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Updated: The recent changes made to EuroMillions that you should know!
With recent changes taking place in the world of lottery, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit EuroMillions and check in on the latest changes. These are the most up to date rules on the European game that you should know!
The EuroMillions Rules are Changing. Here is what we know.
Until very recently, the game’s jackpot had a set capacity limit on how high it could go. However, in February 2020, the rules regarding the EuroMillions jackpot were changed. The new cap was raised to €200 million but that will no longer be the largest amount that the jackpot can reach. If the jackpot reaches €200M it will stay at that amount for a total of five draws. If there are no winners in the jackpot category after the fifth draw the Jackpot Prize Fund will roll down to the next Prize Tier where there is at least one winner.
Once this happens, the next maximum jackpot will be reset to €210 million (an increase of €10,000,000). The circumstances referenced in the above paragraph must be replicated in order for the jackpot to continue increasing by ten thousand euros until it reaches the currently agreed maximum possible jackpot of 250 million euros.
There will also be an increase in promotional draws in the future, with the help of the EuroMillions Reserve Fund, increasing the probability of special draws to an average of three per year, with an increased value given to these jackpots than seen before with this lottery.
These changes to the EuroMillions jackpot were made to provide regular and exciting high-value jackpots to lottery goers. The minimum jackpot, number of prize tiers, and the odds of winning will remain the same.
Camelot Group is updating its policies – Learn how this change affects you.
From April 2021 onwards, anyone aged below 18 years of age can no longer play any of the Camelot owned lotteries or instant-win games online. Until October 2021 all residents in the UK aged 16 and over can play any national lottery game at an in-person lottery retailer. Once that date has passed, the age range will be raised to an +18 age minimum for all National Lottery products. The change was requested after the Scottish government saw a rise in teenage gambling in 2019. In March 2020 a report released by the UK gambling association found that 9% of 11-16-year-olds in England and Scotland spent their personal money on gambling activities in the seven days prior to participating in the study. Statistics also showed that 37% of 11-16-year-olds in England and Scotland had gambled in that 12 month period. The number of children and teens participating in the study was hampered due to complications in school closures resulting from the start of the pandemic within the UK in March 2020.
Why is the age raise affecting online websites before in-person retailers?
Although maintaining a website is still a team process, its digital flexibility allows changes to be implemented far quicker than any in-person physical process. When the announcement came from the government in October 2020 about the new age restrictions, websites were far more equipped to meet the new industry standard in a timely manner.
In a November 2020 APPG session on Gambling Related Harm, CEO of Camelot, Nigel Railton said that the policy to increase the age minimum on lottery products would take up to a year to implement due to the time-consuming process of changing shop signage. Railton further stated that the COVID pandemic would be the primary reason for delays, with new Point of Sale kits being required to be designed, manufactured and shipped across the country in order to formalise the age raise. By law, UK shops are required to show clear notices regarding minimum age ranges on all sensitive products in their stores.