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EuroMillions Jackpot Tops £100 Million

EuroMillions Jackpot Tops £100 Million

The EuroMillions jackpot has climbed higher than £100 million following a rollover on Tuesday 27th August. It is the fourth time in 2019 that the top prize has hit nine figures, making it one of the most remarkable years in the game’s history for big jackpots.

It has only taken a little over a month for the jackpot to reach its current size of £107 million, having been won most recently by a Spanish player on Friday 19th July. The lucky ticket holder in that draw, from the Castilla-La Mancha region in central Spain, landed a prize worth £96 million. 

A run of 11 draws without a winner has subsequently followed, making EuroMillions the largest jackpot of any world lottery at the moment. The odds of winning, at 1 in 139,838,160, are also better than the odds of winning big U.S. lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions, which often go months without seeing jackpot winners.

Big EuroMillions Winners in 2019

The largest EuroMillions prize given away so far in 2019 came back in February, when a family syndicate from Ireland scooped €175 million (£152 million). One of the members kept the winning ticket in an Argos catalogue under their mattress for safe-keeping on the night of the draw, before they visited Irish National Lottery offices in Dublin to claim the prize.

Two other jackpots in excess of £100 million have been won this year, both in the UK. Frances and Patrick Connolly, from Northern Ireland, claimed £114 million on 1st January, while another winner opted to stay anonymous after landing £123 million on 11th June.

There were only three jackpots in excess of £100 million given away last year, and the same number in 2017, so it is shaping up to be a special 2019 for big prizes with more than four months still remaining. 

How To Win EuroMillions

To win a EuroMillions jackpot, all the numbers you pick must match the winning numbers. You have to select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from 1 to 12. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to win unless you buy tickets with all possible number combinations, but there are some techniques that can be successful.

A number of players have won the jackpot by playing random numbers. The Connollys opted for an online Lucky Dip, while the Irish family in February also won with a Quick Pick. A benefit of random numbers is that you are less likely to pick the same line as someone else, which could be the case if you use a more recognisable pattern, and so you probably wouldn’t have to share the jackpot if you were to win. Use the EuroMillions Number Generator to create a set of random numbers.

Another strategy is to use EuroMillions Statistics to explore which numbers have been drawn the most in the past and which are overdue. The number 21, for example,is currently the most overdue number, having not appeared in a draw since Tuesday 9th April.

The only sure way to boost your odds of winning, though, is to enter more lines. If you purchase two entries, you have twice as much chance of winning as if you only buy one. One popular, affordable method of purchasing multiple entries is to play in a syndicate, just like the big winners from Ireland earlier this year.

Whether you play in a syndicate or go it alone, you need to take part to have any chance of winning. You can then start to think about what you would do with the money, whether it is buying a new multimillion-pound house or splashing out on a set of sports cars. Get involved now by playing online or buying tickets from an authorised retailer.

Published: Friday 30th August 2019

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