## Online Winners

Amount Won | How to Claim |
---|---|

Up to £500 | Prizes up to £500 are paid directly into your National Lottery account. |

£501 — £30,000 | This is paid to the debit card associated with your National Lottery account, but you need to confirm the payment should be made before it can be issued. |

£30,001 — £50,000 | Contact the National Lottery Customer Care team on 0333 234 44 33 and quote your ticket number. You will be paid either by cheque or directly into your bank account. |

£50,001 and over | Contact the National Lottery Customer Care team on 0333 234 44 33 and quote your ticket number. Once your claim has been verified, you must collect your winnings in person. The National Lottery reserves the right to choose whether to issue your payment as a cheque or bank transfer. |

### Direct Debit and Pingit

For players who pay by Direct Debit, prizes of up to £50,000 are directly transferred into the bank or building society account associated with the payment. Pingit prizes are paid into your Pingit account. For sums worth more than £50,000, you must contact the Customer Care Team to arrange the receipt of your winnings.

### Syndicates and Subscriptions

If you joined an online syndicate, or chose your EuroMillions numbers online through theLotter.com, then you will receive any prizes directly into your private account. For larger amounts, you will need to contact their support team to arrange collection of your winnings.

## How to Beat the Odds of the EuroMillions Game

You cannot beat the odds of EuroMillions. Thankfully, math can help. There’s a way to improve your chances of winning the game.

And the only way to increase your chance of winning is to buy more tickets.

There’s no other way. Lotterycodex is here to tell you the truth.

No matter what strategy you employ to win the game, the underlying probability never changes.

So here in Lotterycodex, I want to emphasize the truth.

The only way to increase your chance is to buy more tickets.

But that doesn’t mean it’s OK to choose 1-2-3-4-5, and 2-3-4-5-6, and 46-47-48-49-50.

Stay tuned because I will use mathematics to explain why.

Lotterycodex is here to reveal the right way to play the game mathematically.

But first of all, I must ask you to forget about hot or cold numbers. For the longest time, people mistakenly believe that if a number frequently occurs in the past, the same number is bound to be drawn more often in the future. This belief must be corrected.

Now, let’s proceed.

All combinations in EuroMillions 5/50 have the same probability.

It means that 1-2-3-4-5 is equally likely.

Play 2-4-6-8-10, and that is equally likely too.

Perhaps your combination is 5-10-15-20-25, this combination has the same probability.

The truth, all combinations have equal chances.

But think about this. Consider more tickets where all numbers are picked in the form of straight combinations:

- 1-2-3-4-5
- 2-3-4-5-6
- 3-4-5-6-7
- …
- 46-47-48-49-50

If I ask lotto players to spend their money on the above combinations, the surest response I will get is “no way.”

And why not?

That’s because people don’t trust their understanding of probability.

“Gut feeling” dominates your belief

You see, if you are confident that all combinations have the same probability, why be afraid to play all those combinations.

In other words, while you believe that all combinations have the same probability, there’s part of you that says buying “multiple tickets where all combinations are straight numbers” cannot be right.

But gut feeling shouldn’t be superior to mathematics.

If you want to win the EuroMillions game, you have to have a strong mathematical foundation.

And mathematics says:

There’s a big difference between having lots of wrong combinations and having the right hundreds of combinations.

But how do we explain this mathematically?

Keep on reading, and I will tell you how. Math, indeed, is fascinating.

## 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 | Österreichische Lotterien |

Belgium | 140 days | Nationale Loterij |

France | 60 days | FDJ |

Ireland | 90 days | Irish National Lottery |

Luxembourg | 60 days | Loterie Nationale Luxembourg |

Portugal | 90 days | Jogos Santa Casa |

Spain | 90 days | Loterías y Apuestas del Estado |

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 country’s official operator for advice.

### Tax

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

- Spain — Prizes of €40,000 or more are taxed at 20%
- Switzerland — A 35% tax is owed on any winnings worth over CHF1 million
- Portugal — Prize amounts over €5,000 are taxed at 20%

## Lotterycodex Patterns and The Best Combinations In EuroMillions

Earlier, we discussed that any questions you ask about the lottery must be a probability problem to solve.

So to know the probability of 1-2-3-4-5, we ask the question “What is the probability of a combination composed of three-odds and two-even numbers?”

However, this is not the only question we can ask, we can also ask:

“What is the probability of a combination composed of five low numbers?”

The problem though, two different questions may provide different probability results.

