A staggering 259 players have hit the big time in the EuroMillions lottery since its beginning in 2004. However, whilst the odds of winning are the same for each and every individual player, some of the 9 participating countries have struck it lucky more than others!
This has been quite the case for France who currently boasts the highest number of EuroMillions jackpot winners.
Following their recent windfall in August, they now feature a whopping 67 jackpot winners accounting for 25.9% of the total.
In fact, over the past 8 months 7 French players have scooped the coveted EuroMillions jackpot taking the country’s accumulated winnings to a staggering €290,410,737.50 this year alone.
In addition, France is home to the 3rd, 4th and 5th biggest winners thus reinforcing its position as the luckiest EuroMillions country. The latest player scooped €12,821,111.50 which has taken the combined prize money since 2004 to a staggering €2,231 million.
Spain has experienced similar luck with a total of 53 jackpot winners accounting for 20.5% of all players who have hit the big time.
Their combined winnings correspond to €1,618 million in total. Not far behind is Portugal with 51 jackpot winners accounting for 19,7% of the total winners.
Despite their later participation, the Portuguese have proven to be quite lucky with 6 jackpot winners this 2013 alone and the latest €12,821,111.50 windfall in August 2013 taking Portugal’s accumulated winnings to a whopping total of €1,099 million since 2004.
With 39 jackpot winners, the UK also features amongst the luckiest EuroMillions countries. However, despite other countrys’ overwhelming success, the Brits reign supreme when it comes to the biggest EuroMillions first prize winners with Colin and Chris Weir famously scooping the largest jackpot in the history of the game in August 2011. No less than €185 million (£161,653,000).
Similarly, Gillian and Adrian Bayford bagged themselves a staggering €190,000,000 (£148,656,000) in August 2012 with their fellow players only just beating them in their mega windfall due to the fluctuation in exchange rates. Finally, the 39 UK players, accounting for 15.1% of the total 259 jackpot winners, may not compare with other countries however, its combined winnings amount to a whopping €1,793 million, far exceeding that of Spain and Portugal.
Last but not least is Belgium boasting a total of 21 EuroMillions jackpot winners, corresponding to 8.1% of the total 259. Amongst their biggest wins features their recent share of the €187,937,614 jackpot in June 2013, which has greatly contributed to Portugal’s combined winnings of €686 million.
Whilst the 5 aforementioned participating countries have experienced unrivalled luck, unfortunate players in Switzerland have yet to scoop their first jackpot prize! However, you never know, this may be set to change!
Interesting piece but your last claim is incorrect – the only country to have never had a Euromillions win is actually Luxembourg. You can see a full list of the winners, country by country, here http://www.euro-millions.com/winner.asp which shows Switzerland has had 13 jackpot winners. 🙂
Ah yes, thank you for pointing that out :). That was a mistake on my part. It is indeed Luxembourg that had had no jackpot winners to date as indicated on our website too: http://euromillions.com/euromillions-history.
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France is definitely not the luckiest country. It just seems to be: they have 69 winners (as of today), but don’t forget they have a population of 65.7 millions You have to put the number of jackpot winners in relation to the population of the given country. The greatest champion is Portugal: 51 jackpot winners for 10.53 million means there is a jackpot for every 206471 people. This same number is only 952174 in the case of France. So the ranking taking into account the populations is the following: 1. Portugal (206471) 2. Belgium (530476) and Luxembourg (530000) (this latter has just produced one winner) 3. Switzerland (614615) 4. Austria (769091) 5. Spain (829298) 6. France (952174) 7. Ireland (1380000) 8. UK (1542195). This ranking also tells about how intensively people are playing in each country.
I am amazed at the lack of statistical savvy going on. The amount paid by players in each country is the determining factor for luck or otherwise. Relating that amount to the amounts won by a particular country at any level ( here the jackpots) gives you the answer.
A country’s players can be influenced by many things – propensity to gamble, economic situation, other lotteries available etc. So for example if France spends double the amount of the UK on Euromillions you would expect over time, maybe a long time, that France would get double the return. Does anyone know these figures?
You could also argue that looking at total return it could be healthier for a country to win lots of small prizes. I know I would be happy with £10000.
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