# Euromillions lottery scams

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## How to WIN the EuroMillions Lotto Game

### PLAY A MIX OF ODD AND EVEN LOTTO NUMBERS

Choose the best Euro Millions Lotto numbers with a fairly even mix of odd and
even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are drawn less than 3% of the time.
The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three odd and two even, or two odd and three even. One of these two patterns will occur in
68 percent of Euro Millions lotto drawings.

### PLAY A MIX OF HIGH AND LOW LOTTO NUMBERS

Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field.
Cut a number field in half to get the low half and the high half. In a
50-number game like EuroMillions, numbers 1 to 25 would be in the low half, and numbers 26 to 50
would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring
only 3 percent of the time. A mix of 3 high/2 low or 2 high/3 low occurs 68% of the time, so this is a good bet.

### OMIT ONE LOTTERY NUMBER GROUP

Look at a list of past winning lottery numbers in the Euromillions results, and youâll see,
that usually one or more of the number groups is not included. For
example, in the combination 5-8-14-17-32, there are no 20âs. Tracking and studying
Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra
heavy play.

### PLAY NUMBERS WITH A RECENTLY RARE GAMES OUT VALUE

List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of
the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each
skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Lotto numbers that
are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)

### LOTTO NUMBER SUM ADVICE – PLAY A BALANCED GAME

After you choose five numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure
that the sum of the five numbers adds up to somewhere between 95 and 160. Sums that
fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all the 5-number sets of
winning EuroMillions Red Balls.

### CONSIDER INCLUDING ONE NUMBER FROM THE LAST DRAWING

In EuroMillions results, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing every
other drawing or 43 percent of the time.

### PLAY HOT NUMBERS THAT HAVE A LOW GAMES OUT VALUE

Numbers that have been out (losers) for six games or less account for about half of
the winning numbers. Losing numbers
that have been out for 12 games or less account for about three-quarters of all the winning numbers. This tells us that hot
numbers are more likely to hit, but donât forget to include at least one long shot in

### DONâT USUALLY INCLUDE A LONGSHOT NUMBER

It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a
number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it
for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it
finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be
worth chasing.

## Tickets Purchased Outside the UK

It is only possible to collect a EuroMillions prize in the country where the ticket was purchased. Players who purchased an entry in another country must return there to claim their money. Below are the details for the length of time before prizes expire in each of the other eight participating countries:

Country Tickets Are Valid For EuroMillions Operator
Austria 3 years Austrian lotteries
Belgium 140 days National Lottery
France 60 days FDJ
Ireland 90 days Irish National Lottery
Luxembourg 60 days Luxembourg National Lottery
Portugal 90 days Santa House Games
Spain 90 days State Lotteries and Gambling
Switzerland 180 days Swisslos

Small prizes will be redeemable from any authorised retailer in the country. If you win a larger amount, or even the jackpot, then you will need to contact that countryâs official operator for advice.

### Tax

Only three of the nine participating countries charge taxes on lottery winnings:

• Spain – Prizes of âŹ40,000 or more are taxed at 20%
• Switzerland – A 35% tax is owed on any winnings worth over CHF1 million
• Portugal – Prize amounts over âŹ5,000 are taxed at 20%

## Multiply Your Chances of Winning the Lottery with Second-Chance Games

Donât Pass Up Another Chance to Win the Lottery.
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OK, so your numbers didnât come up in the drawing. That means itâs time to toss your lottery ticket, right?

Wrong!

Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets. Fill out the form on the back, send it in, and youâll have a bonus chance to be a winner.

On June 8, 2010, a TheBalance Everyday reader reported a big lottery win. She didnât win because of the numbers she played when she bought the ticket, but because she entered the second-chance game in the Kentucky Lottery.

Her name was randomly drawn as the second-chance winner, and she took home \$120,610.70 after taxes.

## Improve Your Chances of Winning the Lottery by Playing the Right Games

Different Lottery Games Have Different Odds and Payouts. Choose Wisely.
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People talk about entering the lottery as if it were just one game, but every state has a selection of lottery gamesâand they each have different odds of winning.

Read the odds before you spend your money to ensure youâre maximizing your chances of winning. By picking games with better odds, you boost your chances of being a lottery winner.

Remember that lottery games like Powerball and MegaMillions are national lotteries. They have fixed odds of winning, but if many people enter, you could end up splitting a jackpot. That would lower the value of your prize.

