EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
What is the Jackpot Cap?
Did you know that EuroMillions features a jackpot cap? This can create exciting draws in which the full amount must be given away.
How Does the Jackpot Cap Work?
Once the EuroMillions jackpot reaches 190 million (around £168 million), the jackpot cap is activated and the size of the top prize remains fixed for a set number of draws unless a winner can be found. During this time, any prize money that would normally be added to the jackpot is rolled down to the next prize tier with winners.
How Many Times Can the Jackpot Roll?
Once the cap has been activated, the jackpot can roll for four more draws before it must be won in the fifth draw. Heres what will happen if the jackpot reaches its cap and a winning ticket holder cannot be found:
|Draw||Jackpot Level||Jackpot Level|
|Before the Cap||190 million||The jackpot will roll as normal until it reaches 190 million.|
|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||The jackpot remains fixed with any additional funds 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 multiple players to become multimillionaires without having to match all the numbers.|
|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.|
|Fifth Draw||190 million||The jackpot must be won. If no one is able to match 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 players in that tier.|
|Next Draw||17 Million||The EuroMillions jackpot reverts to its base level of 17 million (around £15 million).|
Why is the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap in Euros?
As the majority of participating nations share a single currency, all EuroMillions prizes are calculated in Euros; this means that the jackpot cap 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 Ever Change?
The current EuroMillions jackpot cap hasnt always been in effect, meaning it is entirely possible that the cap may be altered again in the future. When the game first started in February 2004, a rollover limit was in place, restricting the jackpot to just 11 rollovers. As the game became more popular, this limit was replaced by a jackpot cap of 185 million, a figure which soon became 190 million. Should lottery officials feel that the game is able to grow beyond its current cap, changes will more than likely be made.
Jackpot Cap History
EuroMillions is able to boast an interesting history when it comes to rollover limits and jackpot caps. Discover more about how the concept of jackpot control has evolved since the games inception.
- 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.
- The rollover limit was first activated on 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 2006, the jackpot once again rolled for 11 draws before eventually being won on Friday 17th November. As there was no jackpot winner, a prize of 153,564,446 was evenly split between 20 ticket holders in the Match 5+1 prize tier.
- In November 2009, EuroMillions officials dispensed with the rollover limit in favour of a 185 million jackpot cap. If activated, the new cap would allow the current prize to roll over once before the jackpot had to be won. It also meant cap would be rise by 5 million in the future.
- The 185 million jackpot cap was first activated on Friday 8th July 2011 before being claimed in the following draw by Chris and Colin Weir. The Ayrshire couple landed a jackpot of £161,653,000 which remains the biggest UK win to date.
- Following the Weirs win, the jackpot cap was increased to 190 million. The top prize first reached its new cap 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.
- The 190 million jackpot cap 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 amount of rollovers permitted once the jackpot had reached its cap extended to four before rolling down to the next highest prize tier in the very next draw.
- 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 jackpot.