Changes to EuroMillions - February 2020
EuroMillions jackpots got bigger from 1st February 2020 after a series of changes were made relating to the game’s prize structure.
The changes saw the jackpot cap increase and more money given to the top prize in every draw. Find out more about the changes:
Jackpot Cap Rose To €200 Million
The EuroMillions jackpot cap previously stood at €190 million. It had reached this value four times since it was set in July 2011, including when a record-breaking run of rollovers ended with the biggest-ever lottery win in UK history. The lucky ticket holder won £170 million on Tuesday 8th October 2019 and claimed their jackpot anonymously a few days later.
The national lotteries of the nine countries that offer EuroMillions subsequently decided that the jackpot cap should rise to €200 million from the start of February, paving the way for new records to be set.
Once the jackpot reaches €200 million, it will be allowed to stay at this level for a maximum of four draws before it has to be won in the next draw. If there are no winners in this draw (which will be the fifth at €200 million), the full jackpot amount will be split between players who have matched five main numbers plus one Lucky Star.
Under the new rules, the jackpot cap will then increase by €10 million after a €200 million prize has been won. This means that when the jackpot starts to grow again, it will be able to reach a limit of €210 million. Each time the jackpot cap is hit and has been won, it will rise by €10 million. This can continue until the jackpot cap reaches €250 million.
More Money Going To Jackpots
The jackpot cap was not the only change to come into effect; the way the prize fund is split between the 13 categories was also updated from 1st February. These changes were made to help the jackpot accelerate more quickly; the expectation was that the top prize would reach £100 million after just eight rollovers rather than 11 as it did previously.
The jackpot previously received 43.2 percent of the prize money from the first six draws of a rollover series, before reducing to 27 percent until it was won. Going forward from February, 50 percent would go to the jackpot for the first five draws, followed by 42 percent for subsequent draws.
The percentage allocated to the other 12 prize categories was also adjusted to make up for the jackpot receiving more money. For example, the Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star tier reduced from 3.95 percent to 2.61 percent. The following table shows how the prize allocations changed:
|Prize Tier||Percentage of Prize Fund until 1st February 2020||Percentage of Prize Fund from 1st February 2020|
|Match 5 + 2||43.2% for draws 1-6 in a rollover series, 27% for subsequent draws||50% for draws 1-5 in a rollover series, 42% for subsequent draws|
|Match 5 + 1||3.95%||2.61%|
|Match 5 + 0||0.92%||0.61%|
|Match 4 + 2||0.45%||0.19%|
|Match 4 + 1||0.48%||0.35%|
|Match 3 + 2||0.67%||0.37%|
|Match 4 + 0||0.38%||0.26%|
|Match 2 + 2||1.75%||1.30%|
|Match 3 + 1||1.85%||1.45%|
|Match 3 + 0||3.50%||2.70%|
|Match 1 + 2||4.95%||3.27%|
|Match 2 + 1||14.85%||10.30%|
|Match 2 + 0||18.25%||16.59%|
|Reserve Fund||4.8% for draws 1-6 in a rollover series, 21% for subsequent draws||10% for draws 1-5 in a rollover series, 18% for subsequent draws|
Same Ticket Price And Odds
The cost of playing remained £2.50 per entry and there were no changes to the format of the game, so you still select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from 1 to 12. This means you will be able to play for bigger jackpots without paying more for tickets or the odds of winning changing.
The Millionaire Maker continues to guarantee that at least one UK player wins £1 million in every draw. You are automatically entered into the Millionaire Maker every time you buy a EuroMillions ticket and the cost of playing is included in the £2.50 price. The ticket price has been split differently since February, though, with £1.74 going to the main game and £0.76 to Millionaire Maker. The respective allocations were previously £1.65 and £0.85.
The odds of winning Millionaire Maker depend entirely on the number of tickets sold for a EuroMillions draw as the game works like a raffle. The National Lottery expects more tickets to be sold as the jackpot starts to rise more quickly, so the odds of winning may become slightly lower.
No other changes have been announced by the National Lottery, but more Superdraws are also set to take place each year, helping to create even more big jackpots. Superdraws bump up the top prize to a guaranteed amount such as €130 million and there have usually been a couple a year, but three are expected to be held in 2020.
Changes In Brief
- The jackpot cap increased from €190 million to €200 million.
- Every subsequent time the jackpot cap is hit and won, it will rise by €10 million.
- The percentage of the prize fund allocated to each category was adjusted, with more going to the jackpot and less to other tiers.
- The Reserve Fund was allocated a different amount of the prize fund.
- The number matrix and cost of a ticket remain the same, but the way the price is split between the main game and Millionaire Maker has changed.
- More Superdraws set to take place.