EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
The current EuroMillions jackpot cap is 190 million, which means the top prize cannot exceed this amount. A cap was first introduced in 2009, bringing the excitement of 'must be won' draws and offering the potential to boost prize values for winners in lower prize tiers.
How Does it Work?
The jackpot starts at €17 million, this amount increases after each draw in which no players match all five main numbers and the two Lucky Stars. There is no fixed increase rate for rollovers, the jackpot amount is taken from the Camelot and Common Prize Funds which are determined by ticket sales.
This continues until the top prize reaches 190 million, at which point the cap is activated and the size of the top prize remains fixed. Any additional money which would usually be added to the jackpot will now roll down to the next prize tier instead. This will typically be the 'Match 5 + 1' category, unless it also has no winners.
How Many Times Can EuroMillions Rollover?
There is no limit to how many times EuroMillions can rollover 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 € 17 million.
However, once the cap has been activated, it can only roll four more times. The table below shows what happens when the limit is reached and a winning ticket holder cannot be found:
|Draw||Jackpot Amount||What Happens?||Rollovers Since Cap Reached|
|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.||0x|
|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.||1x|
|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 multiple players to become multimillionaires without having to match all the numbers.||2x|
|Fourth Draw||190 million||Any excess funds continue to roll down to the next highest winning prize tier, a scenario that could see multiple ticket holders win huge amounts of money without having to match all of the numbers in the draw.||3x|
|Fifth Draw||190 million||The jackpot has to be won, no further rollovers can occur.||4x|
|Next Draw||17 Million||The top prize reverts to its base level of 17 million (around £15 million).||0x|
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. More information on these special draws is available here.
Why is it 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.
For example, in July 2011 when Chris and Colin Weir claimed the jackpot. The cap was set at 185 million (£161.6 million), however, due to a more favourable exchange rate, the Ayrshire couple received a larger pay-out than Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who won a capped prize of 190 million (£148.6 million) in August 2012.
Will the Jackpot Cap Be Increased?
It is possible that the prize limit will be changed in the future, this is permitted in the game procedures. Previous growth has already occurred when the original 185 million cap was increased to 190 million in 2011. So, should lottery officials feel that the game is able to move beyond current levels, further increases could be made.
Here is a list of the key events relating to rollovers and jackpots that have occurred since the game began:
- When EuroMillions was first launched in February 2004, the game featured a rollover limit of 11 draws. If nobody matched all five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars at the 12th attempt, players in the next winning tier would share the prize.
- This limit was not activated until Friday 27th January 2006 following a run of 11 consecutive rollovers. The top prize was claimed in the next draw on Friday 3rd February as two ticket holders from France and a player from Portugal each received 61,191,026.
- In late 2006, the jackpot once again rolled for 11 draws before eventually being won on Friday 17th November. As there was no first tier winner, a prize of 153,564,446 was evenly split between 20 ticket holders in the Match 5+1 prize tier.
Introduction of the Jackpot Cap
- In November 2009, EuroMillions officials replaced the rollover limit with a 185 million jackpot cap. A clause was added meaning this amount would rise by 5 million in the future.
- 185 was first reached on Friday 8th July 2011. It was allowed to roll once before being claimed in the following draw by Chris and Colin Weir. The Ayrshire couple landed £161,653,000 which remains the biggest UK win to date.
- Following the Weirs win, the cap was increased to 190 million. The top prize first reached its new level on Tuesday 7th August 2012, before being claimed in the very next draw by Suffolk pair Adrian and Gillian Bayford. The lucky winners landed a reward worth £148,656,000, a sum that was considerably lower than that received by the Weirs due to a less favourable exchange rate.
- 190 million was reached again on Friday 24th October as an anonymous Portuguese player from Castelo Branco walked away with the joint largest prize in EuroMillions history.
- A number of changes to the game in September 2016 saw the rollover limit following cap activation to increase from one draw to four.
- Following a Superdraw on Friday 15th September, the top prize on offer increased to a guaranteed 130 million (£114.5 million). Five draws later and the jackpot cap was activated for the first time in almost three years; however, a sixth draw was needed in order to produce a winner, with a Spanish ticket holder from Gran Canaria finally managing to secure the 190 million.