Record-Breaking EuroMillions Jackpot Estimated at €160 Million
The EuroMillions jackpot rolled over for the 15th consecutive time on Tuesday, beating a rollover record set in 2012. The jackpot is an estimated €160 million, and could mark the second-largest prize ever won in Ireland.
On Tuesday 10th September, over 33 million people took part in the EuroMillions draw across all nine participating countries; of around 2.5 million winning tickets, 74,500 were purchased in Ireland. The winning numbers for the 10th September EuroMillions draw were 3, 22, 25, 30 and 49, with Lucky Stars 3 and 6. No one managed to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to clinch the €149 million top prize, though.
As a result, the EuroMillions jackpot rolled over to an approximate €160 million. That estimate could stand to increase yet further, as a bloom in ticket sales ahead of the 13th September draw would put even more money into the jackpot fund.
Largest Prizes in Ireland
The estimated jackpot could be the second-largest to ever be won in Ireland – just €15 million shy of a €175 million prize won in February 2019 by a family syndicate from Co. Dublin. The previous record for largest ever EuroMillions prize won in Ireland belonged to Dolores McNamara, who won €115 million in 2005 and held the top spot for 14 years!
Nine-figure jackpots are not unusual when it comes to EuroMillions; Superdraws - which greatly increase the jackpot using accrued money from the Booster Fund - occur throughout the year, giving players the opportunity to win upwards of €130 million. What marks Friday’s top prize apart from the rest, however, was that it reached its record size without the help of a Superdraw. The last time a jackpot grew so large by rollovers alone was February 2018, when €173 million was split between two tickets, bought in the UK and Spain respectively.
EuroMillions Jackpot Beats Rollover Record
Friday’s jackpot also surpasses the record set for most rollovers in EuroMillions, having achieved 15 consecutive rollovers without being won. In 2012, the top prize rolled over 14 consecutive times before being won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford.
EuroMillions jackpots cannot roll over indefinitely; there is a jackpot cap in place which prevents the prize exceeding €190 million. If the cap is reached, the prize may roll over up to five more consecutive times. If it still has not been won, the prize is rolled down to the next-lowest prize tier, and shared equally across all winners in that tier.
Ticket sales for Friday’s bumper EuroMillions draw close at 19:30 BST on the evening of the draw; find out how you can take part with our How to Play guide.
12th September 2019