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EuroMillions Jackpot Cap

The EuroMillions jackpot cap is €190 million, which means the top prize cannot exceed this amount. A cap was first introduced in 2009, bringing with it the excitement of 'Must Be Won' draws and offering the potential to boost prize values for winners in lower prize tiers.

How Does the Jackpot Cap Work?

The EuroMillions jackpot starts at €17 million (approximately £15 million) and if it is not won it increases in value for the next draw, in what is known as a 'rollover'. There is no fixed rate at which the jackpot increases; the final value is determined by ticket sales and agreed by all participating countries.

These rollovers continue until the top prize is won or it reaches €190 million, at which point the cap is activated and the size of the jackpot remains fixed. Any additional money which would usually be added to the jackpot is then added to the next prize tier below instead. This will typically be the 'Match 5 + 1' category, unless it also has no winners, in which case the prize money would be added to the next tier below that.

How Many Times Can EuroMillions Roll Over?

There is no limit to how many times the EuroMillions jackpot can roll over before reaching the cap. For example, it could take just a few draws following a Superdraw, or it could roll all the way from the starting value of €17 million. Exactly this happened between July and September 2019, when the jackpot rolled over for a record 18 consecutive draws to reach the €190 million cap.

Once the jackpot cap has been reached, it can only go five more draws before the prize money must be given away. The table below shows what happens in the draws after the limit is reached.

Draw Jackpot Amount What Happens?
First Draw €190 million As the jackpot can increase no further, any excess funds which would normally go to the top tier will instead be diverted to the next highest tier in which there are winners.
Second Draw €190 million Any additional funds continue rolling down to the highest tier in which there are winners. The prize fund for this tier is now likely to be even bigger than it was for the previous draw, as all of the excess jackpot money has been redistributed.
Third Draw €190 million The same rules apply. As further funds are added to the next highest winning prize tier, there is the potential for many players to become multimillionaires without having to match all the numbers.
Fourth Draw €190 million This is the penultimate draw at which the jackpot is allowed to remain at the cap. By this point, many millionaires will already have been made in the '5+1' prize tier.
Fifth Draw €190 million The jackpot has to be won in this draw - no further rollovers can occur. If no one matches all five numbers plus both Lucky Stars in this draw, the entire jackpot amount is shared between winners in the prize tier below.
Next Draw €17 Million The top prize reverts to its base level of €17 million (around £15 million).

Must Be Won Draws

As outlined in the table above, in the fifth draw after the cap is activated the full €190 million has to be awarded. If no one is able to match all five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars, this amount will be added to the funds in the next highest winning tier and split between the players in that tier. Head to the Must Be Won Draws page to find out more about these very special events.

Why is the Jackpot Cap Set In Euros?

As the majority of participating nations share a single currency, all EuroMillions prizes are calculated in Euros; this means that the top jackpot of €190 million can fluctuate in the UK depending on the exchange rate between Euros and sterling on the night of a draw.

For example, Adrian and Gillian Bayford won a jackpot worth €190 million in August 2012, which when converted to sterling was worth £148 million. In October 2019 another UK player won €190 million, but due to the exchange rate at the time their prize was worth £170 million - £22 million more than the Bayfords received.

Will the Jackpot Cap Be Increased?

It is possible that the prize limit will be changed in the future, as it is permitted in the game procedures. Such a change has already occurred once, when the original €185 million cap was increased to €190 million in 2011. Should lottery officials believe it to be beneficial to players, further increases to the jackpot cap could be made.

History

The rules about the jackpot cap, rollovers, and Must Be Won draws have changed over time; when EuroMillions began, for instance, there wasn't a fixed jackpot cap in place at all. Below is a list of all the changes that have been made to the jackpot cap over the years that EuroMillions has been played.

Rollover Limit

Introduction of the Jackpot Cap