are coming and Europe will never be the same again. But unlike in Brussels, where consensus seems impossible, the major lottery operators of Europe have all gotten together and hammered out a deal.

The result, EuroMillions enlargement. 

But there's no conspiracy here. This has nothing to do with Brexit, or anything even remotely related to the EU. It may, however, help explain why we've had no Superdraw this year.

After all, by this time last year we'd already seen two, so perhaps this announcement was in the pipeline for some time. Plus, looking back, it's hardly surprising. 

Last summer no less than three lotteries announced changes, including the Irish Lotto, America's PowerBall and, of course, the UK Lotto.

In all three cases the playable numbers were increased, which also had the effect of increasing the odds of winning. The Irish Lotto also saw a price increase, much as the UK Lotto had seen in 2013. 

Plus, in all three cases, the official announcement and subsequent marketing messages were all the same – the lottery's going to get BIGGER!

But what exactly does that mean?

EuroMillions Changes Explained

As was the case with the the above lotteries, the imminent EuroMillions changes, due to take place on September 24th, will have both positive and negative consequences – though how these consequences will manifest themselves will be entirely a matter of your own personal preference.

For some of you the news will be welcome, for others, not so welcome. Though, of course, the same can be said of about change of any form.

So, first...

The Bad News

Ok, so here's what we're sure a lot of you aren't going to be happy about:

  1. The price is going up – by a total of 50p. Not the biggest price hike (certainly not like when the National Lottery doubled the cost of the Lotto from £1 to £2) in lottery history but still, nobody likes to pay more.

 

  1. It's going to be harder to win – the official pitch is going to say that it will be easier to win, but not the jackpot. You still pick five from 50 regular numbers however by increasing the Lucky Star number pool from two from 11 to two from 12, the odds against you winning have gone up considerably, from around 117 million to one to 140 million to one.

 

  1. The any-prize odds don't change – despite claiming that it's going to be easier to win the actual odds of you winning a prize (any prize) remain 13:1. So, although you'll have a much tougher time winning the jackpot, winning otherwise isn't going to be any easier.

But let's not focus on the negative, because do we really need any more of that this year? No, let's, instead, spread…

The Good News

  1. A higher base jackpot – the base jackpot value is to be increased by €2 million from €15 to €17 million.

 

  1. A larger prize pool – increasing the ticket price is bound to be an unpopular move, but the upside is that this will allow for much more money in the pot.

 

  1. More rollovers – with higher odds there's less of a chance that somebody will hit the jackpot on any given draw. Of course when that happens the money rolls over to the next draw, bringing us onto the next point…

 

  1. WAAAY Bigger Jackpots – no matter how many prize tiers a lottery has the fact remains; it's the jackpot that attracts the most players. So, with a higher starting jackpot, more money going in the pot and more rollovers the jackpot will grow very high, in a very short period of time.

 

  1. We finally get a Superdraw – the new changes will be introduced as of Saturday the 24th of September ahead of the Tuesday 27th draw. This will be a special draw, with a jackpot of €130 million, so as to mark the occasion. That's €30 million more than the usual Superdraw starting jackpot.

The Future Of EuroMillions

So, does this mean that we'll start to see even more Superdraws in future? Or do the new rules render them obsolete? It certainly does look like it will be much easier for jackpots to reach the €100 million-mark organically. Or does EuroMillions have even more surprises in store?

Currently the maximum jackpot cap of €190 million remains in place – but for how long? Let's not forget that we've seen similar lottery changes in the past.

As mentioned we had three such announcements in short succession last year. Of those three lotteries, two broke all-time jackpot records in January this year.

In fact, the UK Lotto saw two record jackpots in swift succession, a £66 million jackpot in January and a record single-winner jackpot of £35.1 million in April.

But it was America's PowerBall that grabbed the global headlines with its awesome (a nice American word that!)  $1.586 billion (approx. €1.4 billion) jackpot – the biggest lottery jackpot in history! 

We already know that the €190 million cap was created after the Weirs' massive €185 million win. So perhaps if we start to hit the €190 million mark regularly the organisers will have no choice but to increase the cap to over €200 million, and maybe even higher, allowing European players the chance to win even bigger jackpots, like the aforementioned PowerBall, and fellow American multi-state lottery, MegaMillions.

But Tonight...

The price remains the same, as do your chances of winning the EuroMillions jackpot – which, tonight, is worth a tasty €30 million.