BRITAIN IS SET TO LEAVE THE EU TONIGHT! WHAT WILL BREXIT MEAN FOR THE THOUSANDS OF EUROMILLIONS PLAYERS WHO CURRENTLY LIVE IN THE UK – AND THE BRITS LIVING IN EUROPE? HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW.
We can still play EuroMillions!
Good news! EuroMillions has confirmed that UK residents will still be able to play the EuroMillions after Brexit! And UK players who live outside an EU country can also buy tickets online. For example, Switzerland is not an EU member and has played EuroMillions since October 2004.
EuroMillions is played in a total of nine countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Since the participation in EuroMillions is based on geographical location and not government policy, the UK will still remain a part of the EuroMillions family after Brexit.
Consequently, players don’t have to be a citizen of the above countries; but they must claim the prize in the country in which they bought their ticket.
Will the value of the prize change?
As the EuroMillions uses the Euro as a base currency, players in the UK could get higher or lower jackpots, depending on the strength of the pound.
Brexit will almost, by all means, have an impact on the pound’s strength against the Euro. The pound is likely to weaken if no-deal Brexit happens. In this case, UK players would get a higher jackpot than if the pound is strong, as the exchange rate would earn you more pounds to the Euro.
For example, a £100m jackpot would be worth around £73.2m before the Brexit vote; but it was worth around £80.8m after the result was announced.
Will the ticket price change?
The EuroMillions tickets cost £2.50 each in the UK and will remain the same no matter how the value of the pound change.
The price of EuroMillions tickets does not rely on the UK’s membership of the EU, so the price won’t change directly based on Brexit.
See the EuroMillions page for a more detailed explanation of how to join a lottery syndicate to play EuroMillions.
Or join us to play in the next EuroMillions draw.