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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

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.