Set following changes to the game in February this year, the Jackpot Cap was increased from €190 million to €200 million, with a mechanism put in place to increase it by €10 million each time the cap is subsequently reached in future rollover runs, up to a maximum of €250 million.
How did the jackpot reach the cap?
The maximum EuroMillions jackpot has been reached as a result of multiple rollovers following the guaranteed €130 million Superdraw on Friday 20th November. As there were no grand prize winners in that draw (or the three draws that followed), the prize fund increased between draws, finally hitting its new limit after the draw on Tuesday 1st December.
Previously, the €190 million cap had been reached four times:
- August 2012: won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk, UK
- October 2014: won by an anonymous ticket holder in Portugal
- October 2017 won in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Spain
- September 2019: won by an anonymous ticket holder in the UK
Following the latest capped win, the game rules were changed in agreement with all EuroMillions operators in February to allow it to break past the €190 million limit for the first time since the game launched in 2004.
How to buy tickets for December's record EuroMillions jackpot
Tickets for the record jackpot draw are available online and in-store as usual. The method of entry doesn’t change – you still need to pick five numbers and two Lucky Stars. Take a look at the How to Play guide for more information.
Regardless of how you play, you’ll have 180 days to claim any winnings in the UK, and prizes start from matching as few as two main numbers.
Your odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160.
Players are advised to buy tickets early to avoid any last minute rushes both online and instore, as bigger jackpots typically attract more players.
Did you know? The last EuroMillions draw at the previous cap (€190/£170 million on 8th October 2019) saw an incredible 61,419,076 tickets sold across Europe, with the jackpot finally landing in the UK.
What will happen if nobody wins the jackpot at the cap?
If there are no ‘Match 5 + 2’ winners on Friday 4th December, the jackpot will remain at the new €200 million limit. The advertised jackpot in the UK may fluctuate around the £175 million mark due to the EUR/GBP exchange rate, so it may increase or decrease slightly, should nobody hit the jackpot.
As an added bonus, any funds that would normally be used to increase the jackpot in the event of a rollover on Friday will be transferred to the second prize tier. This means that, should nobody hit the jackpot on Friday 4th December, those in the next winning tier would likely win a significantly bigger prize than usual!
The jackpot can remain at the capped €200 million amount for four draws without a top prize winner. If - as was the case in September 2019, nobody does manage to match the winning combination in those four draws, the fifth and final draw in that rollover run will become a ‘Must Be Won’ draw.
In that final draw (which in this case would be Friday 18th December IF it is not won before then), the entire Match 5 + 2 prize fund will roll down to the next winning tier, if there are no top prize winners in that final draw. This means there could be up to five draws in which players have the chance to win the biggest jackpot in EuroMillions history.