How to claim

Tax on euromillions winnings

Claim the Prize

The length of time you have to claim a prize depends on the country in which you bought your ticket. If you play in the UK, for example, you have 180 days to come forward, so there is no immediate rush. However, if you want to take a bit of time to come to terms with the news, make sure to keep the ticket in a safe place and sign the back of it until you are ready to make your claim.

While smaller wins can be claimed from local retailers or affiliated Post Offices, you will need to contact the National Lottery to pick up a jackpot or large prize. Visit the How to Claim page to find out more information on the process.

Your win will then have to be validated before the money can be paid into your account, and this will be done at a meeting with winners’ advisors. You will be asked to present two forms of ID and hand over the winning ticket so the relevant paperwork can be completed.


Prize Total Online
Up to €99 Prizes are paid directly into your online account.
Between €100 and €500 Prizes are sent by cheque to your registered home address.
Between €501 and €9,999 Prizes are paid by cheque once a claim form has been completed.
Over €10,000 Prizes must be collected in person from National Lottery headquarters in Dublin. A cheque will be presented once the win has been validated.
Prize Total Authorised Retailer
Up to €100 Smaller prizes can be claimed from any authorised lottery retailer. Some retailers can also pay out prizes of up to €2,500 if funds are available.
Between €100 and €15,000 Visit any lottery claim centre around the country to pick up your prize.
Over €15,000

You must visit the lottery headquarters in Dublin to claim your prize. Alternatively, you can claim lower awards by sending your ticket by post* to lottery headquarters.

If you have won the jackpot, the Match 5+1 Star prize or the top EuroMillions Plus award of €500,000, you should ring the lottery straight away on 01- 836 4444.

EuroMillions players in Ireland have 90 days to claim any prizes.


Euromillions is Europe´s biggest rolling jackpot lottery game and is a transnational lottery, launched on 7 February 2004 by Française des Jeuz, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, and Camelot.

The first draw was held on Friday 13 February 2004 in Paris. Initially, only the UK, France, and Spain participated, with the Austrian, Belgian, Irish, Luxembourg, Portuguese and Swiss lotteries joining for the 8 October 2004 drawing. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 21:45 in the wintertime (20:45 in the summer) in Paris.

The Euromillions lottery jackpot can play by selecting 5 numbers from a pool of 50, as well as two additional numbers called the “Lucky Stars”, which are chosen from a different pool of 11 numbers. The additional number allows lottery players to win supplementary prizes and is essential to complete the jackpot winning numbers selection. Players may pick their numbers manually, or can have the numbers randomly chosen (Lucky Dip!).

Twice a year, Euromillions offers players the option of entering the Euromillions Super Draw. In the Super Draw, the jackpot starts at €100 million and grows until the jackpot is won.

Playing Euromillions is playing European lottery with a minimum jackpot of 17 Million Euros guaranteed. Therefore the Jackpot of Euro Millions can rise rapidly by 55, 75, 100 or even more than € 190,000,000! Feeling lucky? Go play Euromillions online or check out the latest EuroMillions lottery results.


It is suggested that many people play the previous winning line in the following draw, hoping that the numbers will come up again. It is certainly possible; in September 2009, the same balls turned up in two consecutive draws of the Bulgarian national lottery. However, even if that did occur in EuroMillions, you would almost certainly have to split the prize a number of ways, receiving only a portion of the advertised amount.

Some people like to make their selections on the numbers that have appeared most often in the winning line, whilst others prefer to choose those that haven’t been drawn for the longest time, suggesting they may be due an appearance in the EuroMillions results. These are known as hot or cold numbers and you can find this information and more at the Statistics page.

el Gordo

The National lottery operator of Spain, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, has a long tradition of holding several special draws each year. The most famous of these lottery draws, because of their huge payouts and tradition, are El Gordo Primitiva and the El Gordo Navidad Christmas lottery, also known as the Loteria de Navidad in Spain.

The El Gordo de La Primitiva is held on a weekly basis, every Sunday in Spain. Just select 5 numbers from 1 to 54 and a key number from 0 to 9. This key number will be the same for all bets on your lotto ticket. You will win a prize if you get at least two numbers right. If you only get the key number right you will receive the amount played on the ticket. Draws take place on Sundays at 9:00 pm (Spanish time).

Playing El Gordo is playing one of the most popular national lotteries of Spain which takes place once a week, on Sunday. Play El Gordo now or check the latest El gordo lottery results.


