On 17th February 2012, a new set of rules were introduced in this pan-European lottery with regards to the Euromillions Jackpot cap. The jackpot cap signifies the maximum amount that the EuroMillions jackpot can reach, before it HAS to be won. The cap, as of 17th February 2012 was set at €190 million, and it can roll over only once before it has to be won.
What happens to any extra prize money?
Once the prize fund hits the cap, any additional prize money will still be collected, but instead of being added to the jackpot it will instead to be added to the next prize tier (match 5 + 1). This means that there is a chance of winning €1 million plus from matching 5 + 1, which normally would never occur.
How long will the jackpot stay at the cap?
According to the new rules, once the jackpot reaches it cap, it can only stay there for a maximum of TWO draws, which means it can only rollover once. If, by the end of the second draw, there is still no jackpot winner who has matched all 5 + 2 numbers, the total prize fund will be rolled down to the next winning tier. The jackpot will then be distributed amongst the winners of that tier. If no player has been able to match 5 + 1, it will roll down until it reaches a prize tier with winning ticket holders.
Have these always been the rules?
No. This rule change was bought in on 17th February 2012. However, prior to this, the rules regarding the jackpot cap have changed several times, so you may have read different information. Also, the organisers reserve the right to change the rules of the cap at any time, so players are advised to check information on jackpot caps each time the maximum amount is met.
9th August 2012