During Brexit Day Google spiked with people asking if it’s still possible to play EuroMillions after Brexit.
Here are all the facts when it comes to getting those big lotto Euro-wins even though we are no longer going to be part of the EU from now on.
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Can I still play EuroMillions after Brexit?
UK residents can still play EuroMillions after Brexit. You do not need to live in an EU country to buy tickets.
For example, Switzerland is not an EU member and has played EuroMillions since October 2004.
The agreement in place to run the game is between the UK National Lottery and the official lottery operators of the eight other participating countries, so the UK will remain a part of the EuroMillions family regardless of the nation’s political status.
You can also still take part if you’re a UK expat living in another participating country – which includes Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.
How will the EuroMillions jackpot value be affected?
The outcome of the 2016 referendum to leave the EU led to a drop in the value of the pound, which actually increased the value of EuroMillions jackpots for UK players.
The base currency of EuroMillions is the euro, as it is the major currency of seven of the nine participating countries, so winnings depend on the exchange rate between £ and Euro’s on the date of the draw.
Essentially you want the Euro to be stronger than the pound so you get more sterling per Euro you win.
For example, in 2012 Adrian and Gillian Bayford won a jackpot worth €190 million, which by the exchange rates at the time of the draw was worth £148 million.
When the pound was weaker in October 2019 someone won another €190 million but the exchange rate meant they got £170 million even though the prize was worth exactly the same amount in euros.
Will EuroMillions tickets cost more?
EuroMillions tickets cost £2.50 in the UK.
The price of EuroMillions tickets is not dependent on the UK’s membership of the EU, so the ticket price will not change directly based on Brexit.
Ticket prices can change at the discretion of Camelot – the operator of the UK National Lottery – but only with government approval.
Camelot and the National Lottery have made no indication that they will in the near future or on the back of Brexit.
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