When you deal with low-high and odd-even patterns as two separate probability analyses, you will encounter serious contradiction.

To illustrate the contradiction, 1-2-3-4-5 is one of the best combinations under odd-even patterns.

But then we know that under the analysis of the low-high patterns, such combination is one of the worst ones.

So combinatorial mathematics and probability theory can be very confusing if you are not careful.

So what is the solution?

The solution is Lotterycodex patterns

Using Lotterycodex patterns, we put these two analyses together into one combinatorial equation. The result is what we call the Lotterycodex patterns.

So now to solve the probability of the combination 1-2-3-4-5, we ask this question instead:

“What is the probability of a combination composed of three-low-odds and two-low-even numbers?”

That’s how Lotterycodex patterns can help you along the way. However, combinatorial calculation with probability analysis can be very complex so I created the Lotterycodex calculator to make everything much simpler and faster.

For simplicity, I have divided EuroMillions patterns into three groups.

Best Group | Middle Group | Worst Group |
---|---|---|

Patterns #1, #2 | Patterns #3 to #28 | Patterns #29 to #56 |

Two patterns | 26 patterns | 28 patterns |

As you notice, there are only two best patterns out of 56 patterns in EuroMillions 5/50 game.

For those of you who want to delve deeper into the nitty-gritty aspect of calculation, I don’t hide the formula. I want to discuss how these patterns are obtained in detail, so I invite you to check the Free Guide: The Lottery and the Winning Formula According to Math.

The table above is very straightforward. If you want to win the EuroMillions, then focus on patterns #1 and #2. And forget about the rest of the patterns.

The problem, almost 90% of the lotto players, do not know the worst combinations that will put their money down the drain. For example, many people pick their combinations that belong to the worst group.

There are millions of these worst combinations in EuroMillions. How do you know your combinations are not one of these worst types?

## The Huge Difference Between Odds and Probability

You have to understand that composition matters in a random game. Please understand that odds and probability are two different terms with two different equations. While all combinations may have the same probability, the composition of each combination has different odds that all lotto players must pay attention to.

By studying the composition of combinations, we’re entering the realm of combinatorial patterns. And combinatorial patterns reveal a certain ratio of success to failure.

As a lotto player, you don’t have the power to change the underlying probability. But you have control over your choice of odds.

What is the difference?

Probability refers to the measurement that an event will likely occur. And we measure the likelihood by using the formula:

We don’t use that formula if we want to obtain the odds. To get the odds, we use this formula instead:

In simple terms, the probability is the measurement of chance while the odds are the ratio of success to failure.

Therefore, the difference between odds and probability can be described in the following way:

Probability = Chance

Odds = Advantage

That is, we cannot control the chance, but at least we can choose a better ratio of success to failure.

As a EuroMillions player, your objective is to get better odds. Or in other words, be wrong less.

In a random event like the Euromillions game, being wrong less requires mathematical strategy. This article will not provide an adequate explanation on that subject, so I invite you to check out the complete guide (it’s free).

In this article, let me give you a gist of how to be wrong less through the study of combinatorial patterns.

## Knowing the Best and the Worst Combination Should Help

Getting the right composition will surely give you the best shot possible at winning the EuroMillions. Of course, you don’t win any money by matching the pattern. But as a lotto player, you want to play with a sensible strategy and get closer to the winning numbers.

It’s extremely difficult to win the lottery. Lotterycodex has no power to change that fact. But Lotterycodex can help you be wrong less. The lottery should be fun. But at least be sensible when choosing your combinations and don’t waste your money on worthless combinations.

Here in Lotterycodex, we don’t say you increase your chance of winning by choosing the right composition. What we do say is that when you play the Euromillions, at least, be wrong less. Don’t waste your money on useless combinations. Lotterycodex patterns are here to guide you on that aspect. (Check out the Lotterycodex Calculators)

I encourage you to check Lotterycodex free guide to learn more about how we calculate everything. Lotterycodex is the only lottery calculator that combines combinatorics and probability calculation in one system.

If you are playing blindly, there’s no guarantee you are not falling into one of these worst patterns in EuroMillions. So I propose that you should incorporate the use of probability theory in your playing strategy.

The benefits are apparent. First, you are confident that you are not wasting your money, and second, you get the best shot at winning the game.

The difference between the best and the worst is so huge. You don’t want to take it for granted.

We don’t say that those combinations under the worst group will not occur. We say that those combinations have the worst ratio of success to failure.