A higher jackpot has not been available since Tuesday 11th October 2016, when a Belgian player won €168 million (€153.3 million). There have been six draws in which the top prize has been given away since the turn of the year, most recently on Tuesday 11th April when a lucky family from Dijon in France scooped €83.3 million (£70.8 million).
All nine participating countries will be hoping to produce the next jackpot winner, and Irish National Lottery officials are particularly keen to strike it lucky as there is a big milestone within reach. If someone from Ireland wins on Tuesday, it will take the total in Irish EuroMillions winnings past the €1 billion mark.
A spokesman said: “It is rare that the jackpot hits over €100 million. This is really grabbing the imagination of our players who are dreaming that they could be the ones to have this life-changing win. With a total of 11 EuroMillions Plus winners alone since January, earning players €500,000, we would love if it was a case of the luck of the Irish for this big jackpot.”
EuroMillions players have continued to pick up great prizes over the past few weeks even in the absence of a jackpot winner, and on Friday night an astonishing 2.4 million ticket holders from across Europe grabbed cash rewards. Excitement is now growing ahead of tomorrow’s draw, and fans of the game can give themselves a chance of winning by picking numbers online or visiting authorised retailers in any of the participating countries.