EuroMillions Superdraw Set to Take Place in October
The next EuroMillions Superdraw is set to be held on Friday 4th October, putting a gigantic €100 million (approximately £90 million) jackpot up for grabs for players to try and win. Find out more about how Superdraws work and where this special jackpot ranks among the game’s biggest prizes.
How Do Superdraws Work?
Superdraws follow the same format as regular EuroMillions draws; you still need to select five main numbers from 1 to 50 plus two Lucky Stars from 1 to 12. The more numbers you match, the bigger your prize, and if you match the full set of winning numbers, you win the jackpot. The jackpot is shared if there are multiple winners, and if nobody wins a Superdraw the top prize rolls over as normal.
The key difference in a Superdraw is the size of the jackpot. It is increased to a much larger figure than usual - €100 million for 4th October - and this is guaranteed. That means it does not matter what has happened in the draws leading up to the Superdraw; even if the jackpot is significantly lower than the advertised Superdraw jackpot or gets won in the preceding draw, it will be topped up to €100 million.
The only time that would not happen would be if the jackpot was already higher than €100 million, as it would never be reduced to meet the advertised amount. If the top prize was already larger, the Superdraw would be rescheduled for a later date.
Superdraws are subsidised by the Booster Fund, which receives a percentage of the prize fund from every standard EuroMillions draw. The Booster Fund is used to pay the minimum jackpot of €17 million (approximately £15 million) if ticket sales are not high enough, and when it runs to an excess it can be tapped into for special events such as Superdraws or European Millionaire Maker raffles.
Big EuroMillions Winners
The upcoming Superdraw guarantees a big jackpot a few weeks ahead, but there have already been a host of enormous prizes given away this year. The biggest so far came in February, after a Superdraw rolled over to reach €175 million (£152 million) before it was won by a ticket holder in Ireland.
A UK player claimed a prize of £123 million anonymously on 7th June following another Superdraw the previous week, while Patrick and Frances Connolly from Northern Ireland snapped up £114 million on New Year’s Day.
Colin and Chris Weir of Ayrshire remain the biggest winners in UK lottery history, having banked more than £161 million on EuroMillions back in July 2011. The prize at the time was worth €185 million, before the EuroMillions jackpot cap was increased to its current value of €190 million. Three ticket holders have gone on to win the maximum jackpot, including Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK in 2012.
If you want to become the next big winner, you can set your sights on the Superdraw on 4th October, or play any Tuesday or Friday before it takes place. You can pick up tickets from authorised retailers or play online.Published: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
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