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EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Explained

EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Explained

The EuroMillions jackpot reached its maximum amount of €190 million on Tuesday 3rd October, but nobody managed to match the full winning line. What happens to the top prize now and when must it be won?

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The jackpot cap has stood at €190 million since January 2012, and has previously been hit in both August 2012 and October 2014. However, it now works slightly differently after new rules were introduced last year.

How long can it stay at €190 million?

The rules state that once the jackpot has got to its cap, it can only stay at €190 million for four more draws at the most. The top prize will therefore only be able to remain at its current value until Tuesday 17th October at the latest.

What will happen if it’s not won?

If nobody matches all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars in the draw on Tuesday 17th October, the €190 million will roll down to the next prize tier in which there are winners and be shared between the players in this category. This is most likely to be the tier for matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star.

Money is still coming in now. Where does that go?

As the jackpot cannot grow any higher, the money from ticket sales that would normally boost the top prize will instead be diverted to the next tier down with winners. With so many players taking part, it is possible that the prize pool for matching five main numbers plus one Lucky Star on Friday could be as much as €20 million.

What does this mean for players?

It is all good news for players, as the odds of winning a big prize are effectively better than normal. Not only is a record-breaking jackpot up for grabs, but you could also become a multimillionaire without matching the full set of numbers.

You can play via authorised retailers in Ireland or by choosing numbers online. Best of luck!

6th October 2017