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What Happens When You Win The EuroMillions Superdraw?

Excitement is building as EuroMillions players look ahead to this Friday’s Superdraw, with a guaranteed jackpot worth €130 million (£115 million) up for grabs. Ticket holders across all nine participating countries - including the UK - will be dreaming of landing the nine-figure windfall, so find out here what you need to do if you win the jackpot.

Same Format As a Normal Draw

The upcoming Superdraw is the second one to be held in 2018 and, if the top prize is won on the night, it’s important to know the steps you need to take to claim your prize. Superdraws have the same format as any normal EuroMillions draw; tickets cost the same and you still need to match all five numbers and two Lucky Stars to scoop the jackpot.

Providing you are over 16 years of age in the UK, you can pick your numbers by filling out a playslip at any authorised ticket retailer for £2.50 per line, or by joining an online syndicate. You will still receive free entry into the supplementary UK Millionaire Maker draw as normal, which will be held following the Superdraw.

The additional money needed for the Superdraw jackpot comes from the EuroMillions Booster Fund. Almost five percent of the prize fund from every EuroMillions draw is put towards the Booster Fund, which is also in place to ensure the usual minimum £14 million jackpot can always be met.

Check Your Numbers Here

The Superdraw will be held at around 21:00 CEST (20:00 BST) on Friday 21st September, and you can check your numbers here shortly after it has taken place. Once the seven drawn numbers have been revealed, you can also use our ticket checker to see the value of any winning number combinations you may have.

You just need to enter the numbers from your playslip into the Checker which will reveal any prizes you have won. Remember that the Superdraw jackpot will roll over to the next draw if no ticket matches all seven main numbers, so it might not be won on the night of the draw.

Claim Your Prize Within 180 Days

EuroMillions tickets are valid for 180 days from the date of the draw in the UK, so you have this time to come forward and claim your prize. The process for claiming prizes varies depending on whether you played online or bought your ticket from a retailer.

If you win the Superdraw jackpot, you must telephone the National Lottery to discuss when and where you would like to collect your prize in person. You will need to provide proof of your identity and complete a claim form first of all. A number of security checks will then be conducted to ensure you are the rightful owner of the winning ticket. If you have played via a retailer, you should immediately sign the back of your ticket to stop it being picked up and used by someone else.

If the claim deadline passes without you claiming you prize, the money will be donated to the Good Causes Fund.

Go Public or Remain Anonymous

If you win the Superdraw jackpot, you will have to decide whether to go public or remain anonymous. Regardless of which decision you make, all UK-based winners receive financial and legal advice from the National Lottery. If you choose to disclose your identity and go public, you will be expected to fulfil various media obligations, including a press conference to reveal your news.

Of the 12 biggest winners in EuroMillions history, six have chosen anonymity whilst the other six decided that going public was their best option. Some winners go public because they feel they can’t keep their news from their family, friends and loved ones forever. On the other hand, keeping your win private allows you to get on with your normal life without any unwanted interest from the media, strangers or even relatives.

Tax Implications

Whether you have to pay tax on your winnings depends on which country you have entered from. All lottery prizes are currently tax-free for UK residents but you may have to pay income tax on any interest earned on your winnings once the money is in your bank account. If you give some of your money away to friends or loved ones, they may be liable to pay inheritance tax if you die within seven years of sharing the money.

Good luck in Friday’s Superdraw, and let us know on Facebook and Twitter how you get on!

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Published: Mon, 17 September 2018 - 3:58pm
Last Updated: Tue, 28 June 2022 - 12:23pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com