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30 June 2016

Does Brexit Mean A EuroMillions Exit Too?

It's been a whirlwind few days since the recent Brexit referendum, with media reports and public reactions going viral on an almost hourly basis. Questions are being fired left, right and centre, with almost no answers being given, and "I don't know" being a common response. But amidst queries regarding immigration, passports, economic downfall and even the future of Nando's in the UK, one question seems to be cropping up with almost panicked regularity: "If Britain leaves the EU, will it leave the EuroMillions too?"


What does brexit mean for euromillions

Twitter reacts to potential EuroMillions departure

While social media is abuzz with the question, Twitter seems to be home to most of the confusion and the requests for clarity:

  • Claire McLeish: "Reports that if a UK ticket wins EuroMillions they won't be able to claim it."
  • Jonnie: "If my numbers come up on the EuroMillions lottery tonight, are we still eligible to keep the winnings?"
  • Sue Lee: "If my EuroMillions ticket is a winner tonight and I can't claim my winnings, I will kill Boris Johnson with my bare hands. Twice."
  • Harlem K Hale: "So you're telling me I can't buy a EuroMillions scratch card??"
  • Thomas Scobbie: "So we still able to play the EuroMillions then @UK_EuroMillions? If no am wanting my 4 quid back and I mean 4 quid not £3.60.........."
  • Katie Waissel-Moote: "Most importantly can we still play EuroMillions? #brexit"
  • Neil Milan: "I am upset and this is very awful but also FML will I not be able to play EuroMillions anymore!?

Thankfully, while many Brexit questions seem to have no definitive answers yet, this is one question to which there is a response, and a hugely relief-filled one at that. That's because if you're worried about whether your EuroMillions ticket will be valid, the answer is yes. Yes it will. 

Lottery operators quash EuroMillions rumours 

Speaking out in an attempt to silence the building panic and confusion, lottery operator Camelot addressed the growing concerns over Great Britain's eligibility for the EuroMillions. 

"EuroMillions currently operates across nine European countries and EU membership is not a requirement – for example, EuroMillions operates in Switzerland, a non-EU country. The EuroMillions agreement is between the lottery operators in the nine countries – not the governments. Camelot is one of the founding members of EuroMillions, along with the French and Spanish lottery operators."

"In addition, EuroMillions currently operates successfully across three different currencies – Euros, Swiss Francs and pounds here in the UK – with prizes in each country calculated using up-to-date exchange rates set on the night of that draw, once the results have been verified."

So what does that mean for you? It means that no matter what happens in the media, come Friday evening's EuroMillions draw, you'll still be able to play for the huge £19 million jackpot up for grabs! Just buy your tickets online through, choose your lucky numbers, and no matter what happens on Twitter or in any other media reports, if you're a winner you'll be able to claim every last penny! Oh, and if you were wondering, you'll be able to eat Nando's in the UK too. Some things are just too good to let go of.  

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