anticipates a bumper EuroMillions draw

Published: Tue Sep 15 2009, an independent web site dedicated to the UK National Lottery, is anticipating a bumper level of interest in the EuroMillions Mega Jackpot draw that takes place this Friday 18 September, 2009. The Mega Jackpot will be worth around £85 million, and that fact – combined with the current economic climate and the ‘end of summer blues’ that many people experience – could make players even more keen to buy themselves a ticket or two.

A EuroMillions Mega Jackpot draw adheres to the same rules as the regular EuroMillions game, so the odds of winning the jackpot are exactly the same at 1 in 76,275,360. Tickets are also the same price as in a regular draw, so the only difference is the amount of money that can be won by a player who matches the five main numbers and the two Lucky Star numbers – a regular minimum jackpot is around £13 million, so the £85 million Mega Jackpot is almost seven times bigger.

Lottery games always tend to be more attractive in times of economic difficulty and many players also buy lottery tickets to cheer themselves up. These two observations have led commentators at to predict that the coming Mega Jackpot game will be particularly popular.

Sam Weren, spokesman for, said: "A jackpot of £85 million is enough to encourage millions of people to play the EuroMillions Mega Jackpot game all by itself. So if you combine that fact with the widespread desire to defeat the recession and the need for people to cheer themselves up as we say goodbye to the summer, we could well see a noticeable increase in the number of EuroMillions players buying tickets this week."

With 12 prize levels in all, players won’t necessarily need to win the EuroMillions Mega Jackpot itself to have cause to celebrate. Secondary prizes can also be substantial, and there have been several draws where runners-up have actually become millionaires even though the jackpot itself eluded them. With the odds of winning any prize at all being 1 in 24, getting lottery results worth celebrating might not be as difficult as many people assume.

If the anticipated swell in EuroMillions interest proves to be accurate then there will no doubt be lengthy queues in Lottery retail outlets all over the country. Fortunately, players don’t have to brave such queues to buy their tickets – anyone of legal age can buy lottery tickets online. Buying tickets online also has the advantage of making them impossible to lose, and if a player wins then they are notified directly by e-mail.

Anyone who chooses to play for the EuroMillions Mega Jackpot on Friday 18 September might want to first take a look at the wealth of inspirational and instructional articles that are available for free in the Lottery Articles Archive. Here readers can find information on a variety of lottery subjects, including how to start a lottery syndicate and how to improve their chances of winning.

Sam Weren added: "It is likely that this EuroMillions Mega Jackpot will be the last one of 2009. So if anyone fancies their chances at winning a share of £85 million, this is definitely the time to have a go."

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