## Beware of Lottery Scams

Beware of Fake Lottery Wins.
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Unfortunately, many scammers try to take advantage of peopleâs dreams of winning the lottery. Here are a few tips to protect yourself and avoid lottery scams:

• Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.
• Itâs not legal to sell lottery tickets across national borders. You can usually buy tickets if you are located in the country, but offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or online are usually illegal.
• If you didnât buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didnât win.
• The lottery doesnât notify you when you win; you are responsible for checking your winning tickets.
• Youâre never required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

There is no practical way to guarantee that you will win the EuroMillions jackpot as you would have to buy every combination of numbers, but there are some ways you can improve your chances of winning.

• Join a syndicate â In a syndicate, you can enter multiple lines into a draw without increasing the cost of playing. By having a share of multiple lines, rather than just one single line, you improve your chances of winning a prize.
• Play with random numbers â The odds of a random set of numbers being drawn are just the same as the odds of a more familiar pattern of numbers being drawn. However, prize amounts are partly determined by how many players win, so it is worth trying to choose numbers which have not been picked by anyone else. Many players use significant dates to select numbers â limiting their choice to 31 and under â or just a memorable sequence such as 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50. Therefore, if you want to improve your chances of being the sole winner of a prize, choose random numbers greater than 31.

## Latest News about EuroMillions Winners

It is a player from UK that won the last EuroMillions jackpot to date: âŹ87.7 Million! Well played choosing the numbers 13-15-28-32-44/3-12 at the October 27 draw. The latest Super Jackpot was won on September 25, when the big prize worth âŹ130 Million was scooped by a player from Spain with these lucky numbers: 19-23-34-37-45/1-7. By the way, the next EuroMillons Superdraw was annonced and will start on November 20, 2020. It will offer a starting jackpot of âŹ130 Million!

There is more good news with EuroMillions! This pan-European lottery changed its rules starting February 2020 and now offers more jaw-dropping jackpots and holds more special draws, known as Superdraws. If the past jackpot cap was standing at âŹ190 Million, the threshold is now growing to âŹ200 and even âŹ250 Million. So, donât miss your chance to participate in the next draw and put in your EuroMillions tickets on LottoSmile!

## Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets

Keep Your Winning Lottery Ticket Secure.
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If you are lucky enough to win the lottery, the last thing you want to do is let the prize slip through your fingers.

To protect yourself, the first thing you should do after you receive a lottery ticket, even before you know whether itâs a winner or not, is to sign it. Your signature on the back of a lottery ticket can help prove itâs yours if it gets lost or stolen.

Also, never hand a ticket to a clerk at a lottery location and ask if youâve won. Use a computer terminal to determine if youâre a winner, ask the clerk for the winning numbers and verify them yourself, or check online or in newspapers to find the winning numbers. Itâs easy for an unscrupulous clerk to pocket your ticket and tell you it was a loser.

## The Advantages of Playing EuroMillions Online

Donât play EuroMillions online just because it is the simplest way to get in the game! There are quite a few advantages that come with it! Take a look!

• Convenience â Fill out your entry, make the online purchase, and you are done. Then, you can check results and catch up on the latest news online from the comfort of your own home.
• Play EuroMillions with Official Tickets â theLotter gets you official EuroMillions tickets from authorized retailers and then stores them safely on your behalf. You are the only legal owner of the ticket, which means that you are entitled to all the winnings it may generate.
• Safety â When you play with physical tickets, you have to find a safe place to store them. When you play EuroMillions on theLotter, your tickets are stored in a safe for you. If you win any of the EuroMillions prizes, you can rest assured that your entry is safe.
• Automatic Win Notifications â Millions in prize money go uncollected every year. When you play online, youâll be notified via email or SMS every time you win.
• Play Strategy Opportunities â theLotter offers EuroMillions syndicates, bundles, and systematic forms, which can help you improve your odds of winning. Boost your game by playing online!

## When Do Ticket Sales Close?

However youâve chosen to take part in EuroMillions, you can find out the cutoff times for entering in the table below:

Day Retail Ticket Online Ticket Online Syndicate
Monday Dependent on individual retailer opening hours 11.00pm Available all day
Tuesday 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm
Wednesday Dependent on individual retailer opening hours 11.00pm Available all day
Thursday Dependent on individual retailer opening hours 11.00pm Available all day
Friday 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm
Saturday Dependent on individual retailer opening hours 11.00pm Available all day
Sunday Dependent on individual retailer opening hours 11.00pm Available all day
When ticket sales close at 7.30pm, they will reopen at 9pm the same evening for the next draw.

