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EuroMillions jackpot at record levels, capped at €190 million

Oct 23, 2014, 9:46 am

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Euro Millions

By Todd Northrop

For players of Europe's EuroMillions multi-country lottery game, Friday's drawing is the start of a special capped drawing feature that could inflate the second prize level to extraordinary levels.

The €190 million (US$240.4 million) jackpot is the accumulation of 6 draws without a top prize winner since the October 3 "super draw" of €100 million.

Once the Euro Millions jackpot reaches the €190 million point, it becomes the first of up to two capped drawings.  All of the money that normally would have been placed into the jackpot above the €190 million level rolls down into the second prizes.

Second prize is won by matching 5 main numbers plus 1 Lucky Star number.  Winning the jackpot requires matching 5 numbers plus both Lucky Star numbers.

If nobody wins the top prize Friday night, the second capped drawing will be on Tuesday.  For that drawing, all of the money that would normally be used to increase the jackpot will be used to fund a much bigger second prize level.  But if nobody wins the jackpot that drawing, the entire jackpot and second prize pool is split among all the second prize winners.  It could be an incredible payout for a lot of people.

The jackpot cap has been reached a couple of times before.

  • The current jackpot cap of €190 million was reached on August 7, 2012.  Seven lucky second prize winners took home an inflated €2.3 million each, thanks to the roll-down money from the capped jackpot.  There was no jackpot winner, so the next draw 14 second prize winners won €2.6 million each, and the jackpot was won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who took home the whopping €190 million prize.  (See UK couple wins massive EuroMillions lottery jackpot, Lottery Post, Aug. 20, 2012.)  Sadly, the couple later split up and Gillian ran off with a car dealer.  (No, I'm not making this up).
  • On July 8, 2011, the jackpot cap of €185 million was reached, resulting in 6 second prize winners of €4.5 million each.  Nobody won the jackpot that drawing, and the second capped drawing on July 12, 2011 produced 11 second prize winners of €2.4 million each.  The €185 million jackpot was won that drawing by Chris and Colin Weir.  (See Britain's record lottery winners go public, Lottery Post, July 15, 2011.)

The EuroMillions jackpot cap only happens rarely, so tickets are expected to sell at a brisk pace across Europe.

Many lottery players play online, and a link is available in the Related Links section below.

Euro Millions is currently available to players in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:45 pm Central European Time in Paris.

All prizes, including the jackpot, are tax-free (except in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal since 2013) and are paid as a lump sum.

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