What Is a Superdraw?
A Superdraw is a special event in the EuroMillions calendar, when the jackpot is boosted to a huge guaranteed sum, usually over £100 million. They take place several times a year but are not scheduled for specific dates. Instead, news of a Superdraw is usually announced a few weeks before it is due to take place.
The draw is just like a normal one in every other way. If no one wins the jackpot on the night of the Superdraw, the jackpot prize money will roll over to the next draw, and it will continue to do so until someone wins it. There is a good chance that it could even roll over to hit its €190 million jackpot, as has happened several times before.
When Is the Next Superdraw?
The next EuroMillions Superdraw is scheduled to take place on Friday 1st February 2019, and it will offer a guaranteed jackpot of €120 million (around £108 million). It will be the third one to take place in the last 12 months, after Superdraws on 20th April and 21st September. The one in April was not won on the night but rolled over to hit £121 million before being won by a single UK ticket holder. The second one also rolled over, that time reaching £144 million before a player from Switzerland won it.
Past Superdraws have led to some record prizes, including the €190 million jackpots won by players in Spain and Portugal in September 2017 and October 2014 respectively.
You can play the EuroMillions Superdraw in the same way you would any other draw. Simply pick up a ticket from any lottery retailer or choose your numbers online. Tickets cost the same as they usually do, and you still need to match all five numbers and both Lucky Stars to win the special jackpot.
Tips for Playing the Superdraw
Every number has the same chance of being drawn, so there is no way you can improve your odds by picking a certain line. There are, however, some ways you can give yourself a better chance of taking home a big cash prize:
- Buy more lines: It may sound obvious, but the only sure way you can improve your odds of winning is by covering more numbers. It doesn't matter how you do it; the more numbers you pick, the greater your chance of matching the winning ones. The only downside to this is that the expense increases the more lines you pick.
- Play a syndicate: Syndicates provide a great way of playing more lines without having to spend more money. When playing a syndicate, you team up with other players to buy tickets together, and then any prizes you win are shared equally among the group. Syndicates are a great option for Superdraws, as even if you team up with 100 other players, you would still each take home more than £1 million.
- Avoid common numbers: Pick numbers that are less likely to be picked by other players, as there's less chance that you will have to share the prize money. In the UK Lotto in March 2016, five numbers of the winning line were multiples of seven, which was such a commonly-picked pattern that over 4,000 players shared the third prize to take home just £15 each. To put this into context, only 55 players matched five numbers in the previous draw, each winning nearly £1,900.