EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
The EuroMillions jackpot cap currently stands at €190 million, the largest amount possible to win in the game. If the jackpot reaches this amount, all funds from ticket sales that would have pushed the top prize higher are rolled down into the next winning tier and, if there is no jackpot winner in the fourth draw at €190 million, the full amount is split between the winners in the next tier. This potentially means that a number of multimillionaires can be made on a single night.
EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Explained
The jackpot rolls over and increases by €15 million from the previous draw to reach €180 million. The cap has not yet been reached.
The total prize fund for all winners matching 5 numbers + 1 lucky star remains at a typical average of €2.1 million.
The jackpot can roll over to the next draw and can still increase.
The jackpot rolls over again and increased by €15 million but is capped at €190 million.
This creates an excess of €5 million, which is added to the Match 5 + 1 fund for a total of €7.1 million.
The jackpot can still roll over for three more draws, but it cannot increase in value.
The jackpot rolls over again but remains capped at €190 million.
The €15 million excess that would have been added to the jackpot is added to the Match 5 + 1 prize fund of €2.1 million, which becomes €17.1 million.
The jackpot cannot roll over again. If there are no jackpot winners, the entire amount is added to the Match 5 + 1 fund.
If there are no Match 5+1 winners, the entire amount rolls down to the next winning tier.
History of the Jackpot Cap
When EuroMillions was launched in 2004, the game was initially limited to a maximum of eleven consecutive rollovers, with no cap on the jackpot prize fund. If no player successfully matched all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars to win the top prize in the twelfth draw, it would roll down and be distributed to the next prize tier with winning players.
In November 2009, the rollover rule was changed and replaced with a maximum jackpot limit (known as a jackpot cap), which was set at €185 million. However, the new rules confirmed that once the jackpot reached this figure for the first time, the cap would then increase by another €5 million.
The jackpot cap of €185 million was eventually reached on 12th July 2011 when Scottish couple Chris and Colin Weir successfully scooped the jackpot and the cap was duly increased to €190 million. On 12th January 2012 the rules changed to permanently cap the jackpot at €190 million.
In September 2016, a number of rule changes were introduced in order to generate bigger jackpots on a more regular basis. One of these changes was to increase the number of draws the jackpot could remain at €190 million for before rolling down and being shared between ticket holders in a lower prize tier. Originally, the prize total could reach its limit and remain active for one draw before rolling down in the second draw; however, these changes saw the limit increased to four draws.
24th September 2016
|The rules for the jackpot cap change, allowing the jackpot to remain capped at €190 million for four draws before it must be won.|
24th October 2014
|EuroMillions reached the jackpot cap of €190 million on Friday 24th October 2014 and was won on the night by a single ticket purchased in Portugal.|
7th August 2012
|The EuroMillions jackpot hit €190 million on Tuesday 7th August 2012 before rolling and being won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk, UK, in the following draw on Friday 10th August 2012. The sterling value of the jackpot at the time was £148.6 million.|
|January 2012||Jackpot cap changed to €190 million|
8th July 2011
|The jackpot reached its new cap of €185,000,000 on Friday 8th July 2011 and was won on Tuesday 12th July 2011 by Chris and Colin Weir from Largs, Scotland. The jackpot of £161,653,000 / €185,000,000 is the biggest sterling EuroMillions jackpot to date.|
|November 2009||Jackpot cap changed to €185 million|
17th November 2006
|The EuroMillions jackpot rolled over for eleven draws and was eventually won on Friday 17th November 2006. As none of the ticket holders matched all of the winning numbers, the jackpot rolled down to the Match 5 and 1 Lucky Star prize tier. The jackpot was shared between 20 ticket holders who each took home a prize of £6,750,278.40 / €9,652,340.00.|
27th January 2006
|The jackpot rolled over for the maximum of eleven draws and was won on Friday 3rd February 2006 by three ticket holders. Of the three jackpot-winning tickets, two were purchased in France and the third was purchased in Portugal. Each of the winners won a prize of €61,191,026.|
|February 2004||Rollover limit set at 11 rollovers|
Could the Jackpot Cap Change?
The UK EuroMillions game procedures contain a clause that allows it to be raised or lowered in the future, stating “Camelot and the EuroMillions Partners can change the level of the jackpot cap at any time".