What is the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap? – Everything you need to know
EuroMillions is one of the most popular lotteries in Europe. It does have a Jackpot Cap of €190m though. When that cap is reached there are a few scenarios that can increase your winnings.
EuroMillions can reach the Jackpot cap after a series of rollovers. Once it hits the €190m limit, any additional money from ticket sales is added into the second-tier prize fund. This means that even after it reaches its limits, the EuroMillions can continue rolling on.
A Jackpot Cap means more money for Tier Two
The jackpot itself may not grow any bigger than the €190 million cap, but other prizes will get even bigger.
After the jackpot cap is reached, any money that would have gone to the jackpot fund instead goes to the Tier Two prize fund. Tier Two usually offers around €300,000 to winners. As the fund increases with each rollover, this amount can go much higher.
Time for a EuroMillions Must Be Won
If the jackpot is not won after four draws, a Must Be Won draw takes place in the fifth draw. This is similar to the UK Lotto Must Be Won draws.
In a Must Be Won draw, if no player wins the jackpot, that the full prize fund will roll down to lower prize tiers. This could result in a player need to match fewer numbers but still winning a giant amount.
The most recent Must Be Won EuroMillions draw took place on 4 October 2019. This was the first time in EuroMillions history that the game continued rolling for four draws after the jackpot cap was reached.
In the fifth draw, the jackpot was captured by one player in the UK. Thanks to a better exchange rate, that was worth £170m and they became the biggest ever UK winner. After collecting their massive win they have remained anonymous.
Making history with the EuroMillions jackpot cap
Previously, EuroMillions has reached its jackpot cap on seven different occasions.
The first was in February 2004, when the first limit still had a maximum of 11 rollovers.
The limit was met one more time in November 2006, until the jackpot cap was changed to €185 million. In July 2011, that cap was reached and subsequently won by Colin and Chris Weir from Scotland.
Read more: The full story of Colin and Chris Weir
The cap then changed to €190 million and was won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from England in August 2012. This massive win did nothing but bring them trouble. They divorced and have had more woes since.[caption id="attachment_11446" align="aligncenter" width="289"] Adrian with now ex-wife Gillian after their EuroMillions win[/caption]
The EuroMillions jackpot cap was reached once more in 2014 before being won by a ticketholder in Portugal.
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