Ticket sales for the popular pan-European lottery have been brisk since the planned Superdraw on Friday 3rd October passed by without a top-tier winner, triggering a rollover streak that has continued to the present day. Now that the jackpot cap is in place, many players may be wondering how it will all work out.
If someone wins the top prize on Friday night, the money raised in excess of €190 million (the amount reserved for the jackpot winner) will roll down to the next winning tier - usually Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star. If no one manages to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars on Friday night, the additional funds will still be distributed among the next winning tier and the jackpot will roll again for the draw on Tuesday 28th October, though the top prize will still be capped at €190 million.
If no one wins the jackpot on Tuesday, then the total prize amount and any excess revenue will roll down and be split between all the players in the next winning prize tier.
In the past, this approach has been an immense benefit to EuroMillions players as more people end up winning quite a tidy sum of money. In the draw held on Friday 8th July 2011, just days before Chris and Colin Weir scooped a £161.6 (€185 million) prize, the jackpot had been capped at €185 million. The extra revenue generated from ticket sales (in excess of €185 million) was rolled down and shared among six ticket holders who matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star. Each of these fortunate winners took home £3.3 million (€4.5 million) each. When the Weirs grabbed a windfall on Tuesday 12th July 2011, the excess funds were again distributed throughout the next winning prize tier, with 11 players netting £1.7 million (€2.4 million) each.
History repeated itself in 2012, when the current jackpot cap of €190 million was offered in a draw held on Tuesday 7th August. Additional revenue was rolled down and shared between seven ticket holders who matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star to take home £1.7 million (€2.3 million) each, even though no one managed to win the top prize. When Adrian and Gillian Bayford scooped the £148.6 million (€190 million) jackpot in the next draw on Friday 10th August, the additional revenue raised through ticket sales for that draw was shared between 14 players who matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star to snap up £1.9 million (€2.6 million) each.
It’s clear that the jackpot cap is a rare and exciting opportunity, so don’t forget to buy EuroMillions tickets as soon as possible - you don’t want to miss out on a chance to win a nice cash prize! To learn more about the jackpot cap, visit the dedicated jackpot cap page at Euro-Millions.com.
While you may be waiting patiently for Friday and its mammoth EuroMillions draw, there’s still great games to play tonight - why not give them a shot? This evening’s Lotto draw features a tidy jackpot of £2.1 million as well as 50 Lotto Raffle prizes worth £20,000 each, and Thunderball is offering up its usual top prize of £500,000. Ticket sales for Lotto and Thunderball close at 7.30pm tonight and sales for the next EuroMillions draw close at 7.30pm BST (8.30pm CEST) on Friday evening. Good luck!