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How Superdraw Jackpots Are Guaranteed

One of the biggest EuroMillions draws of the year so far is set to take place on Friday 1st February, with an estimated £100 million jackpot advertised for the upcoming Superdraw. But how can the top prize be announced in advance of earlier draws and where will the money come from?

Can I still win the jackpot before 1st February?

Yes. The jackpot for this Tuesday night stands at £73 million and it will work the same as any other regular draw. The top prize will be split between any players who match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars.

How come Friday’s jackpot has already been announced?

Friday’s jackpot has already been revealed because it will be a Superdraw. These are special events which take place a few times a year and offer a guaranteed top prize. It does not matter if anyone wins on Tuesday or not - the jackpot will be increased to €120 million (around £100 million) ahead of this Friday night.

Where does the money for a Superdraw come from?

The money comes from the EuroMillions Reserve Fund, which receives a small percentage from ticket sales in every draw. The purpose of the Reserve Fund is primarily to ensure that the minimum jackpot of €17 million can always be put up for grabs, but it also helps to pay for special events such as Superdraws or games of European Millionaire Maker.

What if the jackpot is already higher than the advertised amount?

If the jackpot climbs higher than the Superdraw’s advertised amount through ticket sales alone, the higher figure will be offered on the night. This happened back on 6th June 2014 when a €100 million jackpot was announced in advance, before a run of rollovers took the final figure past €106 million.

When the Reserve Fund is not needed to pay for a Superdraw, it means that another special event is likely to be planned in the near future.

What else should I know about Friday’s Superdraw?

Apart from the gigantic guaranteed jackpot, Friday’s draw will follow a normal format. You must pick five numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars between 1 and 12, either by selecting your own numbers or choosing a Quick Pick. You can win prizes for matching at least two main numbers, and the jackpot will grow even higher for the following draw if there are no winners.

What’s the biggest win so far this year?

The biggest win so far this year was the £115 million jackpot claimed by Frances and Patrick Connolly on 1st January. The Northern Irish couple became the UK’s fourth-largest winners of all time, before celebrating with ‘a tea and a hug’. They said they were excited to share the money with their nearest and dearest.

If you want to try and win an enormous jackpot of your own, you can enjoy EuroMillions this week by taking part online or visiting any authorised retailer. Best of luck!

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Published: Mon, 28 January 2019 - 2:35pm
Last Updated: Mon, 28 January 2019 - 2:37pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com