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EuroMillions hits the jackpot cap of £175 million

EuroMillions hits the jackpot cap of £175 million
Updated: Saturday 12th December 2020

EuroMillions has rolled over four times since the superdraw in November 2020 and has now hit the jackpot cap of €200 million. That is the equivalent to £175 million and creates the biggest jackpot ever offered by EuroMillions in the UK, surpassing the previous record of £170.2 million that was won by a UK player on 8th October, 2019.

The jackpot has managed to reach the cap so quickly due to the superdraw on Friday 20th November bumping the jackpot up to £116 million. There have then been four subsequent rollovers which has seen the jackpot shoot up by nearly £60 million and hit the cap.

EuroMillions jackpot cap rules now stipulate that the jackpot must be won in the next five draws. If nobody matches all five numbers and two stars in any of the next four draws, then that would make Friday 18th December a “must be won” draw where, if nobody matches all the drawn numbers, then the jackpot prize will rolldown to those that have matched five numbers and one star.

This is the first time that the new jackpot cap has been reached after changes were announced to EuroMillions in February 2020. The previous cap was increased from €190 million to €200 million, and following this jackpot being won will then increase up to €210 million for the next time the cap will be hit.

Record Jackpot and Chances for Millionaires

The jackpot of £175 million will be the biggest prize ever offered by EuroMillions to a UK player, beating the previous record of £170.2 million that was won in a “must be won” draw in 2019. But its not just the jackpot that can make UK players a millionaire, as the Match five and one star prize typically rises enough to offer a prize in excess of £1 million.

When the cap is reached, no extra money is added to the jackpot fund if it is not won, meaning all extra funds that would be added to the top tier are added to the second level of prizes. So instead of winning £209,578, as was done pn 1st December 2020, players could win nearly £3.7 million, which is the record won in the UK in the second prize level.

The record jackpot is being offered on a Friday in the first draw, which usually attracts almost 10 million more ticket sales in the UK than the Tuesday draws. This means you should get your entries bought early to avoid any dissapointment by missing out if you leave it to the last minute!

Published: Wednesday 2nd December 2020

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