## How to Play

### How do you play EuroMillions?

To play EuroMillions, you must select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Star numbers between 1 and 12. You can buy tickets from authorised retailers in any of the nine participating countries, or enter online. View the How to Play EuroMillions page for a step-by-step guide to taking part.

### What is the cut-off time for ticket sales?

Ticket sales close at 7:30pm UK time on the night of a draw. Sales remain closed until the draw has taken place, reopening shortly after for the next draw.

### Can you enter more than one draw in advance?

You can buy tickets for up to four weeks in advance, entering either the Tuesday draw each week, the Friday draw, or both. It is therefore possible to enter your numbers into eight consecutive draws by playing every Tuesday and Friday for four weeks. You can also sign up to play continuously by direct debit.

### Can the same number appear as a main number and a Lucky Star?

Yes, the Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate pool of 12 numbers. You can therefore select the same number(s) as a Lucky Star and a main ball.

### How much does it cost to play?

The cost of a single EuroMillions play in the UK is ÂŁ2.50. This price also enters you automatically into the Millionaire Maker.

### Can you play EuroMillions if you donât live in a participating country?

EuroMillions tickets are available from retailers in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, as well as the UK. However, the game can also be played online in other countries thanks to online concierge and betting services. Go to the Tickets page to take part.

## How to Get Lucky in Lotto

### CASH IN ON THE LUCK OF OTHERS

When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A
jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool.
Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid
negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain
energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One
quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you
are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “Iâm unlucky. I never win
anything.” They wonât bring good luck to your group either.

### CASH IN ON A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the
winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble
with. It is just one of lifeâs dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the
winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by
emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal
that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when
every effort is made to attain that goal.

## How to WIN Euro Millions

Below are a few lotto tips to help you pick euro millions winning combinations, but Gail Howardâs book,
Lottery Master Guide, explains all of her
successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples
of patterns shown throughout.

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns
that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the
drawings in past lottery results of more than 180 different Lotto games worldwide, with
histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

That which is MOST POSSIBLE happens MOST OFTEN.
That which is LEAST POSSIBLE happens LEAST OFTEN.

The key to Smart Luckâs successful lotto number selection methods is playing
the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five
percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95
percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of
the time. So, donât buck the probabilities.

## What Are EuroMillions Superdraws?

From time to time, the EuroMillions announces a special EuroMillions Superdraw, which replaces the jackpot at the time and instead takes place with a minimum starting guaranteed jackpot of âŹ100 million. The Superdraw is played in exactly the same manner as the regular EuroMillions lottery â players pick five main numbers and two Lucky Stars. If not won, the Superdraw jackpot rolls over and continues to climb as high as its cap of âŹ200 million, similar to the regular EuroMillions. The jackpot, if still not won, remains at that amount for a maximum of four drawings. When is the next EuroMillions Superdraw? Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

## Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid

Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place.
By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, youâll have an advantage over such playersâand save money, too.

### AVOID NUMBER COMBINATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN BEFORE

Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and
by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In the
weekly EuroMillions drawing, a set of five numbers plus the two Luck Star balls
has a chance of being drawn once
every 1,344,598 years!!! This should also answer the question we are so often asked,
“Shouldnât I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due
to hit sometime?”

### AVOID BETTING ONE LOTTO NUMBER GROUP

Never choose all five numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or
all teens, or all 20âs, etc. All five winning numbers drawn from one group is
highly unlikely.

### AVOID THE COMBINATION 1-2-3-4-5

The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5. Thousands of
tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection
is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.

### AVOID PATTERN BETTING

Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of
numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip
vertically or diagonally get heavy playâwhich means sharing the prize with
others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of
initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.

### AVOID NUMBER MULTIPLES

Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially
5-10-15-20-25 and 7-14-21-28-35.

### AVOID ALL SAME LAST DIGITS

Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33, or all digits that
end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur
in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers
with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all
drawings.

### AVOID LOW NUMBER COMBINATIONS

The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth
dates and anniversariesâand their childrenâs ages. This means that the most
heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. EuroMillions has 50 numbers. If you play
only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other
winners. Itâs not to say that you shouldnât play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you include a couple of high
numbers so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize thatâs worth
something.

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