The Italian lottery players has a plethora of lotto games to choose from, however, the premiere Italian lotto is without a doubt SuperEnaLotto. Created in December of 1997 it is based on the well-known EnaLotto which had been running in Italy since 1950. Draws take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM.

The jackpots won are among the largest in the world, and the odds of winning one of the lowest in the world. The record prize being so far €177,800,000, after more than 8 months of rollovers, the largest single-ticket jackpot up to date is worth €177,800,000 ($247,943,104). This was won by a syndicate of 70 winners on October 30, 2010.

The SuperEnaLotto is held on a weekly basis, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Italy. Just select 6 numbers from 1 to 90. You will win a prize if you get at last two numbers right. Draws take place at 20:25pm (Italian time).

SuperEnalotto is having a chance up to 3 times weekly to win the jackpot. The jackpot of SuperEnaLotto increases rapidly after each draw with millions of Euros! Check the current jackpot and play SuperEnalotto online or check the latest SuperEnalotto lottery results now.

Remember the Basics

It seems obvious, but you cannot win EuroMillions without buying a ticket. Once you have bought your tickets, you know that you have a chance of winning that jackpot. You really do have to be in it to win it.

Similarly, you can’t collect a prize if you do not check your ticket. Make sure you use the EuroMillions Ticket Checker soon after the draw takes place to see whether you have matched any numbers and if you are due a prize.

The advantage of playing EuroMillions online is that you are notified of any prizes you win on your tickets, and you can’t lose or damage them because your numbers are digitally connected to you in your player account.


One of the first big decisions facing a EuroMillions winner is whether to go public or not, and this is something you should think carefully about. It might be tempting to shout your news from the rooftops, or even do what US couple John and Lisa Robinson did when they won a share of the record Powerball jackpot in January 2016 and went on the Today show before their ticket had even been verified. Unsurprisingly, this is not the recommended course of action.

You will receive advice when you come forward on the merits of publicity vs anonymity, but ultimately it is your own decision. The majority of jackpot winners do keep their identities private, as they can then get on with their lives as normally as possible away from the spotlight of the media. However, you may feel an extra pressure in trying to keep such a big win secret and see ways in which you could make a difference by sharing your name. Chris and Colin Weir, winners of £161.6 million in 2011, would not have been able to make such a big contribution to good causes across Scotland with their Weir Charitable Trust if they did not have a public profile.

My Bonus (Raffle)

A My Bonus code is automatically assigned for each Euromillions line played. To take part in the My Bonus draws, as well as the special Millionairs draw in which 25 winners* win € 1.000.000. The special EuroMillions Millionairs draws 4 times a year for 25 winners of € 1,000,000 each. Is there no winner? Then My Bonus draw a extra winner of € 1.000.000! My Bonus draws guarantee 600** extra winners of € 500 every week. There are also thousands of winners of € 10 several times a year.

* The number of winners per special Millionairs draw may vary and depends on what the participating EuroMillions countries decide together.** 200 winners on Tuesday and 400 winners on Friday.

Mega Millions

Mega Millions is one of the most famous lotteries in USA. To play Mega Millions, players choose five numbers from a guess range of 1-70 and an additional number, the Mega Ball, from a separate number matrix with a guess range of 1-25.

The additional number is required to win the Mega Millions jackpot, as well as for several secondary prizes from the lottery’s nine prize categories. Players can pick their numbers manually, or have their numbers randomly chosen (Lucky Dip!). Additionally, players can choose a Subscription to ensure they never miss a draw. Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million.

Playing Mega Millions is playing one of the most popular national lotteries of the USA which takes place twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. Play Mega Millions now or check the Mega Millions latest results.


Eurojackpot is a new transnational European lottery launched in March 2012. The jackpot will start at €10,000,000 and can roll over up to €90,000,000. The goal is to match 5 correct numbers out of 50 plus another 2 supplementary numbers out of another 10 (since the 4th of October 2014). Drawings are every Friday.

To play the Eurojackpot lotto, players first select five numbers from a guess range of 1-50 as well as two additional numbers from a separate guess range of 1-10. The additional numbers allow lottery players the possibility of winning supplementary prizes and are also essential to complete the jackpot winning numbers selection.

Players can pick their numbers manually, or have their numbers randomly chosen (Lucky Dip!). Additionally, players can choose a Subscription to ensure they never miss a draw.

Playing Eurojackpot is participating in the latest European lottery. Since March 2012, you can play EuroJackpot online every Friday with a minimum jackpot of at least 10 Million Euros guaranteed! Already bought a lottery ticket? Check the winning numbers online at ELS Lotto. Check the latest Eurojackpot lotto results.

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