what is your chance of winning these 217 million euros?

This Tuesday evening, FDJ is putting 217 million euros into play in the EuroMillions lottery. Before the draw, we explain the probabilities and the stakes around this European lottery.

This Tuesday evening, there is an exceptional draw of 217 million euros in the EuroMillion lottery. We are getting very close to the absolute record held by a Polynesian woman who won 220 million euros last October. With such an amount, the enthusiasm for this EuroMillions draw will be absolutely gigantic. But before you play, here are some tips to optimize your bet.

Play EuroMillions

As you probably know, you can play EuroMillion at a tobacconist or on the internet. The FDJ site allows you to place a bet in a few clicks. It also offers you other advantages such as the possibility of playing on several games, accessing exclusive options (such as MultiChances) and receiving the results in preview. Above all, it allows you to easily cash in the winnings, and not risk losing the paper ticket.

The EuroMillion, a question of probabilities

Coming now to probabilities, there is 1 in 139 million chance of you finding the winning EuroMillions draw combination. Admittedly, the probability is low, but the potential jackpot is so huge that many are ready to try their luck. More generally, you have about a 1 in 13 chance of walking away with a win (however small) with this lottery.

Of course, there are tricks to increase this probability of success. The figures above are expressed in relation to a simple grid that you would have checked off. In other words, it is as if you had ticked 5 numbers and 2 star numbers. Now you can very well check off more to increase your probability of success. That said, you will have to pay more. On the FDJ site, a simulator allows you to know the price of the grid according to the number of stars and numbers you have ticked.

Then there are various options that can increase your chance of winning the EuroMillions draw. For example, the Star+ option allows you to increase the probability of winning something to 1 out of 4. Compared to a simple grid, you therefore multiply your chance of success by 3. To do this, you will have to check the Etoile+ option which is sold for 1 euro. This amount is added to the price of the grid, which is 2.50 euros.

Play EuroMillions

Finally, there is an option that is exclusively reserved for players on the internet: MultiChance. The latter allows you to bet on a pack of several EuroMillions grids (either 660 or 1260 single grids) for a relatively low price. In fact, you buy a “share” of the pack: if you win, you will therefore have to share the jackpot with the other people who have bought a share of this pack. It’s interesting since you can therefore bet on 660 simple grids at the same time, for only 5 euros.

A random draw from the FDJ

Like all FDJ games, the EuroMillion draw is the result of chance. This means that the numbers that have fallen in the past are no less likely to fall on this Tuesday evening, July 5, 2022. Each draw is independent, so there is the same probability that each number will fall tonight. As a reminder, the winning combination will consist of 5 numbers and 2 star numbers.

Be careful, however, the French have a small advantage in this EuroMillions draw. In this case, with each simple grid that has been completed, they also have the right to participate in the My Million lottery: the other Europeans who will play the EuroMillion do not have access to it, this draw is reserved for customers FDJ who played in France.

What is the My Million draw? For each grid that will be filled in for the EuroMillion draw, the player receives a random number which serves as a participation in My Million. Whether on the tobacconist’s ticket or on your virtual ticket on the FDJ site, you will have this random code at the bottom of the ticket. FDJ will then proceed to a draw which will see a single person leave with a check for one million euros. This means that Tuesday evening, there will necessarily be a millionaire among the French players.

With 217 million euros at stake, the general public will necessarily respond. The probability of winning the My Million draw is therefore lower since there will be a greater number of EuroMillions grids that will be filled. Still, it’s a prize pool that is guaranteed, unlike that of the EuroMillions. If no one has the right result on Tuesday, the pot at stake will reach the ultimate record (and still never equaled in all history) on Friday, i.e. 230 million euros.

Regardless of the amount, these are gigantic numbers. So certainly, the probability of winning this EuroMillion draw is low, but it offers something to dream about. For 2.50 euros for the standard grid, you may have a tiny chance of leaving with an absolutely immense gain, which will already position you among the 500 richest people in France. Why not try your luck? You have the same chance of winning as if the jackpot was €17 million, so it’s best to play now – when the jackpot is as big as possible.

To play the EuroMillion, it’s here:

Play EuroMillions


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