EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
The EuroMillions jackpot keeps growing whenever it is not won until it reaches a cap of 190 million, whereupon it stays at that amount for the next four draws. Any prize money which would have gone towards the jackpot beyond €190 million spills down to the next winning prize tier.
How the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Works
- Draw Before the Cap
- First Draw at Jackpot Cap
- Second Draw at Jackpot Cap
- Third Draw at Jackpot Cap
- Fourth Draw at Jackpot Cap
- The Next Draw
If the jackpot is approaching 190 million but has not quite reached that mark, it will roll over as normal if nobody wins.
Once the jackpot hits 190 million, it cannot go any higher. 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. This is most likely to be the Match Five Plus One category, so players in this tier will split a larger prize fund than they would usually.
The jackpot will remain at 190 million, and the funds which would normally go to the top tier will again be diverted to the next 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.
The jackpot remains at 190 million and the same rules apply. As players in the next highest winning tier share the excess funds which would usually go to the jackpot tier, it means that there is the potential for multiple players to become multimillionaires without having to match all the numbers.
The jackpot must be won. If nobody matches all five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars, the 190 million will be added to the funds in the next highest winning tier and split between the participants. This means that a prize pot in excess of 200 million would be shared out among everyone in this tier, most probably the Match 5 Plus 1.
The EuroMillions jackpot will revert to 17 million for the following draw after all the top prize money is given away. It will then be able to roll over and increase after each draw, until it is won or again reaches 190 million.
Jackpot Cap History
There was initially a rollover limit rather than a jackpot cap when EuroMillions first launched in 2004, setting a maximum of 11 draws in a row in which the top prize could not be won. If nobody matched all five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars on the 12th draw, players in the next winning tier would share the prize.
The rules changed in November 2009 to replace the rollover limit with a jackpot cap of 185 million, which would increase by 5 million after it was reached for the first time. Chris and Colin Weir from Scotland scooped the top prize of 185 million (a sterling value at the time of £161.6 million) in July 2011 and the top prize went up to 190 million. This figure of 190 million was later fixed as the permanent jackpot cap.
Initially the top prize could only remain at 190 million for one further draw before it had to be won, but changes to the game in September 2016 allowed the jackpot to stay at this amount for four draws before it had to be won. EuroMillions also reserves the right to increase or decrease its maximum value at any point.