How Long Has It Been Growing?
The jackpot has not been won since Frances and Patrick Connolly from Northern Ireland pocketed £114 million on New Year’s Day, but it was the Superdraw on 1st February which pushed it up into nine figures, offering a guaranteed €120 million (£105 million).
A number of players have come close to scooping the top prize, most recently five ticket holders who matched all five main numbers and one Lucky Star on Tuesday, but it has stayed tantalisingly out of reach and is now likely to start growing even more quickly as excitement spreads around all nine participating countries.
Jackpot Could Reach €190 Million
The estimated jackpot for the next draw is £144 million (€164 million), and the rules of the game allow it to keep climbing until it reaches a cap of €190 million (around £167 million based on the current exchange rate). If the rollovers continue, that is likely to happen after just two or three more draws.
Once the jackpot hits €190 million, any additional prize money that would have been added to the top prize is instead directed into the next tier down in which there are winners, creating even bigger awards than usual. The jackpot can stay at €190 million for a maximum of four draws, before it has to be won in the following draw.
15 Years Of EuroMillions
The jackpot has only reached €190 million three times since EuroMillions launched in 2004, and the game has evolved considerably since the first draw took place. Initially there were just three participating countries - France, Spain and the UK - before Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland joined in October 2004.
The game is now played twice a week, special events take place regularly throughout the year and there have been big winners in every nation. There have been 401 jackpot winners in total, and the next one is set to be one of the biggest ever. Visit any authorised retailer to buy a ticket, or take part online. Best of luck!